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Old 02-08-2005, 10:21 AM   #1
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Just finished installing Bank's Kit on my 300 HP 8.3L Cummins in my Foretravel U280.

The installation is straight forward with the biggest difficulty in parts (Nuts, Bolts, Turbo Parts) being very tightly bonded together from time and heat.

Kit consists of: New Turbine Housing, new cam plate for injector pump, Pyrometer and Boost gauges and all associated nuts, bolts, gaskets and a gauge for evaluating exhaust transparancy or, lack thereof after mod.

After talking to the RV Center where I store my coach, I decided to do the install myself. They had no clue on how to proceed even after reading the installation manual (available on Bank's Webstie). They would only quote labor @ $85/Hr for whatever it took to do install. Their best guess was somewhere between $1000 and $1500.

Total install took me 7 hours, plus the time to spray everything with penetrating oil three times before I started. Got real dirty three times, but saved considerable cash.

I have only driven it a short distance, but the increase is obvious even driving in normal urban traffic. It does puff black smoke under initial throttle for about 1 sec, then clears up.

If anyone else has done this mod, I would be interested in your thoughts and comments.

Per Banks info this increased the RWHP 66 and RWT 150 lb/ft. This should get me to about the original engine rating of 300 hp to the rear wheels
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Old 02-08-2005, 10:21 AM   #2
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Just finished installing Bank's Kit on my 300 HP 8.3L Cummins in my Foretravel U280.

The installation is straight forward with the biggest difficulty in parts (Nuts, Bolts, Turbo Parts) being very tightly bonded together from time and heat.

Kit consists of: New Turbine Housing, new cam plate for injector pump, Pyrometer and Boost gauges and all associated nuts, bolts, gaskets and a gauge for evaluating exhaust transparancy or, lack thereof after mod.

After talking to the RV Center where I store my coach, I decided to do the install myself. They had no clue on how to proceed even after reading the installation manual (available on Bank's Webstie). They would only quote labor @ $85/Hr for whatever it took to do install. Their best guess was somewhere between $1000 and $1500.

Total install took me 7 hours, plus the time to spray everything with penetrating oil three times before I started. Got real dirty three times, but saved considerable cash.

I have only driven it a short distance, but the increase is obvious even driving in normal urban traffic. It does puff black smoke under initial throttle for about 1 sec, then clears up.

If anyone else has done this mod, I would be interested in your thoughts and comments.

Per Banks info this increased the RWHP 66 and RWT 150 lb/ft. This should get me to about the original engine rating of 300 hp to the rear wheels
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Old 02-14-2005, 01:31 PM   #3
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I installed the Banks Stinger kit last month. I have had it on two trips in PA. It runs great and walks up the hills with out adding much petal. The longest time was routing the wiring thru the tunnel abover the storage area. The changing of the turbo went painless. I was able to do all of the installation from inside the rear closet and only had to go under to do the wiring and to disconnect 2 hose clamps on the oil return hose from the turbo. I was able to find the kit on e-bay from a dealer in Ohio who was clearing out old stock, saved over $1,000. in cost.
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