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Old 11-01-2007, 11:41 AM   #1
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Can anyone tell me about their experience with a Banks Smart Lock and Exhaust brake?
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Old 11-01-2007, 06:10 PM   #2
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Can anyone tell me about their experience with a Banks Smart Lock and Exhaust brake?
Sure can - - way too expensive for what you get. They make good stuff but it is horrendously overpriced. Look around. PAC ebrake is a good one at less money.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:17 PM   #3
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I second Bob's reply.

Banks has great products but way too pricey.

I have a PacBrake on my 99 Dodge which performs flawlessly for less initial cost.

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Old 11-02-2007, 07:11 AM   #4
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I had a pac brake on my old truck, but I also spent a fortune to get the tranny modified so it would stay locked up in 3rd gear when using the exhaust brake. The Banks smart lock looked like a cheaper way to get the transmission to stay locked up when slowing with the exhaust brake. Anyone familiar with the smart lock
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:59 AM   #5
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I would look at BD Power's exhaust brake. BD pioneered the exhuast brake for pickups years ago. I work 3-4 months a year for a Banks dealer/installer and yeah, they are much more expensive than other manufacturers, and you don't get much more than a Banks Sticker.
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:11 PM   #6
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Banks products whether it be the exhaust brakes or the power modules are overpriced and over rated. Only reason people buy his stuff is because the do know how to advertise.
Pac brake, BD brake with there trans loc works great. Give them a call and they will take care of you. My customs get either pac brake or bd..No problems.

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Old 01-20-2009, 12:50 PM   #7
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As you do with this forum to get educated on our RV's try one of the Dodge sites for more in depth information on your truck. I concur with the states made above, the Banks products are built with pushing things to a safe limit, but also working well with emptying you wallet.

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www.nwbombers.com these are a great bunch of fellas who are very experienced in the intricacies of your DC truck.
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I have a factory install Banks exhaust brake. I really like it and compare it to Filson rain gear, might as well have the best.. Book2
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:12 PM   #9
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check out cumminsforum.com and they say the pac is a good one.
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Any thoughts on the Cummins/Jake brake for the 06 Dodge auto?
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Old 04-08-2009, 01:14 PM   #11
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the jacobs e-brake/exhaust brake works off a vacume pump i think and not off air pressure. the general consensus it to go with a pac or BD. i have no experience with them but thats what everyone else says. I have installed a pac PXRB on an international chasis and its works great.
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