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Old 11-29-2014, 12:02 AM   #1
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I want what he has!

So here I am heading up a decent hill with my '94 Bounder (454) towing a Miata struggling to do 35....and low and behold here comes an '80's Bounder, albeit shorter and without a toad, but he just blows past me like I'm standing still. Has to be a Banks system and if so, I want one!!
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Old 11-29-2014, 06:46 AM   #2
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I know the feeling, when I drove 18 wheelers I'd be struggling to make a hill, and then whoose a big ole truck with big stacks would blow me away. Only thng I can say is we got paid the same. (I hope)
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Look at what you saw compared to him??? O plus your gas gauge didn't dropout either!!!!!
I drove a semi also, I only had a 13 speed and those with 16 speed's always blew by me.
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If you're making 35mph and "he" was doing 50, how much time did he save getting to the top of this hill or mountain. A few seconds, or a minute?

There will ALWAYS be somebody passing you on the way up a hill...
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Just a thought, there is a saying slow and steady wins the race.


When you add a power adder you produce more HP witch in turn puts more stress on internal components of the engine. If you keep adding HP something will give.
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I'm glad my 'new' Gulf Stream has the Banks Power Pack; was a serious perk for the sale considering I'll be towing a 23' jetboat. The PP boasts ~79hp increase and about the same for tq.

If yours is a basement model and the older unit wasn't, his probably has a lower cD as well due to being shorter.
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Just getting ready to climb the Siskiyous of southern Oregon. It's a long tough climb. I just hope I don't have to drop into 1st gear at any point. Hopefully will be able to hold 30 in 2nd gear without having to floor the pedal. Since the Banks system is really about air intake, headers and exhaust, not sure I agree with the stressing internals argument. And our Bounder only has 5300 miles..and burns zero oil. Will post a follow up about this upcoming driven into Redding.
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Good luck and be safe, don't forget to slow down, way down on the descend
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Well, we made it. Sitting right now at a park in Redding, CA. The Bounder performed flawlessly....held a steady 35-40 in 2nd gear without a hiccup and no measureable increase in water temps. I'm sure the tranny cooler helped as well. Descended slowly in mostly 3rd gear without any problems. But man, the descent from Weed to Lake Shasta is a long grind. Can't imagine the return trip.
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Look at what you saw compared to him??? O plus your gas gauge didn't dropout either!!!!!
I drove a semi also, I only had a 13 speed and those with 16 speed's always blew by me.
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Yep, I'd love to have a nice 12 speed auto rather then just a 6 in a MH! Just too much spread between gears.
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i sure would like to know what hills i can do or not do now with my unit.. test test and more testing
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J...When you add a power adder you produce more HP witch in turn puts more stress on internal components of the engine. If you keep adding HP something will give.
Generally speaking, headers and freeflowing exhuast do not nessesarily "add" power. They mainly reduce the power loss from the engine having to pump air through the posturepedic stuffed up your exhaust. So, not only does it not add to the internal stress, but actually reduces stress, because over all the engine does not need to work as hard at cruise. The average overall wear is reduced. Now if you want to install bigger pistons and add blower to the intake, yes then I would agree.

You don't need to go the Banks route unless you want to spend money. A good Tri-Y actually performs better single long tubes, as it has a much broader power band. Straight through mufflers is also a must. If you want to spend a little money, Edelbrock has a bolt on port injection that will also add a little more.

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Yep, I'd love to have a nice 12 speed auto rather then just a 6 in a MH! Just too much spread between gears.
Yep, that is the disadvantage of a diesel- narrow power band.
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