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Old 05-29-2012, 10:30 PM   #1
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Banks system on 2001 chev 454. Worth it or not?

My rig has a chev 454 with 18k miles. Power is fine due to the size/weight of the rig. Is it worth it to do the banks upgrade or not. Most posts say that mileage changes are negligible.

I will be towing a 2900 lb toad from time to time soon. Took it on a test run and certainly do see the power impact on hills.

Does the upgrade increase engine noise?
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Mileage will always a be a fue?l vs power thing....

If u want to get up the hills faster, buy the banks and u will.

More power will always equal more fuel. There is no free lunch.
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You will notice a big gain in torque in the 40 to 65 MPH range with the banks. Don't expect to gain MPG, as Jim is correct, power is not free. I have the complete pkg. and am not sorry. Although I tow a much heavier toad. I would definetly go with the air ram and muffler pkg if not the whole shebang. Good lick.
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The Banks Power Pack will also eliminate the exhaust manifold cracking that plagues Chevy 454 engines. I didn't notice any increase in noise. My engine is actually quiet once up to cruising speed.
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Thanks. The only catch is that they don't offer "off the shelf" a Class C version. Only class A. If it is just getting the pipes to the right angle, a muffler shop can help. If it is that the headers won't clear the doghouse or the like, it looks like I will have more limited choices.

Interestingly they do offer a power pack for the Ford V10 class c.
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