Originally Posted by Robman64
What kind of mileage do you get with your Banks 6- gun, with trailor and without.
I love the Banks - its not like the SCT with Innovative tunes! Its not a "powerhouse of tuning" - but it can hold its own very well.
Like I said - I like the Banks. My truck is a constant daily driver. I wanted more then I needed a tuner - but with 180,000 miles at time of install - I didnt want something that would trash an already well worked engine or trans. I went with the Banks - great pricing ($399 at Go Big Performance), installed it in my driveway and love it! Brought a big smile to my face almost immediatly! Got to get used to the de-fueling between shifts - throws you a little at first - but its not a bad thing really!
One of the strongest selling pioints for me was the switchability of additional power/torque. I dont have to shut the truck off and re-load a tune - I have stock & 5 available settings at my left fingertip! I like that.
Mileage - here you go:
Stock "around town" (I dont live in the city so city driving isnt an issue for me - for me its around town - beach area): 13/14mpg average
Banks "around town" Level 4/5: 15-17mpg average
Stock "highway" unloaded with shell on rear: 17-19mpg average
Banks Highway Level 4/5 with shell on rear: a pretty solid 22mpg (and yes - this is hand calculated mileage - the trip computer mileage thingy was actually reading 19mpg - so I did better then the truck thought)
Stock Highway loaded (loaded for me is shell on rear, load around 1000lbs under shell and 22' fully enclosed hauling trailer weighing roughly 8,000lbs at 60mpg for 350+ miles: 7-12mpg depending on terrain and weather (mountains verses flat, sunny and clear verses snow covered)
Banks Highway loaded - same characteristics - last trip 3 weeks ago 15.3mpg hand calculated. 12.1 on return trip home (with blown head gaskets)
Level 6 Banks, power brake, rev up till rear starts to spin, stomp and release brake - and smoke the rear while laying 75' of double track down Highway 50 to Annapolis while my doubting mechanic erupts in amazement and never doubts me again. 2 months later - tracks still there!
Banks isnt for everyone. If all you want is incredible power - there are other tuners on the market better suited. Banks doesnt puke large amounts of black smoke, isnt horsepower heavy or torque heavy - but for me - and this is my opinion - not asking for an argument here or to dissect the advantages of one tuner over another - it gets the job done well.