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Old 10-30-2011, 09:37 AM
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Banks power packs worth the $$$

Hey all

my wife and I are in the process of picking up an 04 excursion with the 6.0 and I plan on keeping it stock until I pull it into my drive way and thats it.

I was looking at the Banks power packages and they look ok for gains but I am wondering if they are worth the cash or if the name is the main thing that I would be paying for.

I am hoping someone here can help me out with this one

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Old 10-30-2011, 10:12 AM
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Stay away from banks. Their stuff doesn't do half of what they say it will. You can get much better stuff from the vendors here. Do your research here and forget about banks. Trust me.
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:47 AM
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The first things you should do before you go seeking power and performance is get that thing on a maintenance schedule first. Change the oil, fuel filters, do a transmission flush and change the filters, and do a coolant flush. Use only motorcraft filters for all of it. Then get a monitoring device like an Edge Insight CTS or Scangauge II. Do some research here to figure out what monitor you think will suit your needs. I wouldnt recommend going cheap as these things will save you time and money when it comes to diagnosing problems in the future. Then monitor your motor for a little while and see how the parameters are such as engine oil and coolant temperature differentials are so you can see if anything needs to be addressed and fixed before power is added. Because once you do add it if there are any problems, they will only be compounded with the extra power. Hope this helps. Either way stay away from banks and save some money.
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:19 PM
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Banks stuff is really worthless. As mentioned before, pick up a CS/CTS to see whats going on. Then id look into EGR delete/oil cooler, 4'' exhaust, and an SCT for custom tunes, thats about the best bang for your buck, and pretty good performance that wont blow your trans apart.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:38 PM
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As already mentioned, get a monitor solution first. Take care of the issues before spending your hard earned money on the play stuff.

Let me direct you to some starting point links.
Things to consider about owning a 6.0L

Then if you really want to dig in, you can look over this link.
Write Up: Bullet-Proofing the 6.0L PSD.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:53 PM
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SCT custom tunes, exhaust and gauges. You don't really need a cold air intake unless you plan on making 450-500hp.
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The banks intercooler and that is good stuff though right? Like intercooler, boost tubes and that? Not wanting to hijack just looking into getting a banks intercooler, boost tubes and that.
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:26 AM
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only thing good from banks in their intercoolers. I have a spearco and i like this one. I myself will never ever buy any Banks products
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:42 AM
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Yea i wouldnt be thinking of buying anything banks either but a buddy has it laying in a box brand new in the garage and if he gives me a good deal on it I might as well take it I am thinking.
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