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6.0L Performance Parts Discussion What has or has not worked for you?

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post #1 of 5 Old 01-12-2014, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Just curious who out there is running Banks equipment on their 6.0? I have an 05 F350 6.0, 4x4, quad cab, long bed with the following mods- ARP head studs, OEM gaskets, blue spring, Bulletproof oil and EGR coolers, Banks 6 Gun, Speedloader, Monster Exhaust, Ram Air Intake, Intercooler, High Ram Assembly, IQ 2.0. All of the Banks equipment has been on the truck since 09 except the IQ which I just installed. Never had a problem with any of it. The truck has 82,000 miles on it. Used primarily for pulling my 28ft Jayco Eagle. The tuner is set on 2 when running around and 3 when I pull my trailer. I used to have a problem with taking it to a repair shop and then babysitting to keep them from "test driving" the truck. With the IQ I set the tuner to "stock", remove the IQ and the switch is disabled.
Wanted to know why there are so many different types of performance parts and tuners used on the 6.0 Ford engine. How difficult is it to mate up the different manufacturers parts?
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Banks "bolt on" parts are well made, but most of the parts don't do squat for performance. You can find much cheaper "bolt ons" that are equal or better. The banks tuning don't allow for transmission tuning when running anything over stock tuning.


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When I bought the truck I was disappointed with the way it ran but I had no experience with diesel motors. I ran into Banks at the drags here in Las Vegas and started asking questions, emailing back and forth, and research. Didn't know about sites like this or have friends with a Ford 6.0. And yes it is a bit pricey. My experience is in gas motors- Ford and Plymouth, drag racing. Anyway between Banks, Advantage Ford, worked out a plan to start the upgrades- head studs and gaskets first, then the Banks equipment. Just the route I took, not saying one system is better than the other. The outcome was the truck ran 100% better- power band, shifting, millage, and towing. I was pleased with the result. Never had any problems with any of the parts. Are there cheaper ways of accomplishing the same results- probably, especially now. I've learned quite a bit from the people on this site. My "Thanks" to you guys for the input. A lot has changed in 6 years. But I'm 65 now, still working construction, and know I will not be able to buy a new truck, looking at a $64,000 price tag. My wife said she will rent a backhoe and bury me with this truck along with all of the receipts.
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I agree that there are other ways to spend you performance dollars that will yield more performance for less dollars than Banks. That said, I have some Banks stuff on my truck and I love it. Part of the reason is that I bought the stuff off of a wrecked truck for a fraction of the cost and it was all like brand new stuff.

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Kcoyner had banks on my 01 when I bought it, and if you live in cali you can't go wrong. It's the only one with E.O. #'s but I was lookin for more power so the only things left are the IC and the exhaust brake.

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