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Banks 6 gun and regen cycles

I was wondering what the standard regen periods are by power level for Banks? I realize it depends on where and how you drive, but a general concensus would be nice. I currently have a 6 Gun tuner, banks Air intake, and the new IQ. Since installing I have noticed a significant increase in the frequency of regens when I select any power level above 2. I literally joked to my fiance when I put the power level to 4 that I would be regen'ing in about 5 minutes and sure enough...This was after I just went through a normal regen 2 days earlier (about 75 miles before) that I even went up on the highway to let it complete. It's to the point where it makes no sense to even go to a higher power level because it inevitably will put me into regen shortly and into a state where I have even less power than stock. I definitely have seen a decent mileage gain when I stay in power level 1 or 2, but for $1400 I would have expected a little better overall. Truck is not throwing any codes at all or misbehaving, just going into regen far more often at higher power levels.
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Bank's claim that their higher HP tunes do not produce more soot. I don't know how that works but, if the truck is going into regen more, there must be more soot and the DPF, and is filling faster. The regen will burn the soot into ash, so the DPF overtime will fill with ash. More regens, the faster it will fill. I would expect that in the future the regens will occur more often.

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There is a user on here (smotrs) that runs the Banks tuner on his truck. Maybe he will be along to clarify for you. You may want to send him a PM.

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I don't know if there's a standard regen period depending on the power levels but I've run levels 2-5 and average close to 500 miles between regens. My last two regens were 498 on level 2 and 492 on level 5. I do believe that if you don't let the previous regen finish completely for some reason, the next one will happen sooner because it didn't get a complete regen the last time around. If it wasn't for the cost of diesel, I might start testing that more closely to verify that, but I've been driving my truck less often due to the costs.

For the record, level 1 is completely stock. If you run level 1 your in a sense just monitoring the truck. Lvl 2 adds 20% of max possible HP, lvl 3 adds 40%, lvl 4 adds 60%, lvl 5 adds 80% and lvl 6 adds 100%.

Jeff, BTW, great runs the other day.

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I don't know if there's a standard regen period depending on the power levels but I've run levels 2-5 and average close to 500 miles between regens. My last two regens were 498 on level 2 and 492 on level 5. I do believe that if you don't let the previous regen finish completely for some reason, the next one will happen sooner because it didn't get a complete regen the last time around. If it wasn't for the cost of diesel, I might start testing that more closely to verify that, but I've been driving my truck less often due to the costs.

For the record, level 1 is completely stock. If you run level 1 your in a sense just monitoring the truck. Lvl 2 adds 20% of max possible HP, lvl 3 adds 40%, lvl 4 adds 60%, lvl 5 adds 80% and lvl 6 adds 100%.

Jeff, BTW, great runs the other day.
I've been very careful to make sure that all regens finished before turning the truck off. I usually jump on the highway when I feel it kick in. If I just stay in power level 1 (stock) or 2, then I get my typical 350-400 miles between regens. I went through a full regen on Friday, powered it up to 4 on Saturday, went about 50 miles before another regen kicked in. It never fails, I bump up the power levels and the truck goes into regen. It honestly negates the use of the higher power levels for me. I'm going to pull it run the truck bone stock (including air filter) for a while and see what happens. If the regens stop then it looks like Banks will go up on Ebay.
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I had a Banks on my truck and ran it on level 4 all the time, the truck would regen about every 150 to 200 miles when unloaded. When pulling my trailer it would regen every 75 to 100 miles. I live in Western PA, so I don't know how much that makes a difference, but even stock I never had 500 miles between regens, it always seemed to regen twice per tank full. I removed the Banks and now I have an H&S.



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