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Old 10-30-2010, 01:10 PM
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banks exhaust brake kit install

hello. i bought a banks exhaust brake kit and am getting ready to put it on. i'm a decent backyard mechanic. i've heard getting any help from banks is pretty tough, although i haven't tested that yet.

it looks like the hardest part is getting a couple of those bolts off the turbo.

has anyone on here done this mod? any tips or traps i should be aware of? any resources you could point me to? youtube video or something. i didn't see one. a mechanic friend suggested possibly taking off the entire turbo, although he has never done this mod. said the turbo was only on with 2 bolts?

is it possible to do this mod only part way? i was going to put on new valley boots and was considering that while i had it mostly removed i would get the exhaust brake turbo stuff installed and then finish the rest of it later. just thinking out loud as i may have a only a day to work on it.

i also understand that there is a quite a stock restriction exhaust wise coming out from the turbo,,seems to sort of defeat the purpose of putting on a 4" exhaust if there is a stock 2.5" restriction on the back of the turbo. has anyone noticed any peformance enhancements from the banks kit getting rid of this restriction? that was one of their saleman's claims.

thanks, any info appreciated.
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Old 10-31-2010, 09:09 AM
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wow, no one has done this? i already found out one thing, they sent you the kit, then suddenly you need a translock module. apparently the brake won't work unless the tc is locked up. weird, you would think it would be part of the kit. good ol' banks.
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Old 10-31-2010, 09:13 AM
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yea do dont to anything unless the TC is locked, or ur truck is a manual. it is not good for the trans to be locked like this to slow the truck thats why I have not done it, a few guys have done it that are one here so here is a for you
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I did my exhaust brake from my tunes. It cost me 45.00 from DP and it lock the converter and raises the line pressure to save my trans.
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:33 PM
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Oh ya thats true some tuners can tune in an exhaust brake. I wonder if it will work the same with 6spds? I've heard it will but I"m not sure...
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:02 PM
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I'd talk to BTS about using tunes for this...he's not a fan
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Old 11-02-2010, 01:59 PM
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why not? .....
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:06 PM
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Best to get that info direct..then if you want post it. I'm a BTS dealer and a sponcer so thats all I can say.
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:17 PM
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Gotcha. Appreciate that man :thumbup:
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