I work for Banks and just wanted to add an update to this thread. Our Six-Gun and PowerPDA for the '06-07 LLY-LBZ will be available to ship somewhere between 2/15 and 2/20. We've just completed our competitive testing (0-60's, dyno, quarter mile etc...) and will be making an official product/sales release in the next week. Our top horsepower number is 140 h.p. and 250 lb/ft of torque. We made more than 50 quarter mile passes at the Fontana Speedway (same park where they run the California 500) comparing to the Edge Juice and we consistently won by about 1/2 second. Another nice feature was that our smoke output was a thin wisp at tip-in which is barely visible. The Edge Juice smoked very heavily. We're big advocates of promoting diesel in the U.S. and work directly with companies such as Bosch, GM etc...to see to the success of future diesel. If diesel is going to become mainstream (smaller trucks, passenger cars etc...) smoke is going to have to be reduced for the average public to buy into it. We believe in big power and big power gains but the best way to do it is with less smoke.
We compare each product at the top setting which makes the PPE very hard to test because we're uncomfortable with egt's going as high as 1650 to 1700 degrees. Peter Treydte who normally posts on this forum will post a full report of our testing and our methods in the next week.
I appreciate your concern with how we spend our time. Please be assured we have 40 engineers and their driving focus is to bring product to market which fits, performs, lasts, doesn't set codes, sounds good and makes optimal power with out dumping huge amounts of unburned fuel out the tailpipe. We have hundreds of thousands of Chevy Diesel Systems in the field since we made our first 6.2L Turbo Kit in 1982. I'm glad you brought up racing because that is the fabric of our company. We are working on line of products derived from our race project vehicles which will be available to the general public (Banks Hardcore). Cylinder Heads, Intake Manifolds, Twin-Turbo's etc....will all be a part of this. You'll see much of this available for LB7's, LLY's, LBZ's and the LMM by the middle of the summer. Here is a look at the vehicles I'm referring to.
This vehicle is intended to be the quickest diesel pick-up on the planet. There are vast amounts of updates we will be adding to our site as the truck is now almost ready to race and may make a couple of passes at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, CA (Feb.)
We've also recently been named as General Motors exclusive distributor of the Duramax to the Marine Market as well as an On Highway Specialty OEM.
Sorry to be long winded but your comment about the "more time into advertising than into the actual product" is way out of school.
I also disagree with your statement about the price of our products. We're actually priced pretty competitively for what you get. If you're comparing our top of the line system such a Big-Hoss Bundle to a tuner, exhaust and filter on a stick intake we're definitely more expensive. But look at what you get.
All of our components are available sold separately as well and are priced competitively.
We're in the process of moving one of our engineers into a full-time web forum participant for forums such as the Diesel Place. It will be an 8-5 job and he will be available to answer questions such a tech, sales, customer service, racing etc. We don't intend to be in your face pushing you on some sort of discount in every thread. I think that has hurt this forum as well as others and I hope it stops. We don't believe in slamming others, just injecting fact into some statements.
I look forward to making our line of "Banks Hardcore" racing parts available to you guys in 2007 and will continue to keep you posted as they make their way through development.