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Old 02-18-2016, 12:12 PM   #1
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V-10 engine and Banks Power pack

I find that my Coachmen Encounter 37TZ lacks a little power going in the hills of California. This is not surprising considering the size of the coach; I am also pulling a Honda CR-V. I have read about the Bank's Power Pack and considering having this mod done on my engine. It all sounds good on paper, but does it deliver? Has anyone done this upgrade? Would appreciate advices as this is not a cheap mod. Thanks
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:28 PM   #2
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I have a Cummins powered Ram, so I can't speak for your rig, but I installed the full Power Pak on my truck.

Worth. Every. Penny. Clean, easy install, MPG increase, huge jump in power and it's very drivable. Banks puts together a really nice package.
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Old 02-19-2016, 12:20 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply SKnight. I would have thought more members would have put this system on their rig. I realize it is a fairly expensive piece of kit. I hope to have it installed by this summer and reap the benefit of more power/ torque going up hill. I wonder if this would not reduce the risk of sparkplug blow out!
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Old 03-06-2016, 09:50 PM   #4
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I think that you will find that with a gas motor you are not going to gain much, especially considering the cost. Now if you were talking diesel, worth every penny.
Could you add a turbo to the V-10?
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Old 03-06-2016, 10:17 PM   #5
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Banks makes a good kit. I do not have one but did a lot of research on them when I was considering adding a super charger to mine ($3,000) or a Banks kit. Bottom line it takes more fuel to make more horsepower and I'm already at 7 MPG towing heavy. I did neither and just learned to take it easy. Your unit is at the top off the weight range for the 6.8L. You may try to shed some weight and run with the tanks empty when possible. I was pulling a 13,900 GVW TH for the last eight years with my 6.8L. You won't win any races but it's a solid motor.
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Mars, thanks for your input. I am not really looking at saving on fuel. I just hope the Banks system can deliver the increase power and torque simply by removing the obstructions in the exhaust system. That can only help.
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