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Unread 02-28-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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My Diesel GC at BANKS for tuneing

Hi All, Just thought I'd share some photos of my diesel GC being unloaded at Gale BANKS's facility in California for tuning and Research & Development.

When I bought my GC in November, I knew I was leaving the country for 9 months of military service so I offered my jeep to BANKS for use in R&D for new components and tuning the diesel. They took me up on the offer and the contract I signed with them to test new products they develop and in exchange any new products will be installed free of charge. Needless to say I am beyond excited for my return and to drive the GC after BANKS has tuned it up.

BANKS has been great to deal with, they sent me a list of what they plan on developing; Cold Air intake, diesel tuner, exhaust, water-meth injection, possibly a different turbo setup. Should be interesting to see what gets done





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Unread 03-01-2014, 05:17 AM   #2
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Unread 03-01-2014, 07:14 AM   #3
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Sounds awesome can't wait to hear what they have in store. I'm leasing my WK2 diesel so I likely won't do anything to it (unlike my CRD that I currently own) unless I buy it outright at the end of the lease. Banks has a lot of experience already with this engine having access to mil spec versions already (they did a great write up on it which I'm sure you've read) and the VM Motori diesel was designed for civilian and military use out of the box. Be safe and come back healthy!
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Unread 03-01-2014, 07:41 AM   #4
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I've had BANKS products on other diesel trucks of mine, and I agree BANKS spends a lot of time researching before they put Gales name on it. BANKS said they would either pay my plane ticket and I can pick up my jeep at their shop or they would ship it back, I'm gonna fly out to tour their facility and hopefully meet Gale himself. I'm excited to see what my fuel mileage will be after they work their magic, I'm hopeful for 32mpg highway.
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Back when chips were first being developed for tuning BMW and Porsches I was approached by one of the top and best tuners to develop a chip for E30325i since my car already had a track day suspension etc. Tuner was located just a couple miles away in Fairfax, VA. They wanted to do a big article etc for the Roundel and European Car. I knew the owner of the firm since I had crewed
on 934s and 935s that had his engines in the back. The deal was a chip, exhaust and CAI for my car for free and I all I had to do was give them my car for a couple of weeks and sign the dyno waiver. I talked with my mechanic and he said dont. I listened to him. Another local club member took the deal and oops his engine blew up. Just a word of caution to OP. Its your choice and just know what you are getting into and know the pitfalls. Stuff happens. If I wanted a tuner, CAI or exhaust Banks would be my first choice.
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I edited a couple posts to remove name calling and disrespectful remarks. I think the thread reads better now, but thats my opinion. Don't make me do that again.
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That is fantastic. I am one that hopes that Gale Banks can work his magic on the diesel and the possible test mule products you mentioned. I can see myself interested in the tuner and maybe intake/exhaust depending on the results.
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Sounds awesome can't wait to hear what they have in store. I'm leasing my WK2 diesel so I likely won't do anything to it (unlike my CRD that I currently own) unless I buy it outright at the end of the lease. Banks has a lot of experience already with this engine having access to mil spec versions already (they did a great write up on it which I'm sure you've read) and the VM Motori diesel was designed for civilian and military use out of the box. Be safe and come back healthy!
Wasn't it initially designed for use in a Cadillac before Fiat bought the remaining GM shares of VM?

"Banks has been working directly with VM Motori to engineer its OWN version of the 3.0L, codenamed the Gale Banks 630T, for use in military and other specialty-use applications. Needless to say, we grabbed our cameras and headed over to Banks' Azusa, California, facility. Check out what we saw."

http://www.bankspower.com/magazines/...-diesel-engine
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Hi All, Just thought I'd share some photos of my diesel GC being unloaded at Gale BANKS's facility in California for tuning and Research & Development.
This sounds awesome -- Banks is highly respected in the diesel world. I can't wait to see what they do to it. If they could get close to 300 hp out of the new diesel GC that thing would be a serious hot rod!

Honestly I might buy a 2015 diesel to use as my daily driver and keep the miles down on my SRT. That way I could always be in a Grand Cherokee!! Right now I use a F150 Ecoboost (twin turbo!) as my DD and I always miss being in my Grand Cherokee.
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Wasn't it initially designed for use in a Cadillac before Fiat bought the remaining GM shares of VM?

"Banks has been working directly with VM Motori to engineer its OWN version of the 3.0L, codenamed the Gale Banks 630T, for use in military and other specialty-use applications. Needless to say, we grabbed our cameras and headed over to Banks' Azusa, California, facility. Check out what we saw."

http://www.bankspower.com/magazines/...-diesel-engine
It actually was but that was pre-bankruptcy GM and Chysler so plans change. GM is now in trouble with its newest trucks b/c they look the same and didn't change much where Ford added a v6 turbo, going aluminum body panels in the next gen and the Ram 1500 diesel is making its way to dealers as we speak and sold over 8,000 pre orders in < 3 days making it the most ordered pickup ever. Many wallets have spoken.
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Staying tuned to see the outcome - that is, unless this becomes yet another totally off topic thread....

Agreed, very interested to see what Banks will do with a street legal application. Waver or not, I would think Banks is showing some earnest interest in tuning this engine for street applications if they not only paid to transport a brand new JGC from Michigan to CA but are also offering to fly or transport the owner out to their facility. That along with the costs they will likely incur just in testing products are not trivial expenses. I'd be willing to bet they are pretty confident they are going to come up with some products that will be marketable and profitable, perhaps more from the Ram application that the JGC application just because in general more truck owners that SUV owners are into tuning. Should be pretty cool.
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Thanks for the comments, when BANKS sends me more photos and provides updates, I'll post them.
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Thanks for the comments, when BANKS sends me more photos and provides updates, I'll post them.
Fabulous - can't wait - stay safe and thank you for your service!
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Unread 03-07-2014, 06:33 AM   #14
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BANKS is already starting on the exhaust. Here's the stock exhaust, I was told they have already begun to fabricate 3" DPF back no mufflers.
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BANKS is already starting on the exhaust. Here's the stock exhaust, I was told they have already begun to fabricate 3" DPF back no mufflers.
Is it going to be the factory routing? As in single to dual out?
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