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Unread 11-11-2014, 01:37 PM   #1
Robert J. yates
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New Banks EcoDiesel Exhaust Installed

Just wrapped up some hot lapping of the EcoDiesel after a visit to Gale Banks Engineering this morning. Noise level is basically unchanged, turbo seems to spool up much faster in both Eco and sport modes which has moderated some of that weird initial lag that Jeep seems to have built into the electronic throttle. Mileage is unchanged or appears to be after 25 miles of driving. Lastly, the Banks exhaust carved off 26 pounds of pork off the rear end of the truck.

I also happen to like the looks too. Fit and finish are perfect and it looks as good underneath as from what can be seen from outside the vehicle.

All these I see as positives which makes the modification very attractive. Banks has a well thought out product.

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Unread 11-11-2014, 02:26 PM   #2
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Cool.
Looking forward to more info?
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Unread 11-11-2014, 02:30 PM   #3
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Any word on a setup for the Summit since the rear fascia and exhaust tips are different?
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What's the cost? I don't see it on their website, however I may be blind.
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Is this a turbo-back, a DPF-back, a cat-back, or an axle-back? (As you go down the line, the effect on performance is reduced to the point of being negligible.) In all seriousness, I think there might be two things going for this - the reduction in weight, and a possible change in the geometry that channels water into the cat area. Fixing that might be worth the cost alone.
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Unread 11-12-2014, 12:43 AM   #6
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It's an axle back so gains in performance will be negliable. If anyone questions why this is an axle back they simply need to get under their truck and take a look. I myself have never seen a more complicated exhaust system on a vehicle and with the integration of the exhaust into the operating system, there probably will not be a dpf delete or any such product coming soon from any reputable aftermarket company.

Beyond all that, what I can say after another 120 miles is that the initial throttle tip in lag is pretty much gone in sport mode which is a very good thing. Additionally, the turbo spools up much better when the Jeep is kicked down into a passing gear.

The other thing I have noticed is a little less wallow or tail wag from the rear end. Some may scoff at that but I've been through this with my Wrangler and anytime you can take weight off the very end of a vehicle, it has a significant effect on handling dynamics.

As for sales.... My truck has been a design bogy for several months along with Diver's who has his own thread here. I can't speak to the Summits but mine is an Overland Diesel with the ORA2 package and Divers is a Limited so I know both those models and their differences have been taken into account and are covered. I would expect pricing and production announcements soon.
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Unread 11-16-2014, 08:14 AM   #7
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It's an axle back so gains in performance will be negliable. If anyone questions why this is an axle back they simply need to get under their truck and take a look. I myself have never seen a more complicated exhaust system on a vehicle and with the integration of the exhaust into the operating system, there probably will not be a dpf delete or any such product coming soon from any reputable aftermarket company.

Beyond all that, what I can say after another 120 miles is that the initial throttle tip in lag is pretty much gone in sport mode which is a very good thing. Additionally, the turbo spools up much better when the Jeep is kicked down into a passing gear.

The other thing I have noticed is a little less wallow or tail wag from the rear end. Some may scoff at that but I've been through this with my Wrangler and anytime you can take weight off the very end of a vehicle, it has a significant effect on handling dynamics.

As for sales.... My truck has been a design bogy for several months along with Diver's who has his own thread here. I can't speak to the Summits but mine is an Overland Diesel with the ORA2 package and Divers is a Limited so I know both those models and their differences have been taken into account and are covered. I would expect pricing and production announcements soon.
If 26 pounds has a significant effect being removed from the rear, you may have suspension issues.

I would caution posting about having your vehicle used for R&D. This can bring up issues in the future with warranty and failures.
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