Fuel Economy

  1. How does Banks Power affect fuel economy?
  2. What do you recommend for better fuel economy?
  3. Cant I get power and economy by just adding a chip?
  4. Is it necessary to run a diesel fuel additive after installing a Banks system?
  5. Will I need to use premium fuel?

Q: How does Banks Power affect fuel economy?

Banks Power systems release engine power potential by reducing pumping losses, so the engine produces power more efficiently, without working so hard. Translation: you'll use less fuel if you travel at the same speeds you did before installing your Banks Power system. The more you press the throttle (it's pretty irresistible, but stay safe-!), the more fuel you use—but Banks "smileage" will still be better at the same speed than stock.

Q: What do you recommend for better fuel economy?

For the best possible fuel economy we always recommend that you purchase a complete system (Stinger, PowerPack, Six-Gun Bundle, Big Hoss Bundle etc.). This will ensure that your vehicle’s engine gets the appropriate amount of air to best match the amount of fuel being added by the tuner. You can contact one of our knowledgeable Power Consultants at 800-601-8072 to help determine which Banks system best suits your specific needs.

Q: Cant I get power and economy by just adding a chip?

A chip by itself increases horsepower by increasing fuel delivery to the engine. For people looking for a quick and dirty way to improve the power output, the addition of a chip seems like an easy way to go. The downside to using a chip alone is, that without improvements in airflow, the added fuel also creates more heat in the engine, which can result in shorter engine life and in more severe cases, engine damage.

Banks product is designed to increase airflow in conjunction with adding fuel. This allows for a power increase that is safe for the engine, and the side benefit is that fuel economy increases, because as airflow restrictions are removed, the engine operates more efficiently. Simply adding fuel by using a chip can't give a fuel economy increase because the engine efficiency remains the same.

Q: Is it necessary to run a diesel fuel additive after installing a Banks system?

All Banks systems function on standard fuels and octanes. This applies to diesel fuel too, where cetane rather than octane is the main consideration.

Q: Will I need to use premium fuel?

Installing a Banks Power system does not require that you upgrade the quality of fuel you run.