In today's computer age, everything we touch during our daily lives is related to or controlled by a computer. In your gas or diesel-powered truck and SUV, there are multiple computers keeping tabs on engine, tranny, and braking performance. It only makes sense in the search to squeeze out as much extra performance as possible to think about upgrading your truck's computer. Modern-day tuning can be done on-the-fly, and with Banks' newest iQ technology, changing your truck's performance potential is as simple as touching your digital display on the dashboard.
Banks' iQ features genuine PC functionality and downloadable software you can use inside and outside your vehicle. This powerful microcomputer lets you know the inner workings of your vehicle's ECU, allowing you to see what's beyond your dashboard gauges. You select what you want to see and how you want to see it and then the iQ allows you to set alarms, adjust gauge colors, read and clear codes, log data and find out how quick your vehicle goes from 0 to 60 mph. You'll find yourself using the host of useful built-in tools in your daily life, as you can listen to your favorite tunes, watch videos, play games, and review your Microsoft Office documents. Its PC power fits in the palm of your hand, and with a rechargeable battery, you can take it with you wherever you go.
To get full use of the Banks iQ, we also installed the Bands Six Gun tuner. The Banks Six Gun tuner added 140 hp and 230 lb-ft of torque to our '06 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with the 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel. The power increase can be enhanced on-the-fly without adding the typical diesel black smoke. Banks' Six Gun offers six distinct levels for ultimate versatility when you're towing, and higher levels that are suited for hauling the mail. The system tunes pulse-width, timing, and fuel pressure, while protecting torque converter clutch lockup. Stay tuned for future Banks upgrades like their speed brake, intake and exhaust systems.
The Banks iQ dashboard PC features multiple engine data displays: boost, speed, RPM's, eng
The factory Duramax 6.6L (LBZ) diesel, making a stout 360 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque was n
After disconnecting the negative (ground) cable of the battery or batteries, the thermocou
Banks installation technician Joe then connected the Banks Power Tuner leads to the iQ lea
The mass air flow (MAF) connector located on the elbow of the air box cover was disconnect
After disconnecting the 38-pin connector pair and the 24-pin gray factory connector pair,
The fuse box cover was thoroughly cleaned of any dust and grease, then the two-sided adhes
Moving inside the cab, Joe inserted the Banks OBD-II interface connector to the GM OBD-II
The Banks OBD-II interface connector was connected to the Banks iQ Bridge Module.
The Banks iQ universal suction cup mount was secured to the windshield and the Banks iQ in
FROM THE DRIVER SEAT
The overall installation went very smooth with no complications. The most challenging segments of the installation, were removing the passenger-side exhaust manifold, and drilling a 7/16-inch hole, followed by tapping it with a 1/4-inch NPT tap (for the EGT coupler) and reinstalling the exhaust manifold. Once the iQ and Six Gun were installed, the Chevy Duramax was an absolute beast. Power was instantaneous and the added torque threw you back into the seat. Drivability was improved with quicker throttle response and any time more power was needed (up to 140 rwhp based on the dyno pulls), we used the touchscreen to dial it in and then held on while the iQ worked its magic.
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Time Spent Working: 3 Hours
Degree Of Difficulty: Beginner
Assorted standard/metric sockets and ratchet, assorted standard/metric combination wrenches, pliers, wire cutters, drill, 1/8-, 13/32-, 7/16-inch drill bits, tap handle, 1/4-inch NPT tap, torque wrench, antiseize compound, heat gun
Banks Six Gun Power Tuner / Banks iQ dashboard computer PN63899 $1,220.00
(Prices from Banks Performance and do not include tax, shipping or installation).