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    Gale Banks and the Smoking Tire

    So, Gale Banks (runs a 100+ employee performance company and probably designed and built more engines and systems than all the other n54 vendors combined) was on The Smoking Tire podcast talking cars and a meth kit for the n54. He referred to a 2011 335 but with twin turbos, I hope he got the year wrong and not the number of turbos.

    Talked about going from 230 whp to 333whp (one low reading dyno) with meth and tune only.

    See attached podcast, he starts talking about the 3 serious at 25 mins. Note, they leave it and come back to it over and over. There is a lot of info in this podcast thatís good for a novice like me.

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    PS, their podcast is my favorite car podcast as they are pretty entertaining guys outside of the car talk.
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    Also, curious to see if this is released, both the tune and kit. Being a secondary fuel, he noted that it will be up to DOT level requirements for a normal fueling system. I am not sure if the current systems are at this level, but I have a feeling this will be a well researched kit.
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    The N54 is still offered in the current models, just have to get the IS. so he was probably talking about an IS, and it was probably a Mustang Dyno or load based dyno which would be the reason for the ~10% lower power reading.
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    The IS is rated at 320 hp, even a mustang dyno wouldn't read 230 I would think.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mithiral67 Click here to enlarge
    PS, their podcast is my favorite car podcast as they are pretty entertaining guys outside of the car talk.
    I was going to ask you about this.

    How often do you listen to it? I find their car tuning knowledge and approach amateurish honestly but I'm wondering if podcasts are popular and if people would want one with a more hardcore flavor to it.
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    SAE on a mustang equivalent would read pretty low. A lot of people say 250 on a mustang, but that is STD.

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    We have installed Banks stuff for diesels for years. Honestly their kits were always GARBAGE. If someone INSISTED on banks, we would be like ok if thats what you want, or they brought their own stuff in we would install it. Back in the day when we installed a LOT of turbo kits on the IDI ford 6.9 and 7.3 diesels. We would literally flip coins to see who was going to have to go with the customer on a test drive after we installed a banks kit. Why? Because honestly most of the time the truck felt faster before we put the kit on. Whoops, ATS made kits, and Hypermax made kits, all for the same trucks. The hypermax is the only kit we recommended and installed, they called it "the pulse", anyone want to guess why? That's right Twin Scroll vs all the others single scroll. This is all 15-20 years ago, these debates aren't new...Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I was going to ask you about this.

    How often do you listen to it? I find their car tuning knowledge and approach amateurish honestly but I'm wondering if podcasts are popular and if people would want one with a more hardcore flavor to it.
    They are very general, but entertaining. They know a lot of stuff, and will get into details with the guest, but other times, its just general BS. But funny Bs.
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