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Old 12-19-2012, 09:23 AM   #1
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Banks IQ2 - Engine Management/Display

Hi Folks:

Am looking into a system to display engine parameters, programming, performance, fuel use etc. You know all the nice things to know in these high fuel cost days.
I have looked at the Banks IQ2 which promises a lot of features such as programming the ECM, engine control module plus other stuff, you can see here . It appears from my conversation with them that at present they are not supporting the Vortec 7.1 454. Is there another system out there that someone is using which uses the ODB11 port? Perhaps if they get enough enquiries that they might do so in the future, Your suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 12-19-2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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Sorry, the link did not appear. here it is again. Banks Power | Gas Motorhomes, GM

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Old 12-19-2012, 09:49 AM   #3
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I had a Banks PowerPac on our 95 7.4 Burb great unit, but no provision for programming. Good performance and mpg gains but had to get a separate chip for the PCM.

I'm now using a Superchips FlashPac on the 06 8.1 Burb.
Has all the features I was looking for.
Towing, performance and economy modes, reads/clears fault codes. Change tire diameter, trans shift points, time/distance readouts and many more. This is the only unit I'm familiar with.

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Old 12-19-2012, 12:45 PM   #4
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Thanks Bob for your reply. For the Vortec 7.1 454 it is possible to have the engine control module reprogrammed Oemy's Web Site - does have a lot of info for the p30/32 chassis including getting current parameters via the ODBII, they send the info back and you can then reprogram the ECM, certainly not real time. I will check the link you provided.

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Old 12-19-2012, 03:44 PM   #5
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Steve,

Just checked all the info/specs for the Superchip offerings, they have nothing available for any of the motorhome chassis'.
That probably does mean that the only other option is to do it thru a custom download offering.....something I would be very leery of.
You MUST be able to store and re-install the OEM settings.

ps....I can see Fort Erie from my bedroom window.

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Old 12-19-2012, 04:07 PM   #6
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I've been studying the possibility of getting one of these for a long time. There is starting to be quite a variety of them out there. If you Google "Engine Tuners" you'll get listings for Edge Products, Hypertech, Superchips, Diablo Sport, and Bullydog. I've been leaning toward the Bullydog. But I can't speak to what's the best for any particular application.

From the little I know, most of these give you the option of taking a "snapshot" of your program and storing it prior to making any changes. Then you can always go back to OEM.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:41 AM   #7
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Checked with flashpac they have nothing for the 454 vortec. Not sure where to go from here. Banks has some good stuff but they are more into diesel and late model gas. I see Buffalo NY from here as well,
Thalweg, thanks for the hint. The problem is in the programming ($$$)of the devices that are available to specific vehiles(cars-trucks) the MH is not in their radar.
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Just found this site UltraGauge Automotive Information Center and OBDII Scan Tool Seems like what I have been looking for. Anybody have any experience with this one? Price is right as well.

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Steve,

Check this out...
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...-ii-99400.html

Looks like there are no programing option's on the UG, but it does give you a lot of gauge's that should help in improving mpg's...if you use them...maybe.

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Bob,
Thanks for the link. I put in the order but they are out of stock and shipping expected end of Jan. Tranny temps and gas mileage are of particular interest. Will update oonce I get it in.

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Steve I just looked at the Ultragage link you listed above. I have a 2000 model Land Yacht with a 454 and want to add a chip. This looks more like a monitor. Did I miss something. I had great luck with Super Chips in Ford Gas Trucks but no experience with motorhome chassis.
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Steve I just looked at the Ultragage link you listed above. I have a 2000 model Land Yacht with a 454 and want to add a chip. This looks more like a monitor. Did I miss something. I had great luck with Super Chips in Ford Gas Trucks but no experience with motorhome chassis.
I used the Jet 6-Pac Chip in our 95 7.4 Burb with very good results, six separate programs.

POI...along with Banks Power-Pac(stainless headers,cold air intake), Jacobs Double Strike Ignition, low temp thermostat, Bosch Plat plugs, Tekonsha external transmission filter and temp gauge.
Note the mod's were done at 16,000mi and resulted in a 3mpg towing improvement, (if my right foot was asleep), along with a pretty dramatic step-up in non-towing scoot!!!!

WARNING....be advised it took over 100,000mi before cost equaled results.
Burb was sold at 190,000mi.

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Sad that you can't get the Banks App for your needs, we have the EconoMind on our 02 Ram 3500 5.9Lcummins with the PDA that displays everything you will like and you can change the setting while driving and all we can say is WOW....what a difference, Banks is a good brand and their customer service is incredible!!!! Pricey but worth every cent
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jrkeef - Yes the ultraguage is just a monitor and will display whatever gauges theECM delivers (determined by Chev) and what standard the OBD port uses. For "chipping" the ECM go here Oemy's Web Site - and look up Brazel$ Ultra product$ and read up on ROI for their Ultra Power offering. I have decided to upgrade the exhau$t header$, CAI and exhaust (Bank$ Power Pac) actually I did it in two $tep$, the headers and later the CAI and tuned exhaust. I do get increased zip with that arrangement and about 8.5 usmpg not towing. The challenge now is in stopping the 9 tons of rig. I would check the VIN for the year the chassis was built. On mine 'tho AS says it's a 2000, chassis is a 1999.
I am more interested in fuel management and some engine/tranny parameters. So the ultragauge fits my need esp @ $70.

VeggieBullet:
Banks does support the later 8.1L engine used in Workhorse chassis and is heavily committed to diesel and is their business model. Shame that the 7.1L Vortec has been orphaned.

I guess if enough "interest" is shown for a 454 IQ, they might? take it on.

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