Anyone tried the tornado gas saver?

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  1. Drew Bethel

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    I'm going to go with gimmick on that one [​IMG]
     
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    Total snake oil. If it worked, the manufacturers would be using them.
     
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    Copper bracelets, magnets on water lines, green edges on CDs...
     
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    Its been proven to be TOTALLY BOGUS.......enuff said..
     
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    Sport Compact Car did a test on it, and found NO GAINS! Though the maker of this thing said they found gains on a dyno, but Sport Compact Car wouldn't believe it.

    those 2 guys from the TV show "Shade Tree Mechanic" are in their adds endorsing the prodcut, how could they seel out like that, man oh man.
     
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    Save your money.
     
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    I bursted out laughing when they said they based their design on airplane jet engines (I'm an aero/astro engineer). Too bad cars don't use jet engines. There are good reasons for jet engines to "stir up the air", but those fan blades aren't spinning to increase fuel efficiency. They're spinning to COMPRESS the air. A simple layer of stators (non rotating, curved blades) on a piston engine won't do crap.
     
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    I have no idea about the "tornado" but I got about .5 to almost 1 GPM more plus better throttle response when I installed my K&N air filter. I paid $50 but its good for up to 1,000,000 as long as you clean and re-oil it every 30-50k. I have a 2000 Ford Ranger Extended Cab, 3.0v6, 2WD, 5 Speed Manual.
     
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    Well, the air filter actually can make a difference as it allows air to flow more freely. The same goes for "coffee can exhausts". While they sound all ricey, they actually give you a small increase in HP and efficiency by decreasing back-pressure. The tornado, however, won't do crap.
     
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    K&N lets more dirt in, with more air. If you plan on owning the vehicle into high mileage, this could be a problem down the road. Otherwise, enjoy.
     
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    From K&N:
     
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    A real independent test. If I were racing, there's no question I'd use one (and I have). BUT, there is no way that a K&N will see use on my '95 Accord, which I intend to run 250K+ miles, without ever getting into the engine. I'm at 112K so far.
    Todd
     
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    Sorry Todd, but I think ill trust a barage of tests, included tests done by the SAE over one mans test.

    It may be a credible test, but the odds are against him.
     
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    Im a territory sales manage for NAPA in Michigan, and I get these things for free... K&N Air filter, improves hp and gas mileage. The Tornados are selling crazy as are the K&N filters, I have a tornado in my car as well, My gas mileage went up 2 mpg, so its working for me.

    Based on the number of sales that I have seen in the Michigan area of the Tornados and K&N Filters they are not bogus, go to your local NAPA store and pick on up.
     
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    We agree to disagree, then. I simply can't find any data that says the K&N is better at filtering than a good pleated filter. More HP, sure, if you think 3-4HP is going to make a world of difference.
     
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    Well, its more like 9hp for me Todd.

    The thing is, when you add up all the "small" bolt-on's and other mods, you get a pretty good amount of HP for the little work involved.
     

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