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Well we are going to find out. I'm going to do a test on it myself to see if it really increases the gas milage and power as it claims it will. So starting today, my 94 F150 with a 302 and a 5 speed is going to be a test mule for the next month or so.
I'm first going to get some very accurate gas milage figures. I will do this by filling the tank up to the exact same point every time I get gas, and then divide the miles travled (according to the odometer) by the gallons of fuel used (according the the readout on the gas pump). Now since filling the gas tank up to the exact same point every time is nearly impossible, I have modified the filler neck so I can get the tank filled right up to the brim on the second click of the gas pump.

Kind of hard to see in the picture, but thats Chevron Supreme 91 octane filled right to the brim



And since gas is measured by volume, and the volume changes with temperature, I will get gas at the same time each day, roughly 4:00pm.

To keep the gas milage figures and this test accurate, the truck will now ONLY be used to drive myself to and from work. If I have another errand to run or something like that I will not drive this truck. Its going from my house in the morning, to work. Then leaving work in the evening and driving right by the gas station (stopping if fuel is needed) and comming straight home. Same roads every time, same driving style every time, no changes. For accuracy, I will do the speed limit on every road, and use the cruise control on 80% of the trip. Also for accuracy the headlights will be on every trip (It was raining today so I had them on, dont want anything to effect the results). Also for consistancy, The truck will have exactally 5 minutes of idle time in the morning at my house to thaw the windshield, then the defrost will be on high untill I drive by this one road on the way to work, 17 miles away. I will do this even if its not needed for accuracy.

Gas will be bought at the same gas station every time, and even at the same pump. It will always be Chevron 91 octane. I'm even going to take a picture of the odometer with the gas reciet to help keep the accuracy.
On todays stop at the gas station I topped off the tank for the test.
Odometer reads 156,736.6 miles


I will not be using the trip odometer since people will accuse me of fudging the results. This way the miles will always be a running total.



So that should get me some very accurate "before" gas milage figures.







Now for the claim of increased power, I also have a test for that. Every day I go up a 2 mile long 7% hill on my way home from work. At the bottom of the hill there is a "END 35 SPEED LIMIT" sign, I will drive by that sign starting up the hill at exactally 35 MPH in 4th gear. As soon as I cross the sign, the pedel goes to the floor to see how much speed I can pick up going up the hill (in 4th gear the whole way). Near the top of the hill there is a "45 ZONE AHEAD" sign. as soon as I cross that sign I will record the speed. I will do this test the same way every time I drive up the hill to keep the gas milage figures accurate.

Sorry, these pictures didn't turn out well, and I wasn't turning around to re-do them. Next time I will keep the flash off.
Bottom of the hill, doing exactally 35 MPH in 4th gear up to the 35 sign


Top of the hill, I hit exactally 62 MPH when crossing the 45 sign


However to be honest I'm not as concerned with the power increase as I am with the milage increase. I just thought while I'm doing the milage a little power test won't hurt anything.


I will add to this post every time I fill up the tank. Then after I have a good baseline, I'm going to install the Tornado.


TUESDAY, 3-21-06
62.5 MPH up the hill


WEDNESDAY, 3-22-06
66 MPH up the hill


THURSDAY, 3-23-06
stopped for gas at the Chevron today. 91 octane from the same pump, #4, topped off.
20.388 gallons of gas for 239.7 miles = 11.7569 MPG
(156,976.3 - 156,736.6 = 239.7)


then I hit 64.5 MPH up the hill


MONDAY, 3-27-06
64.5 MPH up the hill


TUESDAY, 3-28-06
64.5 MPH up the hill


MONDAY, 4-3-06
Stopped for gas today at the Chevron, 91 octane from pump #4, topped off
20.501 gallons of gas for 239.8 miles = 11.69699 MPG
(157,216.1 - 156,976.3 = 239.8)


Then I hit 63 MPH up the hill


WEDNESDAY, 4-5-06
62.5 MPH up the hill


THURSDAY, 4-6-06
65 MPH up the hill


MONDAY, 4-10-06
Got gas today, same station, same pump, topped off,
20.459 gallons for 239.9 miles = 11.7258 MPG
(157,456.0 - 157,216.1 = 239.9 miles driven)


Then I hit 63 MPH up the hill


TUESDAY, 4-11-06
60.5 MPH up the hill


THURSDAY, 4-13-06
A fast 67 MPH up the hill. I don't know why tuesday was the slowest and today was the fastest


MONDAY, 4-17-06
Topped off the tank again today
20.491 gallons of gas for 239.8 miles driven = 11.7026 MPG
(157,695.8 - 157,456.0 = 239.8)


Then I hit 65.5 MPH up the hill


WEDNESDAY, 4-19-06
65 MPH even


TUESDAY, 4-25-06
64 MPH


FRIDAY, 4-28-06
Stopped for gas today
20.192 gallons of gas for 240.0 miles driven = 11.8858 MPG
(157,935.8 - 157,695.8 = 240.0)


Then while the truck was filling up, I installed the 2 tornados at the gas station.


Then I hit 62.5 MPH up the hill.


So just to recap, the average gas milage without the tornado is 11.7536 MPG
I'm happy so far with how consistant everything is. The best and worst milage figures are only a difference of 0.1889 MPG. I don't know why the miles driven ranges from 239.7 to 240.0, but I'm assuming it has something to do with different air temperatures raising or lowering the tire pressure and making the rolling diamater of the tire different. Some days it rained to, so that could have also made a difference. When I started doing this test it was averaging 35 to 40 degreese in the morning, now its always in the 80's.
Even with the heat, I'm still driving everywhere with the windows closed. And I'm even running the defroster on high and the hottest setting for the first 17 miles on the way to work. Sweatin like a whore, but I'll just deal with it.


MONDAY, 5-1-06
64 MPH


TUESDAY, 5-2-06
64 MPH


WEDNESDAY, 5-3-06
First tank of gas with the Tornados installed,
19.701 gallons of gas for 239.5 miles driven = 12.1567 MPG
(158,175.3 - 157,935.8 = 239.5)


And then I hit 65.5 MPH hp the hill


THURSDAY, 5-4-06
63.5 MPH


FRIDAY, 5-5-06
63 MPH



SATURDAY, 5-6-06
Second tank with the Tornados installed
19.538 gallons of gas for 239.5 miles driven = 12.2581 MPG
(158,414.8 - 158,175.3 = 239.5)


Even better milage the second tank.

I'm going to have to use this truck this week, so I'm going to take it out of the test now with 158,414.8 miles on it. When I'm done using it, I will top off the tank again and get the millage so I can run a few more tanks through it to make sure the Tornado really does work.


THURSDAY, 5-11-06
OK I'm putting the truck back in the test now. Nothing has changed about it, and the Tornados are still installed.
Just topped off the tank today with 158,724.4 miles on the odometer.


62 MPH up the hill


FRIDAY, 5-12-06

62.5 MPH


SATURDAY, 5-13-06
63 MPH


MONDAY, 5-15-06
Topped off the tank again today, but this time I REMOVED THE TORNADOS
This way we will see if the milage increase was really from the Tornados or the warmer weather, because it both happened at the same time


19.194 gallons of gas for 239.6 miles driven = 12.4830 MPG with Tornados installed
(158,964.0 - 158,724.4 = 239.6)


Then I hit 62.5 MPH up the hill without Tornaods


WEDNESDAY, 5-17-06
63 MPH


THURSDAY, 5-18-06
64 MPH


FRIDAY, 5-19-06
Topped off the tank for the last time,
20.326 Gallons of gas for 239.5 miles driven = 11.7829 MPG
(159,203.5 - 158,964.0 = 239.5)


Well there you have it. As soon as I took the Tornados out the gas milage goes right back down to that 11.7 average I had without the Tornados. I'm convinced and suprised that they actually do work.
 

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Sweet idea Mike. Keep us posted
 

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you really need to clean your truck. :goodfinge




good idea mike, i'm wondering how the results will turn out.
 

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it needs to be cleaned again.
 

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clean it now, armorall it, etc. and take 10 minutes once a week to wipe down the interior with a damp cloth, not that hard.
 

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stepchild88 said:
clean it now, armorall it, etc. and take 10 minutes once a week to wipe down the interior with a damp cloth, not that hard.
I'll clean it next year. I'm not anal about keeping shit clean. You can enjoy something more when you don't worry about it so much.
 

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Mine gets washed when it rains.
My paints only shiny when it rains. And funny story about that. The other day I had to go by my insurance office because they needed to take pictures of the truck, well it was raining at the time and they said to come back when its not raining because the black looked real shiny and in great shape with it being wet. All the manzanita pinstriping you couldn't even see
 

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11.7 MPG, thats the best this truck has ever done on this road. Maybe the secret to better gas milage is just doing the sped limit everywhere :shrug



And I'm not going to drive this tomarrow because I'll have to run by the bank on my way home to deposit my check and I don't want to change anything in how its driven
 

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stepchild88 said:
clean it now, armorall it, etc. and take 10 minutes once a week to wipe down the interior with a damp cloth, not that hard.

well to mike 11 months ago is just cleaning it. leave him alone he has better things to do than take 5 seconds out of his day to dust shit. beside thats a womans job
 

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Sweatin my ass of this morning driving to work. It was already warm outside, but I had to drive with the defroster on HI and HOT for the first 17 miles to keep everything consistant. I didn't want to put the window down either since that might have a small effect on the wind restance
 

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i understand what you're trying to do, but, if you open your drivers side window, and then open the sliding rear window all the way, it has no wind resistance. plus, it's not like your truck is very aerodynamic to begin with.
 

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I just had this image of mike trapped in the front seat of his truck like a puppy that his owner left in the car at the mall on a 90° day.
 

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:lolup mumblin under his breath, about some god damn test he is trying to do accurately to prove the world wrong
 
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