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Old 05-25-2004, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Super tornado

Has anyone heard of this tornado fuel saver thingy. It looks really hoky but I don't know, i would love some feedback.

here is the link http://www.myauto.tv/tfs/?PHPSESSID=...af3f6062a432fb
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Old 05-26-2004, 01:37 AM   #2
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I hear its a total load of well... you know

In other words for the most part it doesnt work. I think on like ONE car it actually helped a bunch, but its pretty much useless. Spend the money on new plugs, wires and a cap and rotor.. you will get more performance that way.
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Old 05-26-2004, 11:23 AM   #3
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Mike, that's exactly what it is, a big load of poo...

Back in my younger days, when I had extra money to waste on crap like that, I tried it in my Legacy. Absolutely no performance increase or gas mileage increase, just made the car harder to start for some reason, probably because it's nothing more than an obstruction in the intake.
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Old 06-01-2004, 12:08 PM   #4
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i five fingered one at a junk yard, put it in yhe cone ilter on my impreza, noticed a bit quicker acceleration but im not sure if it helped anything else.
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Old 06-29-2004, 05:19 PM   #5
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i got one in my obs now.. it does feel a lil nothing noticebale gas mileage though.. we originally had it on e a 93 diamante wagon with 110,000 miles and that became quicker too. but no real significant gas improvement
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Old 06-29-2004, 05:38 PM   #6
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I replied to a similar question a while ago. But I'll restate it. It seems like it only works on some cars. My boss put one in his 2003 chevy z71 and claims his MPG went up by 3 (he even modded one for his boat and motorcycle [I'm not kidding]). He convinced me to put one in my monte carlo. I did not see or feel anything different. I've also heard from other people that it works, I'd say about 2 out of 5 people claim it works. It's kind of a gamble. I agree with the others though, I'd spend the money on a tune up if I were you, Unless you have the money to burn.
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Old 06-30-2004, 09:27 AM   #7
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Default Tornado = scam

Let's put this tornado nonsense where it belongs: in the trash, once and for all.
If you haven't seen the commercials, a foreign 'inventor' presents a demonstration of two plastic water bottles taped together at their mouths, one filled with water, the other empty. When the bottled with the water is inverted, the water starts to flow into the empty bottle below but it doesn't flow well; lot's of bubbles and turbulence. Sudenly, the inventor of the Tornado swirls the water, creating a vortex, and the water magically flows faster from one bottle to another. The obvious extrapolation: apply this to your intake air and you've got FREE horsepower, better mileage, reduced emissions and longer lasting erections. WOW; where do I get one. (Did you ever notice that all of these schlock products have a spokesperson with a foreign accent; that's to lend some credibility to their garbage, like the guy that sold a car wax that protects your car's paintjob from laser beams - remember that bit of commercial brilliance?)
Getting back to the Tornado, there's one important item that EVERYONE (especially the Tornado's inventor) seems to forget when talking about the intake tract of just about every automobile on the road: the throttle plate. The throttle plate is found on every gas carburetor and gas fuel injected intake manifold. The throttle plate, when partially open, is a WALL in the path of the incoming air. What affect do you think that has on the vortex? Notice how in the above water bottle demonstration, there is no throttle plate in between the two water bottles? Do you know why? Because if there were a throttle plate, even if it were wide open, the orientation of that plate would eliminate the swirl, causing the airflow to straighten back out.
Oh, and the people that claim they see performance or mileage claims. What Tornado buyer would be honest enough to admit that they paid $20 or $30 bucks on a gimmick THAT DIDN"T WORK; that would make them look Stupid, would it not?
Final thought: just like urban legend of the 100 MPG carb of the 70's, if there were a simple cheap gadget that would add HP and mileage to every car (Tornado's claim), why on Earth wouldn't the auto manufacturers already have them on their cars? What manufacturer benefits from advertising LESS HP or LESS MPG?
Do yourself a favor and buy $20 or $30 worth of Starbucks; toss down a double espresso or latte and you'll think you're going faster even if your car isn't.
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