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Oct 04, 1998 (5:59 pm)
Recently overheard at a health food store:
DS#1 Gee, I put new plugs in my vehicle and in a very uncontrolled experiment, and got better gas mileage.
DS#2 Were the plugs splitfire, or platinum, or snake oil brand?
DS#3 Dunno, but they sure are better 'cuz if i didn't say that I would look like a dumb##it.
LOOK around at racers and see if they run the snake oil stuff when not sponsored. Bet not too many of them run STP or DuraLUBE or Slick50 or Splitfire or Pet Rocks or....
Just Like that PT Barnum guy once said 'there's a sucker born every minute'.......
Oct 26, 1998 (6:50 pm)
You might check out the Rapid Fire from AC. They did a good job for me in a 5.7 L Chevy Blazer (93). They were less than the Split Fire in cost. Another option. I'm one who thinks that plugs that are from the factory tend to run better than an after marked brand.
#9 of 26 araz
Nov 17, 1998 (7:28 am)
If you use the "twin core wire, and the "split electrode" plug, how does the poor confused electrons know which one to follow. Like if it goes down wirecore #1, are you guaranteed it'll get to electrode #1? If it goes to #2, will it misfire, or run the motor sdrawkcab??
Nov 17, 1998 (1:44 pm)
I think you will also have to install a "spark trainer" so the spark will go to the correct electrode
Nov 17, 1998 (9:58 pm)
Hey, I'm selling spark trainers over the internet... For $50 plus handling, all you have to do is park your vehicle near your computer, download my special 'SuperDuperSparkTrainer' program, and I promise that your vehicle will run better. I even offer a money back guarantee. Of course, there is that non-refundable $20 handling fee....
Nov 18, 1998 (1:44 pm)
You know what the sad part is: somebody out there will believe you. You can also make money by retrofitting cars so they are Y2K compliant.
#13 of 26 araz
Nov 19, 1998 (8:08 am)
I'll bet some are already working on a scam based on the Y2K deal, and unknowing car owners. Sad huh?? How about compliant anti-freeze?
Dec 13, 1998 (2:33 am)
The motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Daytona Beach Florida tested on a dynometer a motorcycle engine with stock NGK plugs and then under same conditions and parameters a set of Splitfire SPARKPLUGS.
NO DIFFERENCE WAS NOTED. ITS ALL IN THE NUMBERS.
EVERYTHING ELSE IS EMOTION.
#15 of 26 Rich
Dec 15, 1998 (6:49 am)
Where do you put your money?
When we had points, condensers and rotors under the distributor cap the efficiency of the ignition system was about 90%. As spark plugs aged in the engine, the efficiency fell off towards 70%. Enter ordinary "Transistor Ignition". This raised the efficiency to 99% and kept the plugs operating at mid to high 90% efficiency.
Unfortunately people would still wait until performance was poor before tuning up. So the plugs would really go to do-do and again the engine was running at 70%.
Enter the feds and the EPA. We wound up with better electronic ignitions (40-60 KV), resistor and platinum plugs. The platinum allows the center electrode to be run at a hotter temperature to burn off deposits.
Today's engines with the 100K mile tune up specification are probably running even higher voltages on the secondary. Maybe even 100 KV. At those voltages, a nail in epoxy in the plug hole would work; for a while.
With all these advances in ignition systems, I seriously doubt that the split fire plug would be an advantage. But at 100K miles, spend the $80 for a set of split fire plugs, it's only about $30 more than platinum plugs. (Or .03 cents a mile.) After 100K miles and then new split fire plugs, I'm sure you'll notice an improvement.
Dec 15, 1998 (4:30 pm)
Rich - not sure what you were trying to say but.... I'd rather have a new set of OEM platinum plugs every 60,000 as compared to new 'snake oil splitfire' plugs every 100,000