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Driving 24,000 miles in a 1999 Chevy K1500 Suburban since August 29th, 2007, Jerry Wills saw his mileage increased by around 40%, going from 10-11 MPG without the plugs to an average of 15+ mpg with the plugs, saving him more than $2,500. On Feb. 19, 2008 he
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The following is an excerpt from the Feb. 14, 2008 Xpeditions Newsletter by Jerry Wills of http://www.jerrywills.com, reprinted here with his permission
As promised, I have information for you I felt would be beneficial to
pass on. This newsletter is mostly dedicated to information we've
gathered to reduce our gas expense while driving across America during
the last several months. As you know, we have been traveling since
August 29th, 2008. To date, we have traveled over 24,000 miles. It has
been both exhausting and exhilarating. We have seen hundreds of places
and helped many along the way. We've driven in ice storms, rain, wind
and or course... sunny days! The temperatures have ranged from 0 (f)
to 85 (f). [...]
One concern we have had from the inception of this journey was the
high cost of gasoline. On average we have spent about the same as most
of you, about $2.90 or so per gallon. Of course this price varied, but
the up's and down's of gas prices have likely averaged this cost at
Attempting greater mileage, we have experimented with several things.
One item was a hydrogen generator that attached to our intake
manifold. So far, it has done very little to offset the low milage we
experience with our vehicle. For more about this device visit
http://www.AquaTune.com Later we will have video of this and the
other things we tried. I'll alert you once this is online.
So, this newsletter will bring you up to speed (pun intended) with
what worked and what did not. I know each of you are curious what can
be done to save you money at the pump just like we were. I believe I
now have a solid answer that - if implemented - will surely work as
well for you as it has for us.
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD....
As I mentioned, we have traveled quite a distance since last August. A
few months ago, after trying several things, I installed plasma spark
plugs to see if we might gain greater miles per gallon. I knew we
would be driving alot and wanted to try to conserve gas and ultimately
cold hard cash. I eventually discovered an Albuquerque New Mexico
company with some very interesting claims and ended up buying a set of
what I felt were costly spark plugs. I wish I had done this a few
thousand miles earlier... This is technology at its best.
The company is called Directory:Pulstar Pulse Plug. The plugs are apx $25 per each.
For the sake of completely illustrating our experience it should be
noted we are driving a 1999 Chevy K1500 Suburban. We use Mobil 1
synthetic motor oil, changed every 3,000 miles. The vehicle weighs apx
7,000 pounds. We monitor our tire pressure (38lb's psi.) and rotate
our tires every 6,000 miles. We are using GoodYear Wrangler 265 / 75R
16. They now have 24,000 miles on them since August 29th, 2007.
Before installing the plugs, or making any modifications, our average
milage (supported by receipts) was 10 ~ 11 mpg. From there, we began
adding items to the engine and ignition systems.
One of the first things we tried were the best Bosch Platinum plugs
(apx $12 per plug). Though there seemed to be a slight increase of
power, our mileage was not affected at all.
Next, we replaced the O2 sensors (4 X $150 - original GM replacement).
There was no noticeable difference with power or milage. This is
likely due to the O2 sensors not being faulty. We still recommend a
person try this to be certain of the sensor's functionality. If these
are bad, or not working properly, power and especially MPG will be
effected. Your "check engine light" might not go on if they are
working but not working great. It's suggested the sensors be replaced
at 90,000 ~ 100,000 miles. We started our journey at 112,000 miles,
thus our decision to change them.
We replaced the ignition system with an MSD high energy, multiple
spark module ($385). We also replaced the ignition coil with a high
output coil. This made no difference in MPG but did increase our
power. This was especially noticeable when going from a full stop to
full speed, passing another vehicle, or while driving an incline.
Next, we stopped in Texas to visit and video taped the inventor of the
AquaTune hydrogen generator (http://www.aquatune.com/index.asp). Nick
(the inventor) installed the device one cold morning and we were on
our way by mid-afternoon. After several tanks of gas we were surprised
to discover it didn't work. A few months later we were passing through
Texas again and had another installed (at no cost) by Nick (a really
nice fellow). It isn't working either...
Finally, after all this expense and fading hope, we installed the
Pulstar Plugs. I had decided this would be the last thing I would try
since nothing was helping.
The results were immediately noticeable and very exciting. I had so
much power at idle I had to ride the brakes...
We tried the plugs with the AquaTune generator and without. Our
results were better with the AquaTune disconnected, though we are
still experimenting with this (since it's still connected). I'm really
curious why it isn't working.
We have since travelled 21,000 miles across the US with these plugs
installed. Our fuel savings are remarkable!
One thing I should mention is that a few days after replacing our new
Bosch plugs with the Pulstar plugs, one of the Pulstar Plugs went bad.
I called the factory and was sent a replacement via FedEx the next
day. The level of customer support and customer service has been
extraordinary. These folks really care about their reputation. It's
unfortunate you don't see this degree of competence and caring much
anymore. Pulstar is one great company.
If you decide to order these for your vehicle you will not be
disappointed. One thing to note is that we have discovered '''the spark
gap should be at .040, not the recommended .045 set at the factory'''.
The narrower gap allows for a greater energy potential release which
works better with low octane gas (87 or 86 octane). We see no increase
AT ALL with premium grades of gasoline. Actually, our milage seems to
be a little worse with premium grades of gasoline.
Lou (the inventor) tells us the technology is Tesla based and an off-
shoot of experiments conducted at Sandia Nuclear Lab's. Lou is a
really neat person whom I really enjoyed spending an afternoon with. I
have a video interview and other details about these plugs I plan to
have online in another few weeks. What I saw at Lou's lab/ factory was
very exciting and wonderful.
Since installing these plugs 'our average milage is between 3 and 5 mpg
greater'. Lou asked if I'm sure about this sine this would represent
about a 40% increase. yes, I am absolutely certain. I have gas
receipts to prove it.
We also have 'greater power' at the same rate of gas consumption. This
is quite evident as we climb steep inclines, travel through
mountainous regions, or zoom past someone in overdrive. We noticed the
greatest "hit" to our mileage during sustained traveling through
mountainous areas. Our milage dropped to 12.75mpg/ 13.25mpg during
these times, which is a gain from our previously recorded milage
(without the plugs installed) of 9.35mpg/ 10.16mpg. However, we have
plenty of power as we climb through the slopes....
City driving yields a solid 13.75mpg. This is up from a solid 10.2mpg.
We replaced the spark plug wires (apx $35). We later discovered during
our interview with Lou these should have been better wires and need to
be replace again with a plug wire of greater diameter (for a better
transfer of energy) and using a wire that incorporates a full boot
that would completely cover the ceramic body of the plug. Covering the
plug completely causes the corona, which develops around the plug body
when it fires, to be more completely focused toward the end of the
plug. This results in a more intense spark. It's already an
astonishingly piercing bead of energy at the tip as you will soon see
on the video. Additionally, the boot more completely insulates plug
from any ambient moisture, further delivering the full potential of
energy to the plug tip.
Our test is conclusive in clearly illustrating these plugs provide
more power and greater fuel economy, and we have receipts from every
fill-up to support these findings.
Nothing we have tried before has made such a great and noticeable
difference. We have spent quite a bit trying to find the magic bullet.
In retrospect, had we only changed our plugs to Pulstar Plugs we would
have been way ahead of the expense curve. I think that's all we really
needed to do. However, since we have tried (almost) everything we knew
(or were suggested to do) I feel it's an important aspect of our
experience. It allows us to confidently tell you only these plugs were
the distinguishing factor for our improved gas mileage.
To give you some idea of the savings we have experienced I recently
calculated our general fuel costs since beginning this trip. These
figures are not absolutely accurate but instead provide a general
We have driven apx 24,000 miles. This distance divided by the general
mileage we would have experienced (around 10mpg) would have used 2,400
gallons of gasoline.
With the Pulstar plugs installed (@ apx 15.75mpg) we would have used
The difference is 876 gallons. At an average of $2.96 per gallon we
have saved $2592.96
That is an astonishing amount!
An added bonus is that we're told our engine is quite clean inside.
The oil remains clean as well (as mentioned by the oil change dude at
Jiffy Lube). Additionally, we have not had to add any oil between
changes. Of course, this is likely due to a good engine and might not
be attributable to the plugs. I really don't know about that one.
While it's obvious most folks do not drive as much as we have, I think
it obvious these plugs can save you money. I know they are still
saving us quite a bit....
That's all for now. Thanks for taking a few minutes to review this
material. I hope it helps you save money and get down the highway of
life a little better. In a few days we head to Florida. I'll write you
all from there. This one should be quite the trip...
On Feb. 19, 2008 Jerry Wills wrote by email:
Hi Sterling, I have an update that I feel should be an amendment to
the article you posted from me.
Here is the latest:
Since Saturday Kathy & I have traveled 1200 miles from Phoenix and are
currently crossing Louisiana as we head to Florida. We have
intentionally kept our speed between 65 and 70 mph.
Though we have crossed mountains and many hill areas as we passed
through Texas (890 miles on I-10) our milage has be a steady 18.55
mpg. This is as incredible to us as it must sound to you. As before,
we have every fuel receipt with miles, gallons used and the milage
calculated. The math for this is very basic: Miles divided by gallons
equal miles per gallon.
Obviously, this increase is due to driving at a slower pace. We do not
have any receipts on hand to prove what the difference is without the
Pulstar Plugs. However, I think the plugs are responsible for some
portion of this milage increase. Whether driving fast (75 or 80 mph)
as we have recently traveled, or slower (60 - 65 through the beltway
around Phoenix) our milage was never greater than apx 11mpg without
the Pulstar Plugs.
As we gather more information I will pass it on to you. Hopefully it
will help others interested to save money.
Incidentally, an interview with Lou, the inventor of Pulstar Plugs,
was recently aired on Unicus Radio. I'll send you a link to that
program as soon as I receive it.
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