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Directory:Pulstar Plug:Jerry Wills Testimonial
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 reported getting 18.55 MPG on their latest 1,200 miles across the country, going between 65 and 70 mph. That's nearly a 60% increase in mileage.
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Jerry Wills' Testimonial Regarding Pulstar Plugs
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 that amount.
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 Pulstar. 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 idea.
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 1524 gallons.
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...
Follow-up Testimonial: Feb. 19, 2008
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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