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Throttle Body Spacer worth it?

I've been looking around on eBay and came across this TBS for my 3.0

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/01-06...spagenameZWD1V

Is it worth getting? Pros? Cons?
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Don't waste your money dude. They do nothing.
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Roger that.
Thanks guys.
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The goggles do nothing!!!
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what are you guys talking about, they work great
















as paper weights
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i got one. my gas went up a little and power is soso.

con about it the brackets they sent werent long enough so when i put the harness back down the wire had some tension on it
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work good if you have alot of crap done.... becuase theirs so much done it makes you believe its helping...

but it does look nice lol
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sound that they make is well worth it. they whistle like a turbo spooling up. but yeah like i always say if its not an internal motor mod all your doing is making the motors choked up hp become more freed up.
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Just think for a moment. Throttle body spacers came out when carbs where still used. It helps mix the fuel and air better since it sits right under where the fuel is introduced. If you put it on a fuel injection car it wont do anything since the fuel is added at the back of the intake valves. So the spacer will have no effect on mixing fuel and air. It might work a little on a engine that has a short intake manifold because the extra area from the spacer will add velocity to the incoming air. I though they used to work and I almost bought one but then I read the facts.
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lol yeah they don't really work at all but the sounds not worth 100 or so bucks for some of them. Just put a whistle in your exhaust pipe!
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Just think for a moment. Throttle body spacers came out when carbs where still used. It helps mix the fuel and air better since it sits right under where the fuel is introduced. If you put it on a fuel injection car it wont do anything since the fuel is added at the back of the intake valves. So the spacer will have no effect on mixing fuel and air. It might work a little on a engine that has a short intake manifold because the extra area from the spacer will add velocity to the incoming air. I though they used to work and I almost bought one but then I read the facts.
Spacer will lower velocity of the moving air in the intake. Which will require turning more RPM to get use of it, since our engines are no high twisting engines by any means, it's best not to run one. You'll suffer some torque as well.
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Spacer will lower velocity of the moving air in the intake. Which will require turning more RPM to get use of it, since our engines are no high twisting engines by any means, it's best not to run one. You'll suffer some torque as well.
It's lower? I thought since it "adds" more intake manifold that it would add velocity.
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man I didn't know some of that information... its times like this when I'm really glad I'm on here :)
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It's lower? I thought since it "adds" more intake manifold that it would add velocity.
Well I'm not gonna give a definate 'yes' or 'no' answer since i dont know it all, BUT here is my 2cents on it.

If you add Runner length and decrease the runner diameter some, you will gain in velocity and column the air better twords/into the cylinder. If you increase the intake plentum area, you will lower intake velocity, and increase volume. Because its air thats just kinda floating around until the valve opens, then it has to line up to the runner, and it goes in. Takes more piston speed to get that air moving 'better'.

Mopar 'Long Ram' (long runners = more velocity)...aka TORQUEY and lots of low-end velocity in that manifold
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Tunnel Ram (adding volume to the plentum), great for higher rpm ranges, doggish in the low end rpms.




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i say the hell wit these guys cause if ur into rangers and ur itchin for a qiuck, easy and inexpensive mod just buy it and see what happens. every car is different just go for it. i mean what u got to lose it doesn't cost that much. i was in your position and i heard alot of mixed things and i just bought it anyway. the same one your lookin at. i got a 96 ranger 3 liter v6 and its worth 80 bucks.
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Absolute waste of money.
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i had one did not notice anything
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i say the hell wit these guys cause if ur into rangers and ur itchin for a qiuck, easy and inexpensive mod just buy it and see what happens. every car is different just go for it. i mean what u got to lose it doesn't cost that much. i was in your position and i heard alot of mixed things and i just bought it anyway. the same one your lookin at. i got a 96 ranger 3 liter v6 and its worth 80 bucks.
except we have tried it, they do nothing.
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um... fddriver, how are u gonna put a throttle body spacer on a carb, wen there is no throttle body on a carb? carburetors control the air/fuel mixture. throttle bodies control the amount of air that is mixed. they're the same thing except throttle bodies are on fuel injected engines.
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um... fddriver, how are u gonna put a throttle body spacer on a carb, wen there is no throttle body on a carb? carburetors control the air/fuel mixture. throttle bodies control the amount of air that is mixed. they're the same thing except throttle bodies are on fuel injected engines.
I think you just answered your own question.

A carb technically does have throttle bodies since it has throttle blades that open with a cable just like the throttle body in a fuel injected car. They just aren't called that. The only difference is how and where the fuel is added.

The point we are trying to make here is that throttle body spacers do nothing for Rangers not the difference between a throttle body spacer and a carb spacer.
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well adding a throttle body spacer is effectively like re-jetting ur carb.
cuz it changes the air/fuel ratio does it not?
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well adding a throttle body spacer is effectively like re-jetting ur carb.
cuz it changes the air/fuel ratio does it not?

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well adding a throttle body spacer is effectively like re-jetting ur carb.
cuz it changes the air/fuel ratio does it not?
I don't see how they would change a/f ratio by just adding a little more volume to the intake. It might burn slightly learner since you are giving the a/f more time to mix so it burns more completely.
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I literally just LOL'd at that.

Of the three different vehicles I've owned, (Dodge Neon, Ford Mustang and my FX4) every forum has tested these spacers. All of them have had people do dyno runs with them, and all had the same results. ZERO.

Maybe if our motors were revving to 8k RPM and were sucking alot more air, then maybe the spacers would be worth a damn...
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