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Does a throttle body spacer work?

I have been looking on this site and others for a while now and i cant find anything about it. Some say yes, some say no. I wonder if the people that said it works might have a placebo affect. I am not looking into power but more into the fuel economy. I understand how it would work in theory but i am not sure how it would work in real time. I have taken out the silencer on my intake box and did notice a bit more top end and a bit better throttle response but nothing too awesome. I just think it would be nice to have.. if it works.
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Don't work. It's a gimmick. An intake spacer between the upper and lower works but increasing runner length. That will give you some more low end like with the Mustangs. For the OHV's, an intake spacer can be made out of a spare fuel rail.
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Don't work. It's a gimmick. An intake spacer between the upper and lower works but increasing runner length. That will give you some more low end like with the Mustangs. For the OHV's, an intake spacer can be made out of a spare fuel rail.
Have you actually tried one or is it just "i think it sucks therefore it does suck" kinda thing.
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I've been in and around the racing industry for 19 years. I attend the Performance Racing Industry convention quite often. That aside, nobody I know that builds cars uses them because they've been proven not to work.That concept is what is used on carbed setups. Those increase the plenum size. The 3/8" increase or the fins/twist that they claim to swirl the air doesn't do anything just like the Tornadoes and all they're knock offs. If these things actually worked you'd see them on the race/high end cars out there.
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I had one, all it does is makes a whistle. It wont hurt or help.
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It'll hurt your wallet. Lol.
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nope, it doesnt work
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It just makes a slight whistle. I had one on mine for 60k+ miles.

The only car I heard they work on is the Jeep I6 Engine and I never even hear people talk about those
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I might give one a shot. I am enjoying some extra cash flow right now so might as well take advantage of it.
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I had one, all it does is makes a whistle. It wont hurt or help.
Remember me?? I was talking to you on one of your threads. well guess what. My diesel broke down! :|
Do you also know that means!?!?!
Can you say new build from oil pan up! HELL YES!!!!
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I would put the money in the gas tank instead of wasting it on the spacer. Just throwing money away with it
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I would put the money in the gas tank instead of wasting it on the spacer. Just throwing money away with it
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I'm watching "off road overhaul" as we speak and they just used one on a jeep and they say it adds horsepower as well as 19ft lbs of torque. I personally I don't know anything about it just thought is chime in cuz its on the show I'm watching.
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Remember me?? I was talking to you on one of your threads. well guess what. My diesel broke down! :|
Do you also know that means!?!?!
Can you say new build from oil pan up! HELL YES!!!!
Whats your sign on over on PSN? Sorry I have a horrible memory.

What happened? Thats what I am afraid of one of these days, who knows though.
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Whats your sign on over on PSN? Sorry I have a horrible memory.

What happened? Thats what I am afraid of one of these days, who knows though.
I dont have one for psn. But i was hauling my old international loader for about 45 miles and at first it threw a code, then the shifting got eradict and it would jump in and out of over drive. Just thought it was the transmission module going out but as i was scanning threw my gauges with the dash daq i noticed i couldnt maintain rail pressure. So i screwed up my fuel pump and everything after that. So the shifting was due to i was making different power and different times. less power meant more downshifting. But im going to get new pistons, injectors, fuel rails, hpfp, maybe replace the airdog just to be safe, port the heads even more, and see what i can do to improve the bottom end of the block.
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I dont have one for psn. But i was hauling my old international loader for about 45 miles and at first it threw a code, then the shifting got eradict and it would jump in and out of over drive. Just thought it was the transmission module going out but as i was scanning threw my gauges with the dash daq i noticed i couldnt maintain rail pressure. So i screwed up my fuel pump and everything after that. So the shifting was due to i was making different power and different times. less power meant more downshifting. But im going to get new pistons, injectors, fuel rails, hpfp, maybe replace the airdog just to be safe, port the heads even more, and see what i can do to improve the bottom end of the block.
oh wow, thats my worst fear with mine. Its one thing if that happens near home, if it happens 600 miles from home thats another thing.
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I might give one a shot. I am enjoying some extra cash flow right now so might as well take advantage of it.
Its up to you, but I wouldn't spend money on it. Buy one of them turbo whistler things lol.

Spend the extra cash flow elsewhere.
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oh wow, thats my worst fear with mine. Its one thing if that happens near home, if it happens 600 miles from home thats another thing.
Yeah luckily i was only like 50 miles away from home or 10 miles from my other ranch (so close!). And i think i know what caused all the mishap. I left my truck on the 350 tune. Yeah im an idiot but the day before i was at the track. So pretty much the 350 tune is risky with nothing behind.. now add a 36 foot flat bed goose neck and a 16000 pound loader and just like that you got total destruction under the hood.
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lol oh boy... I can see that not helping at all! We all make mistakes though.

I suppose your international is fairly heavy? Ive towed 5000lbs with the 250 tune and it seemed perfectly fine. That is quite a bit different from the 350 though.
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lol oh boy... I can see that not helping at all! We all make mistakes though.

I suppose your international is fairly heavy? Ive towed 5000lbs with the 250 tune and it seemed perfectly fine. That is quite a bit different from the 350 though.
yup. The International is very old maybe 15 years ago. Its a caterpillar style with a massive i-6 diesel non turbo, and the bucket is huge. I recently rebuilt the three hydraulic cylinders in the front for the loader and all three of them weighed just over 550 pounds. I have no idea how much it all weighed in total but i would say it was well over the 25k point. My truck weights over 9000 pounds with the lift, rims tires and auxiliary diesel tank full.
lol yeah the 250 and 350 make the world of difference. The 350 is very touchy and has amazing top end. The 250 is an amazing daily driver because its not very touchy and has good power throughout out the power band. Its a lot easier on everything too. Not too much smoke either. The 350 is like a damn train. I dont know why i didnt check when i saw a trail of smoke behind me.
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ha! yeah you had it coming with that much weight. sucks but you will have a nice truck afterwards!
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yeah. I am getting it rebuilt in my shop right now and one of my technicians showed me the block and we were both surprised as too you could still see the cross hatches on the cylinder walls even after 78000 miles, 10k miles were stock the rest as tuned. Big props to international and spartan tuning. I am just replacing pistons to avoid a problem in the long run.
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Sure! They teach your truck how to whistle when you hit the gas.
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