I was completely bewildered by this post at first, even more so when I guessed at www.ecotek.co.uk and found a company that sold wind deflectors for trucks.
I have now found the correct web-site though, and I know what you're talking about at last. I saw this reviewed a couple of months ago in the Telegraphs driving section, they thought it was great, and said that it only takes about 30 mins to fit. Obviously there was nothing model specific, but I'm not sure what could make an Alfa take much more than that.
Anyone got any comments to prove me wrong and make me look stupid?
I think you can by a muffler to silence them. They make claims particularly for better mpg and improved (i.e smoother) acceleration. I had a think about one, and although there are many good reviews there was very little science that i could see. Not easy to fit on a TS as the servo and pipes a bit inaccessible. Wouldnt defeat most people here, i expect.
I fitted an Ecotek to my 1.4 145 and found a difference in how the car drives around the city. It used to be very hard to pull away smoothly from the lights but fitting the ecotek has improved the cars response in 1st. I'm not sure about the fuel economy side of things as I added an autodelta filter and supersprint exhaust at the same time but suffice to say I haven't really noticed any increase in my trips to the petrol pumps.
There was a guy on alfa155.com giving two away for free as he said they were a complete waste of money. He also commented on the noise. I thought about one of these a year ago until I started hearing all the bad things.
I have absolute belief in the Ecotek CB-26P. I also believe in flying saucers and fairies.I am reluctant to waste time on this device. However in summary it appears to have two functions !)It bleeds air into the inlet manifold. 2) It perhaps induces some additional turbulence in the inlet manifold.
Any bled air weakens the mixture which automatically causes the Lambda sensor to signal an increase in fuel to be injected.
There have been many devices over the years designed to increase turbulence in the inlet manifold, NONE of which have shown any advantage.