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Old 02-12-2012, 08:11 PM   #1
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I have been searching google and the ttora forum here to find any information on the best drop in air filter. I have had a drop in k&n for 6 years which equates to about 80 k miles. Its pretty nasty looking and I have never cleaned it with the k&n cleaning kit, only beat it out and blown it with an air hose.

So what do you guys recommend for an air filter.

I may just clean the k&n or either get a new filter of some sort.

I would like to see some tests done for air flow and air filtration to help determine which air filter to get next. I have looked at bobtheoil guys website and he ahs an air test but I didnt really find what i wanted.

Any input woudl be great.

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Old 02-12-2012, 09:16 PM   #2
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Read any of this? http://www.gadgetonline.com/AirInduc...in air filter:


http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=151096
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...o-you-use.html
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:09 PM   #3
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The best drop in air filter is either a good quality stock replacement like a Wix or napa Gold, or a factory Toyota filter. K&Ns don't filter worth a damn, and I've never put them in anything that made 2 cents worth of improvement. Modern engines rarely benefit from modifications to the intake or the exhaust unless corresponding improvements are made to the head. You can't move anything more through the engine than the head will allow. The engine used in gadgets tests was supercharged. That's a whole nother deal. My advice is to buy paper and spend your money on something that matters,...like maybe one of those christmas tree air fresheners

A word of caution. I've seen lots of guys blow out filters with compressed air. It's a really bad idea. The compressed air can force open the pores in the filter and lower the efficiency of filtration. When it's dirty wash it and air dry it, or if paper you can tap it to remove the worst dust. I just throw mine away when they are dirty.
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Its pretty nasty looking and I have never cleaned it with the k&n cleaning kit, only beat it out and blown it with an air hose.
That's pretty much the best way to ruin a K&N filter. Might as well trash it or get it warrantied then sell it on Ebay. I use a foam filter made by Uni which was much better then my old Amsoil filter and way better then any K&N filter. If you want a good filter, then the stock paper filters are the way to go.
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Might as well stuff an oily rag into your airbox, if you are going to run a K&N.

Stock paper filters, replace as needed...

PS. I always laugh when I see some douche with a K&N sticker on their vehicle. They think an airfilter is worth bragging about.
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PS. I always laugh when I see some douche with a K&N sticker on their vehicle. They think an airfilter is worth bragging about.
i take offense to that . I only use a drop in K%N because i know in the long run its "cheaper to keep her." I know its not going to give me 20hp or nothing, but the price of replacing AF's once or twice a year adds up over the years. just my .

PS. the sticker is on air box usually, not the truck, just to tell any mech they don't need to check the box if i ever have to have it in for service i can't do myself.
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Haters I've had my K&N since 2001 with no problems.
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so narrowing it down to AFE Pro Dry, Stock, or the Amsoil. i really enjoy not buying an air filter every year. Just another thing to forget about.
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so narrowing it down to AFE Pro Dry, Stock, or the Amsoil. i really enjoy not buying an air filter every year. Just another thing to forget about.
reading everything, and owning a K&N drop in many times, i'm actually thinking of trying an Amsol. I don't believe they make them for the 3.4 anymore (i emailed their customer service department today to verify) but if they do i'm more than willing to buy one. My next choice would be the AFE Pro dry as well. Going to remove my intake elbow instead of doing the deckplate mod (as i've done it 2 times already and am being lazy and dont wana do it again) and trying it out.
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AEM Dry flow work great for cone style re-washable filters.
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You idiots must be really damn cheap if your bitching about buying one or two stock Toyota $14 air filters every YEAR.
I buy one at least once a month.
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You idiots must be really damn cheap if your bitching about buying one or two stock Toyota $14 air filters every YEAR.
I buy one at least once a month.
I've spent $ 00.00 in 12 years
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Sigh...here we go again...

I've had the K&N FIPK since '03 and never had an issue with it. I have a spare cone filter that goes in while the other gets cleaned/dryed, re-oiled and allowed to sit.
It only took me one summer to stop buying OE replacements after going through 4 of them in a couple months of wheeling. When properly maintained and oiled they do their job as advertized. (blowing them out with compressed air completely ruins it, by the way) I still have the original filter along with the spare. I usually clean the filter once a year which is what's recommended by K&N. After spending some time with an old fart sand rail racer on the subject of K&N vs stock I was turned to the dark side I think he pulled an eye muscle by rolling his too far back in his head when I described all the bashing I'd read on ttora back then; then the lecture began...
Are the newer no-oil cones better? possibly, but you have to be careful with which one/type you use...they are NOT all the same and some of them are crap.

So, those in the desert racing profession swear by this type of filter and have been using them for longer than most of you have been on the planet. Hmm.
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i take offense to that . I only use a drop in K%N because i know in the long run its "cheaper to keep her." I know its not going to give me 20hp or nothing, but the price of replacing AF's once or twice a year adds up over the years. just my .

PS. the sticker is on air box usually, not the truck, just to tell any mech they don't need to check the box if i ever have to have it in for service i can't do myself.
Yea cheaper is the route I went before college. My brother has had a k&n in his 93 f 150 for 9 years his truck now has 389k on it prolly 170k when he put it in. just trying to see what route to go next bc i dotn wanna clean the k&n and its very dirty

I havent read the links you put up tacoma jake but will be shortly thanks for the replies
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Its pretty nasty looking and I have never cleaned it with the k&n cleaning kit, only beat it out and blown it with an air hose.
Blowing it out with an air hose is a big FAIL for you. Ruins the filter, and void's K&N's warranty...
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