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Old 04-02-2013, 08:11 AM   #1
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Cool TRD CAI Filter Replacement vs Cleaning

I'm at the 60k mark and I've decided to do as much of the maintenance on the truck myself as I can. One of the things I really need to do is either replace or clean the TRD CAI filter. After researching a bit I came across several options but first I should add the caveat that I put the TRD filter in the CAI dry which I'm not sure if I was suppose to do or not so I can only imagine how dirty it is and how its been affecting my MPG.

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Clean and oil the existing TRD CAI filter?

Replace with stock new TRD CAI filter - $55 + ship
http://www.onlinetoyotaparts.com/oem...TR0535066.html

Replace with AFE filter which you can get either a dry or wet model.
aFe P/N 24-91021 around $70.


So what should I do here? I guess it makes sense to get a TRD CAI filter replacement since I found one in stock and its cheaper than the AFE filter. Does this need to be oiled?

oh... if anyone knows where to get a cheap AC cabin filter too please post it up. Thanks.
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Replace with afe pro dry S


I buy my cabin filters from the dealership.....they beat napa and kragens price, same with oil filters


Btw, trd doesn't make filters.................. so don't worry about "trd" matching products.....toyota has K&N, or AFE make their "trd" gauze air filters
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I thought I read somewhere that the pro dry doesn't last as long as a wet filter. Is that true?

Recommend anywhere to get a Pro dry for a decent price? It's more than buying a replacement filter from the stealership.
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I thought I read somewhere that the pro dry doesn't last as long as a wet filter. Is that true?

Recommend anywhere to get a Pro dry for a decent price? It's more than buying a replacement filter from the stealership.
I honestly don't know what u mean about lasting as long...........

Dry filter will be better for MAF sensor.

As for the afe dry, try amazon, gadget at urdusa.com, orbuy/sell/trade area

Running an amsoil right now with the urd, but I had the afe at 1 point years ago and it seemed fine.

Ymmv............certain climates/driving conditions may not be good for a dry filter and stock would be safer.....again, ymmv
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If you decide to clean it, get the AFE cleaning kit instead of the trd clean kit. The afe is half the price and the same exact kit:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Slight bump..

Similar question here. Anyone know if there is a dry replacement for the 2nd gen TRD. It uses a flat oiled filter.
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Similar question, how long do you guys usually go before replacing a reusable filter?

I've got 85,000 miles on the TRD CAI with its original filter. Due for another cleaning. Not sure if I should just clean it again or replace. The tube behind the filter is spotless so I guess the filter is still doing its job just fine.

I've been using K&N cleaning/oil kit every 15-20k miles.
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Every 3rd or 4th oil change is fine to clean the filter as that's usually when you are supposed to change the filter anyway.

In regards to the question on longevity of the pro dry vs oiled. The oiled version is meant to last longer as it is reusable. The dry is meant to be replaced every 15-20k miles.
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