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2012 Tacoma v6 air filter

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by wild bill 195, Mar 7, 2023.

  1. Mar 7, 2023 at 10:10 AM
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    wild bill 195

    wild bill 195 [OP] 2012 Taco

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    I would like to replace my engine air filter.
    I got the used 2012 Taco V 6 from a Toyota deal ship back in October.
    The filter is very dirty and I live in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

    It has been a very mild winter, this confuses the pollen generating plants.
    What is a good air filter.
    K&N Engine Air Filter: Washable Filter, Provides Up to 50% More Airflow for Increased Power $65.00
    Spectre Spectre Replacement Air Filter $55.00
    All others around $25.00
    I do not need increased power and I do want better gas mileage, 15-18 mpg.
    A brief history.
    My first Taco was a 2002 standard cab , manual, with only 198K miles. It was totaled, not my fault, back in October.
    So I have a lead foot and love to shift. not now.
    This 2012 is a big step up for me.
    also the truck is BLACK at night and YELLOW during the day, POLLEN.
    Any ideas.
    Should like wax the truck, will that keep pollen off or get a monthly fee truck wash?

    Are there any 2nd gen TACO members in Saint Pete , Florida?
    I would like to meet you.

    thanks
     
  2. Mar 7, 2023 at 10:52 AM
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    cfcarpenter

    cfcarpenter Well-Known Member

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    Based on my past experiences with oiled filters, I only run dry filters now in all my rigs. The oil tends to leave a residue on the MAF and allows dirt to stick to it.
     
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    TexasWhiteIce

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    Just get a generic dry filter on Amazon for $10 and call it good
     
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    Robnik

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    Denso 1433009, just buy a few to offset the shipping. $12 at RockAuto :)

    [​IMG]
     
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    TnShooter

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    I’ve been using Wix for few years now.
    I add them to my RockAuto order. I usually buy 2 at a time.
     
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    Scott B.

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    I am a fan of K&N filters. I've run them for 30 years, and know others that have as well. Never had an engine issue from the air filter.

    Nice thing is, you can clean them as often as you like (such as after a wheelin' trip), and the cost is virtually nothing.

    That said, I have a K&N filter for the stock air box for sale. I changed air boxes (with another K&N), and have no need for the stock one.

    Let me know if you are interested.
     
  7. Mar 7, 2023 at 12:01 PM
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    wi_taco

    wi_taco My skid plates give rocks taco flavored kisses

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    OEM/Denso/Wix. That's it. You'll get no benefit from an expensive K&N or anything else except a lighter wallet. Stock Tacomas aren't bottle-necked by anything related to air flow, anyone telling you they are is selling snake oil. Use the search function if you don't believe me.
     
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  8. Mar 7, 2023 at 12:04 PM
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    Scott B.

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    Agree, except for the cost.

    Long term, K&N filters cost less than disposables.
     
  9. Mar 7, 2023 at 1:04 PM
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    wild bill 195

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    thanks for all your replies.
    for now i will get a $20.00 later get a K&N filters.
    thanks
     
  10. Mar 7, 2023 at 6:30 PM
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    TegoTaco

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    What about the AEM replacement filter??
     
  11. Mar 7, 2023 at 7:18 PM
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    ZColorado

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    Don't do the K&N. The long term "cost" savings is quickly offset by one failed MAF or even the time to clean it.

    Just get the standard paper filter and move on with life.
     
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    Anyone have a IRL example of the K&N MAF sensor problem? I don’t think the small amount of oil used to condition the filter would ever cause a problem. On the other hand if you emptied an entire bottle on to it, you may have an issue. That bottle is supposed to last the life of the filter.

    sounds like an urban legend.
     
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    They don’t filter as good as paper. The point of the filter is to filter.

    The paper OEM ones don’t need changing too often. Even with lots of dirt roads they last a while. Must be due to where the Tacoma draws air from.
     
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    Another option for 4.0 usually stocked at the stores:
    Air - Super Tech 3315 $13 at Walmart
    Cabin - Super Tech 7250 $11 at Walmart
     
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    The last Super Tech 3315's I bought at Walmart were repackaged Denso filters made in USA. Great deal.
     
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    I ran a k&n on my 3.4 swapped s/c 3rd gen pickup, I was constantly having to pull the maf and clean it. Switched back to a factory air box/filter never had another problem.
     
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    Pull your throttle body and feel the oily dirty buildup on the inside of the throttle tube. Pull your MAF and see the buildup all over the unit. All this takes is a screwdriver.
     
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    Agree with the above regarding K&N. I ran one in my 2006 Dodge Charge for a long time. Made more of a mess than it was worth IMHO.

    Ran good ol Fram filters with the big pleats in my truck for a long time. Can be had for reasonable price at Walmart. Switched over to the washable AFE dry a year or two back. Nice because its a dry filter (no oil), but you can wash it under the sink when it gets dirty.
     
  19. Mar 8, 2023 at 6:25 AM
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    Project Farm tested some filters, including the K&N.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ3L-E-ufYo

    I used to run a K&N on a Pathfinder and had MAF problems. It's not a myth nor a good "filter" for the non race vehicle.
     
  20. Mar 8, 2023 at 6:30 AM
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    as others have said, dry paper filters are fine. as far as the pollen, and GOOD (i mean REALLY good) wax job, then the pollen rinses right off...still have to clean the windows as they water spot, but its the price you pay! or just drive really REALLY fast and itll all blow off...
     

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