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Air filter question...

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by LittleLady808, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Oct 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM
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    LittleLady808

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    Ok guys I'm new to this and searched and searched threads to read up on things and see that most here like the afe pro dry s drop in air filters. Now, I know that i have a 4 cylinder and I know I have more weight because of the double cab but will this air filter really give me a little more at the get go as far as a little more of a boost and mpg? I'm not looking for a miracle just want the most/best out of my truck. I live in Hawaii and most here like k&n filters which i almost got until i read posts here and I don't want to mess with oil or have any problems like I read because of the oil. All responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
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    No measurable improvement.
    Measurable increase in silicon contamination of the oil.
     
  3. Oct 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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    X2, stay with Toyota OEM...
     
  4. Oct 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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    It didn't on mine.
     
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    i would recommend staying with the stocker and changing it out every 6 months to a year. I find that they are about 12 bucks where im at (Gilroy CA). Four bangers are only going to put out more power if you start getting into cold air intakes and headers. Or if you really want to get serious porting the cylinder head and putting in larger cam/cams or a supercharger or turbo. Ive had my truck for three years and considered this as well but the cost vs what you seem to gain dont really appear to be worth it.

    A good Example is that I used to have a coworker with a 4cyl Integra. He had more mods that you could count and had thrown a bundle of money at his car. He would beat other 4bangers and get his doors blown off by stock Z28's with a muffler.
     
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    Even the cold air intake and headers don't do anything without a tune, and the only tune available is the URD, and it only operates when the engine is at WOT.
    There is no change for part-throttle operation.
     
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    007Tacoma did report improved power. I'm sure part of it is probably placebo from the increased noise. :D But he does have a PreRunner, which is ~450 lb heavier than your 5-lug, so he may be on the gas more often.
     
  9. Oct 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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    Ya, there's been a bit of back and forth.
    Seems most report no improvement on the 2.7 though.

    Either way, it's not significant.
     
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    Besides OEM, are there any alternative Mfr.'s after market filters you would consider equally good or am I going to the dealer to get air filters?
     
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    I wouldn't be afraid to use any good quality, brand name, after market, paper, OEM style air filter. OEM style paper filter have been proven in tests to filter better than cotton gauze, or foam type filters.
     
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    2 replies; 2 opposite answers; albeit one with a "but".

    I wouldn't want it any other way. ;)

    Thanks for the replies.
     
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    OEM, and you can get them from Toyota dealerships online for around $15.

    Generally, Fram, Wix, and Purolator air filters are good, but I've had issues with aftermarket filters not seating and sealing properly on my wife's Rav4... and the OEM filters don't cost anymore, there's no reason not to use them.
     
  15. Jan 28, 2014 at 1:56 PM
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    I have an AFE 31-10123 in my 2006 2TR-FE and am considering going back to the OEM air filter. The AFE is still like new and has already paid for itself and I'm not seeing any problems of any kind with the engine/intake... BUT I know that the OEM piece filters the air much better and I'm looking closer at engine longevity. The higher airflow with aftermarket filters comes with the price of lower filtration efficiency. (Yes I know this is not breaking news.) I've searched around for information on Tacomas that have hundreds of thousands of miles running an AFE or other aftermarket filter, just to get an idea if the aftermarket air filters can/will eventually contribute to engines wearing out prematurely, or maybe it's simply the hundreds of thousands of miles on the engine LOL.
     
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    LittleLady I have the same setup but with a dynomax super turbo muffler.Unfortunately "butt dyno's" are too unreliable for a 4 banger unless its equip with nitrous/turbo etc.The reason I like the afe filter(dry) is too improve my gas mileage and too breath better.See my other post on rpm's,hopefully some one will have an answer to my question how did this air filter do.
     
  17. Feb 2, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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    I put in a K&N and took out the charcoal filter.i drive a lot and check my mileage almost every tank.didn't notice any better mileage,not even a tiny bit.stay with stock I decided,but that's just me.
     
  18. Feb 2, 2014 at 3:16 PM
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    Exactly! An air filter will not change the fuel mileage on a computer controlled engine. If any (I'm very doubtful) do increase power output, it will be very little, and only at wide open throttle, near peak RPM.
     

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