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Cleaning the AFE Pro Dry S drop-in?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by carmellocafe, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. Nov 16, 2009 at 4:52 PM
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    carmellocafe

    carmellocafe [OP] Begin With The End In Mind.

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    I've searched a lot of threads and wasn't able to come up with any details on cleaning this filter. Some say: "tap it on the ground & vacuum." Some say: "Use dish soap." My question is--How exactly, do you guys use the dish soap? Do you soak the filter in soapy water, or spray the filter, or what. I've also looked at AFE Power website and they don't have any instruction either. I know a few of you guys have done it, so was hoping to get details on the process and what seems to work best for you. Thanks for any help. :)
     
  2. Nov 16, 2009 at 4:54 PM
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    EquinsuOcha

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    I only wash mine with warm tap water. I use the sprayer on my sink and let it dry overnight. I've never used soap of any kind.
     
  3. Nov 16, 2009 at 4:55 PM
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    Plain Jane Taco

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    I've yet to clean mine. But when I do, I'll tap it first then soak it in warm soapy (dish washing soap) water. Then I'll spray in out...opposite of the direction of air flow first.
     
  4. Nov 16, 2009 at 5:39 PM
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    This is what I just did. Not much dirt, but was my first cleaning of the AFE filter. May be placebo effect, but I could swear I got a 4.2 second 0-60 acceleration time...HAH:D JK. But try it. Plain Jane Taco has it right.
     
  5. Nov 16, 2009 at 5:41 PM
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    carmellocafe

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    Will do... Thanks guys. I need the placebo effect once in a while. :D
     
  6. Nov 16, 2009 at 5:54 PM
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    I just got one and now I cant find the instructions... so from memory: the 1st photo showed tapping the dirt out for 86% clean,
    next photo showed the vacuum for 96% clean,
    the last photo showed it in a sink for 100%.
    I dont recall if it did or did not mention soap,but it seems reasonable a steady flow of slower warm water in reverse from the air flow would clean it as good as it would need to be.
     
  7. Nov 16, 2009 at 8:19 PM
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    ^That is correct. I do believe the 3rd photo did specify soapy water. I would (and will shortly) use very little soap, though.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2010 at 4:31 PM
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    I have cleaned mine in the top rack of the dish washer. Worked great (only if she new ha,ha, ha)
     
  9. Mar 10, 2010 at 2:18 PM
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    Old thread.. There is a cleaning solution available to clean these things - if you're interested in going that route.

    If you search "AFE Pro Dry S Restore Kit" on Amazon or Google.

    I'm going to order some here soon.
     
  11. Jun 2, 2010 at 12:53 PM
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    I have a AEM Brute Force w/ AEM dry cone filter and I bought a AEM cleaning kit 3 years ago and I still have it unopened. My method is bucket, water, soap and spin the cone with my fist in the middle, let dry, reinstall.
     
  12. Jun 2, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    Yea they are nice filters, but a fucking mouse chewed mine up last week, I just ordered a AFE stage II si
     
  13. Jun 2, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    I cleaned mine a couple of weekends ago. I let it soak for 5 minutes in a bucket of water with a couple squirts of dishwashing liquid. Then hosed it out and let it dry in the sun. The filter did not look that dirty and it had been in for a year and 10,000 miles. But, when I dumped out the water from the bucket, it looked dirty. I would suggest letting it soak for awhile will get more dirt out than just hosing it out.
     
  14. Jun 2, 2010 at 8:40 PM
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    Shit, I need to do mine. Thanks for reminding me.
     
  15. Jun 3, 2010 at 7:21 AM
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    I Googled it and checked Amazon. Put it on my wish list at Amazon because when I hit $25 I get free shipping. On an item like this which is $10 shipping would be half the cost of the product. If you get it and use it let us know what the advantage is over the dish soap method everyone seems to be using. Curious since dish soap is basically free, everyone has it already. Thanks. Curious George

     
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