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DIY Washable Cabin Air Filter

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 05Moose, May 1, 2010.

  1. May 28, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    jeckel7234

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    great write up, and I made the same mistake, i put it together and went out and tried to put it in and it wouldnt fit, a few curse words later, and a lil more reading i got it
     
  2. May 28, 2011 at 8:13 PM
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    05Moose

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    Good to know. I just placed the beginning of the note in bold to help it stand out.
     
  3. Jun 28, 2011 at 8:33 AM
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    T@co_Pr3runn3r

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    I still need to do this................it's time has come.
     
  4. Jun 28, 2011 at 8:42 AM
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    This is a great Mod had mine in for over 6 months now
     
  5. Jun 30, 2011 at 9:48 PM
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    George Wimpleman

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    Thanks 05Moose. You, and your ideas, ROCK!

    I added an additional layer of the soft filter media to mine. It does not seem to be straining the motor, or reducing the air flow excessively. The central rivet comes apart in opposite directions, and easily handles the extra layer.

    Let the savings begin!!!

    filter.jpg
     
  6. Aug 8, 2011 at 2:41 AM
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    deerslayer75

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    Great write up! I have a 2011 it's only 2 months old but I will surely be doing this when it's time.
     
  7. Sep 27, 2011 at 8:09 PM
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    Hey I did this mod today and it went together very well. I had to trim it down twice to fit before final assembly but very slick set up. Thanks again for the info on doing this. I showed my cousin the filter and he will do his Taco also.
     
  8. Sep 28, 2011 at 5:01 AM
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    Yes they are available at Home Depot and Lowes
     
  9. Sep 28, 2011 at 7:52 AM
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    I just did this yesterday. I got it at Lowes for 19.95. Very easy, once you get the size correct
     
  10. Oct 1, 2011 at 12:48 AM
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    05sctaco

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    Has you guys tried it with the 3m charcoal filters? I did it with mine with the 1700, also where do you find the end pieces does it come with the filter?
     
  11. Oct 1, 2011 at 5:43 AM
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    Everything you need comes with the filter.
     
  12. Oct 9, 2011 at 9:12 AM
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    BarefootBandit

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    Mine was pretty bad. Not sure how long these leaves have been in there.


    Another tip guys, take compressed air (or in my case, a shop vac with the hose on the exhaust) and blow out the housing where the filter sits. It gets just as filthy as the filter does.

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  13. Nov 3, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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    Again thanks for saving us all on you your cost saving suggestion. keep up the good work.

    Hopefully I am right that their are no specific year differences that individuals will encounter on 2nd generations Tacomas. If individuals will post the year of ther vehicles that would really help people like me.

    Mine is a 2011 tacoma access cab trd off road.

    Again thanks
    QUE BALL
     
  14. Nov 29, 2011 at 8:54 AM
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    07TacoRidah

    07TacoRidah SHHHH, this is interesting

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    Engine bay: aFe Pro Dry filter Secondary air filter deleted Sokie Tech hood damper kit OReiley battery terminals Big 3 upgrade (0g wiring) 2012 Headlight swap HID kit (headlight 6k/fog light 3k) Sylvania Zevo LED turn signals w/hyper flash resistors Rear back up light GY6 bulb Bullz Audio 0g wire Exterior: Dynamik Retro Projector style headlight housing Depo Euro Black Altezza LED tails 2012 front grill/bumper cover w/ fog light and hood swap Rear bumper swap (to chrome, painted w/bedliner paint) 99 Cents Store tailgate lock Suspension: XR Bilsteins Universal Air Suspension strut bag Custom UCA's DJM 4" rear drop kit 1" spindle spacer kit 4x4 leaf pack swap (middle leaf removed) Air Lift rear helper springs 4 Siria (Asco) 3/8" air valves 3 gallon air tank 1/4' air lines 90's Acura Integra door switches to air valves ViAir 450 air compressor Rims: 18x10 Work VS-KF front w/5" lip 18x11 Work VS-KF rear w/6" lip 225/40/18 tires all around Sick Speed 3 piece spike lug nuts Pepboys valve stem caps 1" wheel spacers all around Interior: Wink Mirror rear view Center console lid fabric Metra Dash kit Kenwood bluetooth headunit Hifonics Zeus ZXi 6410 PB 6 1/2" component speakers up front 10" single Hifonics subwoofer 10" sealed angled box Katana shift knob
    DEFINITELY going to try this mod out (if I can find the part, links didn't seem to work for me :( ). Don't like the idea of spending $11 for a cabin filter, esp when there's a reusable air filter and not a cabin filter (ask one of my older brother about it and he said no then shrugged it off - they just don't make em). Plus imo, would go great with the aFe filter I have now (why not have both that you can reuse lol).
     
  15. Nov 29, 2011 at 12:43 PM
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    I just double-checked the links and they are working (from a computer and my Ipod). And they do still carry them, these filters have been around for at least 15 years because I started using one in my home in the mid 90's.
     
  16. Nov 29, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    07TacoRidah SHHHH, this is interesting

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    dammit, my freaking internet is being a bitch :mad: took almost 5 minutes to load this page back up from going to the first page. UGH :censored:
    got the links though. thanks for double checking. :cool:
     
  17. Nov 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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    Not to hijack the thread but for those not looking for the DIY solution, as a smoker I went with the febreeze filter and it works great.
     
  18. Nov 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM
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    And the cost ?
     
  19. Dec 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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  20. Jan 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM
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    New Taco owner here (one week!). Stumbled upon this when searching the Cheap & Easy Mods. <--Is why I'm dragging this back out for some flogging.

    The particular filter under discussion here is known to be about the worst-performing home HVAC filter on the market.

    While I'm not one to go praising any company's advice, Consumer Reports has a pretty good track record of testing stuff quite well. This filter came in as a rare Do Not Use: Performance Problem.

    And my own experience backs it up. Even before CR came out with their test of it, I had already concluded it's not worth the plastic it's wrapped in. I had one installed in my home HVAC. After only a month, I started noticing dust accumulation around my HVAC registers. Checked the filter, seemed okay, washed it anyway. Added a high quality 3M paper filter on the clean side of it just to test how it was doing. Checked it a month later and the 3M filter was showing dust accumulation already. This is with the washable filter in line before it!!

    Needless to say, I yanked it out of there and it hasn't returned since. And I have yet to see any more dust around my HVAC registers.

    So, yeah, washable, reusable filters are nice. And they're cheap in the long run. But what good is a filter if it doesn't, well, filter??
     
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