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K&N Air Filter Question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TOYOTA 09, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. Apr 29, 2010 at 11:40 AM
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    TOYOTA 09

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    Just picked up a K&N filter and noticed it was MUCH thinner than the factory filter that came in my truck.....do these really work better than the stock filter? sucker cost me about 50 bucks! I hope it works well! Anyone care to share their experience with this product?
     
  2. Apr 29, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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    they work good as long as you clean it regularly. i have one, dont notice any mileage or performance increase but its nice to never have to buy one again.
     
  3. Apr 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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    they work better than your stock, in my opinion, as long as you keep it clean and dont over-oil them when you clean them. they allow more air to flow through them, but the oil catches the debris. if you over-oil you are going to gunk up your maf sensor. i did notice a slightly better accleration after i installed mine. i think i gained ~.5mpg....but i could be wishful thinking too :)
     
  4. Apr 29, 2010 at 12:10 PM
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    To the OP - make sure its seated properly in your airbox. And to elaborate further, make sure you keep it cleaned regularly. I've owned several K&N drop-ins and I would clean them about once every 6 months. The oil catches the dirt/dust. If the oil is 'full' (so to speak) - it can't capture anymore which will allow dust/dirt go through - and that is why you need to keep it clean.
     
  5. Apr 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM
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    the box says I only need to clean it every 50K? how do you clean it?
     
  6. Apr 29, 2010 at 12:18 PM
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    buy a K&N filter cleaning kit...duh


    :D
     
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    yeah buy the cleaning kit. it comes with a cleaner and then the oil in an aersol can. i think its $20 where i live. i usually check mine every other oil change. which happens to be around 6 months in between. you are going to have to decide how often you clean it by how much buildup you have on the filter
     
  8. Apr 29, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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    Yeah big note here, make sure your filter is 100% dry after you clean it but before you spray the oil on it. If not you obviously risk getting water in your engine.

    I usually put my stock filter back in my intake and let the k&n dry for a good day or so before swapping them. That way i can still drive the taco while the filter is drying out.
     
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    shit...i threw my stock one out today! I'll have to get a backup one from the dealer!
     
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    Do not over oil it. This is very important. At the Chevy dealer I work at, I have sold many Mass Airflow Sensors to customers who have over oiled their K&N. It may not be a problem on Tacomas, but follow the instructions carefully about oiling the filter.
     
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    i wouldn't waste money. just do it in the afternoon/evening, and let it dry overnight.

    I've had one for three years, love it. clean/oil intervals will depend on where you drive. in virginia, i clean it every 10,000 miles or so...but when i'm in florida (lots of dirt roads), i do it about twice as often. i may be a little excessive, but i'd rather do that than have crap in my engine.

    you'll enjoy the filter :)
     
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    I think they are more of a pain than they are worth.
     
  14. Apr 29, 2010 at 4:01 PM
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    people and there damn overated K&N's...K&N is the most overrated company since flowmaster...
     
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    I have both of those :anonymous:
     
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    K&N has a high flow rate but is notorious for its lower than average filtering capability. There are all kinds of tests posted online about this.
     
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    You don't need a special cleaning kit, just use any biodegradable soap that can be mixed with water, I use Simple Green.

    My 79 Toyota 4wd truck went over 300,000 miles on a K&N and I only cleaned it when it was really really Nasty looking.

    You will get lots of people chiming in that K&N aren't any good because they heard from a friend that knew a guy that dated the neighbors cousins who heard her brother in law worked with a dude that had a friend who's dad heard K&N Sucked from a guy that never owned one.
     
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    I read that twice, funny shit :laugh:
     
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