TRD Air Filter Element??

Discussion in '2016 + Toyota Tacoma' started by BigMau, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    I'm wondering if anyone added (..and how do they like it) a TRD Air Filter Element to their 2016-current Tacoma 3.5 l V-6?? I added a K&N element to my 2002 Tundra years ago... wondering if the TRD element gums up the mass air flow sensor like the K&N filter??
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  3. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    As with all oiled air filters, just make sure it isn't overly saturated.
     
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  4. OP
    BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    I was always very careful re-oilling my K&N filter. Wondering if the TRD is an improvement over the K&N design??
     
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  5. whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Negative Nancy

    Doubt it. K&N probably makes them for TRD.
     
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  6. bdarnold12

    bdarnold12 Well-Known Member

    Could be a spectra, they look almost identical to a k&n and quiet a bit cheaper.
     
  7. Joisey

    Joisey Well-Known Member

    Amen.
     
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  8. OP
    BigMau

    BigMau Well-Known Member

    I was thinking the same thing?? Just wondering if anyone installed one of these filters in their 2019-current Tacoma with the 3.5l V-6??
     
  9. Joisey

    Joisey Well-Known Member

    I put the K&N in my 2018 with the 3.5
     
  10. njsaltlife

    njsaltlife Member

    K&N Engineering owns both Spectra and AIRAID.
     
  11. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

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  12. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    What’s the advantage over regular replacement of the stock one?
     
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  13. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    Nothing more than buy once and clean it vs toss and replace.
     
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  14. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    You blow it out with compressed air?

    Pardon my innocence.
     
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  15. Joisey

    Joisey Well-Known Member

    You can blow it out with compressed air, but you will wreck the filter. Soak in cleaner, rinse and let dry in the sun. 4 hours or so on a sunny day is generally enough. That is why I keep the stock filter, which I install while my K&N is drying.

    My stock filter was $24 each. The K&N was $48, and lasted 120K miles. I change/clean my air filter every 30K because of dusty roads. The K&N saved me a bit of cash.
     
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  16. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    One last question...what kind of cleaner?

    And thanks for the schooling!
     
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  17. njsaltlife

    njsaltlife Member

    I'm a big fan of Adam's, so I use their eco all-purpose cleaner on mine. I dilute it 5/1 and do both the filter and wrap
     
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  18. Joisey

    Joisey Well-Known Member

    You can use the K&N cleaner. I've used it and it's OK. Personally, for the past 10 years I've used Orange Clean from Home Depot. Comes in a gallon jug. I spray it on straight, flip and spray the other side. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse with a GENTLE SPRAY from the hose. Rinse again and stand on end so it drips dry. Stand in the sun for about 4 hours to dry. Like I said above, I use the OE filter while my K&N is drying. The Orange Clean is gentle because it's made from orange oil.

    The bug seems to be the application of K&N oil. A light spray on both sides suffices. I have never had an over oil problem in all the years I've used a K&N filter, and many, many, many hundreds of thousands of miles.
     
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  19. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    A roadmap even I might be able to follow.

    Thanks.
     
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  20. Joisey

    Joisey Well-Known Member

    If the K&N isn't fully dry the oil will not penetrate the fibers and it will just lay on the top. I wonder if this may be the 'over oiling' problem reported with these filters?
     
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  21. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    OR17
    It says dry....what do clean yours with?
    Did you have to “recal” your computer (I’m assuming just disconnect battery, wait given time, and reconnect/relearn) for increased airflow?
    Or am I making this too complicated?

    So sorry. I’m just too old school.
     
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