I appreciate the help. Thanks.your filter should appear red in color, this is from the dye in the oil. there is oil on the filter to actually attract and trap dirt. once the filter becomes dirty you will need to wash it with a light degreaser such as dish soap, rense it well, and then let it dry. after its dry go buy some K&N filter lube and apply only to the outside of the filter (not the inside). apply very lightly but evenly. you dont want to over do this or you may suck oil onto the MAF sensor and cause a CEL error...then your ****ed. just go light on the oil when its time and youll be fine. I have had no problems with mine yet.
I just cleaned mine for the second time with the TRD kit. Then I used K&N cleaner and WOW! What a difference! The K&N cleaner removed more dirt the second time around after the TRD cleaner than the TRD cleaner removed the first time! The K&N spray-on oil is also much, MUCH easier to apply.Don't get the TRD Kit, it blows. You have a BOTTLE of oil and you have to put a bead on each tip and make sure that the bead goes down an oils everything...pretty annoying, I threw mine out and bought a K&N Air Filter kit since the oil in it is a spray can oil, a lot easier to apply, and the oil is red so you can tell if you over-oiled or under-oiled.
do it as often as you like, different drivers and different conditions require different cleaning cycles. if I think mine looks dirty I clean it. filter oil is about $15 and a K&N spray can will last for quite a few applications. ive been using reusable filters on my dirt bikes and street bikes for years. I always clean them more often than necessary because it doesnt hurt anything and can only help (as long as you clean the filter well and dont over oil).Dont do it very often, the instructions for most wet filters are to service and clean every 15-30K.
Also dont over oil or your MPG will drop and so will your performance.
Good to know you tried out the K&N stuff. K&N and TRD\AFE filters are Cotton Gauze so it's safe to use either oil, but K&N kit's are cheaper and their cleaner is far better, and their spray oil is so much easier to use, and since it leaves a "RED" coat you can tell exactly where you have oiledI just cleaned mine for the second time with the TRD kit. Then I used K&N cleaner and WOW! What a difference! The K&N cleaner removed more dirt the second time around after the TRD cleaner than the TRD cleaner removed the first time! The K&N spray-on oil is also much, MUCH easier to apply.
Love the TRD CAI, but their cleaner/oil kit pales to the K&N products.
Those are incredibly hard to find and apparently aFe doesn't make very many of themIf you don't want to mess with the oiled filters, go with the aFe ProDry, no oil... I just take it off and knock the dust out. (like a vacuum filter) The aFe filter can be used on the aFe CAI or TRD CAI.. TRD is made by the same people just rebranded.
Check with Fjoel he's got a good contact. I think most of us that bought the aFe went with the ProDry but I also bought the standard (oiled one) but I never installed it. I just like the ProDry, easy maintenance.Those are incredibly hard to find and apparently aFe doesn't make very many of them