Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Upstate Western New York. Just East of the Rochester metroplex
If it's the dry filter, vacuuming it cleans out about 90% of any debris according to their site. You can wash the dry element with hot soapy water or even use the dishwasher but you would want to air dry it. I initially washed the filter in hot soapy water and rinsed well. I have just vacuumed since then. I don't have gobs of miles though.
Wet filters should be similar to K&N which need hot lightly soaped water, thoroughly rinse and dry then reapply the aFe oil spray. They are pretty low maintenance.
As for placebo, even if it kicks up the ponies by one-three at some power range hardly used, they do feel more responsive when the fuel is right and the engine is warm. Again we aren't running stock cars but they do breathe nicely and have nicely sounding grunts.
Nobody buying any mod should expect miracles from air filters to intake systems for SUVs. It's a $200 mod, not a twin turbo with intercooler.
We wouldn't want to jeopardize the power train, just let it breathe optimally. I'm certain that all the anti smog gear slows it as much as any engine. But laws are laws and we don't want to mess up any warranty service.
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