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Old 11-29-2014, 01:07 AM   #1
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Dry vs. Oiled CAI

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I've had my mustang for a little while now and I've just gotten to the point where I can do a few mods. I was thinking about getting a CAI, but it would be one of the ones that can run without a custom tune as I don't have the funds for the tuner right now. My question is this, what is the difference between an oiled CAI and a dry CAI? I was looking at the Airaid CAIs and noticed there are two different kinds. Does one work better than the other? Is one easier to maintain or cheaper?

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Oiled you can wash and reuse the filter. Dry you dispose and replace. That's pretty much it.


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Since they are roughly the same price, is the only reason people buy the dry ones is because they don't want to take the time to clean and re-oil the oiled CAI? I'm just wondering if there is a performance or maintenance difference or does this just come down to personal opinion as to which works better.
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Oiled get a bad rap from a lot of forums from misinformed people. You'll rarely need to clean the filter, and do nothing to it when new. Oiled can pay for themselves fairly quickly if you drive very much since you aren't replacing a filter once a year or more.
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A few educated people I trust have had MAF sensor issues with oiled K&N filters.

I have no experience and am not personally familiar with these problems.

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A few educated people I trust have had MAF sensor issues with oiled K&N filters.

I have no experience and am not personally familiar with these problems.

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Dang! I've got a K&N drop-in, no problems as of yet and mine is tuned with an Airaid tube as well!
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Not only K&N

There is nothing wrong with a K&N air filter. It's like anything. When you clean the filter and I'm talking all oiled filters you do not soak the thing with oil. It takes very little oil to re-oil the filters after cleaning them. Some people have the "MORE IS BETTER" mentality and over oil the filter. Then the super sticky oil can come off the filter and contaminate the MAF.
All of the CAI's that use these types of filters need the same care in re-oiling as the K&N would. Oil outside of filter only very lightly.
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Except the fact that K&Ns come with too much oil from the factory. Had a K&N car on my moms escape and my brother in laws avalanche and both had gummed up sensors and air tubes....had an airaid filter on my car and no issues as well as my dad's ecoboost f150


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Dry vs. Oiled CAI

When I spoke to the sales guy at American Muscle, he stated that the oiled CAI filters do a better job of keeping moisture out than dry filters. Is this true?


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I have used an oiled K&N filter in my GTI for several years and it works just fine, just clean once and year and retreat. FWIW a CAI on your Mustang is usually a waste of money as you won't see any gains unless you go with a tune. I had one of the no-tune BBK models and fuel economy actually suffered so I took it off.
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Except the fact that K&Ns come with too much oil from the factory. Had a K&N car on my moms escape and my brother in laws avalanche and both had gummed up sensors and air tubes....had an airaid filter on my car and no issues as well as my dad's ecoboost f150


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Exactly what I heard. Don't know anyone who stuck with it long enough to re oil.




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I have used an oiled K&N filter in my GTI for several years and it works just fine, just clean once and year and retreat. FWIW a CAI on your Mustang is usually a waste of money as you won't see any gains unless you go with a tune. I had one of the no-tune BBK models and fuel economy actually suffered so I took it off.
Yea, MPG definitely went down :/

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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I guess it doesn't matter which kind of CAI I get as long as I get a tune with it as well. As far as MPG, I'm not really too concerned about it going down a bit. Thanks again all.


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If you decide to buy a cai/tuner combo go with c&l racer intake, I've been using it for a while and works great.
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Oiled get a bad rap from a lot of forums from misinformed people. You'll rarely need to clean the filter, and do nothing to it when new. Oiled can pay for themselves fairly quickly if you drive very much since you aren't replacing a filter once a year or more.
This.

Folks have been giving bad raps to an oiled filter, saying it causes the MAF to fail. If an owner does not follow directions for cleaning and re-oiling, I could see this happening, but that's no fault of the product.
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I guess it doesn't matter which kind of CAI I get as long as I get a tune with it as well. As far as MPG, I'm not really too concerned about it going down a bit. Thanks again all.


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Hope you're buying it for looks, or getting some "sound", as you already have a cold air induction system. Any fuel injection engine has one from the factory. The stock air filter box gets it's cool air from the front of the grill.

Adding an open filter type CAI will actually draw warm air from the engine compartment...a step backwards IMO.
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Adding an open filter type CAI will actually draw warm air from the engine compartment...a step backwards IMO.
exactly why i went from a c&l ram intake back to stock.
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Oiled you can wash and reuse the filter. Dry you dispose and replace. That's pretty much it.


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AFE Pro-Dry filters are not disposable. You wash them, let them dry and put them back in service. They do not require oil.


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I had a K&N cold air intake kit on my last mustang for 70k miles. I re-oiled it enough times to go through a "recharge kit" and then some. The MAF on my 05 is still working fine, so who knows?

Still, I went with another brand for my 09. On that was marketed as "needs a tune" and the performance increase is substantial.

I'm left with the conclusion that while K&N won't actually hurt the car, it's not a real good performer. Just a lot of hype and advertisement.


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