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Old 03-20-2016, 04:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Air Filter ?

Searched the entire forum twice but noone has ever asked about which air filter we should be using. Most threads are about the K&N filter and a couple about the Wix ones, however according to Amazon too many are compatible with our car including the following :

ACDelco A3076C Professional Air Filter
ACDelco A3084C Professional Air Filter
Purolator A45800 Classic Air Filter
Pentius PAB10494 UltraFLOW Air Filter
WIX Filters - 49071 Air Filter Panel, Pack of 1
Fram CA10494 Extra Guard Panel Air Filter
Premium Guard PA5800 Air Filter
Hastings AF1327 Panel Air Filter Element
Ecogard XA5794 Air Filter
GKI AF10494 Air Filter


I know that most may be identical and such and in the end the difference may be slim to none but which is the best ? I know some use Wix and consider it priced a bit high but from what i see it's really among the cheapest ones around.
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I fitted an AC A3084C about 3 years and ~20K miles ago. It's working fine.
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I fitted an AC A3084C about 3 years and ~20K miles ago. It's working fine.
Stock works fine too, i'm mostly interested in the differences and which is best overal (the price difference isn't great so why not get the best there is?).
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I suspect that the differences between paper filters is mostly inconsequential. The stock filter is designed to fit the stock air box, and is designed with certain flow and filtration properties. The only way to really improve performance over the life of the filter would be to fit a filter with a greater surface area, but such a filter might not be effective in the stock air box.

And, years of working on my own vehicles has revealed that when buying replacement parts, the best performance is almost universally provided by the OEM brand.
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Stock works fine too, i'm mostly interested in the differences and which is best overal (the price difference isn't great so why not get the best there is?).
ACDelco *IS* the stock manufacturer
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ACDelco *IS* the stock manufacturer
I think that was his point?
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ACDelco *IS* the stock manufacturer
ACDelco makes many air filters, Amazon lists 2 or 3 that are compatible with our cars, GM is certainly NOT using all 3 however.

That's the entire point, is ACDelco offering a better one ? I've also heard excellent things about Purolator as a brand.

My question is what should we be looking for in an air filter ? Amazon lists 11 compatible ones along with the K&N filter so i reckon there are even more out there. If we are to spend 20-30 bucks for one why not get the best one there is ? That's how i think anyways.
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It's been my experience that if you are not lead footing most of the time a hi-performance air filter is a waste of money. On the other hand the reusability of a K&N or similar style could save money over the long run.
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I have been involved with K&N for many many many years. They sponsored my son when he was 9 years old, he just turned 46. K&N has always stated the dirtier their filter is the better it works, meaning small particles make up the voids in the filter.

And supposedly our stock air filters pass far more air than is needed for the turbo. I recently put a GMPP system on the wife's car, two reasons, makes more noise and according to her is prettier. One false hood overcame is the fact that it makes more noise. I could not tell any difference. Had a TRD CAI in my FJ and you would think the back window in the truck was coming thru to the front. So much noise I hated it. It also cost me power and gas mileage.

I think most of the time, stock performs the best in the overall situation.

But of course in some cases you have to consider what is prettier!
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Filter performance is measured in its ability to remove contaminants, and the amount of airflow it allows. All filters, including K&N, will "filter" better when they are dirtier--but at some point the air flow starts to drop and create pressure, which then reduces your overall fuel economy and performance, which is why the filter eventually needs to be replaced. But, the new filter is actually allowing more crap into your engine than the old one.

As for which of the three AC Delco filters is best--I don't know. A3084C was specified somewhere, and fits in the air box, so that's what I bought.
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I looked around the forum and only found this thread, sorry if I missed a sticky.

I had the same issue. I realized last week that I missed changing the sir filter when I got my RL 1 1/2 years ago.

None of the chains lists or sell the correct filter, and the 'standard' filters from different companies are priced over a broad range. AC Delco does make decent stuff so I decided to go that way and play it safe, only to find two part numbers on Amazon, A3076C and A3084C. Reviews claimed both fit the RL.

Off to ACDelco's site. The on line catalog has the A3076C listed for the NA and the A3084C listed for the RL at a higher price. A3084C is now in the mail.

I can only assume they use the same air box, of the air box internal dimensions are the same.

I would expect that they increased the surface area, and airflow to the LNF, by increasing the number of pleats, by making the pleats deeper, or both.

Incidentally, I have read so many 'contaminated MAF sensor' stories on so many different brand forums for the K&N I did not even consider it, even though I should have a tune in the mail soon. With the factory tune and learn down feature it would also have been waste of cash anyway.
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