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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-13-2017, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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Blue CAI Filter concerns

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Last July, I replaced my blue CAI filter with a filter from VMP. It is advertised as a "washable K&N style". I chose this filter for two reasons. 1. It's blue and it matches the color of my car. 2. It has a chrome ring on the end of the filter, a little more stylish under the hood.

My car is primarily a show car, less than 800 miles on it since I changed filters last year. The sun has faded the blue since the hood is open during shows.

Right now, I have the filter rotated 180˚ and the blue is very blue. Does anyone have any experience using one of the available cleaning kits so I can restore the filter to the original bright blue color? I contacted VMP and was told they don't carry anything presently but they did give a link to a product from Volant. Reviews on the product were not promising.

As always, any help is GREATLY appreciated.

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I have a blue non-oiled Airaid air filter on my car. I bought the filter cleaner solution that Airaid makes for the filter (or has made for them at any rate). I've not had any issue with it. If your filter is bleached out be the sun, I'm not sure any cleaner will bring the blue back.


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Shelbyfan 73, you make a great point. Maybe some others will chime in?

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You might try some blue fabric dye on the filter after you clean it.....just a thought?
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I'm betting you have an OILED blue filter. They turn grey after about a month. You need a non-oiled blue filter that stays blue.
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I'm betting you have an OILED blue filter. They turn grey after about a month. You need a non-oiled blue filter that stays blue.
I agree. Unfortunately, a non-oiled blue filter that fits anything other than the stock intake proved elusive when I looked for one that would work with my 127mm JLT. The closest I found was an


. An http://afepower.com/afe-power-24-91039-magnum-flow-pro-5r-air-filter was also a possibility but, like JLT's offering, it's oiled.

I ended up going with JLT's (oiled) Blue Filter, specifically designed for the the intake, but I welcome other suggestions.

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I have a FRPP filter that I only use for shows..............so it always looks new.
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I agree. Unfortunately, a non-oiled blue filter that fits anything other than the stock intake proved elusive when I looked for one that would work with my 127mm JLT. The closest I found was an AIRAID SynthaMax 703-496 Universal Air Filter. An aFe POWER 24-91039 Magnum FLOW Pro 5R was also a possibility but, like JLT's offering, it's oiled.

I ended up going with JLT's (oiled) Blue Filter, specifically designed for the the intake, but I welcome other suggestions.
Have you tried contacting Airaid? If I remember correctly, they can make custom filters.
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I'm betting you have an OILED blue filter. They turn grey after about a month. You need a non-oiled blue filter that stays blue.
The one I got from VMP is this one.
BLUE Replacement Filter for Ford Racing 113MM or 9


I assume that you mean get THIS one?
https://www.airaid.com/search/product.aspx?prod=703-469

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The one I got from VMP is this one.
BLUE Replacement Filter for Ford Racing 113MM or 9


I assume that you mean get THIS one?
https://www.airaid.com/search/product.aspx?prod=703-469
I fought this battle 5-years ago. My blue oiled filter I initially bought turned grey very quickly. I contacted Airaid and they actually sent me a non-oiled blue filter free of charge (and a hat)! I don't recall the specifics since it's been so long, but call them... I'm not sure if non-oiled filters are listed as "dry" or "non-oiled." If you call them, they will steer you in the right direction.
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