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This is a discussion on SPT Intake Filter Maintenance/Replacement within the Engine Modifications forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I have an SPT Turbo High Air Flow Intake installed in my 2006 WRX, and had a couple questions for ...

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    Question SPT Intake Filter Maintenance/Replacement

    I have an SPT Turbo High Air Flow Intake installed in my 2006 WRX, and had a couple questions for other owners of this intake.

    1) What is the use-life was on the cone-filter?
    2) Is it possible to clean the filter oneself for re-use?

    The problem is that being in Japan, I have to get the replacement filter(s) shipped over, and the shipping alone costs as much as the filter itself. So, I have to budget for replacements and/or learn how to clean it myself.

    Any advice/thoughts would be appreciated...

    Greetings from Japan!

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    1) Subaru recommends every 15 k miles
    2) No the filter is not cleanable, however you may be able to replace it with a K&N replacement filter which is cleanable and possibly easier for you to obtain.

    If you try that let me know how it goes, I have been looking into it myself

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    Maybe by the Cobb filter, and the cobb cleaning kit? Done every oil change. Not sure if it would fit, but if it does it will for sure be easier on you.
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    i would just clean and oil it with a k&n intake recharger kit

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    Quote Originally Posted by rr1911 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by 06wrx4me View Post
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    I'm pretty interested as well in what I can do about replacing an SPT filter...when the time comes for me to do that.

    Except i'm here in the US so my options are open
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    Quote Originally Posted by snowflowmfg View Post
    I'm pretty interested as well in what I can do about replacing an SPT filter...when the time comes for me to do that.

    Except i'm here in the US so my options are open
    is it a 3" intake cone ?

    k&n, cobb and a few people sell replacements

    also with the k&n and cobb you can clean them with the recharger kit
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    Quote Originally Posted by rr1911 View Post
    is it a 3" intake cone ?

    k&n, cobb and a few people sell replacements

    also with the k&n and cobb you can clean them with the recharger kit
    ya, I believe it is a 3"

    so that relieves some stress over having to buy a $60+ spt filter

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowflowmfg View Post
    ya, I believe it is a 3"

    so that relieves some stress over having to buy a $60+ spt filter

    thanks!
    no problem

    the cobb filter is 50 bucks btw but it is cleanable <- if thats a word

    the k&n one is like 30 to 35 bucks and also cleanable<- again if thats a word
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    I didn't know the SPT wasn't "cleanable" haha. So its better off to get the K&N typhoon in the first place, right?

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    Subaru using K&N filters now

    For anyone still wondering, I had an SPT Air Intake installed today and the tech told me it was a K&N filter and to just get the recharge kit.

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    throw away?

    I don't understand how this could be a throw away filter when the spec sheet clearly states its has a 50K warranty. It must be cleanable. Also, it don't see how it can be a dry filter when it definitely had oil all over it when I bought it. I want to know the same thing about cleaning.

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    I've been using the SPT intake for a couple years now.... and I just clean/recharge it the same way I do with my K&N filter (I have 2 filters)... and I just alternate between the two filters. When I pull one off, I clean it, and re-oil it, and set it on a shelf..... but it is generally several months before it goes on the car, so its well past "dry" by then.

    The SPT filter isn't blue anymore.... but it still works just as well. Maybe they make another brand cleaning/oiling kit that is blue instead of red?

    It's a cotton gauze filter... exactly the same as K&N. Just make sure you get some MAF cleaner and spray the MAF every time you clean the filter. Also make sure you don't get anxious and run the car while its still wet with oil. Let it dry first..... otherwise you will have MAF issues.
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