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Old 05-29-2009, 02:03 PM   #1
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Cleaning Dinan Air Filters

I just spoke to Dinan rep, I was told that I'm not suppose to clean it and just to replace them. I kind of find that outrageous, especially when their air filter are $70 a piece.

I have the K&N recharge kit, do I oil the filter or no?
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:04 PM   #2
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Are our filters oil based?!?!
I should probably know this...
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:08 PM   #3
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that BS, clean it with the K&N charger and oil it. Not alot just enough. They use K&N filters too.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:09 PM   #4
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Well i just used the cleaner and rinsed it. It felt oily while rinsing. So maybe it is. But I don't want to take no chances.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:10 PM   #5
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that BS, clean it with the K&N charger and oil it. Not alot just enough. They use K&N filters too.
I figured it was made by K&N by its construction.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:22 PM   #6
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You need to oil it, The oil is what traps the small particle's and dust/dirt, Do it, they are oiled.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:53 PM   #7
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Make sense!!!!
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:08 PM   #8
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Obtain two filters. It takes time for the air filter to dry after cleaning. In addition, you don't want too much oil on the filter so you should let it sit and let the excess oil drip off. Switch between the two filters every time you clean it out so you won't have any downtime from your car.

I just traded in my Dinan 3 for an M3. If you want to buy my spare Dinan CAI filter (tube-type intake), PM me. I'll sell it for REALLY cheap.
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This all makes me wonder: Are oil based filters any better than non-oil based filters?
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Old 05-29-2009, 04:25 PM   #10
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I used the K&N recharge kit on mine.
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:43 PM   #11
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Get a recharge kit. Spray the filter clean first and let it dry. Put enough oil on it to make it pink. You will be good to go. They use K&N filters.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:01 PM   #12
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Spray the filter with the K&N soap, let it sit for 15 min, Wash it down with water, Dry the filter manualy by moving it around, let it dry, spray oil on filter, just enough to get red/pink. To much and youll get oil on your MAF and weird things will happen. Offcourse this wont be a problem for us long tubed guys. lol.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:44 PM   #13
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It's such a freakin hassle to clean them. When I see the miles add up to when I should I always find my self procrastinating. Rather than remove the bumper (long story short I have an M3 bumper that isn't fun to remove on my 330Ci) I pop off the LF wheel and access it through the wheel well splash guard.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:56 PM   #14
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That sucks, all i do is turn the wheel, jack the left side up, remove the small underpanel and thats it.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:22 PM   #15
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Interesting -- I didn't think there would be room if I only turned the wheel.

Will find out very soon...
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