Attend the JLX!
If there’s one thing that I hate about a long desert trip like the one we just went on, it’s that we’re not in the lead and you can’t back out of the dust. If you do, you’re at risk of missing a turn and being, “that guy”. In fact, it was after the JKX Wild Wild West that we first started to see multiple JK’s with 3.6L engines ruined and it’s why I’m so opposed to cold air intakes or CAI’s. With that said, here’s what our factory air filter was able to collect just after 4 months, 5,000 miles and just one JLX…
I should note that what you are seeing is just what came out after setting the filter down on the ground – NOT pounding it out. In all, I measured a little more than half a cup of ultra fine dust. The GOOD NEWS is that the air tube beyond the filter still looked clean and so did the oil. Unlike the JK before, the new OE paper filters really do a GREAT job of filtering dirt and for a guy like me who spends a lot of time out in the dust, I really am glad for it.
That is why I like a prefilter or centrifugal snorkel.
To each their own. Me, I hate the look of snorkels and really, I think I’ve proven to myself if nobody else that the OE filter does an amazing job of keeping the dirt out of my engine – even in extremely dusty conditions.