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Jeep Wrangler AIRAID Drop-In Replacement Air Filter Helps Deliver Power in Just Minutes


AIRAID's 863-425 drop-in replacement filter for 2012-2015 Jeep Wrangler JKs has a unique shape that makes use of all the available space in the stock air box in order to increase the surface area of the filter media. This enables the filter to go longer between cleanings.

Jeeps are a dominant force in the off-road world, and with good reason: solid axles front and rear, a compact chassis that maximizes approach and departure angles, and low-range grunt to get up and over obstacles on the trail. Jeeps were meant to be used off the pavement, but that also means that Jeep engine air filters work overtime to keep dirt and debris out of the engine. AIRAID offers a simple air filter upgrade with the 863-425 drop-in replacement filter that improves performance in just a few minutes.


In addition to the 863-425 air filter featured here, similar versions are available in red with either oiled (860-425) or non-oiled (861-425) filter media. All three filters offer similar performance benefits, so which one is best is a matter of personal preference.

Stock paper air filters do an adequate job of filtering dirty outside air, but they also introduce restrictions and they are expensive to replace. Depending on the environment, just one off-road outing can render a stock filter packed with dirt and in need of replacement. Rather than replacing a dirty stock filter, a better option is to upgrade the Jeep with a washable and reusable low-restriction air filter from AIRAID.

At first glance, AIRAID's drop-in replacement filter for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Jeep JK Wranglers looks quite a bit different from a stock replacement. Rather than a traditional flat-panel filter, the AIRAID filter has a cone shape that makes use of all the available space in the stock air box. The purpose of the unique shape is to increase the surface area of the filter media, which extends service intervals and enables the AIRAID filter to last longer in dirty environments before it has to be serviced. More filter surface area also means that the AIRAID filter maintains effective filtration.


The AIRAID drop-in replacement filter for the Jeep Wrangler is washable and reusable. AIRAID recommends using the 790-558 dry filter cleaning solution on the 863-425 when it is time to service the filter. Simply follow the instructions on the back of the bottle to clean this and other AIRAID SynthaMax dry filters.

The base of the filter is constructed of a durable polyurethane material that matches the sealing surface of the air box, and the sealing edges are reinforced internally to ensure the seal is not compromised. In other words, the filter will not warp or deform once clamped into place. Though the filter appears to be quite a bit different than the stock filter, no modifications are needed and installation is as simple as replacing a stock air filter.

Aside from more filter surface area, a big advantage of the 863-425 drop-in filter for the JK is that it is washable and reusable. The filter utilizes AIRAID's exclusive SynthaMax dry blue media, meaning that no oil is needed or recommended when servicing the filter. Simply spray a liberal amount of AIRAID's filter cleaning solution on to the filter from the outside, let it soak for a few minutes, and then rinse it from the inside out using low pressure clean tap water. Let the filter air dry, and it's ready for installation.

In addition to the 863-425 that features dry blue filter media, AIRAID offers the 861-425 dry filter in red and the 860-425 filter with traditional SynthaFlow oiled filter media.

The 860-425, 861-425, and 863-425 drop-in replacement filters fit the following vehicles:

2015 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6
2014 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6
2013 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6
2012 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6

For more information visit the AIRAID's drop-in filters page, the Jeep Wrangler air intakes page, or the air filters for the Jeep Wrangler page.


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