Welcome. Looking forward to hearing about your 2022! On the filter, I would return it. An improvement in power is doubtful. Here are some tests that discuss the amount of dirt passing through the filter and entering your cylinders.
My goal here is to make sure guys know what they are getting into when they consider changing the intake of their DMax. At the bottom of this post I have include the only independent, scientific, extensive test of DMax air filters that I know of. I want to emphasize that there has been a lot...
ok I had them on all my cars , no issues . I actually found someone on this forum talking about How they liked their k&n filter and noticed a pick up in Acceleration So thanks I’ll be deleting this post that’s the thing about these filters a lot of people just don’t like them but I have never had any issues they have been proven to get more power
I dont think you have the ability to delete posts, but welcome regardless! I love K&N's....only when they are maintained properly. If you want a maintenance free air filter, stick with OE honda. K&N's are not maintenance free and everyone thinks they are. You have to clean and oil them fairly religiously for them to work properly, and no one does. So i generally dont like seeing them. If you do install one, id say the power gains are so minimal you wouldnt even know the difference. The only thing you gain from a properly oiled K&N is oil residue in your intake tube and a potentially louder noise from your airbox.
Ill be the first to say it, why are you trying to go faster in a hybrid? Theyre slow for a reason!
Hope you enjoy it here. We all joke but we love all hybrids. Theres good information on this sight! Good people too!
I tested one once on a BMW mild racing engine on an engine dyno - capable of detecting fractional horsepower changes. I could detect no gain over the stock paper filter. I wound up running no filter because that gave a slight gain, and ring wear wasn't paramount.
I used to run K&N filters on my vehicles for the performance benefits, but I switched back to paper-style filters for the following reasons.
1) A paper filter does a better job removing small particles than an oiled filter
2) When an oiled filter gets "full" it stops filtering and lets dust into the engine. A paper filter will still work, just poorly.
Research article on K&N performance improvement: article
Page on dust capture efficiency of various filters: page