Why The Filter Change?
I wanted to change the filter solely because I prefer paper filters over performance air filters. Paper filters filter out more dirt to a smaller size and generally they take longer to get blocked. And the flow between a good paper air filter and a performance air filter is minimal. You can read a filter comparison test here.
The Bend Before the MAF Location
There was a 45 degree bend before the MAF sensor location. I had no evidence that this was a problem but I suspected it was less than ideal. OEMs generally put the MAF sensor in a straight pipe directly after the air filter. I deleted the bend and connected the MAF directly to the new paper air filter.
The video shows the differences that were made and the effect they had.