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    Yes I have one from Hawker Supplies off trademe - paid about $110 or so. Had it fitted by 4WD Upgrades in Chch for about $200. This Hawker snorkel does the job well and is as good as the more expensive Airtechs I had on my earlier 4x4s. Go for it. No real instructions...

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    It was reassuring driving along a river after buying a snorkel for my new wagon. With the water lapping the inter-cooler bonnet scoop I thought it was a great purchase. I would have been more reassured if I'd had an opportunity to fit it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    It was reassuring driving along a river after buying a snorkel for my new wagon. With the water lapping the inter-cooler bonnet scoop I thought it was a great purchase. I would have been more reassured if I'd had an opportunity to fit it.
    I had to read that twice just to make sure of what I read!!! Priceless

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    When you pick up yr truck with a new snorkel fitted from yr garage.Befor you pay the bill,have yr truck idling,put yr hand over the snorkel air intake opening.if it doesn't just about stall,its not sealed properly.Tell them to seal it properly,remember you spending a lot of yr hard earned cash.
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    Also to be fussy, make sure they have treated/painted where they cut through the metal work. Dont want a rusty surprise in a couple of years.
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    Best way to make sure itís done right, is do it yourself. Itís super easy, just need a batty drill, hole saw and a drill set. The template that came with my safari snorkel was bang on.


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    I had my snorkel fitted by Nissan on the East coast. I was lucky they just started employing a mechanic from auzzi.Over in auz he fitted about 2 snorkels a week in the 4x4 garage he worked in for 4yrs.He fitted my patrol y61 airflow snorkel in about 3hours.It was so easy for him.Its never leaked in the 14 yrs I had it.Just about suck the skin of yr hand when you try to block it.The old nissen staff,nobody ever fitted a snorkel.They were pleased to have him around.
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    Previous owner fitted a Hawkers Snorkel to my Prado and mucked it up. It is sitting about 100-120mm high. So snorkel hat is sitting above the roof line and catches tree branches all the time. I have smashed the plastic mesh in the snorkel head more than once.
    So long as you ensure a good seal it will work as well as any other brand. Measure twice, then twice more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout View Post
    I had my snorkel fitted by Nissan on the East coast. I was lucky they just started employing a mechanic from auzzi.Over in auz he fitted about 2 snorkels a week in the 4x4 garage he worked in for 4yrs.He fitted my patrol y61 airflow snorkel in about 3hours.It was so easy for him.Its never leaked in the 14 yrs I had it.Just about suck the skin of yr hand when you try to block it.The old nissen staff,nobody ever fitted a snorkel.They were pleased to have him around.
    I used to wind the passenger window down so I could hear the my Nissan sucking in the air. Lovely sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gadgetman View Post
    I used to wind the passenger window down so I could hear the my Nissan sucking in the air. Lovely sound.
    The only sound louder was the sounds of retching and choking in the smog behind you hahahaha (ex-nissan owner, who discovered the little screw that makes it pull harder at sea level and adjusted to just the merest hint of smoking - then drove over the Napier-Taupo and found the black smoke was still there 4 days later on the way back!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauser308 View Post
    The only sound louder was the sounds of retching and choking in the smog behind you hahahaha (ex-nissan owner, who discovered the little screw that makes it pull harder at sea level and adjusted to just the merest hint of smoking - then drove over the Napier-Taupo and found the black smoke was still there 4 days later on the way back!)
    There is just something nostalgic about the traditional old coal burners. I hadn't found out about that screw, so when I put my foot down the revs went up but I slowed down.
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    Haha, I had two - the first was a bloody great LWB high roof, the one that comes with it's own accessory micro climate (complete with clouds and rainfall). The second was a SWB, brought it for less than a K off a farm up north, both front quarter panels rusted, firewall rusted and a few other bits needing tidying. Had about 750Kg of prime northland cowturds through it, took a while to get it cleaned off. Found about 5 or 6 spare keys wired up underneath it in various places, the old fella that owned it went a bit lala I think and kept wiring spares up. Only 2 were any good, the rest had dissolved from the cow shit.

    That thing wound the dyno off the chart at the old Dr Repower outfit, found out later that it had a black top motor compared to the usual silver top. That's the one I wound the fueling up slightly on the pump, man it could bogie off the line. 5th gear, pull anywhere the only thing that stopped it was altitude. Around town it was unreal, just crazy. Spin both back wheels on a damp roundabout and face the wrong way crazy. Sold it to my uncle for next to nothing, he's still got it. Recently tried to claim a warranty on it, radiator fell out. Oops. Told him to sod off, should have painted the radiator support haha.

    It was really interesting, one of the first things I did was replace all fluids - and noted next to nothing in the rear LSD. Around the first corner, boom. Unlocked the clutch pack... Next corner the other way, Bang unlocked the other side. Mean, didn't know it had an LSD - change the fluid for the right one and away we go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauser308 View Post
    Haha, I had two - the first was a bloody great LWB high roof, the one that comes with it's own accessory micro climate (complete with clouds and rainfall). The second was a SWB, brought it for less than a K off a farm up north, both front quarter panels rusted, firewall rusted and a few other bits needing tidying. Had about 750Kg of prime northland cowturds through it, took a while to get it cleaned off. Found about 5 or 6 spare keys wired up underneath it in various places, the old fella that owned it went a bit lala I think and kept wiring spares up. Only 2 were any good, the rest had dissolved from the cow shit.

    That thing wound the dyno off the chart at the old Dr Repower outfit, found out later that it had a black top motor compared to the usual silver top. That's the one I wound the fueling up slightly on the pump, man it could bogie off the line. 5th gear, pull anywhere the only thing that stopped it was altitude. Around town it was unreal, just crazy. Spin both back wheels on a damp roundabout and face the wrong way crazy. Sold it to my uncle for next to nothing, he's still got it. Recently tried to claim a warranty on it, radiator fell out. Oops. Told him to sod off, should have painted the radiator support haha.

    It was really interesting, one of the first things I did was replace all fluids - and noted next to nothing in the rear LSD. Around the first corner, boom. Unlocked the clutch pack... Next corner the other way, Bang unlocked the other side. Mean, didn't know it had an LSD - change the fluid for the right one and away we go!
    They had an insane LSD, way better than the Cruisers of the period. Mine had no hairdrier and a slushbox. Pretty gutless but would get almost anywhere eventually. Most I managed to get into the tank was 62l, but managed about 1000km on that taking it easy, (just a rolling series of roadworks between Christchurch and Nelson and back, plus 100km running around).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edunn View Post
    Gidday team.

    But the next thing I plan to do is to get a snorkel fitted so I don't end up drowning the thing when I go driving through puddles. Snorkels are something I have no experience in. Could those who have experience please help me with the following:

    - Snorkel brand: sounds like Safari are gold standard with a price tag to suit - are the cheaper alternatives sufficient or best to go with the known brands?

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    You don't need the best brand out there. After all they are is a plastic tube!! Thats why some 4WD boys just use some bits of straight stain;less pipe and some flexible rubber elbows and pipe clamps. mine was about $150 off trade me and I have parked next to others with the safari brand snorkels and found them to be identical except for the brand name embossed on the side.

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    Piece of cake to fit, they all come with a template. All you need is some masking tape, a 10mm drill bit and a jigsaw.
    I've installed all types on my vehicles, and it takes about 2-3 hours (on a landcruiser).
    Ensure you use a quality sealer, and open your air box up and seal the drain plugs that are in that.
    Use some touch up paint to re seal the metal work on your truck.
    It is a bit daunting drilling a hole in your pride and joy, but worth the time and effort.
    I've had several waves of water over my bonnet/s on river crossings, and in my opinion a snorkel is cheap insurance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bol Tackshin View Post
    Snorkels are good for more than just wading through water... They collect air from higher up above the road, where it can be significantly cooler. When on a metal road, the air at roof height tends to be much less dusty - especially when driving behind a log truck or similar - as heavier dust particles settle onto the road quite quickly after being disturbed. Cooler air has a big impact on vehicle performance, while less dust is obviously good for filters and engine longevity.
    I do believe that this is actually what they were designed for...
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