building your own snorkel.

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 23:14

plexus

This is not a question as such but merely a post for your information. If you are interested in building your own snorkel, you might get some ideas from the way I designed and constructed mine, to suit the FJ60 series LandCruiser. Details are available at http://deans.4wd.page.web1000.com/Snorkel/snorkel.html

I just thought someone might find the information useful.
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Reply By: Goodsy - Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 23:37

Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 23:37
Now that is one ugly snorkel. Better to get the hole pipe bent up. Or spend 350 for a safari.
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Follow Up By: plexus - Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 23:42

Saturday, Mar 29, 2003 at 23:42
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder :)
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Follow Up By: Goodsy - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 00:08

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 00:08
Sorry plexus that may have sounded a bit harsh. You are right though I did own a Lada.:)
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Reply By: David - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 09:16

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 09:16
I'm impressed.
I just LOVE innovation, and beating the "experts" at their own game.
PS I don't think it's ugly at all!
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 09:43

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 09:43
I am having a problem getting on to this snorkel site, would it be the search engine we are using? Could I have the expertise of you blokes computer knowledge please? Sounds an extremely good idea.
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Follow Up By: Kev. - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 11:59

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 11:59
Geoff , im not sure you have done this but will explain anyway.

Click and hold on the start of the site address above and drag the curser across the link (it should shade the back ground)
Then drag the link to your tool bar above and click on "go"

Or you could type the address out in the tool bar !
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:21

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:21
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Reply By: Flesh - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 15:56

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 15:56
Kev's nearly got it right except that it isn't a real link it's just text (if it was you could click it). Highlight the text from http:// .............. to end of virtual link then right click it and copy. Then right click on the active link in the address bar and paste > click go (at right hand end of address bar or enter)
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 20:50

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 20:50
Thanks Kev and Flesh for the info, we succeeded in getting into the site and are impressed with the snorkel. Plexus, youve done a good job although I think I would get the pipe bent instead of the fittings so as to make it a bit neater.
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Reply By: plexus - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 20:59

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 20:59
I was thinking about the solid pipe approach, but didn't go that way for 2 reasons:

1 - You need to mandril bend the pipe to keep the diameter constant. The only place close to me was Liverpool Exhausts, and they only change the dies every two weeks or so, and there's no way I'm waiting that long to get a bit of pipe. Besides, what they'd charge for such a job immediately puts the cost advantage right out the window - it'd cost more than a store-bought Safari setup by the time you put it all together;
2 - I want the elbows, deliberately, because they flex. Solid pipe doesn't. Considering how much the body flexes over the rough stuff, I'm sure the solid pipe approach would fail suddenly at one point or another. With the rubber elbows and coupling, I'm safe in the knowledge that there's sufficient flexibility built into the system.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:23

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:23
Safari Snorkels, and others dont flex either, so I dont think that would be an issue...

nice work though..

Out of interest, what was the costs on the exhaust pipe bending?
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Follow Up By: plexus - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:32

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:32
They said that depending on what I wanted, it would start from $100 up.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:47

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:47
Interesting.

How much did that setup you have now cost?

Also what engine you running, small donaldsons are not good on some engines.

EG Turbos, and things like 4.2s Doesnt allow enough air flow, well lets say it goes 'better' with the larger one, but looks like cow dung!

take care.
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Follow Up By: plexus - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 13:27

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 13:27
Well, as I say on the website, around $240 and the 3F engine, which is 3929cc from memory. I haven't noticed any difference in performance or consumption after 3 tanks of gas, so I think it's as it should be.
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Reply By: ThePublican - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:53

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 10:53
A penny saved is a penny earned and in this instance function beats form,,
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Reply By: G.T. - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 16:36

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 16:36
I know that I am a bit late in the day in responding to the subject, but I work shifts, and this is my weekend ( Mon and Tues ) - don`t get any time to use the computer during the week. A few years ago I saw in Sydney ( travelling in Pennant Hills Road ) an old type 40 series landcruiser with a home made snorkel.It was made out of plastic vent pipe that you see on the side of houses, acts as a vent for the sewage sysyem. Called the `stink` pipe I believe, in the plumbing world and is approx 4'' in diameter. It was complete with off the shelf 45 and 90 degree bends. This plastic plumbing pipe glues together and obviously is water and air tight. Full marks to the person who owned the vehicle, as I think it would not have cost a great deal. The top of the snorkel had the standard `stink` pipe top fitting also. So to all those who are contemplating making their own snorkel, have a look in at your local plumber`s merchant first.
P/s the landcruiser was painted a dark pastel blue, possibly by hand with a brush. Is any one on this forum know of this vehicle, to the best of my memory, I saw it in Sydney in 2000 Approx.
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Reply By: joc45 - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 18:40

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 18:40
Plexus, I think it looks great.
Don't listen to them!
gerry
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 20:06

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 20:06
I won't be cutting those holes in the new Pathie, but the snorkel looks the grouse.Be good, or be quick.
Rohan
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