Snorkel

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Thinking of getting a Ironman snorkel to fit a Prado 2012 150 series. Has anyone any ideas on which Snorkels are best? thanks johno
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 20:46

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 20:46
Without a doubt, Safari

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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 02:57

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 02:57
^^^^^what he said^^^^^

Compare the ram, quality and design between any make of snorkel to Safari, you'll see :)
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 03:01

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 03:01
Unless you want to make a custom 3"-4" stainless down pipe with a Safari ram on top.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:25

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:25
^^^^^what he said^^^^^
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:27

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 12:27
My Safari after the roll over on the Troopie .... just took it off and fix to the new truck - good as new - a cheapie wouldn't have survived...

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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 17:42

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 17:42
Hope you're keeping it...........a few dollars sitting there for parts as is in a few more years
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 21:01

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 21:01
Cruiser, rebuilt the new one with the best bits from both trucks - most of the front end on my red one came from the old troopie ..... sadly she's looking rather "cannibalised" now .... still a good chassis & 2H engine in it .... looking to sell it as a job lot as my father is getting impatient with me taking up of his parking bays... :-)
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Follow Up By: Michael 1954 - Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 05:45

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 05:45
Safari snorkel....................only way to go.Nothing more to say
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Reply By: Hoyks - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 10:16

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 10:16
I have always had Safari, only had 2 snorkels though. One I put on my old ute was new-old stock, so had been sitting on a shelf for years and I got it for a song. The other was brand new, I had to wait a few weeks for it to be manufactured, but it was still under $500 (yes, admittedly a fair bit for a plastic pipe) and I installed it myself. My experience with the Safari's is that you pay a bit more, but the installation template is spot on, the plastic is well UV stabilised and the fit and finish is good quality.

For the past few weeks I had a work ute that had a Ironman snorkel fitted. It appeared to be quite well made, the finish might not have been quite the Safari standard, but not far off and it wasn't ugly by any stretch. I've no idea how it all fitted up under the bonnet as I didn't explore that far and I have no idea how good the template and instructions were.

They come with a 3 year warranty and after seeing input from Ironman 4x4 on other forums they appear to be more than happy to stand behind their product.
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Reply By: Louwai - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 14:12

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 14:12
Today I was quoted $550 for a custom made 3" Stainless Steel snorkel from Raslarr in Melbourne.
Only drawback is that they want the vehicle in the shop for exact measurements...

Raslar have a very good reputation for the 4x4 bits they make.

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Bryan
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 17:33

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 17:33
good price, ARB charges around the $650 for a 90mm Safari supply and fit.
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Follow Up By: Louwai - Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 12:48

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 12:48
Yes ARB are extremely expensive, and almost always refuse to price-match with competitors.
I've also recently been pricing a Kaymar rear bar.
ARB = $4800
TJM = $4455
Direct from Kaymar = $4216

All prices for the exact same thing. Supply only. No fitting included.

The Raslarr equivilent was quoted at $3000
Raslarr are noted as having very good quality items as good as Kaymar. But once again, they want the vehicle in the workshop for 3 days for a custom measure & fit.

I'd be there in a heartbeat if I lived closer to Melbourne....
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 17:38

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 17:38
Johno,

Which ever snorkel you go for, make for its fitted properly (sealed). Research ram head designs, some let water in when raining. Also on ram heads, check the shape, if you need cover ram with a oil filled unifilter to reduce dust, some ram head designs can't be fitted with this filter.
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 17:38

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 17:38
Oh and UV resistance on plastic.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 18:11

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 18:11
Some MAF sensors don't like oil soaked filters!

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Follow Up By: Louwai - Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 13:00

Friday, Apr 17, 2015 at 13:00
Absolutely agree with sealing & fitting.
Just last Sunday on the beach at Bribie Is a young guy drowned his Nissan in a creek crossing. It was fitted with an aftermarket "brand name" snorkel. Water didn't even go over the front edge of his hood & the engine sucked in a big gut full of water through poorly sealed snorkel joints.


Is a Ram head required?? They don't make any difference to the airflow into the engine.. The filter box removes any benefit that they may possibly provide.

A lot of the newer custom snorkels have a rear or side facing open end. Dust would pretty much blow past, except for the small amount that was caught up in the suction vortex.
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 08:32

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 08:32
I'm glad you raised that Louwai.

Two things that have always baffled me about snorkles is what happens to the water that does get in, and is forward facing or rearward facing the way to go?

Other than the aesthetics, what's the difference between an off the shelf plastic snorkel, a stainless unit or even (as I've seen in the past) a selection of PVC polypipe and fittings painted black?

Fab.
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Follow Up By: Slow one - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 09:00

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 09:00
Fab,
have a look here for it to be explained
Snorkel info
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 09:09

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 09:09
Thanks slow one. That explained the "what happens to rain" question really well.
BTW... I'd never make a poly pipe job but stainless might be the only option I have as I've yet to find a manufacturer that makes one for a Pajero (QA) io.
Thanks again.
Fab.
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Follow Up By: Hoyks - Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 10:06

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 at 10:06
They are all over rated. A vacuum cleaner hose and a roll of duct tape is all you need.

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