Prado 120 V6 Petrol Owners with bullbars NOTE

Submitted: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 14:44
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Hey guys.

A few issues have come to hand that all owners with Petrol V6 Prado's with Factory bullbars.

to Quote GC, Owner of "Well, I had a look at Ian's vehicle yesterday (thanks Ian, it was good to meet you) and there is definitely a serious issue with not only water ingestion into the engine when a bullbar is fitted, but also keeping the inner guard liners in place at speed and in water."

Water ingestion can be caused even going through a moderate puddle at speed. A few vehicles have had engine failure due to this issue.

I recommend Petrol Prado owners join the 120 list ( for further info. GC is putting a full report online in the next day or so.

If you have a 120 Series prado, and no snorkel, it is something to be aware of.

KZJ120 (with Safari Snorkel and ARB Bullbar :) )
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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 15:37

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 15:37

I think you would find the same problem with most bars. The problem is with the attachment or should I say re-attachment of the splashguard. Guess the ARB one is not so critical because of the washer bottle protector.
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Reply By: srowlandson - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 15:37

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 15:37
GC added this:
Indeed Steve, this is a potentially serious issue with no simple solution other than fitting a snorkel - particularly with a petrol 120 Series (it will become clear to all when the report is posted on the lcool group web site).

I should add Steve that we only inspected the factory bull bar, not other makes. Whilst I don't believe there will be any difference to the water ingestion problem, I can't say it applies to all bull bars.

Anyway, at least you have yourself covered with your snorkel. In the mean time, people with a 120 Series (particularly petrol) and bull bar need to be very cautious in water - even puddles on the road at speed.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 19:01

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 19:01
Gee steve you can really pick the good ones.. 3.0 GU, Playdoe.. what next so I dont buy one :P
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 20:02

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 20:02

Just when I get it I find a great big gap between the guard liner and the bar just waiting to scoop up a couple of litres of H2O and drown the donk. Looks like 1 snorkel coming up!

The car performed almost perfectly on the long weekend in SA. One of the foggies dislodged from the Bar. Well, you can't have everything!

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Reply By: Andrew - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 19:46

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 19:46

Is the air inlet/intake in a different position on the diesels and therefore not a problem?
What has been Toyotas response, given that its the factory bar thats affected.
If its the alloy bar then assume its probably a TJM product. Might be worth checking if their bars have the same problem.


ps LOLOL Brucie......
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Follow Up By: GC - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 12:26

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 12:26
Yes the air inlet is different on the diesel however it too lets water in. There are details of this issue on

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Follow Up By: Andrew - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 23:25

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 23:25
Thanks GC

I'll let the father in law know, as he bought a TD GXL about 8 weeks ago, with the factory alloy bar.
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Reply By: Bazza - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 13:52

Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 13:52
G'day Steve,
After reading that report if think there may be a rush on snorkels .... I'd better get in the queue.
" Oh what a feeling .........bugger!"
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