How hard to fit a snorkel to a GU

Submitted: Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 10:51
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How hard is it to fit a snorkel?? I can get a nissan snorkel for about $270 or if I buy direct from them with fitting it will cost approx $600, so thought it might be worth having a go myself. Do they have instructions? Or am I better to just leave it alone.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 11:12

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 11:12
Local bloke here in Seaford charges $100 fitting on snorkels.

He was telling of one bloke was given the wrong template when he did it himself, and cut a hole in the wrong place. for $100 its worth it.

Buy from them, look elsewhere for fitting

They are really chargin you for fittin!
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 11:12

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 11:12
It's drilling the hole in your guard that is the hardest, it is recomended that you get that done by some who knows what they are doing (ie) panel beater.
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Reply By: TD6 - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 11:17

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 11:17

I fitted my own on a GQ. Not a difficult job but that dirty great hole in the guard makes you do a lot of measurements before you squeeze the trigger. I opted for someone else doing it on the GU. As suggested above see a panel beater. They are more realistic on pricing.

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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:06

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:06
Hi Austravel,

I fitted my own snorkel to my GU and my 80 series. Its not that hard if you have the tools. The worst bit is the fear factor when cutting that dirty big hole in the side. At least when you do it yourself you know that the rust proofer has been put on, its been sealed, nyloc nuts/spring washers have been used etc....

But having said that, if I could find someone who I TRUSTED, I would certainly pay $100 to have it done.


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Reply By: Member - Hugh (WA) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:38

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:38
Hi Austravel,

Similar to you I got a Nissan snorkel at a good price (trade). I was going to fit it, however the hammering I'd get from SWMBO if I screwed it up and $90 for the big hole saw made the $100 fitment cost from local TJM dealer look pretty good. They sell the Airtek snorkel and from I can make out this is same as the Nissan snorkel. Anyhow, they had no problem doing the job, quality was great and likely took much less time than it would have taken me.

The snorkel comes with instructions and template, however for the peace of mind and relatively small outlay I would recommend you have someone fit it. Not saying you couldn't do it though - a lot do.

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Follow Up By: Member - Chris M (QLD) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:43

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:43

Austravels right. I have fitted two snorkels so far in my short but glorious career as an accessory fitter. Takes many hours with holesaw, sticking hand inside guard to do up nuts etc.

Decided to have my snorkel fitted by Nissan, austravels right, it is an airtec and best of all, nissan warrant everything connected to it. If it's fitted by someone else and water makes it way into the engine...and BANG, nissan won't come to the party. And most likely your paid invoice will say 'can't be held liable for damage caused by fitted accessories".

Costing $450 fitted which is a little exey, but warranted. I think I'd rather spend the extra pennies.
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Reply By: Austravel - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:42

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 14:42
Thanks everyone for your thoughts, your right I think the $120 I was quoted for fitting will be money well spent. That is if they will fit one I take to them, not brought off them.

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Follow Up By: locallaw - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 19:52

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 19:52
Gidday,Just tell them you got it for a birthday pressie.
Seeya Locallaw
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Reply By: Martyn (WA) - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 21:00

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 21:00
Thanks for the tip I was looking to get a snorkle and was more or less resolved to the fact I would be paying about $440 ish, I called Nissan and was quoted as you mentioned $270, winner, I'm going down to pick one up tomorrow. Thanks for the advice, I'll still be fitting it myself, I did my GQ one it can't be as hairy as that one, that was huge hole and yes it fitted Ok. Paid for my next two years membership to EO anyway, one way of looking at it.
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