Snorkel for 100 series Petrol - advice needed

Submitted: Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 07:16
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Greetings All,

I have a trip planned, which takes in the Donohue and Plenty Highways. Although conditions are variable, I expect there's a good chance I'll come across some bull-dust - that is the dusty type, not the verbal type. Not having previously experienced extremely dusty conditions, should I fit a snorkel?

My research has shown there are two brand names - Airtec (TJM) & Safari (ARB). Are there any pros and cons for either or others that are worth considering?

Appreciate any advice, including that of road conditions.

Thanks
Brian
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 09:04

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 09:04
Just had an Airtec fitted to mine at TJM (About $580) - this one does not require relocation of the small yellow sidelight, while the Safarai does. But I chose the Airtec because of the smaller head profile (I chose the small right angled head unit) - it tucks in very close to the screen and roof line. From my driving pos (height 180cm) the snorkel is invisible - hidden entirely by the A pillar.
The lack of a Safari style scoop is of no consequence to me (had one on the Jack prior) .... always been sceptical about the claimed "air ram" effect, seeing the air has to twist and turn through the convoluted tubing - and the noise suppressing restrictor that Safari put in Jack models didn't help either, until I binned it). The snorkel is always a good idea for bush travel IMO, just on the dust issue alone - far too much dust is generated in the wheel well pickup area - your filter will stay cleaner much longer.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 17:40

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 17:40
Thanks Darian.
Sound advice. How long ago did you get it fitted?
Brian
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 19:55

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 19:55
Late April 08 - TJM south here in Reynella SA - joined their "loyalty club" :-o) and got about 5% off the $600+ asking.
Re bulldust - I think you are right - levels are picking up it seems - I saw comment that the Old Andado track for example is plagued by long sections of BD as opposed to one minor instance 5 years back.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 09:11

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 09:11
oops - forgot to say my experience is in context of the TD and hoping your petrol layout is the same.
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Reply By: Top End Explorer Tours - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 10:22

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 10:22
How to fit a snorkel

Hope this helps.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 18:36

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 18:36
Thanks Steve.
You have made it sound fairly straight forward.
I'm probably a bit short of some of the power tools you've used. Shall have to check my mates tool shed.
Brian
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Reply By: Baz & Pud (Tassie) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 10:54

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 10:54
We have a 2002 V8 petrol LC and fitted a Safari when purchased new, does make a difference to the air flow into the motor and also takes away the worry when crossing creeks etc, would strongly suggest a snorkel be fitted but i dint know any thing about Airtec.

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Follow Up By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 18:39

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 18:39
Thanks Buz and Pud.
All the advice is looking like it's the thing to get fitted.
Brian
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 14:56

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 14:56
Brian a snorkel is certainly not needed for that trip. It's not until you start getting bulldust like below that picking air from up higher becomes a big advantage unless of course you go the next step and fit a Donaldson pre cleaner to the top.
Although there are quite a few short sections of bulldust, road conditions are much improved to what they used to be.
The fitting of a snorkel would possibly be a good idea if you intend to keep the vehicle long term doing similar trips in the future otherwise just carry a spare air filter.
Cheers Craig............

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Follow Up By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 18:44

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 18:44
Thanks Crackles.
As the purchase of the LC200 is a little way off just yet, I might as well go ahead and fit the snorkel.
Where was the photo taken, and have you done the Plenty?
Brian
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 19:03

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 19:03
Brian the photo is an old one from 1990 going into the Bungles. Used to be a 3 to 4 hour drive with several long deep sections of bulldust.
Did the Plenty a few years back & found the majority of the road to be high speed dirt (80kph) with numerous dips, washouts & the occational bull dust holes to be wary of. If it's not wet it is often driven by 2wd cars & regular caravans with care.
The condition as always changes with the rain & the passing of the road crews which were upgrading long sections when we passed through.
Cheers Craig............
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 19:56

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 19:56
Thanks Crackles. Appreciate the road condition advice.
Brian
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Reply By: vuduguru - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 18:42

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 18:42
I had heard that when in deep water crossings, water would come up the windscreen and into the "mouth" of an Airtec.
The LC100 is rated to 700mm And I've had mine at least that with no snorkel. Curious as to the the the wading depth with a snorkel.
But I would probably go with a Safari if I was to fit one. As for dust I would turn the head around.
Let us know how you sway
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian A (NSW) - Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 18:51

Sunday, May 04, 2008 at 18:51
Thanks vuduguru.
That's a point worth considering. I should have taken more notice at what was fitted to all the 4b's at the recent Camping Show.
I'll post a follow-up to this thread when I've decided and have it fitted.
Brian
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