insect screens and snorkel socks

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 12:42
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hi all, hope you can advise, i have a gu 2000 3ltr diesel patrol, i have been told that i cannot place an insect screen over the front grill area, why?? is it due to air intake for the turbo etc??, i have fitted a safari snorkel which i thought would negate the dont use screen. also, i have heard about snorkel socks for dusty, sandy conditions, can anyone comment on them, many thanks, ace.
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Reply By: Member - Martin- Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 12:55

Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 12:55
Hi Adrian

I have a 2002 GU 3lt and have a snorkel fitted. We have just come back from a 10000km trip to the NT and Kimberlys 4000km of which was on dirt roads and we used the snorkel socks found them to be excellent, no loss of power or anything else and they kept the air cleaner clean. I have also been advised not to run the insect screen on the grill i was told it was to do with air flow to the radiator dont know if it is true but did not want to risk it.
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Follow Up By: Phil P - Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 14:08

Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 14:08
Hi Martin,

Are the Snorkel Socks a Nissan Product ?

Thanks
Phil P
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Follow Up By: Glenno - Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 15:08

Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 15:08
Phil,

I just ordered a 3 pack of the Uniflow snorker filters. They are a funnel shape and drop into the snorkel body. I figure its easier to pack some of them for our trip rather than a spare Toyota air filter which is a damm large filter.

They should arrive Monday so ill see how they go.

Uni Filter

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: pathfinder - Monday, Aug 18, 2003 at 08:53

Monday, Aug 18, 2003 at 08:53
even better than snorkel socks are snorkel head foam covers. These are less restrictive and easier to remove and clean than the socks. Unfortunately unifilter don't make these for some reason - only the now defunct finer filter mob. I picked up the last one in Canberra on Fri; should still be a few left around at finer filter stockists (apparently unifilter have bought out finer filter...)
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Reply By: adrian - Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 13:19

Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 13:19
thanks Martin, appreciate your reply, how did the 3ltr perform? did you have any probs at all with the vehicle over such a large distance, to date mine has been fantastic, no probs at all 60,000k on the clock, 15 to 20 off road.rfegards, Adrian.
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Follow Up By: Andrew(WA) - Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 18:31

Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 18:31
Good to hear you've had no dramas with 3.0TDI Adrian.

I have a a GUIII 3.0 with no dramas...I get sick of all the crap a 'few' people hang on them.

As for the grill bug net...I asked my Nissan mechanic the same question. He said it was fine. It only sits infront of the radiator and you will be able to see if it has an effect on the car by the temperature guage anyway...If it goes up more than usual, take it off!

I have one....no probs.

cheers
Andrew
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Reply By: KG - Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 18:17

Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 18:17
if you cant fit an insect screen does that mean you cant fit spotlights? or a winch?
an insect screen causes bugger all disruption to the airflow.... it doesnt make sense to me.

cheers,

KG
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 18:33

Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 18:33
Adrian regarding the insect screen i have been told by several mechanics not to use a fly screen type screen . On my trucks I use a 10 mm square holed mesh as in a bird cage and have it cable tied to bull bar this protects the head lights and driving lighs and what ever else behind the mesh , It also stops grass seed s etc geting to the radiator.
All the best Eric
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Reply By: Member - Roger - Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 19:10

Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 19:10
Hi Adrian,
I have an insect screen fitted to my 4.2ltr turbo G.U. and have had no real trouble even in 47% cels. However when the air con was on and the vehicle was climbing towing a 2t. Van the guage rose to 3/4 and the air con turned off, when the vehicle was over the rise the temp came back down and the air again came on. I have been told by others that this is normal. Next time we will stay away from these temps as we did not handle this temp personally. Just too damn hot.
RegardsDodg
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Reply By: brian - Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 21:39

Sunday, Aug 17, 2003 at 21:39
Adrian I have winch bullbar super oscars and fine mesh insect screening on two 3litre patrols no problems at all.tri it and see.
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Reply By: adrian - Monday, Aug 18, 2003 at 10:00

Monday, Aug 18, 2003 at 10:00
thanks for the follow up guy's, much appreciated, time for me to become a member, the help and advice you receive from this forum is fantastic, thanks again.
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Reply By: Member - Martin- Tuesday, Aug 19, 2003 at 00:12

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2003 at 00:12
I have the uni filter socks came in a pack of three pre oiled cost about $45 from the local 4wd shop they take about a minute to change, just undo the radiator clip on the snorkel and take the intake off then replace the sock, it was just to easy.
As to any problems on the trip only dirt in the fuel filter, changed the filter fixed the problem. Since we have been back i have had the tensioner pulley changed under warranty, if your pulley starts to squeel especially when wet or on cold mornings that is what the problem is . Great 4wd have only had this one for just over a year and allready have nearly 50000kms on the clock.
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Reply By: Slammin - Tuesday, Aug 19, 2003 at 00:51

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2003 at 00:51
G'day Adrian I have the bird screen around the bullbar for rocks and green shade cloth behind all the plastics in front of aircon and radiator never had a prob. Out this way if you didn't have the shade cloth the radiator/aircon would be that full of seeds, birds and bug guts that the air would be much more inhibited than any screen. BTW we are in Tanami Desert and have never even seen the temp move except from cold.
You only really need the snorkel socks in my opinion if you are in convoy, and even then you shouldn't be in each others dust anyway.
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