Safari Snorkel, looks ridiculous

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Does any one have a picture of a 90 series prado with an airtec snorkel ?? I want to get one fitted to the prado, the safari snorkel looks absolutely ridiculous on the 90 series, sticks up from the top of the vehicle like a giraffe, why they are so high I have no idea, I have had safari on the other vehicles (except last V6 prado) and like the quality but why is it so high on the 90 series ?? I thought maybe it could be shortened a tad but it is not possible. I like the safari as you can turn the ram around in extremely dusty conditions but not so with an airtec that seems to be the only down fall with airtec. This picture I downloaded to show how stupid it looks so had to shorten the picture due to the number plate as its not my vehicle. Regards Steve



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Reply By: StormyKnight - Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 17:34

Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 17:34
My Prado 90 with the Safari snorkel is more practical than an airtec....the ram is removeable & replaceable with a donaldson air cleaner when required...

It donaldson needs the extra height to be clear of the body of the car.....

If you don't think you need an air filter then the airtec should be fine....

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Reply By: dieseltojo - Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 21:35

Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 21:35
Does look a bit tall by the pic,but still, if it is 2 inches taller that's 2 inches deeper you can go .Just keep the windows shut. LoL
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Reply By: splits - Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 22:12

Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 22:12
Wherehegon

There would be a reason why Safari made it so high. It may have something to do with vehicle aerodynamics and the airflow over it or who knows? Try ringing Safari and asking them. I have called them about another matter and found them to be very helpful.
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Reply By: Member No 1- Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 15:12

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 15:12
IMO
your following a car, truck or similar on a dusty road....could even be just wind picking it up....
the engine is going to breathe and it doesnt care if it gets its air from a ram pointing forward or rearward.

if its dusty at the front of the ram then turning it around (and its now only say 200mm from where it was) isnt going to make all that much difference as to how much dust it drags into the engine rather than that being forced from the ram effect ...Is It?

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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 15:16

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 15:16
When you fit a new roof rack, it won't look too high.... ;-)
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Follow Up By: Wherehegon - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 00:12

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 00:12
Yeah I have a rack but cant fit it in the garage with it on, did think of that. Regards Steve
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Reply By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 15:47

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 15:47
Hi Steve,

Here's a photo of my 90 series, with an Airtek snorkel fitted.

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Hope it helps.

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Follow Up By: Wherehegon - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 18:55

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 18:55
Cheers Graeme, I went and had a look at one today at tjm, they look as well made as the safari, $650 fitted, plus got a quote for the suspension, What suspension do you have in yours ?? Going by the look of yours it has a lift as well ?? Also are you running any form of power chips or exhaust or any thing like that ?? Got a price on a dtronic $1500, didnt think they were that dear. Also got a price back today for an exhaust Beauexhausts, $960 supply only, Regards Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 20:15

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 20:15
The suspension in mine is Old Man Emu, which has a 50mm lift. It's a big improvement over standard-doesn't feel like the dash is going to fall out every time you hit a corrugation now!

I haven't done anything as far as chip or exhaust goes. I thought about a chip, but I find the performance, even when towing is adequate for my needs.

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Follow Up By: Wherehegon - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 21:28

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 21:28
Hi Graeme, I was wondering how many litres per 100k you use towing ?? I use roughly 13.4L per 100 around town stop start etc, freeway best has been around 10.4 per 100 but this is travelling at over 100k eg 115 in 110 zone etc I dont baby it as in keeping under 100 if speed limit allows higher. It uses a tad more then I expected, I was expecting around the 10's around town and 9's on the freeway but I suppose its like anything the more power you have the more you use it. I use to get around 10's consistantly with the old 2.8D hilux (no turbo) didnt matter how you drove it, city,freeway,sand etc. We were up at Stockton Beach last weekend and did 33.3 k in the sand, 99% of this was in the sand dunes at the back of the beach so was really giving it some and the sand was quit soft and running the bf's a/t's at 18 psi, it used 15 Litres ?? Regards Steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Graeme W (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 09:32

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2010 at 09:32
Towing I usually get between 12 and 14lt/100, depending on speed and conditions. I haven't done much sand driving, so I don't have any figures for that.

I don't think I've ever got better than 10lt/100, even when not towing.

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Reply By: Barnesy - Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 23:27

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 at 23:27
Does it really matter what it looks like?
Why take a perfectly good snorkel off of your 4wd only to replace it with another perfectly good snorkel?
It seems like a waste of several hundred dollars to me.
To be honest I think this Safari looks better as it doesn't travel down the length of the guard.
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Follow Up By: Wherehegon - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 00:17

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 00:17
Hi there Barnes, I don't have one fitted at the moment, the one in the picture is not mine I just used it to show the excess height. I know what you mean in regards the fitment of it on the guard but I would rather that then the thing sticking up in the air like the lockness monster.Regards Steve
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Reply By: Member - Timbo - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 13:59

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 13:59
My brother has the 90-Series Prado and fitted the Safari snorkel earlier last year (in preparation for a trip to the Cape). When he sent me the pics I thought the same - it seems to stick up a long way past the top of the roof - but he replied and said it's not actually that much higher than the roof but it depends on the camera angle (the angle of the pic you posted will exaggerate the height of the snorkel).
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Follow Up By: Member - Timbo - Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 14:06

Monday, Feb 01, 2010 at 14:06
Here is a pic of his car from the side which shows that the snorkel is not much higher than the roof-line, but due to the vertical section at the top, it does come forward a fair way from the top of the windscreen.
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