Which Snorkel

Submitted: Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 06:58
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Just a quick question I am getting a snorkel for the BT50 next week and its between a TJM Airtec or a Safari from ARB.I don't think there is anything different in the operation of each snorkel.Just want to know your preference
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 07:09

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 07:09
I can only comment on the Safari snorkel I had fitted to the Colorado.
Excellent product and professionally installed by ARB.
After two years or so it still looks the same as when first installed. No fading, solid mounting and although on the driver's side, there is very little air noise from it.

I can certainly recommend the Safari snorkel.


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Reply By: Member - Geoff M (VIC) - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 07:36

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 07:36
Hi Carl,

I've got the Mazda snorkel on my BT50 which is the re-branded Airtec. It's been fine for the 4 1/2 years I've had the Mazda.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 08:20

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 08:20
Hi Carl

When I was looking around for one for my Prado, I did like the look of the TJM Airtec snorkel, but from all the reports that I read, the Safari used a lot heavier product, with no customers complaining about damage caused by hard impacts with branches etc, where the reports from people that had the Airtec under similar situations, the plastic on the snorkel body had cracked.

I have hit my fair share of branches with my snorkel, and the only thing that has happened is lots of pin striping and a few cuts.

Either way, a snorkel is the very first thing I would now put on any new vehicle with the way the air intakes are located.

When I purchased mine, it was not for deep water crossings, but for getting clean air from dusty road into the air cleaner.




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Reply By: Member - Tezza Qld - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 08:33

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 08:33
I would go the Safari. The more important issue is the snorkel should have a raised head. A lot of snorkels have the head sitting flat or tucked into the windscreen line.

On two occasions I have witnessed a vehicle going through water and finding a hole that caused a bonnet dive and the water came over the bonnet and ran up the windsceen side and into the snorkel.

Both times the vehicles engine stopped and were towed from the water.
When I bought my Nissan I refused the free Airtec snorkel for this reason.


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Follow Up By: GT Campers - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 09:53

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 09:53
You can hardly blame the snorkel for that!!
Would walking/inpsecting the intended wheel tracks have prevented the water damage on these ocassions?
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 16:41

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 16:41
GT, I think what Tezza was referring to was that with the snorkel head right on the top of the windscreen, the water 'berm' (wave), is forced straight into the snorkel opening . . . with the raised snorkel head where it's about 3 - 4 " away from the screen, this travels around and past the snorkel entry ok.

Of course if you are talking complete immersion, then any of the designs are going to get flooded.

I just got the ebay one, and it's been fine for 12 months, just have to fit any of them properly and ensure all sealed up well with sika 227.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 17:18

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 17:18
Mmmm, I actually just measured my snorkel ram head and the opening is 15" away from the top edge of the windscreen, maybe a good inch higher too.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tezza Qld - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 17:34

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 17:34
Hi GT

I was not blaming the snorkel for the drivers neglect in not using common sense
but highlighting the fact that all snorkels are different in design.

Both of these vehicles didn't even stop to check the depth just carried on.

Funny it was the same creek both times, that being Ducie Creeek on the Telegraph Track. It was a great lesson to my customers about the importance of walking first.

Cheers Teza
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Follow Up By: GT Campers - Friday, May 04, 2012 at 10:06

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 10:06
yep always walk/check both wheel tracks, if there is any doubt... I think it's astonishing that people travelling to the Cape think it's like a sunday drive
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:51

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 11:51
hi carl
i would highly recommend safari i bought and fitted a safari snorkle to my mazda bravo and its never failed or run loose
it is coming up 15yrs old in july this year
so i think thats a fair test and its been on all types of roads and corregated bush tracks

no connections with the company or sales of their products
cheers barry
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 15:14

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 15:14
I have the TJM Airtec on my 200 after reports of reasonance noise at the 1200-2000rpm mark with the Safari. While Safari have bought out several "fixes" for the 200 snorkel, there are still reports of reasonance noise after the fix - but not all 200 owners with Safari snorkels seem to have this issue.

Point being, make sure you talk to BT50 owners with either brand of snorkel and make sure there isn't some form of issue with your particular model. Both brands are very good quality and it may get down to any potential specfic model issues.

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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 18:39

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 18:39
Carl
One advantage that the Safari has over the Airtec is that the Safari has a removable head, hence you can rotate it to face the back if needed or remove it and fit a pre cleaner type head. I fitted a Safrai to my Ranger for this reason.

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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff the chef (NSW)M - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 19:16

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 19:16
Hi Murray,
Have a st gu ute with a safari snorkel with a removable head.....good.
My 100 series and my work ute gu dx both have airtec snorkels with removable heads...both good.
I cannot see any difference in performance between either brand.
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Geoff
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Follow Up By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 21:47

Thursday, May 03, 2012 at 21:47
Geoff
I was only talking about ones for the BT58/Ranger as I found that the Airtec had a fixed head. Agree performance would be the same for both

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Reply By: River Swaggie - Friday, May 04, 2012 at 19:42

Friday, May 04, 2012 at 19:42
This is an accessory you dont want to be cheap on....I have a Safari for over 4 years now and i do a lot of river crossings.its been brilliant and still looks newish....
I suggest you have it fitted too...


Avoid the cheapies on ebay....


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