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Product Review: Safari Snorkel Air Intake Snorkels

Posted in How To on June 17, 2004 Comment (0)
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Your engine's air intake, in most cases, is usually located in an awkward position where it's susceptible to water, dirt, and dust contamination. When you 'wheel your rig under extreme conditions, a relocated air intake can provide great peace of mind.

Safari Snorkel manufactures air intake snorkels for numerous four-wheel-drive vehicle applications. Each snorkel is designed for its specific vehicle. The rugged snorkel is made from premium-quality polyethylene, is UV-stable, and will last for years. The high-flow air ducting and body ensure a fresh air supply to the engine. There's a noticeable difference in engine performance when the engine is sucking in clean, fresh air. When using the factory intake, hot engine-compartment air certainly takes its toll on the way your engine performs.

The Safari Snorkel Kits are available through ARB USA. We contacted ARB about a snorkel for our 300,000-mile Toyota adventure vehicle and the company sent us one for testing. We then headed to California Mini-Truck Dismantlers for the installation. This was the perfect place to have it installed because these kits are actually designed for Australian vehicles. We needed to fabricate one piece of hose to fit from the Toyota's factory airbox hose to the snorkel. Since California Mini is a dismantler, we knew we wouldn't have a problem finding an intake hose that would fit. This place is not only a great source for Toyota parts, but also all mini-truck components.

The installation of the Safari Snorkel kit is straightforward and simple. We know: The hardest part is cutting into your fender. Fortunately, the kit comes with an easy-to-use template. We've found an incredible difference in engine performance since the installation, especially on crisp, cool days. The engine loves fresh air, and when traveling down dusty trails, the snorkel puts the intake up and out of harm's way. This is a great feature if you follow closely behind other vehicles, and we don't even think twice now about deep water crossings.

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