Elly and I hit the tools again today, this time to install our Safari Snorkel.
A topic that I am very strongly opinionated on is that of rubbish Chinese products, especially Chinese counterfeit products. Unfortunately Safari Snorkels are one of the most commonly counterfeited products available for 4WD’s, and many people buy them for their vehicle. Personally I just don’t understand the mentality behind buying crap products, especially for our beloved 4WDs.
I want to say something here. Buying a genuine Safari Snorkel is worth it. How do I know? A few months ago my brother had a friend of his ask him to install an “eBay snorkel” onto his 80 series. I think he bought it for $150 off eBay. I helped my brother install the snorkel, and after installing the genuine item on my own 4WD today, I can say with absolute authority that the Safari Snorkel:
- has higher quality moulding
- uses better quality plastic (you can see it with your own eyes, but if you still doubt it, have a read of the official report about Chinese snorkel systems)
- fits better
- has easier to understand instructions
- has better quality fittings
- is easier to fit due to all of the above
If those reasons aren’t enough to buy a genuine Safari Snorkel, how about the fact that every time you buy a Chinese snorkel, you are robbing the guys and gals at Safari who have spent so many years developing quality products, simply to save a few dollars that will be sent overseas to a backyard operation that is just going to counterfeit more products and build more crap.
Ok, that’s the end of my rant!
Here is a quick and dirty guide to installing a Genuine Safari Snorkel onto a Toyota Landcruiser 80 series.
The preperatory work involved is to remove the airbox, the front indicator, the side indicator, and the airbox piping that runs through the inside of the guard. The most difficult task in this entire job is to remove the factory intake pipes that are inside the front guard, and even at that, it’s not difficult, just time consuming as the bolts aren’t easy to access with your hands or tools.
The front indicator is the access point for removing the factory intake piping. Be prepared to suffer a few cuts and bruises if your arms and hands are as big as mine… there’s not much room to move in there!
This is what the engine bay looks like once you have removed the airbox and the intake piping from the front guard.
Next, you tape the cardboard template to the front guard and mark out the holes that are to be drilled. I would recommend putting some masking tape in the area that the hole is to be drilled, using permanent pen to mark the drilling spots, then drill. The masking tape is a good surface to draw on and can also protect the paint in the area surrounding the drilled hole.
Here we have drilled the 6 mounting holes in the front guard out to 14mm, the main snorkel hole has been drilled with a 92mm hole saw, and the 3 holes on the A pillar are drilled to 8mm to accept plastic threaded inserts.
After you have drilled the holes, make sure you seal the bare metal with paint or nail polish. Elly and I used cold-gal paint from a pressure pack spray can by spraying the paint onto a piece of flat cardboard, and using small cardboard “brushes” to spread the paint around the hole. Don’t be too worried about being neat - make sure you get the bare metal completely covered (inside and out). The paint will be hidden by the snorkel once it has been fitted.
Do the same with the 3 holes on the A pillar and make sure that they are fully sealed with paint. I also recommend (before painting) to vacuum all of the metal shavings from drilling out of the inner guard. The bare metal shavings and filings will attach themselves to the guard and offer a place for rust to begin growing.
The studs get inserted into the snorkel with Loctite 243 and tightened only finger-tight. This photo is an excellent example of the high quality plastic moulding that you get with the genuine snorkel.
Just like that, it’s all finished!
After installing the studs, you fit the snorkel body onto the guard, the studs will protrude through inside the guard, and then it is just a matter of fitting the washers and nylock nuts onto the studs and tightening everything up. Elly fitted the snorkel head all by herself, and she was very proud to finish the job off!
Another look at the unbeatable quality you get when you buy the genuine thing.
Gratuitious product shot for Safari Snorkel. I’m proud to say that I paid for this snorkel out of my own pocket without one second hesitation.
Oh - don’t get carried away with a premature celebration like I did - you still need to fit the airbox and indicator back into the 4WD!
Now we can crack open a cold drink to celebrate. It looks a bit whack with the “farm bullbar” (as Elly calls it) and the highway tyres, but that will change in the next few days as we fit the rest of the gear to the truck.
We hope that you found this article helpful in regards to how to install a genuine Safari Snorkel on an 80 series. I also hope that I have helped convince you that the extra money to buy a genuine Safari Snorkel is well worth it. Save eBay for vintage type-writers and second hand bicycles - NOT 4WD equipment that you need to rely on.