A quality snorkel that has been properly fitted will protect the vehicle’s engine from water ingress by positioning the air intake much higher than at factory. A snorkel is essential kit for tackling water crossings. Remember: water doesn’t compress, so just a very small amount is enough to cause major engine damage.
Our editor, Max Taylor, ventured to the Safari Snorkels in Croydon, Vic, with his baby, Ruby, to see just how a snorkel is installed.
- Raises the engine’s air intake
- Provides cooler airflow
- Allows deep water crossings
- Raising the air intake also means cleaner air for the engine in dusty, remote areas
- Minimises wear on the air filter
* Can be installed by a professional or a competent DIYer
Safari was established in 1981 and specialises in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of 4WD powertrain products. The company’s popular snorkels, which can be fitted to Japanese and American 4WDs (but not Korean, Indian or Chinese), are produced entirely in Australia.
The snorkels are rotationally moulded and finished in Melbourne, and packaged with Melbourne-made stainless steel brackets and templates, and German studs, nuts and washers, before being shipped from the company’s Croydon South warehouse to dealers/fitters. Safari builds about 30,000 snorkels for the domestic market, while 20,000 go overseas, every year.
Without doubt, a snorkel is one of the best gifts you can give your touring vehicle. Safari was completely professional and did a fantastic job. In fact, from go to whoa, it took about two hours to get Ruby ready for water crossings and the bulldust of the Aussie outback.
For Max's full review, pick up a copy of Caravan World magazine.