What’s a snorkel? If you consider yourself an off roader and have no knowledge about snorkels… you should consider your self image again. Here’s a short introduction to the world of Euro4x4Parts snorkel kits.
We all know how damaging can the water be if it enters your engine. It is equally hazardous with dust too. You know that old sayin – “you can go fast, but I can go anywhere”. That’s what it is all about, tough off road terrain full of mud, water and dust. And we need some kind of protection.
1. What’s the use of a good quality snorkel?
Most manufacturers build engines that have air intakes facing forward in the car’s engine bay or inner guard, as close to the grille as possible, because this is where the air is coolest. A snorkel lifts your 4WDs air intake, normally to around the car’s roof height.
The snorkel prevents water and dust to get into the engine and the air becomes cleaner and cooler.
Installing a snorkel onto your 4WD is definitely in the list of top five things to do to make a 4WD more capable offroad and, unlike other modifications, it is relatively inexpensive. But beware of cheap Ebay snorkels. You won’t save much but could loose a lot!
2. What is an AIR RAM?
The air ram (head of the snorkel) separates water or moisture that enters the snorkel before it gets to the engine. Because water is heavier than air, the 90° bend of the air ram causes the heavier water to move to the outside surface where it can drain out.
There are various snorkel heads, but this one is most common.
3. Where to find good quality snorkels at a reasonable price?
Classic air ram is just a part of Euro4x4parts offer. In most cases that’ll be enough, but if you need to use your car for something special and don’t know what’s the best choice… They will help you.
Professional photographer Raphaël Hétier, working increasingly on outdoor reports and trips abroad, decided it was time to kit out his trusty HZJ75 properly. Having adjusted the all-important suspension, he set about fitting an Airflow Snorkel… Here’s a review with another example of instructions.
Euro4x4Parts, as we mentioned earlier offers a wide variety of snorkels. Here’s a few links, these snorkels are available for all makes and models… (there is more)
- This is a genuine Toyota snorkel head
- Safari snorkel for a Toyota Landcruiser series 70
- Cyclonic heads made especially for driving on dusty roads
- Euro4x4Parts also offers their own branded snorkels and snorkel heads. These snorkels are best selling and the price is really acceptable. It is a great thing to start with.
- This examples are for Toyotas but most of it is available for any vehicle you can imagine
- Combinations are numerous
Euro4x4parts shop has a number of other good reviews. A huge number, and it’s really hard to find more regarding snorkels. There’s just a bunch of 5 star reviews, click here and see for yourself.
TEXT: Emilio Mocibob