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Old January 23rd, 2014, 04:35 PM
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DIY Snorkel

I bought the snorkel top off a vendor in the UK for $50ish shipped. I had a muffler shop bend up the 3" tubing for another $60 and board member Jpayne CNC'ed the cutouts for me. A 3" hole cut, few welds, a rivnut installed, 2 90 degree elbows, a little paint and..........
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 04:39 PM
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That looks nice. I've considered doing the same for my 90 with the opening in the side of the wing at some point in the future. Seems cheaper than the options out there
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 04:47 PM
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Looks good! Unfortunate that they don't mandrel bend, but obviously it won't impact performance. It's a lot cleaner than most aftermarket kits available.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 07:11 PM
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Have you hooked it upper the hood yet?
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 07:16 PM
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Have you hooked it upper the hood yet?
C'mon....does that really matter?

At least it is made of metal and not pvc!

Good job, Dave!


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Old January 23rd, 2014, 07:17 PM
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Yes it is. I'll try to get some pix tomorrow.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 09:39 AM
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Looks real good Dave!
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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:11 AM
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This is probably as good a place to ask as any...but why do some snorkle kits exit from the side of the wing as opposed to the top of the wing?
Personally, those side exits just look like they're begging to be ripped or knocked off on the first close tree.
Not to mention, they just look weird coming out of the side....so is there a reason?
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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:18 AM
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This is probably as good a place to ask as any...but why do some snorkle kits exit from the side of the wing as opposed to the top of the wing? Personally, those side exits just look like they're begging to be ripped or knocked off on the first close tree. Not to mention, they just look weird coming out of the side....so is there a reason?
I could be wrong but I think it depends on the motor, some have side ventilation for the air boxes while others use the top vents.
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Defenders with diesels have wing-side intakes as stock. Therefore, snorkels were developed to interface with the wing side intakes.

Wing top snorkels are actually somewhat difficult to execute in certain engine / drive configurations. For example, a 200tdi RHD truck will require a very long length of intake tubing to reach the passenger side wing top (and route behind the engine, etc.) A 300tdi LHD truck would have the same issue.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:26 AM
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Definitely the nicest DIY snorkel I've seen. Good job, Dave. I like it.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:32 AM
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I could be wrong but I think it depends on the motor, some have side ventilation for the air boxes while others use the top vents.
Ahhh...thanks Brian-makes sense.

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Wing top snorkels are actually somewhat difficult to execute in certain engine / drive configurations. For example, a 200tdi RHD truck will require a very long length of intake tubing to reach the passenger side wing top (and route behind the engine, etc.) A 300tdi LHD truck would have the same issue.
Ok, I can picture that now.

With the tight, tree-lined trails we have in VA, those snorkels exiting the side are just begging for it!
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Old January 24th, 2014, 11:40 AM
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Good work Dave. Makes more sense than shelling out the $$ for a Mantec NAS setup.
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If you want to make these with clean bends.... go find 3" 16g(1.6mm) wall St/St dairy pipe bends on Ebay and matching tube. Quite often you can pick it all up dirt cheap.

That's what I used to make mine a few years ago

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Dave, that's a nice diy job. You inspired me to do the same thing. I bought the cheaper Masai main tube and snorkel top, then bought a piece of 90 degree bent tubing from mandrelbends on ebay for about $10, bored the hole on the wing, etc. and presto.
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