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Old November 13th, 2005, 03:56 PM
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snorkel useful?

Is the snorkel a worthwhile investment? I heard somewhere that snorkels on a V8 aren't very useful because if the distributor gets wet the car will stall anyways... Is this true?
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Old November 13th, 2005, 04:02 PM
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you are correct. but if you do go in deep often it would protect you from sucking water into the motor, they are good for dusty conditions. The mantec routing is pretty messy, John Lee @ expedition exchange did a nice cleanup in his 97. Snorkles look pretty cool

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Old November 13th, 2005, 05:26 PM
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I have found that I have to clean my K&N filter hardly ever. Even after wheeling really dusty trails all summer. The thing that I notice most is that you don't have the engine noise of the intake right at the fire wall. The engine is alot quiter.

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Old November 14th, 2005, 10:59 AM
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the engine noise is awesome, those stupid ricers pay 100's to have that noise
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Old November 14th, 2005, 12:31 PM
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Chicks dig snorkels. Also based on recent discussions, I think if your truck has a snorkel, you get more panties on your windshield.
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Old November 15th, 2005, 03:22 PM
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Yep.... Love my Mantac, may never get to use it in deep water
but still looks awsome....

My Truck looks has changed alot from the Atavar
above, need to get my hubby to change it, soon
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Old November 15th, 2005, 04:12 PM
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If you are looking to get cleaner, cooler air to your engine, then yes, the snorkel is useful. Unless you have a diesel engine attached to your snorkel, there is only so far that it can go into the water without doing damage.
Besides that, it looks great, sparks up many conversatons, and makes a great sound when you turn the engine off. The expedition exchange link says you have to relocate the fuse box, but I didn't relocate anything. It fit just fine the way it came from Mantec.
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... The expedition exchange link says you have to relocate the fuse box, but I didn't relocate anything. It fit just fine the way it came from Mantec.
uh oh, here we go again.
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Old November 15th, 2005, 07:29 PM
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No way.......I wouldn't even think about it!
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well if you like that big hose getting heated up and taking warm or warmer air than would usually be taken in the cold air gains would be nominal at best. Not to mention the obvious electronics issues. But yeah they do look cool.
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I would say that the performance gains are minimal at best, non-existant more likely, and even possibly degraded. At running rpm, things are fine--probably about the same as without. At acceleration, you have to start moving a mass amount of air through tubes with several bends. If you have ever done calculations for duct work, you would know that for every 45 degree bend it equals X number of feet of straight tube and for every 90 degree it is even worse, so with a snorkel, it is like running air through something like 20' of tubing. Getting that much air moving takes a second or two, so the engine has a slight starve, right off the bat. This is physics, plain and simple.

That said, I think that they look cool and can save you from hydro locking your engine which is a plus. It can also keep your filter cleaner.

Quite honestly, you usually either WANT one or not--justify it any way you like. They are intended to help your engine survive deep water and heavy dust--most of us don't encounter these as much as necessary to make a snorkel make sense, but you can use these to justify the expense if you need to . Good luck.
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I've been leaning toward fitting one to the Disco ..... until I realized last night that (1) I'd really rather spend my time washing off the red dust of Utah than the black mud of the midwest, and (2) I can buy a whole bunch of air filters for the $300+ that a snorkel would cost.

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Chicks dig snorkels. Also based on recent discussions, I think if your truck has a snorkel, you get more panties on your windshield.
Keith- My guess is that you are full up on panties, or you wish to avoaid the dangers of driving with obscured vision.

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I always just thaught of a snorkel as a "just in case" kind of thing. For the quick splash in a mud hole or the hole on the rock in the river type thing. I am currently in the process of making my own for my RRC since the intake on them seems to be a bit more vulnerable then other rovers. But I will never put the hood under water. I won't even get close to the top of the grill. That kind of stuff bothers me and the distributor is still down there. The total price of me making my own is going to be around $100. And I think that is ok, but I don't want to spend $400 for one. Plus I also drive on gravel roads for hours when I go wheeling and with 5+ trucks in front of you it gets a bit dusty. And I guess it will make my classic more sexy.
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Old November 16th, 2005, 10:23 PM
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I guess it all depends on who you ask, what kinda snorkel you'll get and if its
installed correctly....
Yes , I had a few setbacks getting it installed
but I would do it again....
I have not noticed any problems with "performance' at all !!
But that's just my opinion...and by the way " GUY'S DIG IT "
Later.... Christine
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Quote:
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Unless you have a diesel engine attached to your snorkel, there is only so far that it can go into the water without doing damage.
Only if the entire intake system is sealed tighter than a very tight thing.
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Chicks dig snorkels. Also based on recent discussions, I think if your truck has a snorkel, you get more panties on your windshield.
Glenn then you can have a bumper sticker sayin' guys with snorkels can go deeper! lol
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