SEALED VS UNSEALED
A SEALED snorkel will prevent water and dust from entering an engine, while unsealed snorkels, designed as a multi-piece construction are, according to Airflow’s David Mellords, “made for the benefit of external air induction but not with water protection in mind”.
Any serious off-roader will flick an unsealed snorkel in favour of a sealed one as soon as the keys to the new rig exchange hands, as an unsealed snorkel won’t be much chop when the tracks get dusty or wet.
The experts agreed: “We don’t understand why anyone would fit a snorkel only to leave it unsealed,” said Sherpa’s James David.
“A sealed snorkel is the only snorkel to have,” added Adam Craze.
“TJM Airtec snorkels are all positively sealed to the vehicle’s air box during installation,” said TJM’S Brad Cooper, adding: “It’s important to note that to ensure the warranty of your vehicle you must follow the manufacturer’s handbook to ensure you have complied with their recommendations for water wading and general vehicle operation.”