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MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ERS typ­i­cally pro­vide cus­tomers with step-by-step in­struc­tions on DIY fit­ment of snorkels, and those with plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence han­dling tools can fit their snorkels in a cou­ple of hours.

“Each Armax snorkel comes with com­pre­hen­sive fit­ting in­struc­tions and can be in­stalled by ei­ther a pro­fes­sional work­shop or DIY,” said Jason Luxon. “Gen­er­ally, fit­ting time is two to four hours depend­ing on the model.”

How­ever, as Adam Craze ex­plained: “Cut­ting the hole in the side of your brand­new ve­hi­cle is not nor­mally some­thing some­one wants to do, so it is prob­a­bly bet­ter left to the pro­fes­sion­als to in­stall.”

So un­less you know your way around sheet­metal and the front-end of a 4x4, we rec­om­mend drop­ping it off at a work­shop.

“Ul­ti­mately it comes down to the cus­tomer’s abil­ity, con­fi­dence and will­ing­ness in per­form­ing the task,” added Sherpa 4x4’s James David. “Many of our cus­tomers ask their lo­cal me­chanic to fit the snorkel at their next ve­hi­cle ser­vice and this is usu­ally a cost-ef­fec­tive av­enue to hav­ing your snorkel in­stalled by some­one you al­ready know and trust.”

Brad Cooper from TJM re­peated this sen­ti­ment: “We al­ways rec­om­mend pro­fes­sional fit­ment by a TJM dis­trib­u­tor to en­sure seam­less and prob­lem-free in­te­gra­tion with your ve­hi­cle’s air in­take sys­tem. If you would like to fit it your­self, all TJM Airtec snorkels come with a step by step in­stal­la­tion guide.”

One of the most im­por­tant things to re­mem­ber dur­ing in­stal­la­tion is to en­sure all of the holes are treated for rust pro­tec­tion and all parts are fully sealed.

You will also have ac­cess to af­ter­sales sup­port from a com­pany that won’t do a Harry Hou­dini on you to­mor­row.”

This level of ex­pe­ri­ence across all brands is a key rea­son why con­sumers should lean to­ward trusted man­u­fac­tur­ers. “Air­flow has been de­sign­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and sell­ing roto-moulded prod­ucts for the last 30 years,” Air­flow’s sales man­ager, David Mel­lords, told us. “We have been sell­ing snorkels na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally for 26 years, and man­u­fac­tur­ing them for the past 23 years. Dur­ing that time we have un­der­taken a com­pre­hen­sive study pro­gram into mould de­sign, mould mak­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques us­ing the latest in Com­puter Aided De­sign (CAD) and, where nec­es­sary, even us­ing imi­ta­tion tech­nol­ogy.”

Sa­fari’s Jason Luxon con­curred: “Sa­fari 4x4 En­gi­neer­ing are pas­sion­ate about the ul­ti­mate in 4x4 en­gine pro­tec­tion and per­for­mance and has over 35 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Our his­tory in the mar­ket place has proven the dura­bil­ity and qual­ity of our prod­ucts. The high stan­dard and at­ten­tion to de­tail is un­matched anywhere in the world.”

It’s also im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that hours and hours of test­ing, re­search and de­vel­op­ment goes into a qual­ity-made prod­uct be­fore it’s at­tached to the front of a 4x4.

“Buy­ing from a trusted brand en­sures the re­search and de­vel­op­ment has been done to en­sure there are no neg­a­tive ef­fects on your ve­hi­cle and the raw ma­te­ri­als are of the high­est qual­ity,” said Iron­man 4x4’s Adam Craze.

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