AD­VICE: SNORKEL BUY­ERS’ GUIDE

ANY SE­RI­OUS FOUR-WHEELER WOULDN’T LEAVE THE DRIVE­WAY WITH­OUT A QUAL­ITY SNORKEL IN­STALLED ON THEIR 4X4.

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THERE’S no doubt any off-road-ori­ented four-wheel drive worth its salt re­quires a snorkel. This vi­tal tool in a four-wheeler’s arse­nal not only al­lows ve­hi­cles to cross deep wa­ter cross­ings, but its el­e­vated po­si­tion al­lows cleaner, dust-free air to fil­ter through to the en­gine. “On a stan­dard ve­hi­cle setup, the air in­take is usu­ally in the in­ner wheel arch or un­der the bon­net. The air from these lo­ca­tions is not al­ways the best, as the air can be af­fected by ex­ter­nal el­e­ments such as dust, heat or wa­ter,” ex­plained Iron­man 4x4’s prod­uct direc­tor, Adam Craze. “So, as a start­ing place, fit­ting a snorkel raises the air in­take to al­low the air to be taken from a higher, cooler location, that in most cases is less af­fected by dust.”

En­gines re­quire cooler, cleaner air to work to their op­ti­mum abil­ity, so hav­ing an el­e­vated snorkel fil­ter­ing air into the en­gine when at­tempt­ing to mount Big Red will make it a hell of a lot eas­ier to reach the top.

Jason Luxon, Sa­fari 4x4’s mar­ket­ing man­ager, agreed: “A pos­i­tively sealed snorkel sys­tem is gen­er­ally in­stalled to pro­tect your en­gine against wa­ter and dust in­gres­sion, pro­vid­ing cleaner, cooler air at all times.

“Armax snorkel sys­tems go one step fur­ther and have the abil­ity to sup­ply up to 40 per cent more air­flow over a stan­dard air-in­take sys­tem, for in­creased en­gine per­for­mance.”

As well as pro­tect­ing an en­gine from silty dust de­posits, a well-designed snorkel also en­hances a 4x4’s ap­pear­ance. “The TJM Airtec Snorkel pro­vides a pleas­ing aes­thetic ac­ces­sory that will en­hance the look of any 4WD,” Brad Cooper, TJM’S cat­e­gory man­ager for me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents, told us.

James David, Sherpa 4x4 tech­ni­cian, added: “The snorkel is an af­ford­able up­grade which not only im­proves the ap­pear­ance of the ve­hi­cle but also pro­vides a prac­ti­cal up­grade to the fac­tory ve­hi­cle air­flow de­sign. It is espe­cially im­por­tant for peo­ple plan­ning to do tour­ing or ex­treme ad­ven­tures off-road.”

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