MANTEC RAISED AIR IN­TAKE

LRO (UK) - - Used & Abused -

Af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in the epic La Croisère Blanche event in the French Alps in 2001, in my friend Colin Ar­gent’s Td5 De­fender 90, I was keen to re­turn in my 300Tdi 90. One of the most daunt­ing el­e­ments of the event was the bon­net-lap­ping deep river cross­ing for which a de­cent raised air in­take was ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial.

Af­ter wit­ness­ing plas­tic ver­sions be­ing de­stroyed in wood­land, I went for the more ro­bust metal vari­ant, whose top cowl­ing I had wit­nessed be­ing knocked off and driven over with­out dam­age. Sadly the ‘Crois’ was can­celled be­fore I had a chance to re­turn, and my De­fender has never swam deep enough to truly test it. How­ever, what I have no­ticed is that at ser­vices the air fil­ter is far cleaner than be­fore, partly due to breath­ing its air from up high and partly be­cause of the cy­clonic pre-clean­ing ef­fect. VER­DICT: A ro­bust so­lu­tion for any­one who takes their Land Rover swim­ming or through a desert.

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