MANTEC RAISED AIR INTAKE
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.