Snorkel but what else

Santiago127

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Hi I just had a safari snorkel installed on my 2007 Toyota Hilux D4D I was woundering what else I would need to buy to be able to do water crossing safely
 

cam04

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Breather extensions. Water crossing blind.
crossings and ‘safely’ are subjective. How deep, how slippery, how fast is the water, how much do you want to cross. Start with the premise that cars inherently hate water crossings and work in from there.
 

Triton14

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@Santiago127, this thread could interest you?

What did it cost for the install, out of interest?

I just had a Safari snorkel delivered & dont really want to pay someone the guestimated $500 to fit it so I intend to tackle the job myself.

There is a heap of info on the net/youtube on diy install but still a bit daunting drilling & hacking into your panels with drill & hole saw :eek:
 

Albynsw

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@Santiago127, this thread could interest you?

What did it cost for the install, out of interest?

I just had a Safari snorkel delivered & dont really want to pay someone the guestimated $500 to fit it so I intend to tackle the job myself.

There is a heap of info on the net/youtube on diy install but still a bit daunting drilling & hacking into your panels with drill & hole saw :eek:

If you don’t have the holesaw and need to buy it just use tin snips, if you know how to use them properly you get a better hole too without any heat
I did the last two that way
 

Hoyks

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I used a 1/8" drill bit and a 1/2 round file. Drill lots of holes close together, join them up and then file the edge clean.
 

Rusty Panels

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I intend to tackle the job myself
I fitted mine on the 100 Series. Just take your time and mark everything as per the templates then check and re-check before you make the cuts. I used a stepping drill bit for the mounting holes and the starter for the intake. I have a workshop compressor and I bought a Ryobi nibbler from Bunnings for about $70. They are the best tool to cut body metal and you have great control over what you do. I didn't fancy cutting with tin snips or saws.
I also used my little Dremel for some of the delicate bits on the air box.

Make sure to paint anywhere you have cut to avoid rust.
 

Rusty Panels

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Hi I just had a safari snorkel installed on my 2007 Toyota Hilux D4D I was woundering what else I would need to buy to be able to do water crossing safely
Unless you're certain of the depth and bottom surface, walk it first! Lot's of heroes have been washed downstream.
Also keep your valuables off the floor! All cars leak! Toyota have never made a submarine.
And finally, practice holding your breath.
 

John U

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@Santiago127, this thread could interest you?

What did it cost for the install, out of interest?

I just had a Safari snorkel delivered & dont really want to pay someone the guestimated $500 to fit it so I intend to tackle the job myself.

There is a heap of info on the net/youtube on diy install but still a bit daunting drilling & hacking into your panels with drill & hole saw :eek:
It's easily doable. If you're in Melbourne I can lend you the bits a pieces required.
Key points for me were
- safari warned about air bags going off. Disconnecting the battery and waiting a few minutes is meant to address this.
- using a centre punch helped keep the drill bit in the right place
- safari instructions and templates are very good
 

John U

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Hi I just had a safari snorkel installed on my 2007 Toyota Hilux D4D I was woundering what else I would need to buy to be able to do water crossing safely
Have recovery points installed. Hopefully you won't need them.
The thread mentioned by Triton14 is a must read. There's more to it than just having the right equipment. I got stuck. If I hadve read that thread I would've been better prepared.
 

cam04

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@Santiago127, this thread could interest you?

What did it cost for the install, out of interest?

I just had a Safari snorkel delivered & dont really want to pay someone the guestimated $500 to fit it so I intend to tackle the job myself.

There is a heap of info on the net/youtube on diy install but still a bit daunting drilling & hacking into your panels with drill & hole saw :eek:
I did my hilux. Took a few rums before I got the courage up. What sized hole saw do you need?
 

Triton14

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Thanks for the tips guys.

Sorry @Santiago127, I didnt mean to inadvertently hijack the thread but its just how things tend to roll here once someone else makes a comment :rolleyes::p

Thanks for the offer @John U, if I was from Mexico I would definitely seek your assistance. thanks for those tips!

@cam04, I am a humble chef by trade but I have the mindset that I can do anything with the right research, prep & tools.
But one thing I have learnt about doing any diy stuff is liquid courage is the worst thing to introduce.
I remember when I was a much younger bloke rebuilding a set of twin Weber's for my old Escort while consuming a few to many beers & when I'd finished I looked down on the parts mat & thought why are there still parts here :oops: ...................Oops start again :D

@Albynsw, I have a heap of old vintage tin snips I inherited from my father but think it would be the last thing I would try myself as I think it would twist the edges, especially trying to do a tight circle??

@Rusty Panels, I have a compressor & never thought about a nibbler but looks like it would be a great little addition to the kit ;)
 

Albynsw

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@Albynsw, I have a heap of old vintage tin snips I inherited from my father but think it would be the last thing I would try myself as I think it would twist the edges, especially trying to do a tight circle??

It is much easier with Avistion style snips than the old Gilbow type that your father must likely had
It is actually a very easy thing to do with the correct technique, here is a video I just found to give you an idea

 

Rusty Panels

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If you're gifted in the art of using tin snips then that's fine but, for me I much preferred the air powered nibbler. It is much easier to control the cut and you are less likely to bend or kink the panel (plus it's not hard on the wrist muscles). Of course you need a compressor but they're pretty cheap nowadays and a must have for your workshop. As for the other holes needed as I said I used a stepping drill which is also safer on light metal and doesn't kink or distort the hole.

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Santiago127

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Sorry guys I’ve actually had an injury and was unable to use my hand I was just looking for upgrade ideas since getting my snorkel I still have to test if it’s water tight as I got it done by a local 4x4 mechanic however I can’t seem to find any silicon or anything other than the rivets so I’m unsure if they did a good job
 

Batts88

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Fitting a snorkel doesn't always increase wading depth you have a lot of electrics on board to think about computer, alternator, headlights and tail lights can fill up etc etc. Fit diff and gear box breathers leaking door seals as previously mentioned lots of people have experienced that. Using the brakes a lot then plunging into water can buckle the discs I know from experience that TD5 discs buckle easier than others even when you have been avoiding using them and the water doesn't have to be cold either.
 

Santiago127

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Yeah I was concern with how the water might short out my car I’m going to try and find a way to better protect it for water crossings
 

John U

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Plastic bag over the snorkel whike the car is running gave a bit of a check for how sealed mine was. Can't remember where I got that advice from but there was a bit more info that just put the bag over it.
 
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