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Snorkel

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As TravelTrucks says "The RidgeLine Snorkel provides an air ram to feed the engine with fresh air well above road grime and heavy bulldust. The snorkel also provides a safe high-level air intake when attempting deep-water crossings."

The installation instructions were minimal, based mostly on poor quality photographs. The first step was to mark out where the large hole in the side of the guard for the air tube was to be. Checking and rechecking before drilling the pilot hole and bolt holes took a while before I was convinced all was OK.


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My biggest hole saw was not big enough, so with the guard removed from the truck, the hole was enlarged using a jigsaw. Enlarging the hole in the inner guard was harder, as the metal vibrated a lot. There are a few videos of snorkel installation on YouTube and unlike occurs in at least two of them, I did not slip nor cut the holes in the wrong places .


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Fitting the air tube with its remarkable "U" bend to enter the air filter box was a challenge. First I had failed to remove the splash guard in the wheel well, but once corrected access was easier. Then I had failed to remove the flow sensor in the bottom of the filter box, so did not have as much movement as was desirable. Two strips of sticky backed foam were supplied, but I failed to see that BOTH should have been used to attach the air tube to the air box. Instead, one strip and a copious amount of black silicone sealant and a couple of tek screws held them together. If/when the air box needs to be removed, the silicone will have to be cut with a long sharp knife and replaced upon reassembly.


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Next day, the snorkel was bolted to the outer guard, the second foam strip was applied to the end of the air pipe, lots of silicone sealant was added, and the guard and snorkel offered up to the air pipe and the guard was bolted in place. It sort of all worked, but I am not well convinced that it is water tight.

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The air filter box has two peripheral drain holes in the base. One drain hole has a heavy duty duck bill valve designed to let water out but not in. The other drain hole has a dubious plug of silicone sealing it. As a final touch, a replacement duck bill valve for a Philips Avent Breast Pump was fitted over the second outlet. This follows the recommendation of Don Incoll. I now have a lifetime supply of replacements.

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