to Install a Snorkel on a Hilux
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Here is some
photographs where I show how I installed an Airflow snorkel on my
1999 Hilux DC 2700i
install the snorkel is easy if you have some technical skills. It
is a risky task because if you screw up you would have to buy a
new fender. So it is imprtant to relax and give yourself enough
time, do not rush.
is also important to read the instructions that came with the pack.
I did not read mine. All went well but the bracket on the A-pilar
is in the wrong position, because I did not read the instructions
I did not know that there was a template for that part of the installation.
the template they show what size the big hole for your snorkel must
be. For my vehicle it was between 75 and 80mm.
all the surfaces where you drilled holes with a proper metal primer
to prevent rust.
used that Bostik "Gasket Maker" to seal all joints. I
find it to be a good quality silicon.
I applied masking take to the fender in the area where the snorkel
has to be installed. Apparently this help so that the drill bit
does not run when you start to drill a hole and it will protect
the paint work from burs scratching it.
template that came in the back is printed on two A4 pages, I joined
those pages and then cut out the top part on the curve which indicates
the top of the fender.
I applied the
template to the body with masking tape.
then drilled 3 mm holes on all the places where holes must be drilled.
I drilled these small pilot holes first because chances that the
thin drill would slip is much smaller than when you try and drill
with a larger diameter drill bit.
will note that I first drilled the holes before I removed the fender.
The instructions says that you have to remove the fender but I decided
that the fender would be much more steady if it is still in place.
Some of the other people who installed their own Snorkels reported
that some of the markings on the template was not accurate and that
it is better to make your own template.
the fender on the car I driller the 86mm hole with a hole saw and
also drilled the 8mm holes where the snorkel must be attached.
Then I used
a half round file to file away all the burrs.
An here we go,
ready to installed the snorkel
used an ear but to carefully apply 2 layers of metal primer to all
the drilled holes. On the inside I used a normal paint brush to
paint the area where the holes were drilled.
you follow the instructions and use the templates provided it should
be straight forward to install the snorkel. I guess the hardest
part must be the pain you feel when you drill that big hole in the
body of your vehicle.