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  • Safari Snorkel Installation (5VZ-FE) – How To

    Ok, as with my Diff Breather Installation – How To, I am probably repeating a lot of information available on other forums. I just thought I’d document (photographs and notes) my installation in the hope that it may help others on Prado Point (though I am probably the last person to fit a snorkel to a 90 Series!)

    My Vehicle: 2000 RV 3.4ltr V6 (90 Series)

    Tools Used:
    + Flat Blade Screw Driver
    + Phillips Head Screw Driver
    + Long Nose Pliers
    + 13mm Ring Spanner
    + 10mm & 12mm socket
    + Masking Tape
    + Permanent Marker
    + Centre Punch
    + Hammer
    + Drill
    + 2mm & 4mm Drill Bit
    + Step Drill (min 8 – 16mm)
    + 83mm Hole Saw
    + Jigsaw (w/T118A Metal Blade)
    + Rotary tool (w/grinding attachment)
    + Workshop Vacuum
    + Auto Grade Double Sided Tape
    + Paper Towel
    + Spray ‘n’ Wipe
    + Auto Silastic / Silcone
    + Kill Rust Metal Primer
    + Touch Up Paint
    + Spare Retaining Clips (for Wheel Arch Trim)
    + Safety Glasses

    Parts:
    Kit No. SS185HF
    Make sure you check every part against the parts list on the instruction sheet before you start drilling and cutting just in case you are missing something. As it was I had to pinch the wife’s car to go back to Bunnings for a new drill half way through drilling the holes).
    + ½ Meter of Pinch Weld


    Get to it!

    Give the fender a good clean before starting and look at what will soon be full of holes.



    Using a flat blade screw driver (I used two, you will see why when you look at the clips) gently lift the head of the clip and remove. Drop the wheel arch trim onto the wheel (I also turned the wheel to full left lock before starting). I broke 4 or 5 of the clips whilst removing them, the remaining clips are more than enough to get me by until I can get to Toyota on Tuesday to pick up more.


    Remove the Air Cleaner Assembly and fill intake hose with a CLEAN rag to avoid dirt, dust and metal shaving getting in.


    Align template on the fender and tape securely in place. Mark each of the holes with a permanent marker and remove the template. Now realign the template and reattach with tape and check that the markings are correct. MEASURE TWICE THEN MEASURE AGAIN. Remember, if you stuff this one up the only fix is a new quarter panel!


    Centre Punch (or use a clout nail as I did) all 7 holes then, don your safety glasses and drill a 4mm pilot hole in all 7. Using the Step Drill, enlarge the 5 fastener holes to 16mm. Using the 83mm Hole Saw, cut out the last two holes. After these two are cut there will be a small amount of metal (top and bottom) that needs to be trimmed off (between the upper and lower limits of the two cut holes). I masked the metal above and below the holes and cut the remaining metal away with the jigsaw. Now using the rotary tool (or dremal or die grinder) clean up the edges of all the holes.


    Clean the area and apply primer and touch up paint as per the product directions.
    Remove the Air Entry Duct from inside the fender as well as the entry piece into the engine bay (discard or store … your choice)


    As per the instruction sheet …
    “Install mounting studs and upper mounting bracket to the Snorkel body. Position Snorkel on guard and mark out around the outside edge of the upper mounting bracket.” When you come to do this you’ll be like ‘How the F*** did they mark around the bracket?’. What I did was this; fastened the upper mounting bracket in place with the centre bolt and the outer two bolts fitted loosely. I then placed 3M double sided tape (the removable type for 3M hooks) on the bracket. With the snorkel in place I removed the bolts from the upper mounting bracket and removed the snorkel. The 3M tape held the bracket in place and I drilled 4mm pilot holes with the bracket in place then removed it. Drill out the holes with the Step Drill to 8mm and clean up with the Rotary Tool. The instructions don’t say to, but I treated these holes with primer and touch up paint as well. When the paint is suitably dry, insert the square plugs. I then applied Auto Grade Double Sided Tape to the bracket before screwing it to the A Pillar. A fairly straight forward process, I can’t see that this step would be a serious issue for anyone.

    Remove the Air Entry Duct from the Air Cleaner Assembly base. You will need to drill out two rivets to remove it. (I also took this opportunity to give it a good clean out as well as the catchment that attaches to the bottom). I also filled the hole in the bottom of the catch pan with silastic … why? … well simply because I figure if I’m installing a snorkel then I don’t want water entering from the bottom of the air cleaner.


    Slide the connecting rubber hose onto the Connecting Ducts. Slide the Connecting Duct into the hole between the engine bay and fender. It will hang there without falling out. Reinstall the Air Cleaner Assembly base but don’t tighten bolts. Apply silastic around the square end of the Connecting Duct then slide it into the Air Cleaner Assembly and bolt the assembly into place and clean up the silastic with your finger. Drill a 2mm hole in the top of the joint between the assembly and the duct and fasten with the screw provided.


    I then lined the main hole with Pinch Weld. It doesn’t say to but I figure that there is a possibility that the metal MAY rub on the plastic (we know who wins there) and for the sake for a couple of dollars I figured why not.


    Reach up inside the panel and pop out the indicator and disconnect it. This will give you more room to reach up to the bolts. Fasten the snorkel in place by the 5 washers and nylock nuts and the three bolts on the upper mounting bracket. If you have big hands like me then enjoy the challenge of getting a ring spanner up inside the panels to tighten the nuts. Took me a while but got there in the end ... obviously



    Slide two pipe clamps onto the Connecting Duct then slide the Connecting Hose to be even on the Snorkel and Connecting Duct. Secure the hose in place with the two pipe clamps


    Reinstall the Indicator.
    Reinstall the wheel arch trim.
    Reinstall Air cleaner assembly and filter. Ensure all hoses and connectors are reconnected. Double and Triple check that no tools are left in the engine bay before dropping the hood.
    Install Ram Intake and … if anything like my job … clean all the finger prints off the paintwork. Now stand back and admire your work




    Well not as hard as I thought it may have been. Took me a better part of the day but then again I had several breaks (lunch, bunnings etc). Doing a dedicated job should only a few hours (minimal drying time with the primer and touch up).

    :idea: Again, I hope this helps ... someone :idea:
    [b]2000 Prado RV6[/b] ~ TJM Type 15 Steel Bullbar ~ Uniden 400SX-RM & GME4702 Ant ~ Front Tow/Recovery Hooks ~ ARB Recovery Kit ~ ARB CKMP12 Air Compressor ~ DIY Rear Door Trim & Table ~ Extended Diff Breathers ~ Safari Snorkel ~ Wireless Reverse Camera ~ Iron Ox Full Length Roof Rack ~ Looong Wish List ...

  • #2
    Re: Safari Snorkel Installation (5VZ-FE) – How To

    Nice job RA and good write up.

    I too fitted a Safari to my Diesel 95 a couple of months ago, although mine was the short stubby type where that does not run very far along the guard.

    Just gotta love drilling 80mm holes in the side of your car hey

    Now you have Snork and ext breathers!

    Go find some water mate.

    Chriso
    [COLOR=blue]Current rig - 150 GXL D4D Auto TJM bullbar. Airtec Snorkel. ARB Underbonnet Comp.
    Previous rig - 02 TD GXL.[/COLOR]

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    • #3
      Re: Safari Snorkel Installation (5VZ-FE) – How To

      Already found the water ... just found it before any mods! Think I was kissed on the D*** though. So the breathers and snorkel will at least guarantee longer life ... from the engine and from the wife trying to kill me if we get stuck in the middle of nowhere!! :P
      [b]2000 Prado RV6[/b] ~ TJM Type 15 Steel Bullbar ~ Uniden 400SX-RM & GME4702 Ant ~ Front Tow/Recovery Hooks ~ ARB Recovery Kit ~ ARB CKMP12 Air Compressor ~ DIY Rear Door Trim & Table ~ Extended Diff Breathers ~ Safari Snorkel ~ Wireless Reverse Camera ~ Iron Ox Full Length Roof Rack ~ Looong Wish List ...

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      • #4
        Re: Safari Snorkel Installation (5VZ-FE) – How To

        Originally posted by RogueAussie
        I also filled the hole in the bottom of the catch pan with silastic … why? … well simply because I figure if I’m installing a snorkel then I don’t want water entering from the bottom of the air cleaner.
        From my experience, the safari snorkel head isn't as great at dispersing the water out the sides at they make out, some goes in through the snorkel and into the air filter box, only way out is where you have silasticed up. That rubber flap is meant to act as a one way valve, water drains out when builds up but under suction of engine holds it closed.

        How do I know? I did exactly the smae thing as you. I posted in 120 series at the time cause thats what came up with search but relevant now.. My snorkel aslo failed the "plastic bag" test too, even with the rubber drain point sealed up :roll:
        viewtopic.php?f=12&t=8179

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        • #5
          Re: Safari Snorkel Installation (5VZ-FE) – How To

          Originally posted by luked
          That rubber flap is meant to act as a one way valve, water drains out when builds up but under suction of engine holds it closed.
          Well there you go, I probably wouldn't have put silastic on mine if there was in fact a rubber flap. All mine had was a thin strip of metal and a hole that would have done absolutely nothing at all. Maybe I should try find myself a replacement filter bowl (I already know the wrecker around here have NOTHING.
          [b]2000 Prado RV6[/b] ~ TJM Type 15 Steel Bullbar ~ Uniden 400SX-RM & GME4702 Ant ~ Front Tow/Recovery Hooks ~ ARB Recovery Kit ~ ARB CKMP12 Air Compressor ~ DIY Rear Door Trim & Table ~ Extended Diff Breathers ~ Safari Snorkel ~ Wireless Reverse Camera ~ Iron Ox Full Length Roof Rack ~ Looong Wish List ...

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          • #6
            Re: Safari Snorkel Installation (5VZ-FE) – How To

            Haha well your not as bad as me sealing it up then! At least you now know, if you keep an eye on it shouldn't be a problem, I know alot of people, even mechanics don't even know the whole pre cleaner bowl thing is there... well check it anyway..

            Good write up anyways mate!

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            • #7
              Re: Safari Snorkel Installation (5VZ-FE) – How To

              I will admit i didn't even think about it, but it's kinda hard to miss when you have the entire air cleaner housing out on your workbench :P But yeah, I will certainly keep an eye on it though I'd probably like to find one at a wreckers now with the proper flange on it.
              [b]2000 Prado RV6[/b] ~ TJM Type 15 Steel Bullbar ~ Uniden 400SX-RM & GME4702 Ant ~ Front Tow/Recovery Hooks ~ ARB Recovery Kit ~ ARB CKMP12 Air Compressor ~ DIY Rear Door Trim & Table ~ Extended Diff Breathers ~ Safari Snorkel ~ Wireless Reverse Camera ~ Iron Ox Full Length Roof Rack ~ Looong Wish List ...

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              • #8
                Re: Safari Snorkel Installation (5VZ-FE) – How To

                you have answered my question, I pruchased a Safari Snorkel for mine but the air box adapter was wrong, it looks like we have a different air box over here as mine is square in shape and the adapter is round, wasnt too much of a problem to sort but this confirms why and not just the fact that i was supplied the wrong one
                Colorado 3.4 V6, 4 inch Lift, 265 75 16 Cooper STT's, Custom Rocksliders, 30mm Wheel Spacers

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by J66P View Post
                  you have answered my question, I pruchased a Safari Snorkel for mine but the air box adapter was wrong, it looks like we have a different air box over here as mine is square in shape and the adapter is round, wasnt too much of a problem to sort but this confirms why and not just the fact that i was supplied the wrong one
                  J66P, believe I have the same problem. I have just purchased one and installed most of it but have left the adaptor off the airbox for now as I have the same problem. A square airfilter box with a round inlet hole. What did you end up doing? I think that by cutting off the square end of adaptor and clamping to air box with another joiner and 2 clamps should do the trick.
                  96 Prado TZ, 3.4 V6 auto, KL71's, snorkel and a very long wish list . . . . .

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                  • #10
                    Just fitted mine today same problem square air box. What did you end up doing?

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                    • #11
                      Just ordered myself a brand new product from the safari snorkel category at Scott's Rods shop. Searched on google about help on how to replace the snorkel yourself and this thread came off. After going through it i can say this is an ultra good guide and i am so thankful to the writer. I will let you know how it goes as soon as my snorkel arrives!

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                      • #12
                        Great read, its something I need to do, finding it hard to drill so many holes in my 90

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                        • #13
                          Im half way through fitting it, ive found a few differences with mine , the inner support opposite the hole is a bit close, needs a bit of a massage, all done, I found removing the blinker give a bit more room for your arm to reach the top nut
                          Last edited by oceanracer; 11-03-2017, 12:48 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Good write up Bought mine second hand years ago with no template but got the old guard thrown in for an extra $30, that was fun to measure up a bit of a worry when started cutting into my guard but everything worked out good measured and checked multiple times

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