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Overland1

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You see a lot of overlanding vehicles setup with a snorkel. I think there are some areas of the county that a snorkel would come in very handy but I'm not sure Colorado is one of them.

If you have a snorkel how often have you needed? If you have thought about getting one what made you not do it?
 

ExplorerTom

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Well (not that I have one), but snorkels are useful for more than just water. You can set it up with a pre-cleaner to help spin out the dirt/dust before it gets to the filter. Following someone (or a bunch of someones) on a dirt road, it might make a difference.

I know my filter gets super dusty in the factory location.
 

nuclearlemon

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they are very useful if you run in dusty areas. i doubted it until a friend of mine and i ran side by side, me in a lifted fj40 no snorkel and him in a little bj70 with a snorkle. so technically, i was drawing higher cleaner air the entire time as we ran down the road from gooney bird rock in moab. at the end, we compared air filters and mine was caked with red crap where the intake was and his was clean.

oh, i have used mine in water too ;)
 

ExplorerTom

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So in your comparison, were you running the snorkel? You said you weren't but then seemed to contradict yourself by saying you were pulling in air higher/cleaner.

And were you pulling a winch line out behind you through that water crossing? If the rig behind you got stuck, wouldn't there be a decent chance they ran over it at some point and then the winch line would be under the tire?
 

Overland1

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I think the rig behind her has a line on the back of her so if Ige got stuck for some reason they would pull her out. I'm guessing after she made it they unhooked the line and winched it back in and setup for the next person.
 

nuclearlemon

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So in your comparison, were you running the snorkel? You said you weren't but then seemed to contradict yourself by saying you were pulling in air higher/cleaner.
sorry, my bad in descriptions. i was higher than him, so i would've been drawing cleaner air than him if he was stock. doesn't really matter to this test, but my intake was well above any dust wash from his tires.


And were you pulling a winch line out behind you through that water crossing? If the rig behind you got stuck, wouldn't there be a decent chance they ran over it at some point and then the winch line would be under the tire?
that was a just in case thing. we had a long rope attached to the other end and someone was on the edge of the water with the rope following rigs through, that way if someone got stuck part way it, they could be pulled out from the back.
 

Overland1

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Wow, Jerry was that your Rover? I have no problems with shelf roads, large ledges, or rocks but water still gives me the willies. I have a fear I'm going to get in too deep, short the ECM and hydrolock the engine. I really need to get into more water and get comfortable with it.
 

ExplorerTom

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Yeah I didn't quite understand the tarp. Water will find a way. Maybe so the bow wave doesn't get in if you don't set it up quite right...... Otherwise water will just fill in behind the tarp.
 

nuclearlemon

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it's actually a good trick as long as you have a bow wave. keep in mind, as i mentioned, a snorkle will also allow cleaner air in dusty regions. and it's great for attracting idiots at gas stations, hence my nickname "dorkle"
 

nuclearlemon

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saw only one failure and oddly, it wasn't my buddy bill ;).

bill's kind of crazy mofo...someone i love to hang around the campsite with and i love him to death, but wouldn't (and have never) actually wheeled with. he's the guy who knows he's got issues, but fixes them when they break (which is usually on the trail).

anyway, he made it across the creek ok, so he figured going back across would be fine. btw, they went back a few days later with his unimog (bill owns about 20+ vehicles) and recovered the rig. he rebuilt the engine, cut the rest of the roof off and this rig still lives and wheels (hardcore, because that's bill)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InrLFmnO7ng
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZvOne6oGmE
 

nuclearlemon

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this reminds me tho, does anyone have the technology to convert vhs to dvd? if so, i have a camping trip/river crossing video from about 20 years ago that i would like to have on dvd (along with a few other events).
 

starkman

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I know this is old but I was only a few inches from sucking water in the airbox inlet. It's right behind the passenger headlight. Add a snorkel to the list of upgrades, or a tarp...
 

ExplorerTom

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, a snorkle will also allow cleaner air in dusty regions.
I shook out my filter after doing the La Junta trip and Kokopelli. It wasn't nearly as dirty as it can be with far fewer miles.

My wife now refers to my truck as "Snorkel". "Hey, what are you doing to Snorkel now?"