FZJ80 Safari Snorkel Install

Yeah, I know there is tons of information online about how to do the install – being someone who is not very mechanically inclined, I thought I would share some of my insights onĀ all the ways I messed up the install.

First off, I did not trust the instructions – I thought maybe they messed up when they shipped the instructions. The drill sizes it said to use were way larger than the bolts they provided. I did end up going a bit larger (about 4-5mm larger than the actual bolt) and managed to just fit it in with a little force. I also read that the “proper”, “non-lazy” way is to NOT use the size the instructions specified but to use a much smaller drill bit.

Same with the actual snorkel hole… I did not trust the size the instructions provided but made a hole that would fit the end perfectly. Okay, I admit, I screwed up and made a bit bigger – again, I learned that Safari ships with these instructions due to the angle the snorkel goes in – this allows all the mounting and bolt holes to be a bit off and still have the snorkel fit well on the first try.

Not making sure I had all the proper tools as well, no step drill, and nothing near big enough for the actual hole. By the time I realized that I didn’t have these tools, Canadian Tire was closed (it was a Sunday). My father-in-law helped by roughing the cut with some sort of angle cutter and I cleaned it up with some sort of air filing tool.

Masking tape – yup, didn’t use any of it. Scratched up the paint a bit because i slipped a couple of times when trying to clean up the snorkel hole.

Wait for the primer to dry before trying to fit the snorkel. I was a bit excited and when it didn’t go in the first time, I left a nice circle stamp on the fender where the primer had stuck to the mounting hole of the snorkel after taking it out and trying again.

As tough as it was, I managed to get all but one bolt on, way at the back and up towards the windsheild. I made the mistake of asking the guys on the mailing list to see who with “skinny arms” could help me out and get that last bolt in for me. After no replies and a bit more research, I gave it another try. I removed the antenna module, which just gave me barely enough room to get the last bolt on. It was still tough but I did manage.

And because we haven’t seen enough 80’s with a snorkel, here is mine: