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How To: AirFlow Snorkel Install

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by lemons, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. Jul 27, 2016 at 5:17 PM
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    I will start this the same way the Safari snorkel how to was started.
    First- get over the fact that you are about to drill a big ass hole in your fender.
    After you take a big breath and suck it up put painters tape on the fender and cut out the template. Line it up and tape it in place.
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    I used a razor blade and cut the + marks (where to drill)so I can mark the spots with a pencil. I then double and triple checked.

    Then I center punched the big hole and drilled it out with a 105mm/4 1/8inch hole saw.
    DO NOT DRILL THE OTHER HOLES YET!!!

    Now put the studs in the snorkel. I put some grease on the ends of the studs and lined it up and put the snorkel in position marking the tape with the grease from the studs. I found that the marks were way off on all but one of the studs. I did this three times making sure it was right. Then I center punched the spots and drilled.

    I then cut the metal support that is behind the big hole to make room for the tubing behind the fender. I went in through the hole for the top of it and under the fender to get to the bottom of the bracket.

    Then I test fit everything. The elbow wouldn't fit in the stock intake hole so I used a heat gun on the elbow with the clamp around it. Heat a little, tighten, heat, tighten, etc. until it fits.



    I also cut off a piece of the stock filter tube
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    I then took it back off and started installing it for real. I sealed the studs and installed the snorkel body on the fender then the washers and nuts on the studs. The top most stud nearest to the door sucks. I put tape on the washer to hold it in place then loosened the top bolts that hold the fender on to make a little more room. I then used a ratcheting wrench to get the nut started. After that I got all the elbows and tubes connected and sealed then tightened the clamps.


    For the A pillar I used military grade Velcro (there's no fuzzy side) to Secure the bracket to the A pillar

    Then put the scoop on and drink a beer.

    I hope this helps.
     
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  2. Jul 27, 2016 at 5:25 PM
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    Thanks for the time and the pics. Helpful.
     
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  3. Jul 27, 2016 at 5:46 PM
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    No mention of cutting off the old intake curve. Did they change the design so its no longer required?
     
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  4. Jul 27, 2016 at 6:10 PM
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    Forgot about that took a pic too.
    Edit- I added it to the thread
     

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  5. Jul 28, 2016 at 10:12 AM
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    Nice work
     
  6. Jul 28, 2016 at 10:14 AM
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    Nice!

    Where did you get that Velcro?
     
  7. Jul 28, 2016 at 10:40 AM
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  8. Jul 28, 2016 at 10:41 AM
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    Thanks!

    Now I just need to hear about my snorkel... :frusty:
     
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  9. Jul 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM
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    I found this write up which was very informative...FYI yall

    https://www.itapestore.com/3M-Dual-Lock-Guide_ep_49-1.html

    also this tech data explains different densities and density combinations for maximum strength (250/400) appears to be the strongest:

    http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/564564O/dual-lock-reclosable-fasteners-sj3872-sj3870-sj3871.pdf
     
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  10. Jul 28, 2016 at 5:23 PM
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    I never thought about velcro for the a pillar I just used some 1" self toppers and filled the holes full of silicone
     
  11. Jul 28, 2016 at 9:37 PM
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    Looks great....do you have any pictures of under the hood?
     
  12. Jul 29, 2016 at 4:58 AM
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    It look the same under the hood. No change other than I took off my AFE cold air intake and put back on the stock one.
     
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  13. Jul 29, 2016 at 9:22 AM
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    Ok cool.

    How is the quality of this compared to the new Tacoma specific Safari snorkel?
     
  14. Jul 29, 2016 at 9:45 AM
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    I think it's great. The Safari is a little smaller than the AirFlow so in theory it provides more air. It's a quality product, if I were to do it again I would go with the AirFlow again. Well worth it and it's a little cheaper than Safari.
     
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  15. Aug 3, 2016 at 8:59 AM
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    Thanks for the reply but the Safari (new 05-15 Taco specific) is not smaller than the Airflow...
    I am just concerned, from things I have read, that the Airflow is not made as well as the Safari and that worries me. I think the Airflow looks MUCH better than the Safari though!
     
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  17. Aug 3, 2016 at 12:03 PM
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    Do you mean from the type of plastic used perspective?
     
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    Installing now..question... 10mm drill holes seems kinda large...?? I know it will have some adjustments but... Did you drill with 3/8"?
     
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    I used a step up bit until the studs fit. Should be around 3/8 or so.
     
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