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Snorkel W/ Bushwacker Flares How To

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by sander1036, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Mar 15, 2012 at 7:52 AM
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    sander1036

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    Well I decided to do a write up on how to do a Safari Snorkel on a first gen that has Bushwacker Cut Out flares.

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    Here is a good write up with instructions on how to install the snorkel. This is what I used to install the snorkel.
    http://www.expeditionswest.com/equipment/tacoma/snorkel.html

    First step is to take off your flares.
    Take off the inner fender. I just pulled mine down and away.
    Take off the antenna and pull it out of the way.
    Then set up the given template on your fender.

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    Mark your holes with a fine tip marker or pen
    Pull the template off and start drilling :eek:
    I used a 3 1/4" Holesaw and it worked awesome.
    Im not sure what sized bits I used but i started smaller and worked my way up until the bolts fit throught the fender.

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    Now that drilling is done, test fit the snorkel. Have the A pillar support loosely bolted to the snorkel.

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    Mark the 3 holes in the support on the A-pillar. Remove the snorkel and drill your holes.
    Refit the snorkel on and make sure the support holes line up. Remove the snorkel and tap the plastic bushings into the 3 holes. Refit the snorkel again, and start bolting everything down.

    Now its time to plumb the snorkel. Unbolt the 2 bolts holding the factory tubing in the fender. Get the new tube piece and place on the snorkel and loosely clamp it. Attach the factory tubing to the new tubing and loosely clamp it down. Bolt the factory tubing back in place and tighten all clamps.

    Replace the antenna back in place. Replace the inner fender.

    The Bushwacker flare will need to be shaped to fit around the snorkel. In the photos below you can see a dirt line on how far the fender is off from where it originally was.

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    I used a dremel with a die grinder end to shape it. I did this with the fender off the truck and kept testing it as I went. Do a little at a time and keep trying to fit it.

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    You will lose one mounting bolt but it will be fine with out it.
    Use black silicon to fill the gap between the snorkel and the flare.
    Now your Done!!!! :D

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  2. Mar 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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    Nice work. Looks clean. Now someone needs to do that with a snorkel and fiberglass fenders. :)
     
  3. Mar 15, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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    sander1036

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  4. Apr 20, 2013 at 6:50 AM
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    Saunder, I just ordered up some cut outs but already have a snorkel. May hit you up if I have questions.
     
  5. Apr 20, 2013 at 7:08 AM
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    Nevermind, won't fit with my current rear bumper being made.
     
  6. Apr 20, 2013 at 7:14 AM
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    haha thats cool... im always here if you decide to make them fit
     
  7. Apr 20, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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    Boxrocket bumper that he is making has side tubes that come pretty close to the stock flares. Won't fit without a lot of trimming. Thanks though
     
  8. Apr 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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    I can make the side tubes shorter if you want to run Cutout flares. Not a big deal on my end. We can make it work
     
  9. Apr 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM
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    That's ok. I would rather not change the bumper. I like the way it looks now.
     
  10. Apr 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM
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    I have wraparound plate on my elite and mine still has about 2 inches before it touches the flare... however I am going back and cutting more and widening the flares so they touch and it looks right... in reality you can set the flare wherever you want so I think it could still work
     
  11. Apr 20, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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    I see. Yeah I'm going to hold off for now and run it with the stock flares. Good to know that you can make it work without trimming the rear. Maybe in the future. Thanks again
     
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