ARB Safari Snorkel 3rd Gen Tacoma Review

Super White 3rd Gen Tacoma With ARB Safari Snorkel

Protect Your Air Intake From Water & Dust!

Alright, here we go… a mod that I probably waited too long to do. The snorkel.

Before my Tacoma, I had a 4th Gen 4Runner. That truck ran a snorkel for two, call it main reasons.

  • 1. It sealed up my exposed air box (missing fender liners) and lifted the air intake to the roof line.
  • 2. It looked super rad (in my opinion).

However, that snorkel was a cheap Amazon find. It was for an 80 series (I think). It worked ok. Got the job done. Didn’t sit well or really have any instructions or anything. It also needed a ton of modification. For example, I had to cut into the body to make room for the new tubing – there was no way it was going to fit any other way. The point is.. it worked, but not in a very calculated fashion.

This time, I knew what I wanted (needed). A tried and true, tested system with EVERYTHING I needed, right off the bat. And the ARB warranty and support – which has always been good to me.

Enter the ARB Safari Snorkel. Let’s run through a quick installation guide (ARB also provides one) and review.

ARB is currently sold only through retailers. I got this one from Mudify. These guys stock a ton of ARB products for fast shipping, and also have good customer service.

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Why Should You Add A Snorkel?

Overland 3rd Gen Tacoma Build With ARB Safari Snorkel Kit

What Is A Snorkel?

A snorkel is a series of tubing, connections, and airways that takes the point of air intake from a lower point on the vehicle (passenger wheel well, under fender liner) and moves it closer to the roof line. The result is a sealed system that allows temporary exposure to water that may have otherwise been taken into the intake, and immediately into the motor. This would cause catastrophic failure in the form of hydro-lock. Yes, that means a new motor. Not cheap.

Think of it as cheap insurance – especially if you wheel your truck. Exposing your intake to water, especially as a newer driver, is easier than you might think. And freak accidents can happen. Investing in a snorkel is a great preventative measure.

Why Would You Want One?

I’m not going to go into anything crazy complicated here. There are a few main reasons to add a snorkel, and a few secondary reasons that I’m sure are up for debate.

First, and most obviously, as described, is moving the air intake out of harm’s way from potential water intrusion. This can protect your vehicle and decrease the likelihood of water getting into your motor. It can also allow you to risk doing deeper water crossings. This can be expanded to include dust, since the fenders are typically more exposed to dust off-road than the roof. So you are avoiding unnecessary dust intake. This can further be improved upon with a snorkel pre-cleaner.

Many would argue that a snorkel is a sort of “cold air intake” where air in the fender can potentially be warmer than the ambient air outside. I would guess this applies more to slower driving, as the air movement as you drive 50, 60, 70+ mph on the highway may negate that. However, I still think there is somewhat of a valid point here.

A different line of thinking could also suggest that since the new intake head on the snorkel is bigger than the factory opening, and that it usually faces the rushing air as you drive, that is allows the motor to “breathe” easier. Don’t quote me. I’m not saying you’re getting any true forced induction. But another idea I’ve seen discussed.

Takeaway

Key takeaway – snorkels have value relative to their cost to the decreased risk involved with off-road and overland travel. With some secondary effects. Pretty simple.

This is all reinforced the harder you wheel, and the more water/dust you see. And a snorkel is especially useful if you lose your fender liners like I did, when I trimmed my fenders/flare for tire clearance.

Installation

How To Install ARB Safari Snorkel

Install is not as bad at you might think. The right tools are important. You should have a good understanding of hand tools. But there is some room for error when it comes to cutting and drilling. Just move carefully, and really make sure everything lines up. Check it ten times if you have too. Worst case – you can buy a new fender. But we don’t want to do that. So use this guide and take your time.

ARB also gives you detailed instructions.

Required Tools

  • Mechanic’s toolset
  • Drill + bits
  • Cutting tool (jig saw, or similar)
  • Dremel (or some kind of smaller saw/cutting tool)
  • Screwdrivers
  • Utility knife
  • Painter’s tape
  • Marker
  • Double-sided exterior automotive molding tape (optional)

Step 1. Remove Air Box

How To Install Snorkel - Removing Air Box

To start, I’ve seen people get really into removing extra components. Wiring, separating the top of the airbox from the intake, etc.

While you can do that for peace of mind, there is plenty of slack to work with, and you should be able to save some time.

Unclip and open the airbox. Pull out your filter. Check to see if it needs replacing.

Air Box Removal For Snorkel Installation

Next, take out the bottom portion of the airbox. There are three screws total. Two are pictured here. One is to the left of the box.

Step 2. Remove Air Inlet & Trim Air Box

Trimming Factory Airbox For Snorkel Tubing Install

Once you have the airbox out, remove the inlet, seen in the picture above on the bottom. You can dispose of this.

Trimmed Tacoma Air Box - ARB Snorkel Install Guide

You will need to trim the mounting tabs for the inlet you just removed. I used a Dremel. Simple and easy. Final cuts seen above.

Step 3. Apply Template & Mark Holes

Apply ARB Snorkel Template To Tacoma

Now apply the provided template to your passenger’s side fender. Make sure that all the lines are evenly matched to the ends of the fender.

Carefully tape it into place. Second set of hands here is nice.

Take a marker and mark all the holes.

Step 4. Drill & Cut Holes

Drilling Holes In Tacoma Fender For Snorkel Installation

Now drill the holes. Use a step bit, or step up your drill bit size for a clean hole. I used two drill bits to make the smaller holes.

I also make a hole in the larger circle with enough room to get my jigsaw into. Then I made the entire cut. This helps to make it look cleaner.

You don’t have to use a handheld jigsaw, but it is quick and easy.

DO NOT use a hole saw here. It’s a terrible mistake and you will do damage.

Protecting Bare Metal With Spray Paint

Clean up any burrs. I also used a Q-tip dipped in a small cup of some black spray paint to protect the bare metal on all my cuts. I would not skip this step.

Step 5. Install & Secure Flexible Tube

Step-By-Step ARB Safari Snorkel Installation Guide

It’s important to note, if you don’t have an aftermarket bumper or cut fenders/flares like I do, you will need to remove your liner beforehand. There are several clips and a few screws to pop the liner out.

Once the liner is removed, take the large rubber connector tube and insert it through the factory intake inlet hole. There is a notch on the tubing so you understand its orientation. A good reference photo is seen above.

New Hose/Tubing For ARB Snorkel

A shot from the inside of the engine bay. Make sure to put the hose clamp on before you reinstall the airbox.

Snorkel Install Guide

Attach the airbox to the new intake tubing. This can be tedious. Install the tube before you secure the airbox again.

The hose clamp might give you a hard time. Make sure it is sitting in the groove on the tube all the way around. You will have to feel around to make sure. This is crucial because you need a good seal here.

Once that is done, you can reattach the airbox, and reassemble the filter, cover, etc.

Step 7. Prepare Snorkel Body

Preparing Snorkel Body For Install - Studs & Thread Locker

Prepare the snorkel body with blue thread locker and the threaded studs.

A-Pillar Rivet Alternative For Snorkel Install - Double-Sided 3M Automotive Exterior Molding Attachment Tape

This is another key step. Above you can see the bracket that ARB wants you to bolt to the snorkel, and rivet to the A-pillar.

I chose to use double sided exterior 3M automotive tape. I found it at my local auto parts store. Added a piece along the bracket, and trimmed to fit.

Not necessarily recommended, and not that I am afraid to drill into my truck, I did not want to this time and wanted to test this alternative.

Note: This fitment works okay. I could have done a better job lining it all up with the truck, but there is some movement above 30-40 mpg and at highway speeds. I’m not currently bothered, but know that this is a risk. You can always go back and add rivets. You can’t undo drilling the holes and placing rivets as easily. I do think I could get it a little tighter though, and get less movement – the tape could have better contact.

Step 8. Attach Snorkel Body To Fender

ARB Snorkel Install & Review

Take your snorkel body and align with the holes. Depending on how well you did, it may slide right in. It may not. You might need to drill out some of the smaller holes. This did happen to me, but no big deal. Only a small delay.

Eventually, with a little physical persuasion (lol), we got it all to line up nicely. Don’t panic if it doesn’t work the first time. Again, some margin for error here.

Obviously be mindful that you also need to get the plastic intake end to meet the new tube. Another set of hands will help here.

Attaching Snorkel To Fender

Take all the washers and nuts and tighten the snorkel down to the fender.

How To Install ARB Snorkel On Toyota Tacoma

Add the other hose clamp to the connection between the new tubing and snorkel body.

ARB Safari Snorkel For 3rd Gen Tacoma - Install & Review

Bam! Almost there.

Step 9. Mount Snorkel Head

How To Mount Snorkel Head

Finally, take the snorkel head and the black clamp, and attach the snorkel appropriately to the body. That’s it! Not so bad.

Finished Install

ARB Safari Snorkel On Super White 3rd Gen Tacoma

I love it! I’ve done this before, and become more comfortable with cutting trucks. But even with documentation, this was pretty straightforward and we were able to move along.

How To Attach Snorkel Without Drilling & Riveting A-Pillar

A quick close up shot of the 3M tape and bracket. It attaches relatively well, but again, the contact could be better. I could easily redo the tape though. We will see.

Review

ARB Snorkel On Off-Road 3rd Gen Tacoma Build

The real question…? Have I crossed any super deep water? The answer… Not yet! However, I don’t need to submerge the truck under a huge amount of water to note that this system fits great, seals really well, and will do the job when expected to.

I’ve used a snorkel before, and I can tell you that I certainly felt better on the occasions where we were wheeling along, many states from home, and unexpectedly dropped into a deeper than anticipated river. The same goes for nights where we saw flooding and I accidentally hit massive pools of water late at night, that could have ended badly.

The fit and finish is awesome. ARB stands behind their products. And to top it off, I absolutely love how it looks. How could you go wrong?

Final Thoughts

ARB Safari Snorkel For 3rd Gen (2016-2023) Tacoma - Long Term Review & Overview

Bottom line? Protect your engines. Invest in a snorkel if you plan on wheeling and adventuring hard to remote places.

I’m stoked with how this turned out – no complaints whatsoever. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Chase Prowse
Chase Prowse
11 months ago

Self tapping stainless screws and RTV on the pillar. Honestly will you ever remove your snorkel? If you do you have to replace your fender and filling two small holes and blending in your fender to match the door and pillar you would paint anyway is not a big deal. Best to have a secure fitment so nothing vibrates loose or rubs paint away leading to rust. Last note, deburr all the holes. Installing a cyclone greatly improves dust performance otherwise you are literally scooping it up. Sure, the intake is higher and helps but it’s really not effective without.… Read more »

Pickles
Pickles
11 months ago

It might be worth noting that snorkels aren’t as useful for fording water in the Tacoma as many think without additional and extensive modifications in the engine bay. The Tacoma (and most Toyota trucks) have a critical [and incurable] design flaw for water fording, which is the location of the alternator below/at the level of the top of the tire. Adding a snorkel to the Tacoma to put your intake at six feet high (or thereabout) without extensive waterproofing to the engine, and carrying a spare alternator for the almost certain contamination of bearings and destruction of most of the… Read more »

Pickles
Pickles
11 months ago

Right! And I don’t disagree with what you say here. To be clear, I’m not saying that crossing water deeper than your alternator will damage it immediately and in the moment; I’m saying: (a) that could happen, and (b) the damage will be there and will more likely manifest over the longer-term. As in, you submerge a bunch of unprotected electrical connections and your spinning alternator, it will diminish the life of your alternator and other components in ways most users will not understand is connected to a prior decision to float their Tacoma/Toyota truck. Notice how many caveats there… Read more »

Randy
Randy
11 months ago

Now you have me thinking a snorkel would have been a good investment for my last build. I was on the fence about weather to snorkel or not. This article has opened my eyes to things never considered before. With the amount of snow runoff this year a snorkel would almost be an essential element for river crossings. I’m not sure if the new build would benefit from one though. Going a different direction this time. Thanks again for expanding my knowledge of useful Tacoma products. Great site, really enjoy it

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