View Full Version : found this snorkel, not Safari.

08-08-2013, 11:20 AM
Saw this snorkel on the cruiserparts.net site. Anyone seen this before? Is it a crappy aftermarket brand?

(It does say LandCruiser on it, so that's at least 'cool'.) Safari snorkels are in the neighborhood of $425...this is less than $300.


I've been considering a snorkel after crossing the Delores River a couple years back...but not a high priority.

08-08-2013, 11:39 AM
there was a thread on mud in the 60's section about some cheap snorkles some folks found on Ebay. Chinese copies of ARBs I thought..

Ahh here it is:


08-08-2013, 11:44 AM
Those are generally chinese made copies of either oem snorkel or safari snorkels. Obviously they don't have any RD costs, usually made out of cheaper plastics that crack or otherwise deteriorate in UV faster, which is probably an issue here. You know basically the chinese copy a product illegally and undercut the original on $. we're cheap bastards so we fuel this market

08-08-2013, 03:04 PM
Food for thought:

I can absolutely assure you these are not build by Safari Snorkel's manufacture as they do all their own snorkels in house in Melbourne, Aus. ARB doesn't own Safari, rather they are the US distributor of them.

Now, some of these knock-off snorkels seem to be holding up OK but they are still pretty new. However some are not, cracks, fading and the underhood hoses turning to slinky's with engine heat. I do know that I get a couple of calls a month for customers looking for repair or upgrade parts for these and while they are pretty close knock-offs, they are not exact to Safari grills may not fit thus leaving you with a cracked scoop grill, etc. Others had really poor hardware i.e. non-stainless stuff that was rusting and leaving a rust stain under the snorkel.

08-08-2013, 03:38 PM
Interesting info Kurt Thanks. I removed the reference to the Chinese ones maybe being a supplier for ARB in my post.

08-08-2013, 10:19 PM
I probably have one of the oldest Safari Snorkels in the US as it was privately imported before 2000. A few parts of the grill I have cracked from impacts but the rest is like new. 14+ years?

08-08-2013, 11:46 PM
I probably have one of the oldest Safari Snorkels in the US as it was privately imported before 2000. A few parts of the grill I have cracked from impacts but the rest is like new. 14+ years?

They are time proven.

This one belongs to a local customer of mine, it is at least 14-15 years old as well. Laid it on its side and it flexed right back afterwords. This flop was in 2001? and the rig is still running driving as a daily driver year round in Utah


08-09-2013, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the replies...that helps alot. I won't be supporting infiltration of counterfeit snorkels. I will, however, support one of our cruiser vendors. ;):thumb:

08-09-2013, 11:37 AM
Our guest at the meeting this week (Nick from ELS) runs one on his 100. He did a write up on MUD about it. Same as above^^ I believe its cheaper plastic. I guess as long as you don't catch it on a tree or roll over, the concept is the same. I'm betting it will fade to light gray after a few years in the sun??

Caribou Sandstorm
08-09-2013, 01:55 PM
I have some buddies that have the knock-offs. They don't come with templats, so I am told. I am sure it is not the same quality. I guess it boils down to what you can afford and what you want out of the investment.

If I were buying one. I would probably buy a knock-off, just because I need to spend less on car toys and I park my truck in the garage.

I bought knock-off HAM HTs, why not a snorkel?

08-09-2013, 04:21 PM
I bought knock-off HAM HTs, why not a snorkel?

Your going to trust a chinese knockoff against the double D :eek: :bowdown:

08-10-2013, 02:33 PM
I have had my Safari snorkel since 1999/2000. Still looks good and has held up really well. It's been parked outside for years in the past.

08-10-2013, 04:10 PM
I bought knock-off HAM HTs, why not a snorkel?

Have you seen his calendar picture? Even a knockoff helps. :eek:

08-10-2013, 04:54 PM
I have the knock-off sitting in the garage if you want to check it out. I couldn't justify the cost of safari with my beater truck!

Chris is right, though. It showed up without a template and I had to e-mail the guy to send more parts from Asia! So, not the greatest experience so far. We'll see when I finally get the time to drill the big hole through my fender, whether it was a really bad mistake.