In search of true cold air
Instead of doing the zoodad or installing another air intake that would still reside under the hood sucking hot engine temps through the filter, I decided to take on the challenge a different way......a snorkel. I got the idea from a local off-road shop that specializes in Toyota Land Cruisers and thought maybe I could adapt it to my truck. After some research and some preliminary work I finally got my kit and started this weekend.
The kit I got came from here.......http://www.safarisnorkel.com/docs/snorkel/ford.html
Now....this mod might not be for everyone, but it interested me because of the performance possibilities of true cold air, cleaner intake air and .......just to do something different. The kit is for a 7.3 and the company never had any intention of trying to retrofit for a 6.0 truck because of all of the challenges involved in making it work.
Anyway.....I had already relocated my batteries mentioned in another thread on this forum an therefore accomplished the task of freeing up the space on the driver's side engine compartment.
Next.....I had to move a few things around under the hood to make room along the inner fender. Can you see the difference?
It really was not that bad to move the PCM and the power steering reservoir. The relay bracket that sits on the fenderwell against the firewall , the PCM bracket and the power steering reservoir bracket all required some minor modification. The main harness for the PCM had to be peeled back slightly to allow movement of cable. To mount everything back up I used existing nutted clips. For the reservoir I drilled one hole in the bracket to make use of a battery box mount. I also needed to extend one hose from the brake booster to the reservoir.
While moving all of this I was surprised to see that the inner fender already had a hole to accept the snorkel flange. I would be interested to know the history behind that!
The kit gives you a template to tape up to the outer fender to guide you on drilling holes and cutting the snorkel entery hole.
Even with the template I found I still needed to trim and fit a few times before I got the desired result. The snorkel has five studs that fit through holes in the fender and a fender washer and nylon lock nut for each. I had to pull the fenderwell iner to get up inside. A bracket bolts to the top of the snorkel and you peel the rubber door trim at the top of the A-piller and drill/rivet the bracket in place. Very solid.....minor trim of the rubber is necessary to fit back in place.
Here is the finished product as it is installed now..........
I mentioned earlier that this is meant for a 7.3 and does have parts/pieces in the kit to modify a factory 7.3 airbox to make it work. I didn't get that far this weekend, but will post up with the rest of the install next weekend if all goes well with the schedule.
2004 6.0L F350 Lariat Auto 4x4 CC/LB/DRW - sold
Sumimoto 255/70/22.5 on American Force Classic 22.5 wheels, 4.88 w/Truetrac rear, Mag-Hytec front/rear covers, Mag-Hytec 5R110W trans pan and '08 improved filter, custom front/rear springs from National Spring, Bilstein shocks, Bilstein dual stabilizer shocks, 4" stainless turbo back to a FTE single 6" stack, ARB Snorkel intake, Dfuser coolant filter kit, CFM++ Large Mouth, Doug's custom intake manifold, Powermax turbo w/batmowheel, Warren 175/75 injectors, ARP studded, custom CCV reroute, fan shroud removed, Diehard Platinum PM-1 batteries relocated, permanently installed battery tender with front/rear plug in access, HD250 amp alternator w/remote rectifiers, (9) ISSPRO Performax gauges, Nathan K5s, Warn hidden winch bumper kit, Warn 16.5k winch, Reflexxion steel hood, Jimmijammers, Britebox, Retro Solutions, ATTA 50gal Bed tank/tool box combo, Titan 67gal main tank..Hellman sumped, custom regulated return w/Fuelab pump, 6.4 oil filter canister, AMP steps, F650 lower dash w/nine switch panel , Carling switches, SCT X2 and stuff