Kia Sportage Snorkel

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Kia Sportage Snorkel

Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 3:28 pm

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Write up - '01 Kia Sportage Snorkel

Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 3:40 pm

It took me a full morning to install, so allow yourself plenty of time. Although time consuming the actual process is relatively straight forward - there is just a little mucking around needed to get it to fit.

The template supplied is mostly correct. I needed to make all of the drill holes larger than shown, and also needed to make the snorkel hole larger than shown. I used a 60mm metal hole saw, and it was not big enough, so go at least the next size up!

The A pillar bracket needs to be bent out to get it to fit, and the holes there (snorkel fitment, not A-pillar fitment) need to be enlarged.

Being fibreglass make sure you don't over-tighten any of the bolts. Also take care with the hose clamps.

Having said that, I did give it a fair beating to get it into final place, so it's not as fragile as perhaps it sounds. All I'm saying is that a UV stabilised hard plastic would have been preferable.

At least if it cracks it'll be easy enough to repair I suppose.

Sportage snorkels are as rare as hens teeth, so beggars can't be choosers!

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Start

Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 3:47 pm

A clean slate...
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Applying the template

Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 3:50 pm

On goes the template...
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Holes cut

Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 3:56 pm

Holes cut...

Note, all edges painted with touch up paint - don't want any rust setting in!
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Engine bay

Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 4:03 pm

Old "snorkel" removed. Hole cut into inner guard.

The mistake I made here was only having the 60mm metal hole saw.

Subsequently the easiest way out was to "join" the hole created by the saw, with the access hole for the passenger side indicator. Not the "neatest" solution one might say, but it did allow for easy placement of the inlet hose!

Note, all edges painted with touch up paint - don't want any rust setting in!
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Snorkel hose

Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 4:07 pm

Snorkel hose in place, a small hole next to the access hole was used as an anchor to cable tie the hose into place so that it doesn't move around.

The drainage hole in the air box was plugged.

The metal was given a liberal coating of fish oil.
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Hose from the underside

Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 4:12 pm

The hose from the underside.

Whilst not really needed (the hose clamp provided a great seal on its own) I decided to throw in some silicon gasket maker. Figured it can't hurt...

Loctite applied to all threads.

All metal surfaces were then given a liberal coating of fish oil.
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Finished - Engine Bay

Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 4:16 pm

Despite how it looks the hose as good clearance from anything that moves.

Eventually the bend will be replaced with a mendrel bent stainless steel item.
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The finished product!

Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 4:20 pm

All done!

You'll note in the first pic that I have replaced the vacuum hubs with Warn manual ones. Using the 60mm hole saw to almost perfectly cut out an access hole into the cap worked a treat!

A dremel with sander was used to finish it off, and silver touch up paint applied to the raw edges.

Looks factory!
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Unread post by 4runnernomore » January 9th, 2010, 7:37 pm

Congrats Kia Pete,

That makes 2 of us who have proper factory style snorkels fitted to their Sportys.

What brand was was yours? Is it a VTTR or sometging else. Looks Schmick. The only other Kia I know of with a snorkel is Ads Kia and his was a home made job.

What did it ends up costing you, PM me if you like. Now if we could only get decent aftrmarket support for gearing suspension anddifflocks.

Here's a pic of mine for comparison.

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Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 8:17 pm

4runnernomore wrote: What did it end up costing you...
Kia Sportage Snorkel - Outdoor Auto

Thankfully I didn't pay quite that much for it! (ouch)

It's a "no-name" Asian brand, but as you say at least it has that "factory" look...

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Unread post by kiapete » January 9th, 2010, 8:20 pm

4runnernomore wrote: That makes 2 of us who have proper factory style snorkels fitted to their Sportys...
So I guess that's your Sporty he's got on his website! ha ha

Sure looks like it! :thumb:

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Unread post by 4runnernomore » January 9th, 2010, 8:45 pm

Cheeky Buggar, LOL Just had a look. Tim must have finally updated his website.

Yeah, that's mine when I had it first fitted. Tim was helping me source one when this one came up on evil bay. I payed much less than the advertised price on the website.

The quality does appear to be better and they are a different haed design buy the looks of it. Shiny too. Are they still fiberglass?

You know about extractors for the Sporty through Genie (Wild Cats).

I'll have to post up on 4x4 Wire and let them know of snorkel availaibilty. Biggest thing with them is they are not prepared to pay. Parts must be very cheap in America.

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Re: Kia Sportage Snorkel

Unread post by Barelmoshe » August 28th, 2014, 12:15 am

Hi guys
I have a kia sportage 2001 and would like to install a snorkel, and i prefer a factory custom one.
Is there a factory made design for kia?
If not can you please send a link to the closest design which would fit?
Thanks

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