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Old 07-03-2011, 05:22 PM   #1
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Making my own snorkel - best place to buy flexible duct/hose?

10 days now till I leave Melbourne for the ride to the tip (Cape York).

I've decided I'm not going to being able to make it across some of the deep water creek crossings - particularly bridge creek - without a snorkel for the Burgman.

Now on the Burgie the airfilter is mounted top left inside the front fairing. Space is very tight in there and if I mount a permanent fixed snorkel I am going to lose steering lock (I could always avoid left turns, but hmm ), so what I am looking at doing is making a semi-permanent extension that I can push-in the inlet tube for each of the crossings, and then remove it in between crossings.

Not having needed to do this before (deepest water crossings I have done so far have been around 70cm) I'm looking for a bit of advice from some of you more experienced fellas. In particular, where's the best place to buy a thin wall flexible hose around 40-45mm external diameter and where would I buy a coil spring to fit inside so the hose retains its shape when I bend it a tight 90 degrees upwards (to what will hopefully be air and not H2O)?

Originally I was thinking radiator hoses but unless I strike lucky, and find one just the right shape, I doubt it.
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:27 PM   #2
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DIY Snorkle

Easy - Clark Rubber have hoses on all sizes. Swimming pool stuff is good.
Or, pinch the hose off a vacuum cleaner.

Report on how you go.
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:31 PM   #3
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Thanks for the tip possum, I'll drop into my nearest Clark rubber at lunchtime and see what I can find.
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:33 PM   #4
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sorry to ask but do you have to go the way that there are deep crossings,sorry dont know your route,

i would like to know myself if you could do the tip with out the deep crossings??? anyone?
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:51 PM   #5
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Farqhuar may need a snorkel where others wont...

Unless there is anyone else mad enough to take an overgrown step through scooter to the cape
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:25 PM   #6
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There was a pic some where on ADV where a guy used swimming pool cleaner hose to make a snorkel .
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:16 PM   #7
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mickd, no you don't have to worry about deep crossings if you go straight up the development road but if you want to do the Old Telegraph track you will.

.... and let's face it, that's why people ride to the tip - for the fun of the water crossings.


Trev, it wouldn't be an adventure if I wasn't doing the ride on something totally inappropriate to the task at hand.

Russ, the pool cleaner hose is what I have in mind - only problem is I have a tight right hand bend coming out of the existing filter orifice and I'm concerned the hose will collapse if I bend it too tightly.

The other option I'm looking at is finding a radiator hose with an existing 90 degree bend, if it is pre-formed that way then it shouldn't collapse.
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:45 PM   #8
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Air seeder hose from a farm equipment supplier. Stronger and more flexible than pool hose.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:44 PM   #9
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purple pig

Have you checked them out? seems lots of guys with 4wd get various rubber pipes and hoses from them.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:46 PM   #10
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+1 on Purple Pig. Huge range of stuff.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:04 AM   #11
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The 'pig sounds like the place to go guys. Went down to Clark rubber during lunchtime, nothing that fits unfortunately so went to Repco and found a Fairlane radiator hose that may do the job - will do some experimentation tonight. If not, looks like I'll be paying the 'pig in Stud Rd a visit tomorrow morning.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:25 AM   #12
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The 'pig sounds like the place to go guys. Went down to Clark rubber during lunchtime, nothing that fits unfortunately so went to Repco and found a Fairlane radiator hose that may do the job - will do some experimentation tonight. If not, looks like I'll be paying the 'pig in Stud Rd a visit tomorrow morning.
just a though

bunnings do grey water pipe which may be suitable
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:27 AM   #13
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sorry to ask but do you have to go the way that there are deep crossings,sorry dont know your route,

i would like to know myself if you could do the tip with out the deep crossings??? anyone?
Have seen old model Lasers pulling trailers as far up as New Mapoon via the Developmental Rd. Hardest part through to there was the entry into Laura from the crossing if it is chewed up a bit. The Developmental Rd is as boring as though.

Met a guy on an R1 who had just returned from the top and was heading into Lockhart River so it isn't too hard up the middle.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:35 AM   #14
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Snorkel

I used pool cleaner hose on GS1200. Worked perfectly on a Cape trip.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:38 AM   #15
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Thank you for all the feedback guys.

I did a bit of fiddling around with the Fairlane hose tonight and lo and behold - I think it's gonna work.

It gives me 1.1 - 1.2m clearance - any thoughts on whether this is going to be enough height for Nolans or do I need more? If so, I can easily thread in and duct tape on a length of coil hose (pool cleaner / grey water, whatever).
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