Raised Air Intake
Our Land Rover has been retrofitted with a 200Tdi engine, but does not have the air vent in the wing on the side, as original 200Tdi models do. This means our engine was receiving air from under the hood next to the engine which is obviously far from ideal.
This was the main reason for installing a raised air intake, allowing the engine to receive cooler and cleaner air. We bought a safari style snorkel with air-ram head from Bravo Snorkel. Fitting it is a pretty straight forward job, although making a big hole in our wing and finding a way to get the hose to the air filter was quite a challenge.
For the moment, we didn’t fully waterproof our snorkel yet, as there are many other things that are also not prepared for deep water wading. The main benefit is receiving clean, cool air in the engine.
Tire Deflation Kits
In Spain, and especially the Pyrenees, there are some great 4x4 tracks and we are absolutely loving those remote, scenic roads. Being all alone in the high mountains (except for some cows) we can really enjoy the views and the driving.
The tracks aren’t that rough you’ll need a lot of offroad equipment, but we did upgrade our gear with two different tire deflation kits from euro4x4parts. The first tire kit is 4 little valves we can now deflate all tires at the same time to the pre-set pressure. Being able to deflate the tires on the tracks is definitely helpful in terms of both grip and comfort. We have set these valves for gravel roads. Our second kit is a tire deflation kit from ARB. With these we have to do one by one but we can choose which pressure we want for any other track. Our tire deflation kits are sponsored by euro4x4parts.
Before we get back on the tarmac we can inflate the tires with our Viair 88P compressor. Which is small enough to store easily, but has enough power get the tires up to pressure within reasonable time.
Having our sand ladders with us on the roof, is just in case we would need them. We only needed them once for ourselves and this was of course before we had them. After purchasing these and carry them with us we haven’t had to use them for ourselves anymore, but they have come handy multiple times while helping others.
With two long boults we have easily fasten them on the aluminium box and we can acces the ladders quickly when needed by loosing the knots.