This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org to ask David Long about Land Rover Discovery 3 raised air intakes.
Is there a difference between the original Discovery 3 raised air intake (VPLAP0018) or the one from Safari (LRO, Jan 2015, page 90)? Does the latter have a better air intake or something else? My Disco 3 had an original intake that looked nice and streamlined, but I sometimes thought it was insufficient because air was always taken in the back
of the pipe. Can the Safari’s intake be turned forward to take in the maximum amount of air?
Fred Van Eesbeke, Antwerp, Belgium
There is indeed a difference between the Land Rover genuine-part raised air intake and the Safari version, for the Discovery 4. The Land Rover version has a fixed ‘mushroom’ style top air intake, which cannot be moved. Furthermore, unless modified, it isn’t sealed for wading. It is designed primarily to raise the height of the air intake to avoid dust or polluted air.
The Safari version is a sealed unit with a movable ‘ram air’ top that can be positioned to suit conditions, and can be used for wading, as well as in dusty or polluted air environments to alter the direction of air intake. Thus it is more of a snorkel than the Land Rover version.
When preparing a vehicle for wading or other extreme conditions, it is vital to ensure that all steps have been taken to check the integrity of ‘sealed’ systems (engine, air intake
etc), and that breathers for the axles and gearbox have been adapted accordingly.
This workshop advice appeared in the November 2015 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.