The Mantec Snorkels were legendary Camel Trophy Discos,
as well as other Land Rover Special Vehicles Discos like the G4 Challenge Discoveries. The Camel Trophy Defenders and G4 Challenge Freelanders were also fitted with Mantec Snorkels.
The snorkel raises the air intake from under the hood to the roof line. When wading, the snorkel prevents water intake into the engine. Even on a petrol engine (most of which are not waterproof and will not run submerged), the snorkel prevents hydrolocking the engine. Even if your petrol engine gets wet and stalls, you can still get pulled out of the water and restart. You cannot repair a hydrolocked engine in the field.
Even if you never venture into water, the snorkel also lets the engine breathe cleaner air because the air high outside the vehicle is generally cleaner than the air under the hood. A snorkel is especially welcome on the Disco2, which has its air intake located inside the front wing beside the wheel well.
On longer trips, it is not uncommon to find the air filter clogged because of dusty conditions.
Driving behind others in a convoy on a dirt road is very dirty.
A field-expedient fix is to blow the filter clean with onboard air. Some conditions are so dusty that even with a raised air intake you will have to do this to keep your vehicle running. But a snorkel definitely helps.
Unlike other snorkels, the Mantec Discovery Snorkels parallel the vehicle's A-pillar and provides a very factory appearance. The snorkel is hidden from view from the driver's seat and the driver's view of the road ahead remains unobstructed.
The Mantec Snorkel's cap tucks with the Safety Devices Highlander Roof Racks.
Examine your Defender's cargo door area and you will likely see damage from the spare wheel bouncing around. The Defender Station Wagon's cargo door hinges are not strong enough to hold any spare wheel, even for only street use.
The problem gets far worse with something like a steel wheel with an oversized Michelin XZL tire over rough terrain. Savvy Defender owners who offroad fit a spare wheel carrier.
The Swing Away 50 transfers the weight of the heavy spare wheel off the cargo door and moves it to the chassis. The bottom hinge of the carrier is bolted to the rear cross member. Some of the load is still supported by the cargo door and body mount, but having one of the three mounting points directly on the chassis is key to this carrier's success.
The unique, patented piston carrier allows the same swinging action to open the cargo door while still attached to the spare wheel carrier, so there is no need to open the spare carrier before opening the cargo door as on inferior designs. With the Swing Away 50, cargo door use and operation remain unchanged and the only thing that has really changed is that the weight of the spare wheel is now on the chassis rather than the cargo door hinges.
With the spare wheel mounted, the Swing Away 50 is hardly even noticeable and a factory-like appearance is maintained.
The Swing Away 50 disappears even more behind a larger tire like this Michelin XZL 8.25 R16.
You can even remove the Mantec decal for an even stealthier install.
The wheel studs are long enough on the Swing Away 50 to permit the user to add additional lug nuts between the carrier and the spare to make additional clearance for fatty tires if that is your thing.
John preferred to run the thinnest possible tire and have zero spacers on the Swing Away 50.
The wheel studs are also compatible with alloy wheels and alloy lug nuts.