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View Poll Results: Would you buy a Forester-Specific snorkel?
Yes, very interested. 28 37.33%
Yes, if under $300. 32 42.67%
Maybe, on the fence. 11 14.67%
No, not interested at all. 4 5.33%
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SNORKEL, would you buy one?

I'm currently gauging interest to see if there is any.......interest in Forester-Specific Snorkels. As of right now, I'm in the middle of developing a prototype 03-08 Forester Snorkel that has a custom fit specific for the fender/A-pillar. It will look VERY much like the ones that a few members are already running, but will be fitted specifically for the Forester's fender and will fit flush.

The snorkel will be created using fiberglass. There's no way to do plastic-injection molding on something like this (without getting like 1000 orders), so a good, high-quality thick fiberglass will be my only method for now. If there is high demand, I can also do carbon-fiber (but that would raise the price significantly).

The finishes will either come in primer to paint yourself, or will come in a lightly-textured satin-black bed-liner spray (same stuff I use on the lowers of my car).

I'll be posting up pictures of the snorkel once I get a working prototype finished, and I'll try to figure out pricing as well, but I'm thinking that a good ballpark for this would be around $250-$300. Less if there is a large group buy.

So tell me, is anyone seriously interested in purchasing a snorkel in the near future?

Also, leave any feedback, concerns or suggestions below to discuss as I'm still in the molding process. Thanks!

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G'day Josh. I know you have had this idea or been working on it for sometime. I think its greats, would it also fit the SF Forester as they are very similar and I even think have the same A-pillar.... ?
If it would fit I would certianly buy one. Especially at that price too

I know there are quite a few people who have snorkels already, thats one downfall but if you designed them for the Forester then that would save quite alot of hassle with getting one bent to suit.

Only thing im abit concerned about is would/will it make your Forester look funny/wierd without a Subaxtreme Bullbar. I am yet to see a Forester with a snorkel and no bullbar. Have you got a prototype or molding yet? Could you maybe put it up against your Foz and take a photo. I am keen to see what it would look like.

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^^ I don't have anything even close to being ready to be viewed as what it would look like just yet. I'm awaiting delivery on some supplies to finish up the prototype, but it could be a couple of weeks until I even get the supplies (they're coming from another country and quoted me June 1 delivery). There's also going to be a lot of grinding and shaving involved to make sure it's flush to the fender, and looks like an OEM part. But once I get the supplies, it should only take me a week or so to get a good finalized prototype ready to go.

As for a snorkel for non SG Foresters, I would have to have someone with an SF visit me to allow me to see to see if I can get one made up for an SF. It might just need a different back for the fender, but the windshield might match up right, we'll just have to see once I get a good prototype ready.

I'm excited though. Even if no one wants one, at least I will. I've always wanted a snorkel on my car, but never had a car worthy of one until I got the Forester. And with the way I have it setup, I think it'll look absolutely perfect.
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Sweet. I'm excited too. Its like Christmas is coming. I want to see what its like. I want one too Its more exciting than my birthday this weekend....
If my locker project works out successful in anyway along with on of these I would be and all the guys in Toyota's would be like to see a little Subaru or a few flog the out of them in a offroad situation

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If I didn't already have a snorkel, yes I'd be interested for sure, especially at that price.

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^^ Yeah, it's going to be schweet (I hope). The 2-part mold is going to suck hard, but the rest should be fairly fun to do.
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Will be great to see the prototype when you get it. Looking forward to seeing it

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Nah sorry, don't need one. Good luck with it though.
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Would love one for the L series... but am looking into eventually making my own that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

Best of luck, can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Hi there!

I want one too ) and someone said something about a locker i want that one too
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