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Old 01-11-2014, 04:44 PM   #1
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Question DILEMMA … I want a AEV snorkel, but don't want to cut hood…is it reversible?

As in revesable…. I mean, would I be able to some how install the plate out of their AEV hood, into my factory hood, if I ever get rid of the snorkel?

No realistically, I wouldn't get rid of the snorkel unless I was traded for another JK. But overall, I don't like making permanent mods to a vehicle, just incase it ever gets traded in or something.

I mounted switches in my factory A-pillar, but thats a $10 part compared to a expensive hood.

So I know the AEV hood has the removable plate for when adding the snorkel, so how is it attached and could that be fabricated to work with a factory hood…just in case.

2 reasons I want AEV snorkel.

I installed a Ebay spin-off of AEVs on a friends jk..liked the look, but the fitment was kinda sh*tty… So of course the AEV one would be spot on.

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I am running Cowl lights and going to be installing a light bar…. So of course there will be pillar brackets.

Advice???

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Old 01-11-2014, 07:39 PM   #2
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just get the AEV and don't look back.. cutting up a jeep is fun.

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Best bet if you really wanted to get rid of it would be to sell the snorkle to someone with the same color jeep as yours and trade hoods.
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As in revesable…. I mean, would I be able to some how install the plate out of their AEV hood, into my factory hood, if I ever get rid of the snorkel?

No realistically, I wouldn't get rid of the snorkel unless I was traded for another JK. But overall, I don't like making permanent mods to a vehicle, just incase it ever gets traded in or something.

I mounted switches in my factory A-pillar, but thats a $10 part compared to a expensive hood.

So I know the AEV hood has the removable plate for when adding the snorkel, so how is it attached and could that be fabricated to work with a factory hood…just in case.

2 reasons I want AEV snorkel.

I installed a Ebay spin-off of AEVs on a friends jk..liked the look, but the fitment was kinda sh*tty… So of course the AEV one would be spot on.

And

I am running Cowl lights and going to be installing a light bar…. So of course there will be pillar brackets.

Advice???
You have the same issue I do...I don't want to cut the stock hood...there is only one solution, get the AEV hood.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:52 PM   #5
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Same issue I had...just get the hood...you will not regret it.
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:41 AM   #6
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Look at the rugged ridge snorkle. Looks betterIMO anyway.
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Look at the rugged ridge snorkle. Looks betterIMO anyway.

This is the direction I went.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:09 AM   #8
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Look at the rugged ridge snorkle. Looks betterIMO anyway.
I do like RRs snorkel.... But how does it fit with windshield lights?

I don't think brackets for a light bar will be an issue.... But windshield cowl lights... That might not work

Anyone have pics ...
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Look at the rugged ridge snorkle. Looks betterIMO anyway.
The RR snorkel has two massive fundamental flaws....

1) It is EXTREMELY EXTREMELY restrictive.
2) Can't use lightbars with it.
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Same issue I had...just get the hood...you will not regret it.
I can not do the AEV hood…. for this reason….

my daughter would be highly disappointed ..
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:08 PM   #11
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Google pics of RR snorkle...the KC offset brackets would work. And I think the poison spyder style light bar mounts will clear the snorkle.
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This is the direction I went.
how easy is the install on the rugged? No cutting from what I understand correct?

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You can always put in a screen or a solid perforated grille material afterwards and rivet in the AEV cut out. I did AEV And River Raider cowel snorkel. Love them both but the River Raider is less see'ee if you know what I mean!
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:18 PM   #14
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I'm just gonna say "screw it" and cut the hood

Chances of me saying, months later, "I don't like the looks of the snorkel"... Is pretty freakin slim


And if for some strange, sad reason I had to sell the jeep... I'll worry bout the cut hood then
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I'm just gonna say "screw it" and cut the hood

Chances of me saying, months later, "I don't like the looks of the snorkel"... Is pretty freakin slim


And if for some strange, sad reason I had to sell the jeep... I'll worry bout the cut hood then
Good choice!!!
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Heres a few pics on what to expect if its ok to post this here. (from another forum)
AEV JK Snorkel Installed Tonight. A Few Pics - JeepForum.com
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I think alot of people are in the same boat of cutting their hoods and are little afraid. Therefore, I propose that a "vendor" should have a hood cutting party and we can all gather around the camp fire and sing koom-by-yah as we all embrace the cutting of the hoods. We will find strength in numbers
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:48 PM   #18
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I pulled the trigger on the AEV snorkel. But I'm too scared to cut the hood. There was a Billet Silver hood on CL for $125 that I could've used to cut, but I was too late. Looks like I'll have to get the AEV hood as well. I wish the 10A hood came with the vent already cut on the side because I like the look of that hood better.
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I pulled the trigger on the AEV snorkel. But I'm too scared to cut the hood. There was a Billet Silver hood on CL for $125 that I could've used to cut, but I was too late. Looks like I'll have to get the AEV hood as well. I wish the 10A hood came with the vent already cut on the side because I like the look of that hood better.
Agree 100%....the 10A hood is sexy, but I want the precut hood and wish the 10A hood had the snorkel cut in it already.
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I got my AEV Snorkel delivered today. I'm nervous about cutting my hood. If I f it up, I'll get a pre-painted AEV hood.
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I finally installed today. It was fairly straight forward. I had a friend help me install it. I couldn't bear to cut my hood.
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I finally installed today. It was fairly straight forward. I had a friend help me install it. I couldn't bear to cut my hood.
Looks great.
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I finally installed today. It was fairly straight forward. I had a friend help me install it. I couldn't bear to cut my hood.
Does look good... Like the design of the 2nd gen.

I installed a EBay snorkel on my buddies jk, ok issues cutting the hood, using a mini air saw. I'm just more leery doing mine... Lol


But I will be doing the Airaid CAI along with the Gen2 AEV snorkel. As they are actually compatible with each other
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In answer to your original question; yes, you can reverse it. All you need to do it have a plate made that looks nice and rivet it in place over the hole. The rivets make it look cool and the plate hides the hole. Use a fairly stiff metal...18gauge should work.
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Does look good... Like the design of the 2nd gen.

I installed a EBay snorkel on my buddies jk, ok issues cutting the hood, using a mini air saw. I'm just more leery doing mine... Lol


But I will be doing the Airaid CAI along with the Gen2 AEV snorkel. As they are actually compatible with each other
That's why I had my buddy do the cutting. He's into carpentry and installing tile and all that stuff so I felt more comfortable with him doing it. If I did it, the edges would be jagged and the initial holes would be misaligned. The only thing I did was assemble the snorkel to the air box and the body.
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In answer to your original question; yes, you can reverse it. All you need to do it have a plate made that looks nice and rivet it in place over the hole. The rivets make it look cool and the plate hides the hole. Use a fairly stiff metal...18gauge should work.
Yes, you can reverse it, but not without a lot of work to make it look stock. I entertained buying a used hood on craigslist for $125 that was the same color as my hood to cut, but I waited too long and it sold.
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have you looked at the wild boar snorkels?
http://www.wildboarproducts.com/newsnorkel.php
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i believe you just replace the piece between your hood and windshield. They even have a bracket for your lights
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i believe you just replace the piece between your hood and windshield. They even have a bracket for your lights
That little corner piece you are referring to is spot welded to the top of the fender. Front fender must be removed and modified to install kits such as these. IMHO the hood mod is easier done and easier to reverse then the fender mod.
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That little corner piece you are referring to is spot welded to the top of the fender. Front fender must be removed and modified to install kits such as these. IMHO the hood mod is easier done and easier to reverse then the fender mod.

Spot welds are easy to remove and i like the looks better that a big black tube going down the side of my fender. Everyone has their own opinions it all matters to what you want and what you are looking for and how much you want to spend and how much work you want to do. Same to be said with any mod on a jeep or any other vehicle

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