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Old 01-04-2014, 06:18 AM   #1
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Cold Air Induction vs. Snorkle

Was wondering besides the benefit of deeper water fjording (sp?) what is the value of a snorkel over a much cheaper cold air induction kit? I really like the look of the Snorkles but they has a high cost. Opinions welcomed...

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Old 01-04-2014, 06:23 AM   #2
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If you want to play in the water.....do NOT even consider the CAI!
Hydrolock is MUCH more expensive than a snorkel!
Just make sure the snorkel is actually functional and will keep water out of your engine.

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Old 01-04-2014, 06:28 AM   #3
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A snorkel is a true cold air intake! some will disagree..
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Just search jk snorkel on eBay and there is an AEV knockoff that is a cheap alternative. I've seen it and like it with a good fit and finish but It is a knockoff so its up to you.

The snorkel will hurt performance at low speeds being a little more restrictive but once you get going it will actually help air flow with the ram air at the top.

As said a cold air does nothing but make hydro locking easier so grab a snorkel if you want to bomb through water
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Save your money for worthwhile mods. If you plan to run deep water then a snorkel is money well spent. A CAI is a waste of money on the JK.
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:39 AM   #6
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A "cold air" intake is not really cold air. It sits right there in engine bay. However, it DOES NOT increase risk of hydro lock. It sits right where the stock box sits so if you can hydro lock a CAI then you can hydro lock the stock box in the same situation. There is no increased risk with a CAI.

If you're truly after functionality then you need a snorkel. That is the true cold air intake. However, it looks ridiculous so make sure you really really want it.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:20 AM   #7
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Any of them that sits in the engine bay is really a short ram. For it to be a CAI, it needs to more out of the engine bay. Like a snorkel or low enough that the outside air gets to it.

You can always opt for a drop in filter instead. Allot cheaper (40-60 bucks) & they're washable. Ether a dry flow that doesn't involve oiling or an oiling filter.

I've read by many that the CAI doesn't do anything for jeeps. It might if you are performance upgrading the jeep. It's probably worth more to get the Sprint booster instead.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:10 PM   #8
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Thank you all for the information. I think waiting a bit and saving for the snorkel will be best for me based upon what I read here.

Thanks again.

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Old 01-04-2014, 08:35 PM   #9
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Personally, I don't care for the looks of a snorkel. In dusty trails the air could be cleaner if using a snorkel.
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Which snorkel is the least intrusive to install as far as cutting?
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Which snorkel is the least intrusive to install as far as cutting?
the rugged ridge one
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A "cold air" intake is not really cold air. It sits right there in engine bay. However, it DOES NOT increase risk of hydro lock. It sits right where the stock box sits so if you can hydro lock a CAI then you can hydro lock the stock box in the same situation. There is no increased risk with a CAI.

If you're truly after functionality then you need a snorkel. That is the true cold air intake. However, it looks ridiculous so make sure you really really want it.
Actually it DOES because of the more open nature. The stock box actually has holes so that if a small amount of water goes in, it will drain out. That open filter will get soaked and the engine will suck it in.
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I'm not likely to do either after reading about the forum member who had engine warranty denied because issues involving a mopar CAI (that was installed by the dealer).

Given the choice though, snorkel

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Does anyone know if a snorkel will fit on JK with the 50" LED light-bar mounts? I know that it attaches in the same place as the mount. Also, does the snorkel whistle at high speeds?
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Yes& no. Depends on where it sits.
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Was wondering besides the benefit of deeper water fjording (sp?) what is the value of a snorkel over a much cheaper cold air induction kit? I really like the look of the Snorkles but they has a high cost. Opinions welcomed...

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If you are getting the snorkel ONLY for looks, save your money.
Stickers are much cooler looking and much cheaper.

I have a CAI on my Jeep and, while it does make it louder and is obviously easier to clean, I wish I had the stock box so I could put a snorkel on.
I have been stopped too many times when my headlights touch the water and I have to back out.
This is the one I am saving my pennies for
Jeep performance, Jeep Snorkel XHD Low/High Mount Snorkel Kit, 07-11 Jeep JK Wrangler
I can remove the extension when I am driving around town but, when I am going to go play, I can put the extension back on.

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