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Old 05-30-2011, 10:41 PM   #1
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River Raider Expedition Snorkel Install

Out here in the Ozarks the trails have plenty of rivers, streams and mud holes. Never worried much about it, but after a close call where the water came up over my hood I added a snorkel to my build list.

Most snorkels are like the AEV type and come up next to the A pillar and sit just above the roof line. Which brings into play another fact of the trails around here, which is tree branches. AEV style snorkels would just take too many whacks and get damaged, and being plastic are not practical out here.

So when River Raider came out with the cowl mounted Expedition Snorkel, it was the perfect solution.



The setup of the snorkel is pretty straightforward. A 3" tube is attached to the cowl and fastened in place. It connects to the airbox with a rubber hose



The airbox then connects to the engine by a 3" hose





You may notice that the input and output from the airbox gets flipped.

Installation of the snorkel is a lot of work. A 3.25" hole needs to be drilled in the cowl and firewall, the battery gets relocated, a box with vacuum hoses needs to be moved over a bit, and the airbox needs to be altered to connect an input and output hose, and a metal plate added and sealed with silicone so that it is water proof. The airbox will need to be modified regardless of what snorkel is chosen by the way.

Kenny, the owner of River Raiders says the install takes six hours. Unfortunately this is accurate. The kit is complete and all the parts are included, including a new aluminum battery tray. Here are the installation instructions which are pretty straight forward










I also extended the breathers and tied them into the airbox.

Once installed, the snorkel is very strong and solid. It is in a relatively out of the way place, and there are some windshield light mount brackets that would work with it.

One of the side benefits is that it will act as a CAI. Beermonkey, whose rig was used by River Raiders to do the installation and photos for the instructions, measured with a Superchips the air intake temperatiures to be 10-20 degrees cooler with the snorkel.

The performance gain is minimal, but there is one. I did not install it for performance, I did so I could do water crossings with peace of mind. But I really like the snorkel, its one of my favorate upgrades.



There is a TJ version too. I purchased the snorkel from Evergreen Offroad, one of our sponsors, and James gave great service.

If you are in the market this is a great solution. Bette quality than the A-Pillar designs I have seen

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Old 05-30-2011, 11:10 PM   #2
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Thought I might have questions after you posted this but I think you covered everything you possible could.

This is definitely on my future mod list

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Old 05-31-2011, 01:24 AM   #3
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Great write-up. Thanks.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:45 AM   #4
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Thanks for the write up.
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Excellent, thanks for the write-up. This will be on my mods list now....after my budget recovers from my winch install.
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Great post. I was going to ask you what type of snorkel you had when I saw the picture you posted about the after market antenna you installed. Your post beat me to it. Looks great. Another mod to make! Thanks!
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VERY nice write up.
I just discovered this system and I like it a lot.
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:07 PM   #9
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Great write up. Are you still happy with this product? Just made it through the Pine Barrens and am looking for a snorkel.

Are the breathers associated with the differentials?
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Very nice, I can't wait tell I'm at that point in my build.
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Great write up. Are you still happy with this product? Just made it through the Pine Barrens and am looking for a snorkel.

Are the breathers associated with the differentials?
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:02 PM   #12
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I've been eyeballing this for a while.
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I added one of these to my build list the first time I saw one online. For me its not so much that I will be doing any deep water crosings but more along the lines of keep the odds of hydolocking down when I end up hiting big water puddles. (the back roads tend to flood sometimes when it rains)
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Looks good but I will stick with my gen 1!
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Thats really..well nice. And I really like the low profile. Around here its losing a snorkel to a pine tree. Is there (anyone) anything in the works for the 3.6?
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Thats really..well nice. And I really like the low profile. Around here its losing a snorkel to a pine tree. Is there (anyone) anything in the works for the 3.6?

yes, go to river raider site and you will see the same kit with the option of 2012
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I'd love to see a full write up and install pics for a 2012.
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Looks great and very informed right up! I love River Raiders stuff!
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Can't locate an Evergreen Offroad website on the Internet. www.evergreenoffroad.com is not a website, at least, not anymore. Any thoughts?
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Here you go....!

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Awesome write up I would like to do something like that on my TJ
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Thought I might have questions after you posted this but I think you covered everything you possible could
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If and when I get a snorkle this is the route I would go.
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Did it on my 2011 and just installed it on my 2012 and love it! Not a bad install. Added the Donaldson pre cleaner though.









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That looks sick! Awesome jeep.
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What is the name of that wind deflector thing on the hood I can't finds those anywhere ? Awesome jeep btw
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What is the name of that wind deflector thing on the hood I can't finds those anywhere ? Awesome jeep btw
Thanks. Its actually part of the grille made by Wild Boar
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