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