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Old 07-18-2012, 12:07 AM   #1
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Rugged Ridge Snorkel System Install Notes

I just wrapped up a successful install of the Rugged Ridge Low Mount Snorkel setup for my 2010 JK.

The instructions are VERY well laid out and detailed, but I still found a couple of things I felt would be helpful for anyone that is about to install.

1. The demo was very easy. The only difficult part is actually clearing the battery tray "holder" from the fender once you are ready to remove the fender. It took some twisting and prying with a large flat screwdriver to finally get it free.


Once you have the fender off, this is what the rig will look like.


Another hard part was actually freeing the antenna cable. The clip that holds it in place was really rusted and it took a lot of wiggling and pliers to finally get it free.


The rusted out antenna cable clip.


2. The template provided in the instructions was very scary. After I cut the guide holes in the template, they did NOT line up with the holes in the fender. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT!


Your results may vary. We printed the template from the browser AND from the PDF. Same results.


So, my solution was to line up the square guide hole with the template, and tape it down on that end. Mark your drill point and cut lines. Slide the template on the other end (with the round hole) so it lines up with the round hole. Mark your drill and cut lines.


Once lined up and taped on the square end, we slid it over and taped once the circle hole end was lined up.


We still ended up mounting the snorkel, lining it up with the fender and making small cuts but now we have a perfect fit.

3. When drilling the spot welds, be careful with the two that are closest to the antenna mount. The drill can rub against these, and your angles will NOT be as easy as the other two welds. Use extra caution. Also, be sure to use the wood block as suggested in the instructions.

4. Cutting the hose where it mates with the lower air box assembly was a weird thing to have to do, but we did it. Make sure you cut only about 1” off the hose.


The finished cut.


Running the aluminum intake tube.


Ensure the power steering hose does not make contact.


Lower airbox assy and hose routing.


The finished product!

I am really happy so far with this snorkel. My ONLY concern is that it will suck up all that dusty air coming off my passenger tire. But, we'll see what happens in real world use.

I'll post feedback after our week long Jeep trip coming up on Thursday!

Scott

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So the install does not look to bad. All you have to cut body wise is the top of the fender?

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Man good job cant wait to hear how it works.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:13 AM   #4
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So the install does not look to bad. All you have to cut body wise is the top of the fender?
Correct. It is a very easy cut - straight lines. Done in literally 2 mins.
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Man good job cant wait to hear how it works.
Thanks man! My morning coffee run was a success. I lost the "throaty" sound of the CAI, but that was expected. Sounds more like stock, but I am not noticing a drop in performance or anything.

BTW...I was in Kaneohe and Honolulu for a couple of years....looked at Ewa Beach but man, I couldn't do the H1 traffic!
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Another tip: We had some water on hand to keep the sheet metal cool during the cut. This prevents any possible damage to paint if the metal gets hot during cutting.
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Great write up!
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Thanks man!
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I did mine today. Some additional notes. If you have Mopar Door Sil protectors, it covers up one of the bolts you have to undo to remove the fender. Not impossible to overcome, but a pain none the less.

Some things the kit does not have and you'll need

1) rtv sealant
2) 100 grit sand paper
3) painter's tape
4) super glue
5) touch up paint

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