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Old 04-28-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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ARB vs. Volant Snorkel battle

I've been doing the battle back and forth in my head for the past 2 weeks trying to come to some firm answer on what I should do. What do you owners of these products have to say...and what does the peanut gallery think after reading this run down...

ARB Safari Snorkel $355 > Uses the stock airbox. Seal it up... clean, simple...done.
ARB Snorkel

Volant Air Intake is $370 (needed for installation of Snorkel kit)
Volant Snorkel Periscoop kit is $350. Uses the new Volant Air Intake box and new piping
>CAI> Volant Cool Air Intakes
>Snorkel> Volant Cool Air Intakes

my thought is, if your gonna do it...do it right. but its hard to justify spending $720 for a snorkel kit when a $355 ARB kit will do the same job, and i just seal up the stock air box.

So will that Volant Air Intake kit really make a big enough difference or are they just trying to squeeze the money outta my pockets?

anyone own the ARB? what do you think?
anyone own the Volant? what do you think?
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Bang. Bang, bang.


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Old 04-28-2011, 03:15 PM   #3
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when I hear cold air intake I think of everything but a Jeep. I think the effects are minimal if even measurable. I think Volant is prying on the ill/un-informed with that setup. ARB as far as a company goes, have treated me great and gone out of their way to help me. I do not run a snorkle because there is more to it than a hole in the fender/hood and a tube up the side.
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^ elaborate on "there is more to it"

im not interested in the CAI for the HP gain or even the better MPG...thats the least of my worries
When it rains here in Southwest FL, the local mud hole and lakes can get pretty topped off and id like that feeling that im not gonna suck the lake into my intake.
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Check these guys out too, they make some great stuff and its made right here in PA.

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Honestly try emailing volant with your question, basically stating that you are torn between their setup and ARB's setup and want to know why they may feel theirs is better. Its 720 bucks let them sell it to you, obviously ARB's are not bad or else this forum and other would have ripped them apart. I don't know but let us know if you decide to email them and what you get back!
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^ elaborate on "there is more to it"

im not interested in the CAI for the HP gain or even the better MPG...thats the least of my worries
When it rains here in Southwest FL, the local mud hole and lakes can get pretty topped off and id like that feeling that im not gonna suck the lake into my intake.
If you take your Jeep and slap a snorkle on it then drive it into water deep enough to make use of the snorkle with no other preparations other parts of the Jeep Fail. Depending on the Jeep the electrical system needs to be sealed/ protected. May need a different cooling fan setup (etc.). I am not an expert on the subject by no means so your mileage my vary. I thought I wanted a snorkle but the more I read the more I thought there was more than I wanted to get it into to do it.
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Okay....so last week i did write to Volant in an email and asked them what the difference between the Volant CAI and Snorkel set up is VS. the ARB.

here is the response I got.
what do you all think?


"Main difference between the Volant vs ARB is with the Volant setup you don’t need to run the snorkel 100% of the time like you do with the ARB. If you are just running a snorkel setup it will have negative effects on hp and mpg because the air has to travel from through the snorkel, factory air box, filter than the duct. With the Volant system there is a cap for the intake box which can be installed when off road, and removed when driving around town or hwy. The intake will give you 14 hp and 1 to 1.5 mpg when the cap is removed"
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Why do you believe you need a snorkle? 99.9% of them are purely cosmetic and of no benefit in my personal opinion. I hope you don't think it will help performance, it won't.
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I would recommend making your own. I did that with mine and it cost me about $60. Doesn't look terrible either. But I don't blame you for wanting a more professional look. I just couldn't justify spending that much on something I could make myself.
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Why do you believe you need a snorkle? 99.9% of them are purely cosmetic and of no benefit in my personal opinion. I hope you don't think it will help performance, it won't.
im not in it for the Horsepower, nor the MPG.

I live in South FL, and visit the local mud & water holes and lakes, plus low land flooding happens in the rainy season.
Im in it for the ability to cross a decent depth of water and not hold my breath hoping i dont hydrolock the motor. Now, i realize that electrical components would get wet and the diff needs to breath...but thats another story.
I do like the way it looks as well as the piece of mind it gives me plunging into water that I can tell how deep it goes.
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Why do you believe you need a snorkle? 99.9% of them are purely cosmetic and of no benefit in my personal opinion.

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I do like the way it looks .
Well that puts us up to 99.91 %

If its all about "the look" pick the cheapest one and go with it. Neither is going to serve any real purpose, so go with the one that at least cost less.
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I know this is kicking a dead horse on this old thread but I just ordered a K2 motors snorkel from ebay. The kit looks identical to the ARB for a fraction of the price. I have friends with jeeps and toyotas that have been saved multiple times with their snorkels. Sure the proper technique helps a ton but if you get stuck all of a sudden and the wave comes back you could be in trouble. Or if water splashes the right way there goes a motor. I have yet to install mine but after this past weekend of wheeling that snorkel is going to give me a little more piece of mind
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I am in this same boat. I live in Tampa and it can rain, flood roads, etc. needless to say I wasn't in deep water but trying to get out last weekend I had a wave get way to close to intake for comfort.

I know these are not waterproofing for fording all the time as there is a lot more too it. (Just did my POS 3spd breather mod this weekend)

I want it in case of say a hurricane and I get trapped in flooded road, get stuck in a mud hole and dig down, etc.
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Meh, if you're deep enough for a snorkel you might as well throw on some scuba gear.
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snorkel is a lot better than having all them sissy lights
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snorkel is a lot better than having all them sissy lights
might as well throw in the line "It's more manly to run a manual than an automatic". Makes as much sense.

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