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Old 11-19-2012, 10:58 PM   #1
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Snorkel pros and cons

I'm thinking about a snorkel for my 03 tj. Who has a snorkel and can tell me things they do and don't like about it? And maybe the brand name too? Thanks

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Old 11-19-2012, 10:59 PM   #2
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:15 PM   #3
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:28 PM   #4
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There are no pro's........IF you are submerged to the point of actually needing a snorkel.....you have so many other new issues to be concerned about that the motor breathing is the least of your worries.......Water in the differentials, transmission, and cluth are BIG issues if not dealt with immediately.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:39 PM   #5
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I put an ARB snorkle on a Cherokee because I thought it looked cool. It was expensive and hurt gas mileage a bit and everyone was asking "what's that and why". Never had another since. I still think they look kind of cool. Reminds me of a tough outback Austrailian adventure vehicle. Whatever. I'm done with them.
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Old 11-19-2012, 11:41 PM   #6
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:01 PM   #7
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i had one on my last truck and it got hung up on every friggen branch or leaning tree.pain in the butt....i always had to get out and move stuff so i didnt wreck it..lame..
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:02 PM   #8
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Have yall looked at the river raider snorkle
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:10 PM   #10
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They make your Jeep look like this emoticon:

And it also hooks branches and snorkel pieces will be strewn all over the trail.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:13 PM   #11
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If you like heading into low - med water crossings at a fast speed for the heck of it...it can help a little then. Other than that....^^^^All above statements.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:41 PM   #12
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There are no pro's........IF you are submerged to the point of actually needing a snorkel.....you have so many other new issues to be concerned about that the motor breathing is the least of your worries.......Water in the differentials, transmission, and cluth are BIG issues if not dealt with immediately.
While I dont condone the side mounted snorkels, properly extended breather tubes should help with the things you noted. Then of course would be the exhuast.

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I have and if I ever decide to I will get one.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:50 PM   #13
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If you like heading into low - med water crossings at a fast speed for the heck of it...it can help a little then. Other than that....^^^^All above statements.
I would say that the oem air box is still better even in that situation.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:07 PM   #14
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i have always liked them never really cared about the branches cause gettin out in the mud is part of the adventure and if you AND the jeep dont look like you participated in a three way mud wrestling contest with Jennifer Anaston and Milia Jovavich and won, i personally think you arnt having enough fun. They do however work great if you are on really dusty trails or back roads it keeps alot of the boiled up dust out which can really harm your engine.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:10 PM   #15
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Mud sucks and is boring. You live in FL, of course you think it's fun when it's all you've got.

Good air filters and 3k mile oil changes keep dust out of your engine. You don't need a snorkel for that.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:50 PM   #16
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Yep, a snorkel, some pocket flares, and one of those "it's a Jeep thing" stickers for the windshield....
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:01 PM   #17
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wow i didn't know there was so many cons. I was thinking about getting a ARB Safari snorkel for my TJ next... lots of mud bogs and water bogs here in NZ so thought it was useful... was probably going to try waterproof the engine bay as good as i could too...
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:59 PM   #18
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I have one on mine, installed by the previous owner. I would have put my money elsewhere if I was choosing mods but hey the price was right for the mileage and everything else check out fine on it haha. It doesn't get very dusty around here and I don't wheel super tight trails, mostly logging roads and playing in the mud, my engine runs at a normal temperature or at least nothing that has caused me concern yet. With that said I haven't noticed it either way except my antenna always clangs against it and it's super annoying and took a little chip out of the snorkel ram head grill. If you get one I'd recommend switch to a short antenna.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:44 AM   #19
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If you look at the guys who truly use a snorkel for the tough jeep or tough truck events or similar, you will see that they jerry-rig a water proof hose that actually faces towards the back of the vehicle. That i am didnt see the Navy using the jeep to win the war. But hey to each there own.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:36 AM   #20
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people just b*tch about them like they do chrome and big wheels. If you want one I'm sure you could just fab up your own. I looked into it at one time, I think they're cool looking but I'd never make it through the trails here with all the trees. Maybe if you dipped into a hole that was deeper than you thought it could save your ass. Just like that winch, use it once and it was worth all the trouble.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:45 AM   #21
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Heres your DIY snorkel

Real Class, no?

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:55 AM   #22
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Wouldn't the water come in the cab before the ugly upside down POOP SCOOP actually accomplished what it was suppose to? Go ahead cut a hole in your jeep now resell it.
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Heres your DIY snorkel

Real Class, no?

WILL work great as long as it doesnt rain and the birds dont crap in it, i have nothing against snorkel's, i just feel they are more appropriate in the outback or another unchartered land. sure they maybe cool to look at, but the practicality of one is just not there.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:08 AM   #24
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You know when you'll be needing a snorkel...



Added one after the missus found this mud hole.

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Old 11-22-2012, 07:42 AM   #25
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Gonna need more than another air intake after that soaking.(nwbronco)After a few more rain driven miles your dash should light up like a christmas tree? Perfect timing christmas is coming.
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Heres your DIY snorkel

Real Class, no?
That's if you want to do a half assed job. There are some nice looking homemade snorkels in this thread. Some interesting ideas too, like the one just put the air intake directly under the cowl and put a hood scoop on top. Not visible and it helps keep the intake farther back. Still need to be very careful about that water though lol

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Gonna need more than another air intake after that soaking.(nwbronco)After a few more rain driven miles your dash should light up like a christmas tree? Perfect timing christmas is coming.

Not really. My rig gets that treatment a couple of times a month. Tahuya State Forest is 30 minutes away. In fact, I set up the missus '09 for the same type of use. I had to pull the freedom panels off to re-seal them on her rig and found mud and rocks in every seam. Including the door gaskets.

I will admit, we have lost a couple of horns doing this. And a few idler pulleys. Nothing electrical though.Not the first chime or light yet. I am really impressed with the JKs. I came from hammering on full size rigs for years.

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Old 01-18-2013, 12:48 AM   #28
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a hummer style snorkel will kill all the branch hitting nd all you do is cut a hole in the dead space between the hood and the windshield
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Heres your DIY snorkel

Real Class, no?

So I guess this guy would take that tube off on the days he mows his lawn so he can use his leaf blower.
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Heres your DIY snorkel

Real Class, no?
I would have used black clamps and a baloney cut on the end . . .

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