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Old 03-20-2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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So yesterday it was flooding in Dallas and I was out rescuing people-saved one suburban that had run up on a curb that was underwater and dug himself into the mud. Anyways, I almost killed it twice, I'm guessing from sucking water in the intake. My intake is already raised-K&N style, but I'm wondering if a snorkel would solve my problems. Does a snorkel truly waterproof it anymore? Do you still have to worry about the distributor? What about sucking water back up the exhaust? I know one of ya'll has a rig that can cross rivers, so please let me know.

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Damn, how high was the water? The air intake on the wranglers is pretty high up. I've had mine with a 6" lift and 35's half way up the grill and never had it think about dying on me.

A snorkel would alleviate the air/water problem, but to truly waterproof everything you need to silicone a bunch of stuff to keep the water truly out of it. Best thing to do is just to not sit in the deep water and keep moving as much as possible.

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Old 03-20-2006, 05:27 PM   #3
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High Water in Texas

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Old 03-20-2006, 05:29 PM   #4
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Not bad for a little rain storm..........lol
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Old 03-20-2006, 05:43 PM   #5
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Holy cow. If it rained that bad here in Phoenix, the whole city would be shut down.
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Old 03-21-2006, 01:45 AM   #6
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Yeah those pictures look about like the area I was in. As you can see, I was in probably 3-4 feet of water at times. So even though my intake is higher than normal, I guess it just wasn't enough. I was just gonna see if the exhaust and distributor might have been factors too. But yeah, I'm all for a snorkel, I think they look pretty sick. I just haven't talked myself into spendin 300+ for some plastic or pvc. Anyways, if ya'll know any alternatives or affordable ones, I'm all ears.
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:08 AM   #7
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One Snorkel
Two Snorkel
Two is for a TJ, but the principals and parts are the same.
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Old 03-21-2006, 11:02 PM   #8
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Thanks for those links, those look like they're designed well. I'm gonna sound like a non-jeeper here, but are there any kits that are made cheaper? Not that those wouldn't work, but I'm pretty concerned about my jeep lookin good on and off road and I don't want pvc cement seeping out from around the couplings on my snorkel! haha. Please tell me if I'm being a girl about it. I just want a kit that looks legit that is affordable!
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Old 03-22-2006, 05:33 AM   #9
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I don't think that I would want something that looked like it was installed by the local plumber on my Jeep either.
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Old 03-22-2006, 06:47 AM   #10
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Well after you've hydro locked one engine, you start figuring functionality over looks couldn't be too bad. The only professional kit I've found is the ARB Safari and its almost $300.
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Old 03-22-2006, 07:40 AM   #11
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Submarine maneuvers

I completely understand what you are saying. My son decided to play submariner with his $27k Grand Cherokee, and hydro-locked his up. A total loss of vehicle. I guess I am of the mind set that vehicles are land based, while boats are made for water. And I am also inclined to pay the extra money to insure proper look, and fit, of something as hazardous as submerging any vehicle. I guess what I am trying to say is, I would pay the $300.00 to ensure a proper look, and fit, for something that dangerous. I also don't understand the need to go into water that would require such an apparatus. If you want to play in the water, get a boat. There are too many other complications that come into play as well........electronics, etc.
I realize that is just my opinion, and that is all it is.
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When you're offroading you don't expect everything that can happen. One little mud puddle that you've driven through several times before can suddenly become a death trap. The one that locked my motor I had been through before, but this time it was combination of a little too much throttle and a little more rain than previously expected.
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Old 03-22-2006, 08:15 PM   #13
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I understand, and I am in no way trying to put you down over the use of your snorkel, it just seems that it would make someone even more daring in water. Someone had posted some pictures on here from NY, I think, and it showed a fairly new Rubicon submerged in water, later he had the hood up, electrical problems I am sure.
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Well, to start off, YJ's and TJ's have way different air intakes. The YJ's is lower and the TJ's is up a bit higher so it helps to some degree. However even adding a snorkel will not solve all the issues, for deep water running. You will need to seal up your distributer, if you have one, and then run an breather line from it. Then seal other electrical device's as well as other fittings that could give you a bad time if water got into them. Not sure on the exhaust system but some type of extension might be a good idea as well.
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Old 03-23-2006, 12:38 PM   #15
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But I'm pretty sure the throttle body is in the same place on both, which would be where the tubing would connect. Is there something about these snorkels that I don't know? I mean.....it should just mainly be plastic and brackets, right? Oh well. I just know that there are a lot of us out there who have seen the pics of guys goin in water up to the windsheild and the motor still running. I'm just tryin to keep my eyes peeled for a snorkel that looks good and is affordable.
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Old 03-23-2006, 01:23 PM   #16
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What happens to the alternator when it gets dunked?
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Old 03-24-2006, 10:05 PM   #17
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I think the exhaust pipe idea can be done very nicely if you know a good exhaust guy and can come up with the right design. You have the option of painting it to match the Jeep if you prefer.
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I have read that the alternator can take the water just fine, it is the dirt and mud that kills them. The should be rinsed and blown out once in a while.
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Heres is a nice looking steel snorkel.with the ARB top,this isnt mine ,but im working on 1 for my YJ still looking for a used top.Im a cheap ol guy myself .this top is on febay also, fiberglass I dont remeber the price
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I have read that the alternator can take the water just fine, it is the dirt and mud that kills them. The should be rinsed and blown out once in a while.
yeah mud definatley can put a hurting on them good idea though for cleaning them out necver thought of blowing them out!
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If u don't just idle in the water then your exhaust should be fine, well that's my opinion, you should have enough back pressure to keep water from taking the backroad into your engine
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Also what about the transmission breather
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Heres is a nice looking steel snorkel.with the ARB top,this isnt mine ,but im working on 1 for my YJ still looking for a used top.Im a cheap ol guy myself .this top is on febay also, fiberglass I dont remeber the price
I did this same set up to mine. love it. rain or shine my filter has stayed way cleaner than my K&N did and I think my old YJ runs a little better now also.

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