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11-18-2013 01:53 PM
kenb1023 Any updates on how well this has performed?
07-24-2013 09:09 PM
pacu44 subscribed... very interested to hear how things are going...
07-24-2013 06:28 PM
DirtyTeddy
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Originally Posted by Jeep757 View Post
How is its performance airflow wise? Seems like it bottlenecks as it enters the engine compartment.
Better to suck in cooler air outside than inside warmer air.

Also I bet that bottleneck cant be smaller than the stock intake inlet
07-23-2013 06:45 AM
Jeep757 How is its performance airflow wise? Seems like it bottlenecks as it enters the engine compartment.
07-23-2013 02:46 AM
david.w.johnson Looks great! Concerned about your issues, since I am considering this piece of kit myself.

I agree that this is the best looking snorkel on the market. I like the idea of being able to swap from high to low as well.

Thanks very much for all of the pictures.
07-23-2013 01:56 AM
BacaraJKU Wanted to see if you've gotten any update from RR. Not looking for snorkel right now, but just driving around in the insane rain storm we just had with flooded streets had me nervous after seeing this YouTube video.

JK Wrangler Drowns - YouTube

Not a fan at all of AEV type snorkels. I'm more for low key mods and would probably just run low mount so its out of the way.
05-31-2013 07:17 AM
oliver_jeep I'm pretty sure the instructions say "Most" mounts still fit and they did specify putting the lights back on before the top of the snorkel so I think your fun. Im sure its a YMMV but they say itll work.
05-30-2013 03:33 PM
Dr. Sizzle Oliver, Is there no way to run A Pillar lights now?
I was looking into this snorkel but that would suck if I'd have to remove my D2's
05-30-2013 12:59 PM
oliver_jeep Also just to clarify I dont hear much of a whislte at all but I'm not going to say it doesn't change the wind noise at all but that was expected. I just added a plastic air tube on the front of my jeep I doubt it will be silent. Most people wouldn't even realize the noise and I could argue that its much more than my soft top but it did change. Over all I'm happy with the outcome and I have the ability to revert to stock which is a plus.
05-30-2013 12:57 PM
oliver_jeep Just an update. Like I said I got the inner fender in I just needed some heat and some more will power. I suggested to RR that they put the heat gun option in the manual because its pretty much necessary. Otherwise I have heard nothing on my breather tube coming off of the air box. Again this isn't a "huge" deal I just don't use the bolts to hold it onto the radiator it doesn't go anywhere and doesn't rub. Hoping I hear something just so I don't feel ignored but we will see.
05-25-2013 08:12 AM
eton It does take a beating - but its held up for two years now! I had to do alot of airbox work also since the jk stock box has holes in the bottom! And of course extending the breathers, which was way more work than the snorkel install!
05-24-2013 01:00 PM
oliver_jeep It would also concern me that the other snorkels hang out to the side of the windshield and I tend to get close to a lot of trees/brush.
05-24-2013 12:41 PM
oliver_jeep I just don't care for the hood style snorkel. Its a personal opinion. Even if I had a fender ripped off it would probably not touch my snorkel. Its pretty well tucked up.
05-24-2013 12:25 PM
HAFICON Nice I like it especially with the low mount there is less exposed of the unit to rip off. As is I have had a fender removed on the trail would have been pissed if it would have been my snorkel.
05-24-2013 12:12 PM
eton That looks really good - I have the aev and it doesn't block view or whistle fwiw - I do like the cowl look - if you want to compare here's the install -
https://plus.google.com/photos/10277...113?banner=pwa

this is how it looks with the doors off.
https://plus.google.com/photos/10277...089?banner=pwa
05-24-2013 11:08 AM
oliver_jeep
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Originally Posted by GonzoBobH View Post
If you had to do it all over again, would you purchase this same kit?

BobH
I probably still would. I just hate getting into projects like this and getting issues that I have to resolve myself. In my opinion it should be something RR has to deal with not me. Thats why a box of plastic and tubing costs more than just what plastic should cost. You pay for the design and ideas behind it so that you can install a working product while following the instructions they outline. In the end I have a breather tube to work on but its nothing I can't live with. I haven't heard back from the RR rep and my last e-mail to him I mentioned I post all of my results on a forum Good & Bad and I hope I didn't put a bad taste in his mouth I just want everyone to know what they are getting. Hopefully he can help me out...
05-24-2013 10:30 AM
GonzoBobH If you had to do it all over again, would you purchase this same kit?

BobH
05-24-2013 08:57 AM
oliver_jeep Yeah Ill snap one at lunch for you and post it here.
05-24-2013 08:44 AM
Matador
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Originally Posted by oliver_jeep View Post
I have 2 reasons I didn't.

1. I don't want to cut the hood until I'm sure I want a snorkel. I actually don't go boating in my Jeep but when I offroad we sometimes hit a mudhole that looks shallow and it can suck you in and this is more of an insurance policy.

2. I personally love the ability to put the low mount snorkel on so that I dont have the RAM air going up the windsheild. For long distance driving or just general use it doesn't whistle in the wind and doesn't block any of my view.

On another note I actually like the look of this overall. It is more work but in the end it looks good.
Can you take a photo from inside on the Driver's side? I'm curious to see how much view the snorkel blocks.
05-24-2013 08:05 AM
oliver_jeep I have 2 reasons I didn't.

1. I don't want to cut the hood until I'm sure I want a snorkel. I actually don't go boating in my Jeep but when I offroad we sometimes hit a mudhole that looks shallow and it can suck you in and this is more of an insurance policy.

2. I personally love the ability to put the low mount snorkel on so that I dont have the RAM air going up the windsheild. For long distance driving or just general use it doesn't whistle in the wind and doesn't block any of my view.

On another note I actually like the look of this overall. It is more work but in the end it looks good.
05-23-2013 08:41 PM
MacCTD Looks good, but why did you choose this over the AEV? it seems much more complicated.
05-23-2013 03:16 PM
oliver_jeep The cut isn't bad. They also give you a bracket to put the cowl back on so I'm not screwed if something changes. Still waiting to hear from them on my 2 remaining problems. I may try screwing the inner fender to the frame or something to draw it in tonight fixing 1 of the problems. I don't see myself getting a fix for the breather tube...
05-23-2013 02:16 PM
WhiskeyMike Great pictures, thanks for going through all the effort. That cut didn't seem bad at all.

I was hoping that it didn't occupy the air box space so that it could be a potential 2nd battery location.
05-23-2013 01:17 PM
robdizzle Sucks your having issues but it is nice to see a company trying to help you out. Nice rig by the way!
05-23-2013 01:10 PM
live_slow Hope it all works out, you know there's a few of us following!

I guess the major factors on deciding between the snorkels on the market, assuming they all help prevent hydrolock with proper use, are:

- performance (and if not equal, what losses or gains are in the most-used part of the power band)
- what you have to cut (cutting fender, cutting cowl or cutting hood)
- cost
- "looks"
05-23-2013 12:12 PM
oliver_jeep All the newest photos are uploaded here: 2012 Wrangler JKU Install of Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Snorkel Kit - a set on Flickr

My 2 problems are the fender is sticking out on the back of the fender and that the breather tube coming off the air box is angled to high so it doesn't bolt onto the top of the radiator area like it did before. I have an idea for the inner fender to pull it back in but I'm waiting on a reply from RR. As far as the breather tube its functional, doesn't seem to rub on the hood, and is solid. I'd still like to see a fix but I'll see what Rugged Ridge does.

Shes up and running again!

05-23-2013 11:21 AM
n3tfury Good to hear.
05-23-2013 11:13 AM
oliver_jeep I'll get you guys an update with more photos. I will elaborate but RR rep was very helpful and I got it "functional" I still have 2 issues but they aren't show stoppers. They are still working with me and seem concerned and motivated to resolve it so thats a very good mark for the company itself.
05-23-2013 09:03 AM
n3tfury Crap! Hopefully they get your issues resolved. Thanks for the write up and info, I know it can be a PITA.
05-23-2013 08:38 AM
Matador That's disappointing, please keep us updated.
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