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Old 11-27-2015, 11:41 AM
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Snorkel issues.

Any one have sealing/quality issues with the Rugged Ridge snorkel 2012-16 model.

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Old 11-27-2015, 09:03 PM   #2
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I have questions about the install? Do you need to cut sheet metal? I checked the Amazon reviews and they are very mixed. How do you like yours?
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I don't have one from Rugged Ridge, I have the AEV style. However, 3 friends do and 2 of the 3 have had sealing issues. Both have had water suck up into the engine from the lower connections where the hose clamps to the pipe, even with pipe sealant applied. Just doing some research for them today.
When doing the bag test the RR snorkel failed. Air was sucking through the screw holes at the fender top and the joint in the upper stack and engine got enough air to keep running.
When doing the bag test on the AEV style snorkel my engine immediately stalls out.
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I have questions about the install? Do you need to cut sheet metal? I checked the Amazon reviews and they are very mixed. How do you like yours?
You don't have to cut sheet metal but you do have to remove the upper portion of the passenger side fender. Fender does need to be removed to instal the RR snorkel .
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how deep of water have you been in? Enough to have the floorboards full?
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Haven't seen any sealing problems, but the quality control needs some help. I had to use a heat gun on mine to get the main plastic section to fit. I've also broken the bigh mount piece as have several of the people that i wheel with. The four bolts that attach the high mount snorkel to the base piece pull through if you hook a tree limb.

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I was really interested in the R.R. Snorkel but I ended up buying A pillar lights and need to go another route. One thing that I have found out about the R.R. snorkel is that if you are in a tight squeeze and it gets hit by branches that the ram mount will separate from the base and rip out the bolts.
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You probably will need to cut the sheet metal seam where the plastic tube passes thru to the "fender well" area. I had to take a big crescent moon shaped area out to get it to fit. Make sure you paint the bare metal to stop it from rusting. I had the old directions & had to look on the website to get the newer version. New version says you may have to modify sheet metal. Also, the template included with mine was wrong. Had to print out the new version, BEFORE cutting the top of the fender. Be extra careful not to cut into the curved part of the fender,,, leave a little lip there, it will look better when all done.
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You don't have to cut sheet metal but you do have to remove the upper portion of the passenger side fender. Fender does need to be removed to instal the RR snorkel .
I have this snorkel on my 2014 JKU. You have to remove the passenger side front fender. Once you do, you will have to separate the upper cowl from the fender. This requires some drilling of the spot welds and using a putting knif to seperate the pieces. Once that is done, you will need to use a Dremmel or similar tool to cut a small portion of the fender as to allow space for the intake.

Addiitonally, installing the intake line requires you hammer the manifold heat shield in to make room. Not mentioned in the instructions are the the upper fender well cover will not go back in all the way. Rather, you either have to leve out two bolts, which will cause rubbing on sharp turns, or cut the inner fender to make room for the intake.

In all, it is a doable project, but is a real PITA. Plan on at least 8 to 10 hours for the install. Read the instructions before you begin and ensure you have all of the tools you need.
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I finished installing mine today. Spent about 4 hours yesterday just taking the wipers, cowl, passenger side fender, radio antenna, and passenger door off . Marking and cutting a piece from fender. (I used a drill to cut the holes as recommended but do not have a dremmel. I used a hack saw and a cutting wheel on an angle grinder.)
Taking the existing air cleaner out and getting everything loose. Bending the heat shield so I could get the aluminum piece in place. I found fitting the aluminum piece in place to be rather hard. Assumed it would just slide right in.

Today, anther 4 hours at least, I got everything back together. I did not cut the pinch seam on my 2015 but should have as the fit was very tight , extremely hard to get the plastic snorkel piece to go on. I had to use way to much muscle to get it in place I was afraid it was going to break .

I found the hardest part to be putting the cowl back on the passenger side. Had to use a hammer. Not to hit anything but had to insert the handle under what they call the Z bracket. I had to use it to hold the Nut Plate in position to get the Phillips screw started. Got the front screw started just fine then an hour later finally got the 2nd screw in after thinking of the hammer.

I have it set up with the high mount and pre filter. It can be set up as a low mount or with a scoop.

I got the Rugged Ridge as I was hesitant to cut the hood as required by others. Having done it now I think I would get a dremmil and cut the hood for one of the other designs.

Lots of connections/ joints in this design which did concern me but I thought the fit would be a lot easier going together.
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