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Unread 05-06-2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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Snorkel practicality?

Has anyone ever had a practical or efficient use of thier snorkel? I would really like to look into getting one or making one and turning it into a fun project but I honestly dont feel like drilling holes and putting a small sail on the side of my jeep if the general concensus is such that a snorkel is not really necessary or practical. I am a fan of "better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it" but like I asked before; is it really worth it?

Anyone have any stories or suggestions?

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Unread 05-06-2013, 01:18 PM   #2
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i have a cowl snorkel. i have it just for the fact of dropping into a mud hole and not knowing how deep it is. i did it more for a failsafe. plus the jeep gets a little cooler air to help. i didnt wanna get a snorkel on the outside cause i didnt wanna drill my fender and i know i would break it off since i go in stupid tight trails.
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Unread 05-06-2013, 01:34 PM   #3
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How did it effect your performance? Any difference noticed?
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How did it effect your performance? Any difference noticed?
none at all. its a jeep not a sports car lol
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Unread 05-06-2013, 02:07 PM   #5
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Do a cowl intake. It is very practical, for such events as stated above. Avoid sucking in water on splash ups too. Sounds pretty mean at WOT too.
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I have an external snorkel, did it for basically the same reasons. Doubt it would ever get ripped off even on tight trails.
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I have an external snorkel, did it for basically the same reasons. Doubt it would ever get ripped off even on tight trails.
ive seen 3 ripped off lol
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Unread 05-06-2013, 03:58 PM   #8
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Cowl Snorkel. I dont ever want to drive into water even close to deep enough to need a full snorkel, this is my daily driver. But I have flooded my engine once not knowing the depth of a hole with my previous intake setup. Now I cant flood it from the splash of entering a hole that isn't that deep, and if I miss judge it pretty bad I'm still fairly safe. I'm going to have more water damage issues if I get the water high enough to flood my cowl anyway.

If you have a stripped out jeep and do serious water crossings, I guess an ARB or the like snorkel would actually be useful.
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Unread 05-06-2013, 07:13 PM   #9
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I think go for a real snorkel. I don't like the cowl intakes everybody does. For one, there's a better chance of water going over the hood and into the cowl than actually into the airbox. Now if you are going slow through deep puddles that are up over you engine with a cowl intake, then you are just stupid. Expect faulty electrical items if you do. Another thing I would like to point out is if your tires are out past your fenders, your snorkel is not going to get ripped off on trails. They are not any wider than the stock flares on a jeep. I go down trails that are meant for ATV's at a local park and have never had a flare taken off, only rubbed up against. Never have I had anything torn off my jeep because of a tight trail. The snorkel is also a true cold air intake system. The cowl still gets hot and you will still be sucking in hot air. Don't let anybody tell you that cold air means nothing. The cold air allows more oxygen into the engine since cold air is more dense than hot air. Just my $.02 about this whole cowl, snorkel controversy.
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Unread 05-06-2013, 08:15 PM   #10
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i have a cowl snorkel. i have it just for the fact of dropping into a mud hole and not knowing how deep it is. i did it more for a failsafe. plus the jeep gets a little cooler air to help. i didnt wanna get a snorkel on the outside cause i didnt wanna drill my fender and i know i would break it off since i go in stupid tight trails.
X2 on cowl intake, I did this on Sunday and there where points where the splash covered part of the windshield and it kept running just fine. That hole was deep enough to full submerge those 4 wheelers but they had snorkels on them so they made it through.

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Unread 05-06-2013, 08:30 PM   #11
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a snorkel is piece of mind if you think you will be a little safer with it then its worth the time and money if you only play on the rocks and avoid mud and water like the plaque then don't waste your time.

I know that I have a little time to get through how much time do you have?
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Unread 05-06-2013, 08:43 PM   #12
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Dang, alright. So the general take away message I'm getting here is that if I'm going to be going through water deep enough that I need a full snorkel then I have bigger problems to worry about then just water in the engine haha. I've hydro locked my motor once before because of poor judgment in a bad water hole but my main reason for a modified intake is because I spend a lot of time in Norfolk VA where it floods at the smallest rainfall and cars get stuck all the time and even with almost 4 inches and 32's I have almost fallen victim to the flooding. As you can see, its mainly for a piece of mind so I know I'm safe in most water situations thrown at me.
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Unread 05-06-2013, 09:03 PM   #13
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I swamped my stock intake just this past weekend after dipping the front driverside into an unfamiliar soft spot of a familiar water crossing. Soaked the air filter and smothered the engine. I killed it immediately then crawled out to attach a tow strap and get shamefully pulled out.

I know a cowl snorkel would have prevented such a near hydro-lock disaster, and ironically I have circles drawn on the back of the fire wall for the work I've been to lazy to finish this spring. I have the tubing, I have the 3" hole saw and the parts.

It will be part of my immediate improvement list before my next water venture. I know better, I knew the hole, I still almost effed myself.
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Unread 05-07-2013, 05:11 AM   #14
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If you're in the Norfolk area...hello from a local! My buddy Matt in the red XJ has a traditional snorkel. I have a cowl snorkel. If you wanted to check either out, we'd be happy for you to take a look at them first hand. My write-up on my snorkel is at http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f177/...ml#post8805654

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I know i'm a TJ, but when I was in florida and all of us would go offroading and doing water crossing's they would always send me first with the snorkel becauase it was just a little piece of mind that I couldnt get hydrolocked like the rest of the group. I might not have had the biggest lift but I still could go places others couldnt.
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