Just thinking out loud here. If the snorkel was there, it may fail from the impact, but your hood would be in tact. If you have a mold, it may be cheaper and easier to repair the snorkel than the hood. From what I've read about arb snorkels, they're very strong and generally don't break from tree impacts
I never make the same mistake twice - it's more like three or four times.
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