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post #1 of 57 Old 02-11-2010, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Homebrew Fiberglass Snorkel

Has anyone done this? I was looking at some of the obvious ARB replicas on Ebay and got to thinking that I can't believe I hadn't thought of this before. It wouldn't be that difficult I don't think. I was thinking a mock up of 3 sides of the snorkel with cardboard lined with tape or aluminum foil, lay the fiberglass for the mold and go from there. I think if I get the chance I am going to work on the mock-up sometime this week since I don't want to put my locker in with 2 feet of snow outside. Anyone else try this or have a write-up?


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post #2 of 57 Old 02-11-2010, 09:59 AM
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it would break if you hit a tree

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How do you figure? You'd have to hit a tree pretty darn hard to break a well made fiberglass anything. Very easy to fix as well.

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How do you figure? You'd have to hit a tree pretty darn hard to break a well made fiberglass anything. Very easy to fix as well.
Fiberglass is very brittle. You can do like GM and reinforce it with balsa wood, but if it gets smacked its going to shatter, and all those awesome little fiberglass fibers will get pulled right into the engine. The closest that FG should ever get to an intake port is if its a scoop over top of it... that's it.
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Fiberglass is very strong and I wouldn't worry too much about it breaking on the trail as it would take more than a bump by a tree branch to make it shatter. Also it would have to get past the filter to make it into the engine and I seriously doubt that if it shatters it will break down into small enough particles to make it past the filter, at least not on a level that would cause any problems. I think I'm gonna do a Hummer style snorkel but I'm still toying around with this idea.

Here's a fiberglass snorkel from Ebay:

Jeep Wrangler YJ Fiberglass SNORKEL Low Price Quality!! : eBay Motors (item 270426256892 end time Mar-10-10 16:51:52 PST)

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Here is a whole mess of fiberglass parts for Jeeps. I have seen people jump up and down on fiberglass speaker boxes and I have yet to hit a tree that hard and if I did I would be worried about more than my snorkel.

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Here is a whole mess of fiberglass parts for Jeeps. I have seen people jump up and down on fiberglass speaker boxes and I have yet to hit a tree that hard and if I did I would be worried about more than my snorkel.

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I'm not saying you can't do it... I'm saying, I wouldn't. There is no upside to fiberglass over aluminum or thermoplastic... not that I can think of that are really worth considering. To each their own I suppose
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It would be easy to make, cheaper, and easier to repair if it gets damaged in any way.

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fiberglass is pretty tough
i have a CJ-5 body that is fiberglass and it would take a pretty solid whack to break it
IF it breaks, it would just fold over or break off clean, not shatter

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I don"t see anything wrong with that. I've never had issues with anything fiberglass, that includes shock lowers for my DH bike, and those things took some beating. If you're able to make a proper fiberglass snorkel, let me know how it turns out.

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I'm thinking of just using 2x4s and maybe foam to make the shell. I just need to figure a good way to get the piping routed into the engine bay without having to move too much stuff around. It might be more cost effective to just do a hummer style snorkel or something I haven't made up my mind completely yet.

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post pics when you do it!! i think this is a cool idea just look into ways of strengthening it such as roping or a bunch of mat layers

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I'll use kitty hair if and when I do it. I'm working on a few other mods/fixes first but will get to this. I am trying to figure a way to utilize the stock airbox without too much cutting or moving of stuff.

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I like the idea of using fiberglass a lot... My thoughts were leaning towards a 2" thin wall tube steel(square or round) up both sides of the windshield with a smaller tube connecting the two to hold lights and/or kayak, with the both of them meeting up under the hood via flex to a factory air cleaner. 3 or 4 breather holes in the front that crosses the top of the windshield.

With fiberglass you can make any shape you like! Lightweight and strong...

This is a rough sketch on paint. I want the top to fold back easily and no interference with the windshield to fold down. I will attach to lower windshield mount and cowl.



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really good reference on it that I've had around for a while.
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