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Unread 01-08-2013, 10:29 AM   #76
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You already got my teaser shot photo so here's more photos on the Rugged Ridge snorkel, my install, and a big thanks to Rugged Ridge for the helpful and quick tech support when the template cutout didn't fit.

We got the fender all removed and than had to make the cutout. This is where the template didn't fit and after a quick phone call to Rugged Ridge they advised us that the template was just to long and that it is sized properly. After hearing that we just cut the template in half and over laid it so the hole and the square matched up on either side and marked our line:


We used a dremel with a precise metal cutting wheel. Don't worry I let me father make the cut since his hands are a bit more steady



After the cut was made we sanded it down a bit and then painted around the edge:

The whole process took the two of us around 6 hours and we didn't have any breaks. We were extremely careful during the install and paid special attention to all the connections and fitment:



Here's some finished installed pics:

Closeup of the snorkel and fender cut:


Side view:



Front view:





Full body shots:





Up next is my Coast front drive shaft so stay tuned!

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Unread 01-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #77
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Looks good man!!!!!! Its a lot of steps and takes awhile but in the end.....
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Unread 01-08-2013, 04:21 PM   #78
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Looks good man!!!!!! Its a lot of steps and takes awhile but in the end.....
Yeah it is a lot of steps and I'm so anal about doing it perfect that it took a bit longer than I expected. But I am really happy with it and also just did the Coast front drive shaft install I'll do updates in a bit.
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YBut I am really happy with it and also just did the Coast front drive shaft install I'll do updates in a bit.
Don't leave the keys in the ignition (so you can put it in Neutral and move it back and forth to install the driveshaft) and kill the battery like I did. D'oh!
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Did the Coast front drive shaft install. It was pretty straight forward and I'm glad we got it done when we did because it was spitting grease at the boot pretty good:

You can see in this picture the grease splattered:


Got the flange off and noticed the pinion seal was leaking and the seal didn't look so hot. This is where we ran into our problem because it seems no one carries this seal except the dealer ($27, Part # 68004072AA) and after we ran around checking Napa, Autozone, and Lee Auto Parts we finally had to bite the bullet and buy it from the dealer.

Old pinion seal:



New pinion seal installed :



Put the new yolk on and torqued to 160 lb/ft:



Also put the new yolk on at the output shaft on the transfer case and torqued to 130 lb/ft (notice the grease from the old drive shaft boot):



New and old drive shaft laid side by side for comparison :



Got it all installed :



Also figured since we were already right next to it that the transfer case needed a little love also:



The fluid that came out was a dark maroon color so I'm glad we changed it.

Jeep rides with no vibration anymore and really happy with how quickly the install was.
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Are you cheating in here? Lol Jk.

I'm not a fan of the snorkel but do you plan on deep water crossings or was it more preventative?
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Are you cheating in here? Lol Jk.

I'm not a fan of the snorkel but do you plan on deep water crossings or was it more preventative?
Bahahaha Initially it was just to be combined with my superchips to up my MPG considering this is my DD and as cheap insurance if I do find myself in a sticky situation with water/mud.
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not a bad looking snorkel, really need to do my drive shafts as well. love the build so far
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not a bad looking snorkel, really need to do my drive shafts as well. love the build so far
Thanks man! Yeah I like the look of the snorkel and I like how it isn't as susceptible to damage as the AEV snorkel is. The only thing I don't like about it is it's visible when you are driving and blocks some of your view on that passenger side.
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Thanks man! Yeah I like the look of the snorkel and I like how it isn't as susceptible to damage as the AEV snorkel is. The only thing I don't like about it is it's visible when you are driving and blocks some of your view on that passenger side.
i could see that being a pain on the trails, but im sure youll get used to it. so when are you gonna cut your fenders? c'mon man join the party its easy!
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i could see that being a pain on the trails, but im sure youll get used to it. so when are you gonna cut your fenders? c'mon man join the party its easy!
Haha, I was just reading instructions on doing it and I have all the tools laying in the garage. Was really just waiting for the stockers to rip off so I could buy new ones
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i pretty much chose to do it just because i figured if i didn't like them i could then buy new ones to replace the stockers.
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What's next on the list of goodies?
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i pretty much chose to do it just because i figured if i didn't like them i could then buy new ones to replace the stockers.
Ah this is a good point too!

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Most like a rear drive shaft but I really want to focus on lighting and get a winch too! We'll see though.
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I had to replace the front driveshaft on my 08 also because it was throwing grease out too. Luckily I had no problem the pinion seal or vibrations.

I saw the snorkel that you just installed first hand at the 2012 SEMA show and was very impressed with it, good choice.

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