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OK, I've been trying to use the downtime for the Jeep projects(getting a ton of rain down here). Plus we don't have the nice terrain most of you all do just mud and swamps. So I just got in from making my snorkel. I couldn't justify the almost $400 bucks for the safari snorkle so I welded up 3" exhaust pipe and put on the ARB top.
One 3" U bend $24
One straight pipe $20
ARB snorkle top $ 77
Total $121
All I have left to do is connect it to my stock airbox with some dryer vent tube from Home Depot and some additional waterproofing under the hood.

Tried to keep it low profile for tree branches and wanted it to match the body line and windshield angle. Also I went through the hood because my hood is already dented and didn't want to ruin a good fender.

How's it look?:cheers2:


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I bought 3" exhaust pipe from Summit Racing. It was 1 U bend or 180 degree bend and 1 length of straight pipe. With the 180 piece I cut it right in half making the 90 to go into the hood. With the other end I cut that to about (I'm guessing) 70 degrees or the angle of the windsheild. The straight pipe was for the extension to the ARB top. The thickness was 16 gauge if I'm not mistaken, but it will say when you look up the parts on the Summit website.

For everyone whos asking about the rest, later this week when I get to the underhood plumbing I will post pics.
 

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I know I've already posted, but I love the look of going through the hood, I've wondered why the aftermarket goes through the hood on JK's and not TJ's. I really like this and I will probably do something like this on my TJ, there would be some fiddling to do with the antenna on a TJ, but still could work.
 

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Very nice!

I'd love to get a picture of the bracket used for the windshield mount and one of how you hooked it up to the airbox as well! Otherwise I'm ready to start this project tomorrow man!

I can't wait to see the rest of your pics!
 

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Oh, and where did you buy just the top for the snorkel? I can't find one anywhere!
 

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This is the best homemade snorkel I have seen! Good job! Was the exhaust pipe you bough stainless steel? If not, will regular pipe rust through pretty quick? Looks great, and I too would like to see the underhood pics! Im at a toss up on either doing the homemade snorkel or a hummer intake.
 

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OK I'll try to answer all the above questions.

Snorkel top here, $77.50
http://www.torasport.com/store/product.php?productid=558&cat=0&page=2

Not sure on the TJ but I don't know why the hood style wouldn't work. I did like the JK hood style and like I stated before my hood was toast anyways so it seemed logical. I had to use the drivers side because my antenna would have interfered. In following the body lines, removing it would have left a hole.

I will post a pic of the windsheild bracket tomm.(on duty today).

As far as the pipe goes, I did not pick stainless because of welding concerns. But the pipe I used is aluminized steel. I have an aluminized flowmaster exhaust on my 69 Camaro that shows not a speck of rust after about 8 years. I also painted the inside as far as the sprayer would go and the outside is the same krylon I used on my homemade bumpers. It seems to hold up pretty well. I'm sure the rest of the Jeep will fall apart before this does.

Lastly someone asked about water inside. The good thing about the ARB top is the design allows the water to drain out the top not run down the snorkel. The pipe extends up into the top so when water gets in it runs to the outside of the pipe and out little drain holes in the plastic.
 

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Looks great! Nice job.

All I have left to do is connect it to my stock airbox with some dryer vent tube from Home Depot and some additional waterproofing under the hood.
Can you relocate the air box to the drivers side and run the pipe straight into it?

I'd do smooth wall tubing throughout. That dryer vent stuff probably isn't going to flow too well because of the corrugation. You'll pick up a few HP due to the cool air effect, you might as well make it flow good too.
 

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Good idea, tommorrow I'm going to home depot to see what type of tubing I can get. Obviously I'm limited to something that uses a 3"ID because my snorkel pipe is 3"OD. With whatever I go with, the good news is where the 90 is that goes into the hood its not even a foot away, if I use the drivers side of the airbox and plug the stock inlet. I doubt it will matter to my 4 banger. lol
 

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Obviously I'm limited to something that uses a 3"ID because my snorkel pipe is 3"OD.
Not necessarily. I did a CAI on a car that used PVC pipe. I was able to joint two pieces with a 3" OD by using a rubber join that had a 3" ID.

Came out pretty nice actually. I was able to scuff it good with 600 grit, prime and paint with Krylon and the finish looked good for years.
 

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I'm sitting here geting ready to hit the "confirm order" button on the websites to order the supplies for this mod but need the rest of the pictures so I can make sure I do it right. :D
 
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