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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'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
OK, OK, keep your pants on! JK:D

Heres the bracket to windshield. Simply a piece of flat stock cut to the shape of the factory hinge then drilled. I would use longer screws though the factory ones were a little short to really crank down on. I had these stainless ones left over from some old mirror relocation kit I pulled off.



Heres one of the turn in, there is an L bracket on the backside to the inner fenderwell.
Also you can see here where I had to notch the top lip of the fender.(not really visible when the hood is closed) And the pics are deceiving the snorkel does not touch the body in any place but the two mounts, although its only about 1/8 inch away, so there is no worry about vibration or noise.


As far as the underhood goes I heading over to home depot to see what they have but this is what I found so far. The stock inlet will fit a 2" pvc pipe EXACTLY. I got this gradual bent one. I know some people will say this is a restriction but remember how small the restricters were in your airbox. Mine seemed about an inch maybe an inch and a half. If I can plumb it using 3" all the way I might just go that route...
Stay tuned.:thumbsup:
 

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wow man nice job, my snorkel is a home depot job but dont look nearly as good, i looked around home depot and all i could find to hook to the air box was the 3 in dryer vent stuff works good tho cause its so flexible,

heres a pic of mine
 

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Dude that is the BEST looking do-it-yourself snorkel I've ever seen - NICE JOB!
 

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No b/c he will hook it below the air filter on the stock air box. what accumulates will drain out the box.
A snorkel with drain holes in the air box is completely useless if you think about it. :brickwall

There's no way enough rain will get in there to hurt anything, whether its running down the road or parked. I've been running one for years and never had a problem. And I agree with the guy above who said it looks better than an ARB.

So have ya tested it out in a deep hole yet?
 

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Ditto for best looking homemade snorkel!

That is very professional looking work there. I've been wanting a snorkel for my YJ also but for one, the ARB one is WAY overpriced. Two, the 3" pipe would be too restricting for my engine since my MAF is about 5" and I'm running a short 4" tube to the filter. I don't want to choke the engine anymore than that. I'd love to build one of these but the ARB top diameter would be too small I think. Maybe I should do a dual intake set-up :fish: Too bad no one makes a snorkel for a V8 swapped Jeep since it is a common thing to do.

Dave :thumbsup:
 

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That is very professional looking work there. I've been wanting a snorkel for my YJ also but for one, the ARB one is WAY overpriced. Two, the 3" pipe would be too restricting for my engine since my MAF is about 5" and I'm running a short 4" tube to the filter. I don't want to choke the engine anymore than that. I'd love to build one of these but the ARB top diameter would be too small I think. Maybe I should do a dual intake set-up :fish: Too bad no one makes a snorkel for a V8 swapped Jeep since it is a common thing to do.

Dave :thumbsup:
ARB has a 3 and a 3.5" top. Any 4 or 6 cyl will be fine with a 3" intake, even mild V8's, but I figured if I ever get around to a V8 I could run one on the other side to match.
 

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Are you worried about denting the exaust tube if you rub/hit a tree or something? I would imagine the arb plastic would bend back....but am not sure about that. yours looks clean though. I like the hood inlet
You would be suprised how heavy the tubing is. Honestly I think if I hit something that hard it would shear the bolts holding it off first or bend the brackets. Where I ride thats not a problem either.:thumbsup:
 

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Great Job..... I have not been a big fan of snorkels but I really like the looks of this one....
Its always more fun to build your own.....
 

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OK, heres the update for those who were waiting to see the underhood connection.
Went to pepboys and got this 3" flexible intake tube (Spectre #8741), had a 90 degree gradual bend 2 inch ID PVC elbow. Cleaned up the edge on the elbow and siliconed it. It just barely fits into the stock airbox. The flex hose has a molded in 3" coupling and slips over the metal exhaust pipe perfectly. The other end I used silicone and a hose clamp to hold the end over the outside of the elbow.
I was going to run a hard line to the box, but it really needs a flexible connection for vibration. The airbox is designed to move so thats why I went this way.
Lastly, I plan on leaving the end at the exhaust pipe disconnected (because its very accessible)for normal driving and when I do plan to offroad it just hook it up.
Hopefully this helps!

 

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Excellent write-up and pictures man, thanks a bunch! :cheers:
 

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How would you go about hooking up a snorkle if you had a carbed engine? I dont even have an air box.

And wont your distributer get wet and kill the engine before you could get vary deep?
 

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How would you go about hooking up a snorkle if you had a carbed engine? I dont even have an air box.

And wont your distributer get wet and kill the engine before you could get vary deep?
Personally I routed a hose from the breather of mine to the top of the firewall and put electro-grease on all of the plugs/connectors and regular lube grease on the base of each plug to slow the water down.:thumbsup:
 

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That's a great job and write-up!! Very clean and professional looking.
 
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