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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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How long is the peice of pipe running parallel to the hood from bend to bend?

I bought a 10ft peice of pipe and am bending my own 180' U shape, but need to know how long that peice of strait pipe is so that the hook-up for the pipe will be in the same spot on the hood as yours is.
 

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The simple answer is about 13.5 inches of straight pipe before either side starts to bend at all.

Just out of curiosity do you have or have access to a mandrel bender? If not the bends won't fit together to weld, you would have to bend it in one continuous piece. Not to mention how tight of a bend it is.
 

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I'm taking the whole 10ft piece to be bent at a shop because our bender only bends up to 2 1/2" pipe :( There will be no welds (except for mounting bracket) and the pipe will be one continuous piece.

I'll have them leave me a few inches on each end (hood/snorkel top) to work with after I try bolting it up.
 

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This snorkel looks killer and it WAY better than any other home made snorkel i have seen so far (wich usually lool totally ghetto...!) . I have to say that as for looks and fit, it comes really really close to my Safari (wich i am very happy of).
If i can tell you the only thing i dislike about your snorkel, well it's missing a curve at the very top. Where the cap goes in, there is another curve so the front intake grill sits at an angle, and the top's flat surface sits parallel to the ground. Yours has the pipe straight and this leaves the snorkel head at an angle (wich looks just wrong). I had my snorkel for quite some time now and so i noticed this at the very first look at your picture. What i have to say is that since you had this thing putted togheter so nicely, i think you should really put a last effort in this and redo just the top end with a curve in it so the head sits right where it should and not angled like that (i think i understood you have some bend leftover?). After you do this, the snorkel will look killer and perfect!!! Double thumbs up, and enjoy thrill free river crossings. This mod made my Jeep way more enjoyable where i ride usually!!!
 

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In addition to my airbox being on the drivers side my main concern was the antenna conflict on my pass side. I also thought it would increase visibility to have it away from my field of vision and on the pass side. But the way its mounted it is almost invisible from inside except for a little bit of the ARB top.
 

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I love this, it looks so professional dude, very nice job fo sho. Makes ARB look like a bunch of over priced *******s lol. Id def. do this b4 I go to them w.o a doubt. Which I prolly will end up doing....now to find a stock air filter box as I bought my heep with an aftermarket K & N Intake.
 

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Almost done recreating this snorkel! :D I just can't decide what to do as far as the snorkel top, Hummer or ARB?
 

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Can you put a drain area in it say after a major rainstorm, so you could drain any water pooled in at a say designated droop in the design?
 

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How long is this total, including bends? I want to do this with one solid piece, what length should I use?
 

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How long is this total, including bends? I want to do this with one solid piece, what length should I use?
Its about 58 inches, the reason I say about is because depending on where you measure inside or outside it differs. I took the longest route to make sure you would have enough. Leave yourself a little extra on both ends so you have some adjustablilty. You can always cut it off after your final fitment.
Also as I stated before unless you know of a place that can mandrel bend it for you, the tubing will have kinks in it, thats why I welded mine up.
Hope this helps, good luck.:cheers2:
 

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well i started a aluminum snorkel today out of 2x3x1/8 aluminum tube today to see if it looked allright..the tube i had was in bad shape so i had to smooth it out the best i could with what i had..heres some pics taken while doing it.
got the angle cut,welded, and ground down.

angled the end to cut some air while cruisein at 60mph.

then drilled a 2-1/4 inch hole for 2-1/2 inch tube to go thru hood.

then welded the 1/8 thick pipe to the tube.
 

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heres some pics of it bolted up..2 bolts on 8-1/2 inch centers for the windshield brakets where welded to the snorkel..theres also a bent and modified braket under the hood to attach the pipe with a bolt also..for when i run thru the trees hopefully it will stay put..the hood holds it snug also.



tomorrow i will work on a top..thinkin about useing a 3 inch x 1/8 thick pipe and cut out a 2 and a half inch strip and faceing it twoward the back of jeep since it should get plenty of air from the windshield..

dosent look as good as i had washed but will work fine for now..sure it will look better when its powder coated satin black too,,i hope..
 

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hoping I hadn't overlooked this, but has anyone considered or established the CFM requirements for the engine's intake when building snorkels?
Considered a whosawhatsa?:laugh:
 
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