Dusty Trails Rides and Deep Water Fordings. Anyone who takes their rig off-road is likely to encounter these conditions. The new Modular XHD Snorkel System from Rugged Ridge relocates the vulnerable stock air intake location to help reduce dust clogged filters and the risk of hydro-locking your engine. It is also the first snorkel designed with the modular functionality of a Pre-filter Low Mount and Ram High Mount air intake design. Unlike other snorkels, you don't have to give up flexibility for functionality. Not only did we engineer our snorkel to allow the windshield to fold and doors to be removed, we built it for use with our dual battery tray, windshield light bar and windshield light mounting tabs. Because what good is having a snorkel to cross the river, if you have to leave your lights and the dual battery (to power your winch) on the other side? Note: Windshield light mounting tabs only compatible with low mount. The Modular XHD Snorkel System comes standard with the Pre-filter Low Mount. The Pre-filter Low Mount relocates the air intake to just below the windshield and draws cool air from outside the hot engine compartment. The optional Ram High Mount design allows the air intake to be extended up an additional 21 inch to the top of the windshield. The two air intake mounts are easily interchangeable to give you the modular functionality best suited to your needs. The system is manufactured from premium thermoformed plastic, mandrel bent aluminum and hi-temp silicone connection hoses. Built in manual drain valves channel away excess water to prevent it from entering the intake system. It installs with minor modification to the fender, but without the major cutting and surgery that other kits require. The new lower air cleaner box installs in place of the factory unit, so you don't have to hack and tap. Just attached the factory upper air box, chose from the Pre-filter Low Mount or High Mount design and go! Patents D687,071 and D687,072, and 8,960,347
Do not attempt to install this snorkel kit unless you are advanced, creative, patient and have an extra set of hands available. The process took about 6 hours to install. You will require some extra tools that you may not have in in your tool box. You will also have to buy extra items to complete the install successfully. Sealant, Super Glue, Self Tapping Screws, Black Satin Spray Paint, Factory touch up paint and painters tape.
You will need to be creative on the install to get the body lines correct. I had the hardest time getting the cowl properly aligned with the hood. Also plan on spending time on beating on your exhaust heat shield with a hammer. You will not successfully install without hammering on it.
I had to buy some piping straps to tie down the intake tube for proper body line fitment.
Overall the look is amazing and hopefully it functions as expected.
By KevinPie from Houston, Texas
A must have product
This thing is awesome. Ordered it on Sunday and got it Thursday with standard free shipping. Instructions were very detailed and well thought out with good pictures (for the most part). Took a while to instal so make sure you set a side a whole day to do it or you will be working on it till 2:30 AM. This thing looks awesome and beleive it or not I actually gained about 2 mpg. Haven't tested the watertight integrity yet but with the amount of RTV and rubber and hose clamps on this I feel like the Jeep will float before it becomes hydrolocked.
Rugged Ridge was established in 2005 by the company Omix-ADA to focus on innovative aftermarket Jeep accessories. Many of Rugged Ridge's recent designs are so innovative they have been patented. This includes their floor liners, snorkel and XHD Modular Bumpers. Since 2005 Rugged Ridge has developed and manufactured over 3,000 kinds of Jeep related products. All Rugged Ridge Jeep accessories are trail rated. The Omix-ADA founder came from a family that owned a small Jeep dealership. It was the founder's dream from a young age to own a company that made accessories for Jeeps. The founder manifested the dream in 1992. Shop Rugged Ridge Now