Dusty trail rides and deep water fordings, anyone who takes their Jeep off-road is likely to encounter these conditions someday. 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 the first and currently only snorkel designed with the modular functionality of a pre-filter Low Mount and Ram High Mount air intake design. Unlike other snorkels, you dont have to give up flexibility for functionality. The Modular XHD Snorkel System comes standard with a Low Mount pre-filter and the Ram High Mount extension. The Low Mount pre-filter relocates the intake below the windshield, drawing cool air from outside the hot engine bay. The Ram High Mount extension moves the intake 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 durable heavy gauge plastic, mandrel bent aluminum and hi-temp silicone connecting hoses. The built-in manual drain valves channel away excess water to prevent it from entering the intake system. This snorkel installs with minor modifications 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 dont have to inchhack and tap inch.
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
This thing def. takes 2people to install. The instructions were right on. I can install just about anything but I don't mess with gears and it was easy. Just plan to devote a WHOLE afternoon. The best part is you can return everything to stock without hurting your jeep. Just keep your old parts. It does require the factory air intake. I already had a cold air intake on so I had to trade out with a buddy. (Thanks Jeremy!) so far works great. Looks even better. I get tons of compliments. Can't buy gas without someone saying something. Two downsides- def need a off road antenna or the factory one will clank and drive ya nuts. And I couldn't keep my lights mounted on the windshield brackets so I bought their big bar to mount my lights is 3 more. It says compatible w windshield light mounts but couldn't make it work. Otherwise awesome!
By Shane from Centre, AL
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