The vehicle “snorkel” or “raised air intake” is a dual purpose accessory for vehicles. It was first widely used in North Africa during WWII with the British Royal Army. They used them on their tanks and cars to get cleaner air from above the vehicle, avoiding sand and dust. They are also used for deep water crossings, avoiding the obvious. With all the electronics in Jeeps and vehicles today, doing submerged over-the-hood water crossings are not very realistic, but I know people who have hydro-locked their Jeep going through a long puddle at high speed. Having a sealed air box and raised intake is once again a $400 insurance policy.
This is my second American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) Raised Air Intake-Snorkel. I had it on my 2013 JKU Sport; I had to cut the factory hood, so when I sold the Jeep, it had to go with it. I was very happy with the snorkel, it makes the Jeep look rugged and nostalgic. So, getting the snorkel on the new Recon was a priority. It only took me 891 days to get it!
Since I have the AEV Heat Reduction Hood, I did not have to cut the hood, all I had to do was remove the screen vent on the passenger side. “Push Nuts” are what AEV uses to secure the vent to the hood. These are easy to put on, but you need to pry and cut them off (doing that without damaging the paint takes some skill). With the help of TJ, we got the four of them off.
You’re going to need to get a large tube of RTV. I first got a small tube and that was not enough and was difficult to get around and into tight parts of where the AEV snorkel attaches to the factory air box. Getting a large tube, similar to that which fits in caulk gun, is best – the longer nozzle can get into the tighter parts.
This install is fairly easy, but getting the factory air box out does take some effort and a few bloody knuckles. Working around the factory air box is tight. The clamp that is closest to the radiator fan (the one that holds the air box closed) is the most difficult as it is just a very tight space.
Make sure to leave the bolts loose when attaching them and then tighten once etching is on the Jeep, you need to be able to move the entire assembly to make it work.
I chose to RTV the bottom holes in the factory air box; in the event of water it’ll be fully sealed. I used a wooden popsicle stick to get the RTV to smooth and flat.
Overall I am extremely happy with the snorkel and the look it gives the Jeep. Getting colder air into the engine is better, I have not seen any change in fuel economy.