American expedition Vehicles (AEV) Raised Air Intake-Snorkel

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.

Published by Expedition Team. Overland

As a Boy Scout Eagle Scout, camping, camp fires and maps have always been a passion. After getting my professional carrier established as a Boeing 737 Captain for a Major US Airline, I was able to get back to my routes of playing in the woods, mud and building things. I got my first Jeep in 2012. It was a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ, I did not modify it, and it had many mechanical problems, as I was a novice, and not mechanical, I sold it for a new 2013 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited. In 2014 I installed an American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) 2.5" lift with Kelly Safari 35" tires. In 2015 I continued my build with AEV front and rear bumpers, snorkel, skid plates, and off road lights. Up until now, I did off-roading at the local Southington Off Road Park, Rausch Creek in Pennsylvania, and Badlands Park in Indiana. was an outstanding resource and I was able to make life-long friendship. In 2015 I did my first big trip with the jeep, first we stopped in Ouray, Colorado. We had two days of trails and did Imogene & Engineer Passes. I left part of myself in the San Juan Mountains and my want to return has been strong since. After Ouray, we went to Moab, Utah for Jeep Jamboree. Moab is "Jeepers Paradise". Endless miles of trails, from dirt roads to the most extreme, Moab offers endless possibilities for the Jeeper, hiker, mountain biker, everyone. Since 2015 I have returned to Moab in 2017 & 2019. In 2018, I traded in my 2013 JKU Sport for a 2018 JKU Rubicon Recon. I did this drastic move, because I was at the point in my build where I needed to upgrade my axels. I made the very difficult decision and striped as much as I could from my 2013 Jeep to move to the new jeep, as they were both the same style of jeeps; JKU's. I spent the spring and summer of 2018 to build my jeep. I once again installed an AEV 3.5" lift, 35" BFGoodrich KO2's and AEV front and rear bumpers. With this build I wanted to move from the "Rock Crawler" to an Overland build. I can still do all the difficult trail of Moab, Rubicon Trail, but also the fire roads and cover many miles full of camping and off road gear. With Overlanding in mind, I have build a cargo platform for my ARB 50q Fridge, and specific loading of the camping gear. Where is the Future? Buying an Earth Roamer and exploring as much of the country as possible? Thats a goal, but I hope in the coming years to get a roof rack, roof top tent, and then doing more Expeditions though Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, desert of New Mexico and Arizona, and the National Parks west of the Rocky Mountains.

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