Last install, we got to hack into Jared's Jeep.
This time, it was Dana's turn.
|Christmas was good to Dana and her Jeep. Besides some smaller stuff, she got some Poison Spyder Trail corners (with LED tail lights) and a Safari Snorkel. Those not familiar with our river crossing pics might question the need for a snorkel in the desert, but trust me it can and probably will be utilized. Plus she wanted one and I admit they do look schnazzy. So instead of putting it under the tree, her boyfriend and current spotter, Jonathan and I stole her Jeep Christmas night and went about the install.|
The install was pretty straightforward, but some pics in the instructions would have speeded things along. Buying the right tools would have helped in that area too. I hate buying a $20 tool that I will only be using once (3in hole saw), so we tried out the metal cutting Tungsten bit for my Dremmel. It did actually work, but I had to fight it pretty hard and it took a good bit longer. It wasn't like the butter cutting job of J's hood vents, but it worked. Anyway...
|So first off you need to start removing things to make room for the new. The stock air box has to come off for modification, and you might as well yank out the battery, its tray, and also the vacuum thingy majiggy that lies directly underneath. You're going to have to relocate this part to be able to fit the hose, but all that entails is drilling a new mounting hole on the firewall.|
The next thing we did was to dive into the cutting work. The snorkel comes with two cutting templates, one for the hole you will be cutting in the side of the Jeep, and one for the one you must cut in the air box. The snorkel hole template should butt right up against the edge of the front quarter panel. The easiest way to match it up is to stick something like a metal ruler in the gap between the panels and use that as your vertical edge guide. The horizontal edge should match up right around the top of the fender (It's harder to place because of the curve, but the up/down doesn't matter as much as the left/right).
Since we were bypassing the hole saw method, we had to mark out a clean circle for our not so clean cut, so we made a homemade compass and marked it down. Don't worry about not making your hole big enough, the 3in hole (78mm in the pro-metric instructions) is plenty o big as it is. So anyway, we finally got the hole cleaned up and Q-tipped some paint onto the bare metal edges. We also drilled out the holes for the mounting studs near the big hole.
|While I had been privately playing with my hole, Jonathan was making one of his own. He removed the stock air intake tube from the air box and was sealing it up with the provided metal slab. Some caulk and a few pilot holes and he was ready to seal it shut with the provided rivets. Then he used the other template to mark out the new intake hole on the side of the box. We ended up trimming a tad of plastic off near one of the mounts to the spring straps that keep the box closed because it was keeping the new metal intake piece from sitting flush. Then, the new hole was made and it was ready to secure down. A lot of caulk is needed here because there are grooves on the box where it needs to be flat. Same story with the rivets though, just tighten the piece down and let it dry a little. There are also a couple pre-existing holes at the bottom of the air box, that need to be sealed. It looks almost like a new air box now with all the metal. Don't worry, I'm not even going to include a pic of my ugly hole.|
|Now we could see about fitting it on to the Jeep. We encountered a new problem at this point: the snorkel wouldn't snug up to the Jeep because of the beefy Shrock Works rocker guards. So we did what we had to and removed the passenger side guard and notched it with the grinder and then cleaned it up with some rattle juice. After making sure we had the clearance we needed we slapped the guard back on.|
Now we could get on with adding the windshield frame bracket. We secured the snorkel as it should be on the bottom and measured for the brackets and then removed the snorkel again for the drilling. It took another couple 5/16 holes and then we inserted the supplied screw sinks and mounted the bracket in place. We didn't drill the middle hole out because someone kicked the parts bag around one too many times and the screw sink disappeared. But we just measured the hole for the screw and threaded it in just fine, cinched the bracket up and mounted the snorkel for good.
|We progressed to the final step of routing the new hose through the engine compartment. Because the hose is thin plastic tubing, ARB included some rubber piping to put around potentially sharp edges while running it. Also included are some zip-ties to keep the hose out of the way of moving or hot parts. You can see the piping around the two triangle holes the hose must pass through underneath the battery tray. After hose clamping both ends to the snorkel and box, the install is basically done. The vacuum box must still be placed, and the firewall next to the battery works perfectly. We even used an existing stud and just added a nut for one side's mounting and just drilled a hole and added a screw to secure the other side. Put the battery back in and everything is good to go... Except for the fact that we took the door off and now it really doesn't have the clearance to just sit back into the hinges. Doh! I do remember one guy grinding off the threaded part of the upper hinge pin to accommodate the room, but actually by just loosening the 2 screws on the outer side of the upper bracket, the door slid in with no protest.|
|Oh, I almost forgot the icing on the cake. The snorkel head needs to be hose clamped on, so that air can ram in there and add those 3, clean, extra horses into the equation. I do still need to extend all her breather hoses before I can get any action shots.|
As for the install it went pretty well. It would have saved a lot of time just breaking down and buying the hole saw but oh well. The rocker guard through in another small challenge, but all in all it worked and went as it should have. Jonathan returned the Jeep back to Dana before the sun came up and wrapped the snorkel up with pretty paper and a bow, and unlike the CB antenna I had done the same 'ole steal-n-stall on earlier this year that she didn't notice until the middle of the day when we had nearly reached the trail, she did notice the snorkel and loved it right away. Last I heard she was planning on getting the license plate YLLRSUB and having someone launch her off the boat ramp.
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