rugged ridge snorkel is straight garbage
My friend Meredith wanted a snorkel, but with a body armor rack and having a 2012, the options were limited(and she didn't like the way the RROR cowl snorkel looked) so she ordered the Rugged Ridge.
Since I am basically her mechanic, I had the joy of installing this piece of shit.
I have the AEV, nice dense plastic, firm, but not brittle(laid it on a tree and no damage)
The rugged ridge is hard thin plastic(definitely not the crosslinked polyethylene AEV uses) sounded brittle when thumped with a finger.
119 steps to install it in the guide book(30+pages)
First gripe: have to remove the pass side fender. Idiotic design.
The cutting template was not to scale/too big.
The replacement bottom half of the air box made it so the top half radiator bolts wouldn't line up
Fender was pushed out and back by the snorkel.
The center cowl(for the wiper arms) was a half inch away from the windshield on the pass side, while the driver side was lined up properly.
The tube from the snorkel to air box is resting on the catalytic converter heat shield(its aluminum) and barely fits even after clearancing the heat shield with a hammer.
The bolts that attach the extended snorkel go through into the "dry area" with no seal other than a washer and a plastic spacer.
Straight up fucking garbage product. She is lucky the roof rack will protect it, because one good smack from a branch will rip it clean off.
Save your money.
Do not buy this snorkel.
Risk the Roll.
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