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Rugged Ridge Snorkel is it good?

Looking at a snorkel so I can spend more time down south. I see most of the crew runs the same snorkel (not sure which one). I am considering the Rugged Ridge snorkel as it seems more protected and since I like rocks as well and have pulled off a couple fenders it makes sense. Does any one run the Ridge snorkel and how does it perform. Any thoughts in any direction is appreciated. Might also need an install guy as I am not sure I have the time or patients for the cuts to the sheet metal.

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post #2 of 4 Old 04-11-2013, 06:58 PM
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AEV, most popular w crew, easiest install..unsub will install in under 10 mins for bud or 1800.

River raider. I and several others run it. 4+ hour install. Lw profile, I like it.

Rugged ridge. One or two in crew run it. 4+ hour install.. Results vary, only because of limited rigs running it.

Now, I will gladly help you choose and buy any of the three.. AEV, to your door in under 48 hours. River raider maybe about a week. Rugged ridge, between a few days and a couple weeks.

Head over to the jersey crew thread and jump into the madness.

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The fact that the rugged ridge goes down below the original factory intake point to come back up has most thinking it's a bad idea. If one of the connections come loose or the plastic breaks there is a new lower point for water to get in. If your losing fenders look into the river raider it runs above the engine and goes through the fire wall and ends in the same area as the rugged ridge.

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post #4 of 4 Old 04-12-2013, 07:52 AM
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I've installed two Rugged Ridge snorkels. Fit varies drastically between the two, not sure if this was due to variations in jeeps tho.

The quality of the install is critical, as with every snorkel. However the fittings are very low, and the risk is high of water ingestion if the fittings slip. Lots of RTV, and do not tighten the hose clamps until the RTV has cured.

I think it looks good once installed, a lot less goofy than in pictures, but I wouldn't trust it unless I did the install myself and used a tube of RTV sealing the shit out of everything.

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