Mini How to: DIY Raised Air Intake (Snorkel)

Oz_X Mar 20, 2012

  1. Oz_X

    Oz_X First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Granted, not the prettiest snorkel in the world - but its functional. Its a prototype; future versions will be mandrel

    bent so no crushing. This one will be powdercoated. Yes that's an actual Safari 'scoop' on top.

    OH I SHOULD ADD that this RAI took the whole weight of the X (well at least side loading) sliding into a

    boulder and only took superficial damage. I think a plastic or fiberglass one wouldn't have fared as well.

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    EDIT 4-3-2011: PARTS LIST

    90 degree Cobra Head:
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    http://intakehoses.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=90CB30&Category_Cod e=CHEW

    3" ID Flexible Hose: (you can get this anywhere like Hoseman, etc.)
    If you configure your snorkel like I did you wont need a lot - less than a foot.
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    http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/item.aspx?sku=48660

    3" Hoseclamps (4)
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    3" ID Exhaust flange: This you can get when at a muffler shop or auto parts store.
    http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/sBYD6UVOv8nkc91Nb1tJ57MBqyA72ET2t8GZNj5d9jprl6HFly

    B3YZ_aeKgOCekZqlIzDP_hvGKCZAv_1j6i--H79g2KAuB1XkkVcXytguHW0znNHzB7OeHPAHmo8PLSVhc

    01Z4Drt_xVT6SF9VANg

    ARB Safari Snorkel Replacement Parts, 3 Inch Air Ram
    P/N ARB-000135000 - Make sure its a 3" ID. You can google it but I got

    mine here for $69.50
    http://jamesoaksenterprises.com/products/arb_snorkels.htm
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    A length of 3" OD Aluminized tubing: I dont remember the exact length. Available at muffler shop.
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    1' angle iron for bracket. Length will vary to your config.
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    Nutserts and nutsert tool for "A" pillar mounting

    And you'll need to make this up for the cobra head to faster to at the fender:
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    ^^^That is how you make this part: (view from inside fender)
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    3" ID Flex to airbox:
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    Take the airbox cover off and shave off all doodads from the outside of the 3" OD inlet. This will allow the flex

    to hose clamp on.

    The main body of the snorkel is the 3" OD aluminized tubing. Your muffler shop will have this and bend it and

    cut it for you. You can also have them weld on the 1" angle steel for the "A" pillar bracket. OR if you really want

    to get fancy find a place that will mandral bend the tubing (this is what I want to do in the future when I redo

    mine). Then paint or powdercoat as you want. If you did it right it will look like this:

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    When it was black:
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    Powdercoated White:
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    That should be about it - please let me know if you have any questions.
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2012
  2. civicjoe

    civicjoe lone wolf mod Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Dude that thing is awesome good work!
     
  3. BigWhite

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    Deadly!! I love it. Good call on the white imo.
     
  4. SnickerDoodle

    SnickerDoodle Life's Better Seeing Pink Super Moderator Founding Member

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    My question is simple.. why aren't you making these and selling them?! LOL :angel:


    edit---
    if you do... I'll take mine in hot pink please :luv:
     
  5. Oz_X

    Oz_X First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Very nice of you to say. I actually made this snorkel 4 years ago (can't believe its been that long) and there was a handful of folks who wanted me to make them, but you cant really go into production for just a few units. And shortly thereafter 4x4 parts came out with their snork and everyone just bought that one instead. I wrote this how-to back then so that the folks that did want one of these could source the parts and make their own.

    To be honest I would have rather just bought one off the shelf and not had to make my own but they were non-existent at the time and it didn't seem like any were coming any time soon. So there ya go :)
     
  6. JustNick

    JustNick Test Drive Founding Member

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    Dude, this snorkel looks better than ANY of the one's I've seen. It's not as bulky, and I'd rather invest in something like this rather than $400 for plastic.
    Nice write ups btw! I also took a look at the BL How to. Impressive, and something to consider!
    -Nick
     
  7. Oz_X

    Oz_X First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Thanks! Its actually pretty strong too. Took the weight of my X when it slipped on a snowy climb into a boulder. "A" pillar smashed in but just a small dent and some scratches on the snork.
     
  8. GPD605X

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    This is what I will be doing... Screw spending $300 + on a plastic one. I wil probably paint it all silver or black.
     
  9. civicjoe

    civicjoe lone wolf mod Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Dude what did this cost to build?
    I really prefer this over the mass produced ones. Not that i really need one out here in the desert but i would give me peace of mind when i do encounter water when im not in the desert.
     
  10. Oz_X

    Oz_X First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    Sorry for late reply, it was about $120 when all said and done


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  11. civicjoe

    civicjoe lone wolf mod Super Moderator Founding Member

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    Its all good man! no rush
     
  12. Diadaga

    Diadaga Suspension Lift Lifetime Member

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    Looks awesome man, glad I saw this before I bought the other one. if you get another one would you go with aluminum or SS for the tubing and what gauge?
     
  13. Timrich

    Timrich Super Duper Moderator Lifetime Member Founding Member

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    Very nice write up! The snork looks really good!
     
  14. jmnielsen

    jmnielsen Need Bigger Tires

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    I would think aluminum if you could, heat dissipates quicker with aluminum.. i think.
     
  15. NMTerras

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    I like this more and more every time I look at it. I think it should be called the SnOz...
     
  16. Oz_X

    Oz_X First Fill-Up (of many) Founding Member

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    That is funny! And clever
     
  17. NMTerras

    NMTerras Suspension Lift

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    ^^^i try sir!


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  18. TKDx00

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    I believe there will be a SnOZ in my future as well...Gen1 version.
     
  19. GPD605X

    GPD605X Lockers Installed Founding Member

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    do you remember the angle of the bend?
     
  20. NMTerras

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    My 2c, seems to me you would want to measure that on your truck and then have it bent...
     
  21. gorillamel

    gorillamel Lockers Installed Founding Member

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    Hmmm, not sure if I'm going to get much of a tax return this year (since I'm single, dont own a house and dont have kids- BAH! stupid system), but if I get one, I just may make one of these!
     
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    I'm thinking the same thing. Since I'm responsible about world population control, and hate weddings No tax returns so it hurts my funds.
     
  23. outlaw_xterra

    outlaw_xterra Bought an X

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    Well im geeting great tax returns. Young married, one kid and not very high up on the food chain, so I will either be makingnone like this or buying a airflow one.
     
  24. Macland

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    That sounds like me, young, married, one kid, low on the food chain with my own home. Except a snorkel would get me laughed out the door if I wanted one, and my wife would be the one laughing.
     
  25. outlaw_xterra

    outlaw_xterra Bought an X

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    Its my christmas/valentines day/tax return present lol. And probabbirthday too lol.
     
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    Haha, that's what I end up calling my mods, then I get something else and push off my gifts even further.
     
  27. outlaw_xterra

    outlaw_xterra Bought an X

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    Yup im in the same boat.
     
  28. civicjoe

    civicjoe lone wolf mod Super Moderator Founding Member

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    to be honest i really like this snork apposed to the factory made one
     
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  30. GPD605X

    GPD605X Lockers Installed Founding Member

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    Also, if anyone is interested, I found this thread on a website for a awesome looking DIY Snorkel. I only wish I had the skills to make something like this.

    DIY Homemade Carbon Fiber Snorkel
     
  31. 05x4x4

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    The link is no good.


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  32. Kirk_R

    Kirk_R First Fill-Up (of many)

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    the link worked fine for me.. Hmmm
     
  33. 05x4x4

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    Hmm... I dunno then


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  34. metzican

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    Once again I'm back looking at this. I know OZ does not visit very often. But I don't know much about the nut inserts.

    What type would you recommend since it needs to be rust resistant and also on a body panel so its not very thick?

    Is there any better or no go places on the A pillar to place these?

    Should there be a sealant used to prevent leaks?
     
  35. metzican

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    Also, What size Snorkel would you guys thing is best 3", 3.5" or 4". I will mos likely reduce it into the air box as that is a 3" inlet.
     
  36. 05x4x4

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    I'm thinking most snorkel heads are 3"


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  37. metzican

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    I'm pretty sure the head for the 2nd gen one is 3.5" but that does not mean that the main body is not 3" or 4"
     
  38. dhyde79

    dhyde79 <img src="http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u7/ra Lifetime Member

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    Most snorkel heads now are 3.5" for better airflow, if you're doing a full PVC snork, I'd use 3.5" PVC. If doing exhaust tubing like Oz did, still 3.5" though you have to worry about whether or not the box he used to join it will work...
     
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  39. metzican

    metzican Suspension Lift

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    I still have questions about the nut inserts and A pillar. That just kinda scares me.

    My goal is to get a 3.5" Ram Head. 3.5" exhaust tubing but get it Mandrel Bent. The 90 that Oz used is not offered in 3.5" its in 3" or 4". So I need to figure out the 90" But then the exhaust flange I will use the same 3" and weld in a 3"-3.5" inside it. The 3.5" will stick through the fender. Then the air box 3" to exhaust flange will be the same. I thought about go for a 4" on the 90 and do a real sharp turn so air flow is not hurt as bad.
     
  40. dhyde79

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    See, my thought is this, if you're already getting tubing bent, have em put a tight 90 in at the end and just put an extra support and support to the fender and the A pillar...then you can go right from airbox to pipe with one 3.0-3.5 adapter....
     

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