I love Jp and eagerly await every issue. I have a ’65 CJ-5 and a ’99 WJ. There is not much coverage of these Jeeps anymore, but I read every article to learn what is transpiring with the brand as my trusty WJ will need replacing in the next few years.
What is the deal with the snorkels I see these days? I have been reading Jp for five years and don’t see any info on them or even ads for them. I know old military Jeeps could be fitted with river fording snorkels, but they needed sealed ignition systems as well. My old CJ-5 even has the hood cutout for one. I suspect they are just another expensive doodad to make a Jeep look cool. Is there any actual justification for this modification? Keep up the good work!!
Gardner Fey Canon City, CO
There are several companies that offer intake snorkels for the more popular Jeep models and other 4x4s. These companies include AEV (aev-conversions.com), ARB (arbusa.com), K&N (knfilters.com), Mopar (mopar.com), Rugged Ridge (ruggedridge. com), and Volant (volant.com). The principal idea behind a snorkel kit is that it raises the engine air intake to get it up and out of any potential deep water. The factory air intake on some Jeep models is not well placed for water depths and splashing beyond headlight height. A snorkel kit will generally keep water out of the engine safely during water crossings that reach the bottom of the windshield. Of course, there are many other components to worry about. As long as you pass through the water relatively quickly, very little water will make it past the door seals into the interior of a new Jeep where it could wreak havoc on the electrical system. Longer deep water crossings and getting stuck in deep water pose quite a different problem. As for the ignition, all current Jeep engines feature distributorless ignitions and are sealed relatively well, so they are far more water resistant than an older engine with a distributor-type ignition system. Although, with a bit of ingenuity, some grease, and silicone, even a traditional distributor can be made nearly impervious to water intrusion.
In most cases today, the snorkel has become little more than a visual accessory on an overland-themed Jeep. They give a Jeep a more outdoor adventure look than a Jeep with no snorkel, regardless of the fact that all of the available aftermarket snorkels are fully functional for deep water crossings.