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Rugged Ridge XHD Low/High Mount Snorkel System (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from, and this is my review of the Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Snorkel Kit, fitting all 2007 and of JKs. There are a couple of different versions of this snorkel kit available, depending on which engine you have in your jeep, so make sure you get the right one for your year. There are also a couple of different configurations of this snorkel. Because, of course, this is a modular kit, where you see in front of me includes just the low-mount. However, the high-mount is available with or without the pre-filter, and you can also purchase the pre-filter separately, and then there is a kit that comes with the high-mount and the low-mount, and really all of the pieces, all in one box for you as well, if you decided to go that route. This installation is going to be a three out of three wrenches. There is going to be a good bit of cutting, grinding and drilling involved in installing this in your jeep. However, Rugged Ridge does have the forethought to provide a bracket, to reinstall all of your factory body panels in their factory location, if you were ever to get rid of the snorkel kit, so that is a nice feature, but we'll talk a little but more about the installation in a bit. We're also gonna talk through the construction in a few of the features of the system. The basic reason to run a snorkel on your jeep, is to raise up the air intake allowing you to do deeper water crossings, without the risk of sucking water into the engine. Having water in the engine will hydro lock the motor, which can cause a lot of damage, and possibly even replacing the motor. So, if you are going to do some deep water crossings, a snorkel is a good idea. And if you're going to run a snorkel, you need to know that it's going to work, and it's not going to have a lot of different pieces that snap together, that aren't watertight, and still going to let water into your engine. So in my opinion, if you are running a snorkel, because you're going to use it for its intended purpose off-road, you're gonna want to spend a little bit of money, and get a good one that you know is going to work.Now, there are a lot of you out there that just want to run a snorkel, because you like the way it looks. And if that's the case there are some less expensive options than this one on the market. Or there are some of you that just want to run a snorkel because it's a true cold air intake. This will draw engine air from outside of the engine compartment, giving you fresh, cool, clean air, which can help with the performance of it. And if that's your reason for running a snorkel, again, you can go with one of the less expensive snorkels than this one. But if you are gonna do some deep water crossings, and you want to spend a little bit of money and make sure you get one that is going to keep water out of the engine, like this one.Now, I really like this kit in particular from Rugged Ridge because it is modular. I'm one of the people out there that doesn't love the look of a snorkel going up the A-pillar of your jeep. With this modular what it allows you to do is run the low-mount, which is still visible but not nearly as much as a high-mount. You can run this on the street, or you can run this when you're running trails that are fairly dry, but with a couple of screws, you can remove the low mounts, and snap the high-mount into place, and you have an extra degree of protection if you do plan on doing some deeper water crossings.Now, I mentioned that there are some less expensive options of snorkels out there on the market, if you're not really going to be using it for its intended purpose of deep water crossings. As far as other snorkels that are well-built, are water tight and are ready to do those deep water crossings, this one isn't that much more expensive than the tough tier snorkels on the market. And to gain the ability to have the modular system that allows you to run the low-mount, I think that this is a pretty good deal. This kit does include all of the components you're going to need to get it installed. starting at the factory air box, this is the new lower section with a new molded intake built right into it that's going to attach to the silicon pipe, the aluminum pipe, all the way out to, of course, the snorkel section. Now, this snorkel piece runs on the inside of your fender, and the top portion that you actually see replaces the corner cowl on your jeep. So again, it is very low profile. It doesn't take up a lot of space. It doesn't run all the way up to your A-pillar until you snap that high-mount into place when you need that functionality.Overall, this is a one-piece molded plastic which, again, that's what I talked about before, getting rid of any additional joints that can let water in, this is going to be very, very functional. This is designed with a U-shape pear[SP] on the intake and it has a drain in the bottom. So if you were to splash any water up into your low-mount or even into your high-mount, if you went that deep, it would be able to drain out before getting into your factory air box. So the factory air box also is designed to drain any water out that you may get in. So you do have redundant safety measures built in, doing everything possible to keep water out of your engine which, of course, can be catastrophic.As far as the installation is concerned, as I said before, this is a three out of three wrench installation. This does require a good bit of modification to your jeep. Now, all of that being said, Rugged Ridge does provide you with a bracket, so that even though you're cutting, and drilling, and making modifications to your jeep, if you ever got rid of this snorkel kit, you would be able to reinstall that factory cowl corner piece, because of the bracket included. It's a really nice feature from Rugged Ridge. Oftentimes, when you do those permanent modifications to your jeep, there's no way back with the bracket that they include. You can return back to factory which again is something I really like. Either way, the installation does require a lot of cutting and drilling, so if that something you're not comfortable with, there is no shame in taking this to a shop and having them install it in your jeep. The first step in the installation is actually loosening and partially removing your factory fender. You're going to do that in order to get this snorkel installed. So there are a bunch of bolts that you'll have to remove, part of the inner fender liner, down to the pinch seam, a lot of bolts you have to remove and loosen in order to get that fender removed. You'll also be removing the cowl cover, and eventually removing your cowl corner. That's where you end up having to drill out some welds, do some cutting with a cut-off wheel, have a Dremel handy to clean up those cuts, of course you're gonna want to paint any of those areas of the sheath, nail that you've cut to keep them from rusting, all of that so we can fit the snorkel section in place and, of course, there's some modification to the air box with this new air box lower section, and then all of the piping and all of the hardware to make all of this stuff work together.Once you're done with that, actually, changing from the low-mount to the high-mount is a very simple process. There's just a couple of screws that you'll need to remove to pop the low-mount off to snap the high-mount into place, so that's not really a big deal. But actually getting the snorkel section installed in the engine bag is going to be a lot of work that requires a lot of cutting and drilling.If you do plan on tackling this yourself, this is going to be an install that I would set aside probably around four to even five hours to get done, start to finish. You are going to want be very careful with those cuts, of course. There's a lot of disassembly and a lot of reassembly to do to get this done. And, again, if you do decide to tackle this yourself, you are going to need a cut-off wheel, or you're going to need a Dremel, a drill, pretty much every tool that you might have in your toolbox to get this done.I mentioned before that I think this is really fairly priced and I stand by that. There are certainly less expensive snorkels on the market. but I wouldn't trust them to go through deep water in my jeep. They have too many joints, too many areas, where they can fail, and getting water into the engine can be catastrophic, can be very expensive, not to mention leaving you stranded on the trail. So for my money, if I'm going to be using a snorkel for the purpose of going through deep water, this is the style of snorkel I want to get, something that is a one-piece molded snorkel. And I really like this one even over some of those top tier snorkels on the market. because of the flexibility, because this is modular. I love the idea of running the low-mount when I'm on the street or even doing some drilling and drier environments but having the opportunity to snap the high-mount into place if I plan on going through some deeper water, so that I can have that extra level of security.So if you're looking to pick up a snorkel because you plan on going through some deep water you just like the...or because you want a truly cold-air intake, I think that this is going to be a really nice option for you. I personally love the fact that this is modular, it gives you both the low-mount and the high-mount option, even though the installation is a little bit involved.So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Snorkel Kit fitting all 2007, and of JKs that you can find right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Manual Drain Valves Prevent Hydro-Locking
      • Comes with Pre-Filter Low Mount
      • Extends Air Intake by an Additional 21 Inches Above the Windshield
      • Rugged Construction
      • 5 Year Limited Warranty
      • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models


      Function. The Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Low/High Mount Snorkel Kit relocates the stock air intake location and features manual drain valves to prevent hydro-locking of the engine while underwater. It also reduces dust-clogged filters and draws in cool air into the hot engine compartment. The Jeep Wrangler Snorkel Kit comes with Pre-filter Low Mount that relocates the air intake to just below the windshield. The optional Ram High Mount lets you extend the air intake by an addition 21 inches above the windshield.

      Flexibility. It gives you the flexibility to fold the windshield and remove the doors as and when you need. This Jeep accessory can be used with dual battery tray and windshield light bar and windshield light mounting tabs to let you safely cross the river. You can interchange between the Pre-filter Low Mount and Ram High Mount to suit your situation.

      Construction. The contents of the Rugged Ridge Jeep Modular XHD Snorkel Kit is made from premium thermoformed plastic, mandrel bent aluminum and hi-temp silicone connection hoses to deliver top performance.

      Installation. You can easily set up this Jeep accessory with minor alteration to the fender of your vehicle. It comes with a lower air cleaner box that can install in place of the factory unit. You can choose between a high-mount ram design or the standard low-mount intake.

      Application. This Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Low/High Mount Snorkel Kit is designed for use on the 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models.

      Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

      MPN# 17756.20

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (10)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.6 out of 5 overall rating from 10 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      • June 08, 2019

        5 2010 Wrangler - Anonymous

        Great purchase

        This mod has helped out the Jeep so much. As the Jeep community will understand Jeeps don’t get very good gas mileage. With this mod and a cold air intake I was able to raise my mpg by 7 miles. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

        Helpful (3)
      • October 04, 2017

        5 2007 Wrangler - Micheal Installation Time: Afternoon


        Due to hurricane Irma cause flooding in my area, when I got my kit it took me about two hours to three but it work amazing when I had to go pull my brother Bronco out of the flood area of the river.I tested that snorkel in 6 to 7ft of water from the river.

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      • July 27, 2017

        5 2008 Rubicon - JeremiahG Installation Time: Full Day

        Great buy, easy install.

        Looks really aggressive, functions properly. Surprisingly easy install with XRC armor fenders. Pair it with a KN filter and your golden.

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      • July 12, 2016

        5 2009 Wrangler - Goliath Installation Time: Afternoon

        Solid instructions

        Was a little intimidated with this purchase at 1st but the instructions break it down and make it super easy to follow. Took maybe 4 hours because of some extra stuff I needed to do (aftermarket fenders and light bar needed to be removed).

        Helpful (11)
      • June 12, 2015

        4 2007 - Stephen95 Installation Time: Afternoon

        Good product.

        I'm really liking this product. Only had one problem when one of the metal insert started spinning in the plastic.

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      • March 11, 2013

        5 2011 - Mmklepack Installation Time: Afternoon

        Great Product

        Extreme Terrain, thank you for offering the Rugged Ridge XHD Snorkel. My brother and I installed the snorkel in each of our JKU's and the instruction's made it straight forward. The order for both kits was a snap and delivered in 2days! I recommend this to anyone that is looking for a nice snorkel that will exceed the other brands with performance and price.

        Helpful (12)
      • February 19, 2013

        5 2010 - Milo Installation Time: Afternoon

        Snorkeled wrangler Sahara jk

        The steps for installment were precise and excellent it took about 5 hours. With breaks in between the cutting was nerve racking but follow the template provided. Make sure you tape the edges well an don't hurry through the cut or else it'll chip the paint. After everything is complete you'll be 100% satisfied.

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      • January 23, 2013

        4 2008 - ZAKenworthy Installation Time: Afternoon

        I look awesome

        The snorkel really does work really well, and I now ride with style. It does hurt mileage a little but not to big a deal. The snorkel was a tight fit and kind of hard to put on but I did it! Everyone turns heads when they see me with it and get jealous when i ride through water

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      • January 22, 2013

        4 2007 - akalarry Installation Time: Afternoon

        Good product..bad manufacturer customer service

        The snorkel is great and is a good only problem was the air box. You reuse the OEM clips on the air box and they didn't fit well into the new airbox and I ended up breaking one of the clip posts. I've immediately called omix-ada and sent pics of the issue...was promised a new has been 4 months, 5 calls and another promise later and I still have the broken piece... But all in all the concept is great.

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      • January 17, 2013

        4 2007 - Hodge Installation Time: Afternoon

        Rugged ridge snorkel

        Very nice looking the bottom if the air box could use some other attachment for a better hold. Overall it's the best snorkel I've seen.

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      Questions & Answers (12 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Will this fit with the Barricade roof rack installed?

      • The Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Snorkel Kit (07-11 Wrangler JK w/ 3.8L) should fit with the Barricade roof rack installed.

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      Is there a way to place a spotlight on the base of the snorkel?

      • We do not offer a mount to place a light at the base of the snorkel.

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      If I install this as the high mount, can I later change to a low mount or visa versa?

      • This is a modular setup, and can be altered for preferred use.

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      Does this particular kit come with the high mount, low mount, or both?

      • The Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Low/High Mount Snorkel Kit will include both.

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      Will this fit an aftermarket intake? Like the injen or afe intake?

      • There may be some fitment issues with attaching the snorkel to an aftermarket intake and we have not yet test fit these combinations.

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      7 More Questions
      What is the distance between very top of the snorkel and the windshield? 1 answer
      Is this a "high flow" air intake? Can this be pared to the Injen air intake system without reducing the air volume? 1 answer
      Will the main intake or combination of intake and snorkel fit with a Kargo Master Safari Rack installed? I appears that the front window support bar design may get in the way? 1 answer
      Will I be able to fit a light bar and windshield frame mounted sport lights? 1 answer
      Does this snorkel require relocation of the factory air intake? 1 answer
      Will this snorkel fit with the Smittybilt limb risers? 1 answer
      Will this snorkel work with XRC armor fenders? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Main Snorkle Body
      • (1) Rugged Ridge Logo Plate
      • (1) Aluminum Air Tube
      • (1) Lower Air Filter Housing
      • (1) Silicone Elbow
      • (1) Silicone Coupling
      • (5) 3" Hose Clamps
      • (1) Clear Drain Hose
      • (1) Drain Valve
      • (3) 3/8" Hose Clamps
      • (1) Gasket
      • (1) Low Mount Air Intake
      • (1) Cowl Re-Mount Braket
      • (2) Plastic Spacers
      • (1) Cowl Mount Z Bracket
      • (1) Cowl Mount Nut Plate
      • (1) High Intake
      • (1) Ram Intake
      • (1) Foam Gasket
      • (1) Hardware

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