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Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Low/High Mount Snorkel Kit (12-18 3.6L Wrangler JK)

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Features, Video & Details

  • 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 2012-2018 3.6L Jeep Wrangler JK

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install 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

Function. The Rugged Ridge 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 XHD Snorkel Kit are 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. The Rugged Ridge XHD Low/High Mount Snorkel Kit is designed for use on the 2012-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models equipped with the 3.6L engine.

Fitment: 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Main Snorkel Body
  • (1) Logo Plate
  • (1) Aluminum Air Tube
  • (1) Lower Air Filter Housing
  • (1) 3" Silicone 90° Elbow
  • (1) 3" Silicone 45° Elbow
  • (5) 3" Hose Clamps
  • (12") Clear Drain Hose
  • (1) Drain Valve
  • (3) 3/8" Hose Clamps
  • (4) Air Box Sealing Clamps
  • (24") Fender & Intake "U" Gasket
  • (1) Low Mount Air Intake
  • (1) High Mount Air Intake
  • (1) Ram Air Intake Top
  • (1) Cowl Re-mount Bracket
  • (2) Plastic Spacer
  • (1) Cowl Mount Z Bracket
  • (1) Cowl Mount Nut Plate
  • Hardware
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • JK - 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Unlimited - 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • JK Rubicon - 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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Does not fit well with aftermarket flares

Snorkel works well and great look but if you have aftermarket fender flares you're going to run into some problems. The instructions were pretty informative but the template for cutting the fender did ...

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Best Snorkel Out There

Hands down the cleanest setup you can get. My Jeep has a fender delete kit so I didn't want a snorkel that ran up the side of the fender as it would look bulky. I also didn't want to cut into the side ...

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Will this fit with Rugged Ridge Hurricane Flat Fenders?


  • Hello, yes, you will be able to use this Snorkel with the Hurricane Flat Fender Flares.


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Will this product fit with the barricade roof rack, which I currently have installed, and with the Genesis dual battery tray? Thanks.


  • Hello, you should be able to install the Rugged Ridge XHD Snorkel (12-17 Wrangler JK w/ 3.6L) without interfering with the Barricade Roof Rack and the Dual Battery Tray.


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i have bushwhacker fender flares and spyder wheel wells installed, will this kit still fit? I'm trying to get a cold air intake but because of the open fender flares I think this may be a better option to reduce the possibility of water intake?


  • Yes, the Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Low/High Mount Snorkel Kit should still work with your set up. It installs next to the windshield cowl, so it should not be effect by your fender flare type. A cold air intake will not allow use of the Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Low/High Mount Snorkel Kit.


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I have a 2014 Wrangler Unlimited with the Smittybilt XRC fender flares (76837) installed. Will the Modular XHD low/high mount snorkel kit be able to be installed? The cutting is the on actual Jeep metal fender, not the plastic fender? Yes, I went through the pdf installation a number of times, but want to make sure I am not missing something.


  • The Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Snorkel Kit will be compatible with the Smittybilt XRC Fender Flares, as all cutting performed to install the snorkel will be done on the metal fender.

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Will this work with a Ripp cold air intake?


  • The Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Low/High Mount Snorkel Kit is designed to work with the stock air box only.


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Will I be able to change my fenders to flats after this is installed


  • Yes, the Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Snorkel does not effect mounting fenders.


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Overall Rating 4.4

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Installation Time:Full Day

  • Performance Gain 3.928571 3.9
  • Fit 3.642857 3.6
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.214286 4.2

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    February 19, 2015

    Does not fit well with aftermarket flares

    Snorkel works well and great look but if you have aftermarket fender flares you're going to run into some problems. The instructions were pretty informative but the template for cutting the fender did not match up. I had to re cut a piece out if it because it did not match up the first time. If you have a 3.6 your air intake hose brackets will no longer match up after installation. Overall, I like this product... It works well and looks awesome but if you have any other modifications around the area where the snorkel will be installed you will most likely run into some space issues.


    Year: 2012Binghamton, NY

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    October 08, 2017

    Snorkel power

    To easy to install, and very TUFF LOOKING! I always get compliments on it.


    Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    October 09, 2016

    Best Snorkel Out There

    Hands down the cleanest setup you can get. My Jeep has a fender delete kit so I didn't want a snorkel that ran up the side of the fender as it would look bulky. I also didn't want to cut into the side of the hood. Install took the afternoon and plenty of patience. Little on the pricey side but we'll worth the unique look. Satisfied with the product overall.


    Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    June 23, 2015

    Not your ordinary D.I.Y.

    I can start by saying that the product looks great and really adds style to my JK Wrangler. But be advised this is a major job and it is a 2 person job. My advice to you is read through the directions and the read them again. You will have your jeep looking all torn up during the install but putting back together is pretty straight forward. My suggestion and what I used was a jig saw for the cut in the finder with a brand new steel cutting blade, Go easy on the silicon let it sit and dry before moving on. If I could make a suggestion to Rugged Ridge is make 1 long hose from the 90 out of the bottom of the new filter house all the way to the 45 into the hard plastic snorkel portion and have a piece of light gauge pipe with a seem cut in it to place by the catalytic converter. When your done getting it installed you will feel proud of a job well done.


    Year: 2014Kenefick, TX, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    August 30, 2016

    Ram air

    The snorkel looks cool. Don't know about gas mileage yet. The little skit the guy did on horse power, it's called ram air . I believe the jeep should be driven.All the parts were there. Didn't care for the gap between the air box and windshield. It can be remedied by putting a rubber hose there. It does look good.


    Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    July 15, 2016

    Rugged Ridge XHD Snorkel for 2015 jeep wrangler

    looks good, installing needs weekend because off cutting.


    Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon Unlimited

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 26, 2015

    Absolutely worth every penny

    Awesome snorkel, great look. I love that you didn't have to chop into the hood to install. Looks better than most other snorkels on the market and I got a few more horsepower and my jeeps even been getting over 1 mpg extra on the highway. Install is a pain! Took about 6 hours to install but I'm terrible at this stuff! All in all, I would absolutely buy another one! I get a ton of compliments on it!


    Year: 2015Connecticut

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    May 15, 2015

    Good value not so easy to install

    The snorkel is amazing it look clean . But for the look you have to remove your quarter panel rock rails door fender. Once you get it all off it takes no time to install. It is worth it, just know you will be spending time taking the jeep apart


    Year: 2013Texas

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 13, 2017

    Love the location

    The only thing is there's so many sections you could get leaks with all the connections


    Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 12, 2017

    Great buy Even better customer-service

    Really cool snorkel. I'm am in no way a car Mechanic but I was able to install this myself. Getting better miles to the gallon and it just looks cool.


    Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 1/5

    September 06, 2017

    poor quality

    It has broken the plastic and not even it is used in the mud only has received water of rain and sun The plastic is of poor quality


    Year: 2010Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    July 20, 2017

    XHD Snorkel

    This product works flawlessly. However the install is one I would not recommend doing in a driveway. I cut my fender and still cannot get the fender to line up properly, but it is hardly noticeable. Overall good product looks good and fuctions well.


    Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Weekend

    April 05, 2017

    Great fit

    Looks clean and fits great. I just pulled the jeep apart and did the work intermittently throughout a weekend. Can be done for most in about 6 hours. I used a dremmel tool for the cutting and that worked great.


    Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Full Day

    March 05, 2017

    Well pleased

    Nice snorkel gained 2 more miles to gallon wasn't expecting had to modify in fender some. Worst thing is the template they could make it right I'm sure they have made enough money off of them to fix it other than that good experience


    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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