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Rugged Ridge XHD Snorkel (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 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 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models.

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

      MPN# 17756.21

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (24)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 24 customers

      Installation Time: Full Day

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      • July 19, 2019

        5 2013 Wrangler - Kimo Installation Time: Weekend

        A Challenge for Sure

        This product is great... The install was a bit harder than explained in the directions... but overall very happy with it. I think for the price it could have been a little better quality for the prefilter. You will not see a change in performance with the filter it comes with, also It will take in all dirt and debris into the filter box. When it rains it also sucks in the water, which kinda defeats the purpose of the snorkel system. So they installed a drain with the kit. It would be easier if they sold you a better prefilter with this system. Overall..... very happy with this product, you will not be disappointed with it. Just change the filter out and you will see a big difference in performance.

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      • March 16, 2019

        5 2013 Wrangler - RyanS Installation Time: Afternoon

        Looks rly nice

        I got it mostly for the look but it looks sharp. It's not perfectly straight like in the pic. It's about a couple centimeters crooked

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      • February 26, 2019

        5 2014 Wrangler - JustinM Installation Time: Afternoon


        I went with this snorkel over others for two main reasons. One being not having to cut my hood but the main reason is I have a barricade roof rack and this is one of the only snorkels that will work with it. The install was not to difficult but fairly time consuming. The quality is very good. I went with the high mount and also grabbed the pre filter as well.

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      • December 16, 2018

        3 2015 Wrangler - Kyle Installation Time: Full Day

        Would not purchase again

        The snorkle tubing was too bulky to fit under my RC front fender liners so the bottom of the liner has a gap. If gunk gets inside the snorkle reservoir you have to take off the whole fender to clean it. Not to mention the shop said installation was a huge pain. Also I would recomend ordering a pre-filter instead of using the factory scoop.

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      • November 21, 2018

        5 2016 Rubicon - KevinP Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: $100-$250

        Rugged Ridge Snorkel

        Good stuff highly recommended. Now it's ready for a TX FLOOD Lol.

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      • October 11, 2018

        4 2016 Wrangler - RobertA Installation Time: Afternoon

        Not to bad

        I like the look of the snorkel and I also like the fact you can choose the high or low look. Everything went together great, instructions were straight forward. Cons- the tube that goes beside the exhaust should be a smaller pipe, the way it sits in there is very tight!! The new lower portion on the air filter box doesn’t sit right for the intake hose over to the throttle body. They should revise the box or add a new hose to the throttle body. All in all I am happy with the product.

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      • September 18, 2018

        5 2013 Wrangler - JesseK Installation Time: Afternoon


        It took a lot of skill but take your time and it's worth it love it.

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      • September 17, 2018

        4 2012 Wrangler - LloydK Installation Time: Shop Install

        Real Cool Look For A Wrangler

        This piece adds a great look to the jeep. It also provides a completely different method for getting air to the engine. A small glitch was with the bracket used between the external air tube and the windshield frame. It's about 0.15" longer than it should be, causing the wiper panel to be slightly closer to the hood on the passenger side. (I'll investigate this at a later time.) As an afterthought, I probably would have slotted the frame mounting holes a bit, to make up for that 0.15". I am however, very happy with the overall look.

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      • July 27, 2018

        5 2016 Wrangler - MichaelL Installation Time: Full Day

        No complaints

        Love the option to daily drive with the low mount and put on the high mount just for the trails. All parts are well built. Would definately reccomend this snorkel. I'm very picky on installs on my jeep so took 8hrs to install but came out great. Test fit your quarter panel before sealing all the parts in and clamping.

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      • December 16, 2017

        5 2015 Rubicon - LouisM Installation Time: Afternoon


        About a 2 hour job,of course I have over 40 years in the auto trade, and have been owning Jeeps since the 60s. Looks good. Had ,arb, Safar,air America,they have all been good,like this one because it's different.

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      Questions & Answers (32 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Does the high mount for this product fit with a 50" windshield light bar (not from rugged ridge/not a tub design)? it looks like there are some pictures of it working, but I cannot tell if snorkel is being bent forward by the front of the light bar. Also if the ram high mount works with the light bar, does the pre-filter high mount also work?

      • This should still work with the lightbar, you can kind of see in the second picture that this is angled to be able to accommodate the lights without them bending it. We have not tested it with the pre-filter, but I would generally think that you should be okay.

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      Hello, I have the Rugged Ridge Modular XHD Low/High Mount Snorkel Kit (12-18 3.6L Jeep Wrangler JK) installed in my '16 JK and am wanting to get some inner fender liners that fit. Issue I see is any metal inner fender liners are obstructed by the snorkel main boy in the fender well area. Can you please suggest an inner fender liner that will work with this snorkel that I would not need to cut? Is there one that is a perfect fit around the snorkel main body? Thank you for your time!

      • If you look at Customer Photos on this item you will see Maggie Pask metal liners but they are cut and all of them will need some mods to fit with the Snorkel kit.

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      What cold air intakes will work with this snorkel, if any?

      • You can use a high flow replacement filter with this snorkel, but you are not able to use a cold air intake.

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      Does this use an OEM air filter? I just purchased a KN air filter

      • Thank you for your question. Yes an OEM size filter can be reused with this kit. For reference you can find the install guide on the item page and here:

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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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      10 More Questions
      Will this product fit with the barricade roof rack, which I currently have installed, and with the Genesis dual battery tray? Thanks. 1 answer
      Hi really keen on this snorkel and have a Jk 2018. Are there any issues stopping it fitting to a right hand drive? Appreciate that will obstruct drivers view, but so do other snorkels and can take the high mount off when around town which is what I like about it. Other forums seem to say you can fit to right hand drive with minor adjustments but just wanted to check. 0 answer
      Can it work with Redrock cold air intake? 1 answer
      Would this fit on a 09 jk ? 1 answer
      Hello, has anyone installed this with a Garvin Adventure rack? It is difficult to tell whether or not the front hoop would interfere. Thanks 1 answer
      Would it be possible or I should say OK to leave the drain valve open for day to day driving and only close when on the trail? I am looking at a used Jeep with your kit installed. What should l look for? If someone drives without draining what kind of problems could this cause? Thanks 1 answer
      Will this work with a Barricade Roof Rack on my 2009 Jeep JK? 1 answer
      Do you know if its possible to fit one of these units on a 99 DJ? Thanks for your time, KP 1 answer
      When driving through deep water does the drain hole have a check valve to stop from filling the snorkel with water 1 answer
      Where can I get a new 90 degree air hose that is included with this kit for a 2011 3.8? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      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

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