Off Road Snorkels

Any type of off road vehicle is prone to get wet sooner or later, especially if you're driving off road in muddy or wet terrain. If you do this on a regular basis however, you risk damaging your engine by hydro-locking it. In order to keep the water out of your engine, and ensure the safety and performance of your vehicle, you need an off road snorkel attached to your car, truck, or SUV. With an off road snorkel, you'll never have to worry about whether or not the water you're driving through is up to your air intake level. Without a snorkel, if the water level does reach your air intake, it can literally drown your engine. It is speculated that the first off road snorkels originated during World War II when Army Humvees had to travel long distances through water and the government needed a solution to the problem of having dozens of vehicles destroyed because the engines were hydro-locked. The following information reviews various types of off road snorkels, and describes the advantages of having an off road snorkel for your car, truck, or SUV.

How Off Road Snorkels Are Installed

The purpose of an off road snorkel is to bring the air intake level up above the roof of the vehicle, so that even if you are completely underwater, your air intake will still be able to pull air to the engine. For this to happen, the fender must be cut and the tubes of the snorkel are carefully fed through and then ran along the side of the windshield on the driver side. Most people have professional mechanics complete this process for them, however there are kits and installation guides on the Internet that allow you to do it yourself in fairly little time. If you do decide to do it yourself, you will need varying sizes of PVC and ABS pipes, a caulk gun, a drill, various sized drill bits, a chop saw, screws, and possibly spray paint that will match your vehicle. If you purchase a kit you won't need to buy these items, because they'll come included along with instructions.

Types of Off Road Snorkels

Since off road snorkels are really a customization for your vehicle, you can specify how you would like them to look and operate when dealing with the mechanic at the body shop. Most off road snorkels will be mounted along the edge of the car, truck, or SUV in such a way that does not appear to be an eyesore. The best way to do this is to request that the off road snorkel be placed parallel to the frame of the vehicle, or snugly fit against the fender. It is important to note that the pipes used to install the off road snorkel should fit against your air intake, and it absolutely must be airtight. If it is not airtight, then you run the risk of water infiltrating the snorkel, and drowning your engine during an off road ride. If you are unsure of your mechanic capabilities, it is highly recommended that you have this task done for you by a professional that has installed an off road snorkel before.

Cost of Off Road Snorkels
The cost of your off road snorkel will vary depending on the type of vehicle you have, whether you pay someone to install it or you install it yourself, where you buy your kit and installation guide, and whether or not you choose to purchase the materials yourself. The cheapest way to obtain an off road snorkel is to build it yourself with materials you purchased from a local home improvement or auto parts store. The second cheapest way to install an off road snorkel is to purchase a complete kit online that includes materials and instructions. If you want to minimize the safety and performance risks associated with off road snorkel installations, then you may want to consider contracting the assistance of professional body shop.

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