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Old 04-19-2010, 05:39 AM
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Homemade snorkel setup

So I am looking at rigging up a snorkel. All of the aftermarket kits are 400+ dollars and just go to the side of the stock airbox. Thing is, the stock airbox already gets water in it. I want this thing hardpiped so no water or anything can get in, and the filter only gets air from the snorkel. i have all kinds of ideas in my head about how to make this work. I think I could run 4'' pipe from the stock tubing down, along the frame, up between my tool box and bed like a stack, then have some kind of tip over the cab facing forward. With this, I need ideas about where to put the filter in this, and what kind of filter. Is that too much piping for an intake? I dont mind losing a few HP, I just dont want to hurt anything. Another idea, run a 90 from the stock tubing to the firewall, another 90 thru the hood and put a little scoop tip on the end. Again, what filter and where to put it? My idea for a filter is to seal off the factory box and pipe the snorkel to under the filter, and use that. I think a 4'' pipe wouldnt look too good ran out of my fender and up the A pillar which probably means I'll have to buy the snorkel kit. Looking for any ideas or advice, besides staying out of the water.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:55 AM
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From what my Jeep friends tell me when it comes to adding a snorkel, it's not just the intake that will need to be waterproofed. Other parts of the engine such as the batteries, turbo(s), alternator, etc. Those were in regards to modified Jeeps but i would think they still hold true to our trucks.

What do you think?
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:03 AM
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umm... just wondering but what do you do with your truck that you need a snorkle?
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Why a snorkle, the airbox is already 4 ft up in the air, so if your going that deep the cab is gonna be leaking and everything is gonna be F'ed up quick. But id like to see it done.
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:47 AM
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just hope you never blow a turbo boot in the water romping on it
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While they have a point about other stuff getting f'd up I'm sure it can and has been done! You should look for some off road forums and maybe even jeep forums, when I had my jeep I was on jeepfourm.com all the time.. Serious wheels on there! I think you can buy alternators made for stuff like that.. If you Youtube jeep/truck water crossing you will see that it can be done. It sounds like you have some good ideas about the air snorkle, maybe check out S&B filters since they make tons of different sizes.
Now you also have to think about your axle vents and stuff like that or your going to have to change the fluid every time you go swimming ha.
I think if I were to attempt something like this (I want too) I would get an old jeep or old mechanical fired diesel to lessen the amount of systems that water will effect.

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Old 04-19-2010, 09:39 AM
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:21 PM
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Heres one of the snorkel kits Ford Super Duty F250/F350 Safari Snorkel, 7.3L Diesel

Now, I'll never drive around in water up over my tire for more than a second or 2. But when you hit a puddle with some speed water gets pushed and sometimes up to my windshield, and last time I was out pullin a buddy, I went thru a pretty deep puddle fast trying to keep momentum and my truck bogged down like I'm in a few gears too high, and when I got to the other side, I looked in the airbox and watched the water pour out and I luckily had another filter with me because the one I had fell apart in my hands. Scared the crap out of me worried about my turbo but the inside of the hose was dry and clean. I just want to be safe. I'm 17 I cant afford a play truck yet. I dont really go wheelin in my SD, I'm the tow truck
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I know its your money and your truck but $500+ is alot to spend plus cutting a hole in the fender just for every once in a while when you might go in deep water to pull somebody out. Same your money get a 6" lift and the air box will be alot higher then haha
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I see a SIPPY HOLE in your future, lol!!! If not I would tell your buddy to call someone else. If they are stupid enough to go out in stuff like that they deserve to get stuck. Diesels need a lot of air, a lot more than you think. Nothing will kill a diesel faster than dirty air, so your filter is key. Oh and K&N ain't going to cut it. I am sure this has been done but from what you describe I can't see why you would want to do this??
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