The ARB Safari Snorkel installs easily, it's well designed, and it's built with attention to detail. No doubt about that. The R&D department obviously made excellent strides to make sure that this is an improvement to the intake system - not just a fancy cool-looking thing to bolt onto the Jeep.
In addition to the snorkel body, the kit includes hose and hose clamps for connecting the snorkel to the air box. Yet, the box needs some work done to it - and the Safari snorkel includes all the equipment needed - a cover plate for patching the hole where the OEM "trumpet" came out the front of the box, and a new plate to go on the side of the box where the hose connects.
A photo of the modified air box is to the left. Click it for a larger photo.
Once upon a time, my friends and I compiled the reasons to have a snorkel on your Jeep. We came up with five.
Here's our quintet of reasons to have a snorkel:
- Cleaner air
- Cooler air
- More air
- Dry air
- It looks really cool
The part about cleaner air is exemplefied in the photo to the right. And since the intake is no longer inside the engine bay, you're definately getting cooler air than before. Perhaps this is a true cold air intake? I think the jury is still out on the idea of more air. I just don't know.
Dry air? You know, river crossings. You ain't sucking up water with one of these bad boys.
What about "it looks really cool?" Well, cool is in the eye of the beholder. So this one's up to you to decide. I think they look cool. There, I said it.
Snorkels look cool. Which must be why you'll catch some flack from macho punks in parking lots.
So, the ARB Safari snorkel is a high quality piece of equipment, and it does the job it's intended to fulfill. But it's value is up to the user to decide.
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Another thing to note: Crossing a body of water has more to do with the technique you use to get across than it does with the kind of equipment you have. A paced, controlled, and planned-out method of driving is far more important than a snorkel.
One technique is called the "bow wave." Check it out:
This driver is moving at a controlled, yet moderately aggressive pace that creates a wave in front of his vehicle. He has a pocket of air within the engine compartment thanks to the displacement of water. His speed is not too fast, and not too slow.
Equipment will never take the place of knowledge, experience, and decisive driving.