Snorkel System for JL Wrangler & Gladiator
Inspired by heavy duty industrial and military applications around the world, AEV’s Snorkel Kit for the JL Wrangler and Gladiator (2.0L, 3.6L and 2.2L CRD) is designed to improve engine performance by drawing in the cleanest, coolest air charge possible, even in the worst conditions. If you are serious about off-road adventure, the an AEV Snorkel is one of the most important modifications you can make.
AEV Snorkel systems are tested extensively, both in controlled environments and under real-world conditions, where strength and durability can be evaluated. Unlike virtually all other manufacturers in the aftermarket, AEV manufactures these Snorkel systems out of an OE quality, UV-stable cross-linked polyethylene which offers superior durability and performance and is tested to extreme hot/cold temperatures to ensure thermal stability. Lightweight yet extremely durable, the AEV Snorkel installs directly into the factory airbox with no additional under-hood modifications. A template for cutting the hood and an application-specific trim bezel is included for a finished, professional looking appearance.
The JL/Gladiator Snorkel was designed with two unique mounting configurations in mind. AEV recommends installing the Snorkel using the standard mounting bracket that is included with this kit. This mounting configuration will be the strongest and most durable option for off-road use. However, an optional A-Pillar Mount is also available for customers who wish to retain the ability to fold down the windshield on their Wrangler or Gladiator. Instead of mounting to the windshield frame, this bracket mounts to your Jeep’s A-Pillar, leaving the windshield free to move up an down.
The JL/Gladiator Snorkel is ordered based on your OE fender flare style – either the High Flare or the Low Flare option. If you are unsure of what fender flare you have, please see the images in our FAQ section below. All Snorkel kits include a standard Air Ram inlet. Customers who live or travel in severe environments (high dust, sand or silt) should consider adding the optional self-cleaning Sy-Klone Pre-Filter.
Please note: This Snorkel System is NOT compatible with 3.0L Diesel JL/Gladiator models or Mojave Gladiator (gas or diesel).
- Will this work on all the engine options?
It will work on 3.6L Pentastar, 2.0L Hurricane, and export diesel (2.2L CRD).
This will NOT work on the 3.0L Ecodiesel.
Additionally, this snorkel will not fit the Mojave Gladiator (gas or diesel).
- Why won't this fit 3.0L Ecodiesel models or the Mojave Gladiator?
In North America, 3.0L Ecodiesel models of both JL Wrangler and Gladiator have the air box on the opposite side of the vehicle.
The Mojave Gladiator uses a unique hood and cowl shape that is taller on the sides and doesn't properly fit the snorkel body or bezel. For this reason, the snorkel WILL NOT fit any Mojave Gladiator models.
- Can I still fold down the windshield on my Wrangler/Gladiator?
Yes! Since Jeep put in the work to make the JL/JT’s windshield easier to fold down than the previous generation, we put in the extra work to make sure you can retain that iconic feature even after installing a Snorkel. To do so, we offer an OPTIONAL A-pillar mounting bracket that allowing the windshield to be folded down independently from the Snorkel.
AEV recommends that customers who anticipate going off-road on tight trails, use the standard windshield mount due to a more robust design and more secure mounting method.
- Is the AEV Snorkel just for deep water crossings?
That’s the popular perception, but snorkels actually do much more. In dry or dusty areas like the Southwest, dust is actually a bigger hazard to your air intake than water or at the very least a more persistent issue. Dusty conditions can wreak havoc on your air filter, choking your engine and reducing performance. This is why we chose to design our Snorkel with an optional Pre-Filter in mind. Pre-Filter’s are commonly used on military and heavy equipment, and AEV’s Snorkel now offers you the same protection for your Jeep. They function much like a cyclonic vacuum cleaner, spinning the majority of dust and debris out of the air before it ever hits your air filter.
- I see I have to cut the hood to install this. How difficult is the installation?
It’s actually not that bad. Installation only requires common hand tools and we supply a template to help put your mind at ease when cutting your hood. Aside from that, there are no permanent modifications to your factory airbox. To finish off the install, a molded trim bezel is included to dress up the area where the Snorkel passes through the hood.
If you are still unsure whether it’s something you want to take on or not, we recommend contacting one of our Authorized AEV Dealers for a professional installation quote. If you need help locating a dealer, please use our Authorized AEV Dealer map or contact us at (248) 926-0256 for assistance.
- How do I know if I have the “high” fender flares on my Jeep?
In North America, Rubicon models came with a “high” fender flare option that allows for more tire clearance. Visually they look similar to the ones for on other models however, these fender flares sit about an inch higher and an inch wider than the standard fender flares found on Sport and Sahara models. Export models may vary depending on the country they were built for.
- Won’t rain and snow get into my engine when I drive down the road?
Not really. With either head unit (Pre-Filter or Air-Ram) there are features in the design to filter out most of the water. The shape of the Pre-Filter and the path that air must take to pass through it will eliminate virtually all of the water from the incoming air. The Air-Ram is designed so that incoming rain will hit the back wall of the Ram and then get channeled into carefully designed drains. This is a critical design feature and one that shouldn’t be ignored. Should a small amount of water ever make it through the snorkel, it will collect harmlessly in the bottom of the air box.
- Isn’t plastic going to be too weak for serious off-road use?
Nothing could be further from the truth. Cross-linked polyethylene is virtually indestructible. It’s what whitewater kayaks, bulldozer bushings, and cutting boards are all made out of.
- How do I know if I need the optional Pre-Filter?
If you routinely use the vehicle off-road in dusty conditions (and you’re not the trip leader), the Pre-Filter is a wise investment. Its cyclonic filtration removes most debris and dust, spinning the dirt out of the air much like a cyclonic vacuum cleaner. Pre-Filters are commonly used on heavy duty military and commercial applications worldwide. Our Pre-Filter assembly is manufactured by Sy-Klone International, and features a patented self-cleaning design. To learn more and to see the Pre-Filter in action, please click here.
- Will the AEV Snorkel work with aftermarket fender flares or steel fenders?
The AEV Snorkel was designed for the factory fenders and factory fender flares. Oversized, aftermarket fender flares that sit higher on the body may not fit or require modification to work, so we encourage customers to do their own independent research on what combinations will work prior to purchasing and attempting the installation.
- Where are AEV Snorkels manufactured?
All AEV Snorkels are proudly manufactured right here in Michigan!