ATV snorkel kits have become one of the most popular ATV accessories over the last couple of years. Several manufacturers now offer kits, with more entering the market. If you plan on riding your ATV in mud or deep water - you'll be needing some of these ATV aftermarket parts.
This Guide will cover the most popular kits and where to get the best deals. We'll tell you what to look for and why, along with some more tips about how to have some fun with muddy 4 wheelers.
Check out this article about ATV Snorkels for some background info.
The main purpose of ATV snorkels is to allow you to ride in deeper water or mud than you probably should or that the manufacturer of your four wheeler intended. The idea is to extend breathers, air inlets, and exhaust above the water level you're operating in.
The critical thing to remember is that no matter how you do this, the whole snorkel system must be water proof! Even tiny leaks can be catastrophic with major engine or driveline damage.
If you decide to go the do-it-yourself route - be sure to use plenty of sealant around all the joints and fittings. That's the best tip I can give you. Everything else is pretty obvious - just follow the instructions and use the right tools.
Note: Most kits don't include a snorkel for the exhaust - but the manufacturers do have them available separately.
This list includes those builders that distribute to retail outlets and/or offer online sales. We know there are several local shops doing snorkel kits - and if you have a good one near you - that's great. They may have as good or even better product than those listed. But we thought it best to include established companies with widely available products for this list.
Bayou Snorkels - Offers kits to fit a wide variety of ATV models including: Arctic Cat, Can Am, Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki, and Yamaha. They also have Polaris snorkel kits for the RZR and RZR-S. Yamaha Snorkel kits for the Rhino are available too.
These guys have been in business a while - plus they're in Louisiana (swamp capitol of the South!).
Triangle ATV - Started with kits for Honda but has expanded their product line to several other makes. These guys seem to be the most innovative with new "Stealth" kits that exit in the headlight or upper pod under the handlebars. That would be a good solution for those that just want some extra protection without having to do radical surgery on the front end plastic.
Now the Speaker Box Snorkel Kit is the latest innovation. It comes as a pod that mounts on the front rack and houses both speakers and built-in snorkel extensions.
You might want to ask if those speakers are waterproof first! I have to admit this combination would never have occurred to me.
Triangle is in Beaumont, TX. and offers full installation of their systems.
Submarine Snorkels - Widely available through retail and online outlets. They have kits for several models from all the major manufacturers. Even a Suzuki snorkel for the Vinson! The Submarine kits look to be well engineered and of good quality materials. They even claim a power increase due to better air flow.
Steel crash plates are included to prevent damage in case of rollovers. You also get a choice of flexible or rigid extension stacks depending on your needs. Submarine says their kits have been pre-assembled for a precision fit. They do recommend professional installation.
Performance ATV Snorkels - Recently came out with their version of a snorkel kit using marine exhaust hose for the tubing. Extension stacks are black pvc. They only had kits listed for the Yamaha Grizzly at this time.
Gorilla Axle Snorkels - This company is well know in the ATV mudding world for their radical high lift projects and heavy duty axles. Now they have jumped in the deep end of the bog with their own line of ATV snorkel kits. Model coverage is a little thin right now, but they do have something for most of the top manufacturers other than Suzuki.
Extreme Snorkels - A newer company that started with Honda kits and has now expanded with Kawasaki Brute Force and Polaris RZR snorkels.
For those of you that don't want to cut holes in your fenders but still want maximum snorkel height - they offer this external kit for the Honda Rancher.
When you're ready to buy a kit, check out the link below for the best deals currently available. It's set up to update contantly, so the listings stay up to date.
You probably guessed that there might be a down side to this snorkel thing. And you would be right. Just to be sure we're giving you both sides of this story - we've included some excerpts from the disclaimers posted on manufacturer's web sites.
"No ATV snorkel kit will make an ATV waterproof!"
"Keep in mind that a snorkel system that is incorrectly installed can cause damage to your ATV and there is a NO RETURN POLICY on snorkel systems."
"ATV Snorkel kits should only be used as an added protection against water. Snorkel kits DO NOT allow your atv to operate under water!!"
"Riding in deep water can be dangerous, possibly leading to serious injury or death."
"Even a properly installed snorkel kit may leak under certain conditions potentially causing catastrophic engine failure."
If you've been thinking about getting more serious about deep water and mud riding then you already know it takes dedication and money to do it right. First on the list should be ATV Snorkel kits. There just isn't another option.
And you'll need special ATV tires for just mud riding. A lift kit to clear those mud tires, maybe a gearing change, and maybe heavy duty axles. Major commitment! Major dollars!
There is no doubt that ATV mudding is exploding in popularity with thousands of people participating at events around the country. If you're prepared to do it right it's a ton of fun. But try to half-ass it and it can quickly turn into a muddy nightmare.
Casual riders that just want some added protection for those deeper than expected water crossings can probably do fine with one of the less radical kits that fit in a headlight housing or front pod.