one of the main complaints from renegade/outlander owners is the location of the engine air intake and cvt intake. they are inside the left front fender well and tend to get a fair amount of water/mud in them, regardless of how deep you are riding. i will be stealth snorkeling the cvt intake and exhaust, and blocking off the engine air intake and cutting a 2" or larger hole in the airbox lid, using frogskins or flow-rite intake screens. today, i did the cvt intake, using 2" abs plastic, available at most home improvement stores. i must stress this is a process of test fitting each piece, while making sure all of the previous pieces are still where you want them to be. do not glue anything until you are certain everything fits, where you want it. then mark the pieces, take it apart and make it permanent.
first step is to remove the seat and front plastics. then remove the outer cover of the box that contains the stock air inlets. it's inside the left front fender well and is held in by three pushpins. here's a picture showing why this mod is necessary. keep in mind, the deepest i've had this bike is around one foot (so far).
the engine intake is at the top, kinda rectangular. cvt intake at the bottom, almost round.
next, you must remove the back half of the box that surrounds the inlets. a couple more pushpins and an 8mm bolt are holding it in. i also removed the 10mm bolt securing the engine air intake to the frame to make it easier. this thing needs to be flexed a little to get it out, just be careful. it also helps to remove the cvt air inlet from the cvt housing (another 8mm bolt), loosen the hose clamp closest to the front of the bike.
here's what the inlet looks like, removed.
here's where i decided to trim mine.
and what it looked like, trimmed.
you'll need to attach a 2" rubber 90 degree elbow to the end that has been shortened, with the other end of the rubber 90 coming up into the pod area.
next is a 2" street 90 degree fitting that is facing the rear of the bike, angled slightly towards the center. in this picture, it's pointing towards the other side of the bike. you can see the line where i will be cutting away a little plastic to make some room. note that i am leaving approximately 3/8" before the angle, to retain strength.
now add a short section of 2" abs pipe (approx. 3") and a hard 90 degree fitting. notice the plastic has been cut away.
initially, i had the final fitting turned towards the outside. it fit, but i felt the airflow may be a little restricted once the plastic was put back on, so i turned it to face inside. note the intimidating shifter knob. :cheer:
here is the entire snorkel.
when attaching the rubber 90 to the modified stock air inlet, the hose clamp wanted to compress the plastic and slide off. i used three 1/8" rivets with 1/4" clinch.
all of the plastic to rubber connections had hose clamps and were sealed with silicone on the inside, including the rivet holes. the abs to abs connections were glued with abs cement and allowed to dry.
when re-installing the inner half of the plastic box that originally contained the air inlets, you will need to remove a small section of the plastic.
tomorrow, the cvt exhaust snorkel... :hello: