I have seen the production version, it looks just as good as the one here. They are not body color by default, but would be easy to paint.That's a 3D printed prototype but yes it looks better plus no cutting but the Mopar one is less restrictive.
That's not the issue. The issue is a bow wave and managing it. Your Jeep would float (with doors on) if the water got above the fender, and then you'd be at risk of it capsizing. The problem is when a wave gets over the hood. It should be water tight enough not to allow your engine to ingest water and hydro-lock. I witnessed a Hummer H1 get hydrolocked in water my YJ with stock tires had just crossed. The wave went over the hood when he hit a hole and water was ingested into the standard intake, which is right at the base of the windshield on the passenger side.Anyone who tries to ford water to that height in these things is a fool. So many computers and electronics to fry.
That is almost right where it was on the Hummer H1 that I saw get hydro-locked. In the Hummer, it was actually a little higher and had a mushroom cap over it. The wave came right up on it, from over the hood. My little YJ had the air intake lower, but placed similarly behind the grill as it is in the JL. It turned out to be superior, in that case, as it stayed in the air pocket behind the bow wave created by the grille. There actually is a great deal of thought and experience in the stock air intake. It does what it is supposed to do and does it very well.I also like the fact that the RR CAI is back on the cowl away from the front of the hood where water can get in easier on a river crossing. Add to that the lack of snorkel intake along the hood when you are in snorkel mode and I'd say it's the winner. The Mopar CAI does look good though and the little door is a great addition.
https://www.quadratec.com/p/rugged-...ladiator-jt/hi-low-mount-snorkel-system-jl-jtIs the Rugged Ridge CAI actually available for purchase?
There's more area in the ducting for heat soak because the ducting is internal and go closely to the exhaust and cats.Peak power will remain the same, as it is limited by the ECU. You may have slight power gains elsewhere due to the reduction in heat soak though.
My response was to a question about the 2.0, and colder intake temperatures alone will result in little if any peak power gains (on the 2.0). Mishimoto has spend a lot of time developing a higher flowing intake & downpipe only to get no peak torque improvements. The ECU is limiting torque output to 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). The most you could hope for is that the peak torque is extended to later in the rev-range, which could result in a greater peak HP number. See Mishimoto's post here: https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/fo...-performance-intake.20107/page-11#post-861983There's more area in the ducting for heat soak because the ducting is internal and go closely to the exhaust and cats.
As for power gains, you'll feel like there are gains even if it reduces the power a bit... that's why people spend 400-500 on these.
Ships December 13, according to Quadratec.