Give your Wrangler JK Serious On and Off-Road Performance with a K&N Snorkel Air Intake System

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Jeep Wrangler with K&N Snorkel air intake

The K&N 63-1573 Jeep Wrangler snorkel air intake is designed to fit below most popular LED bars

K&N has been involved in off-road racing since its inception in 1969. Those first dirt resistant air filters have evolved into the high horsepower K&N performance filters and air intake systems that are currently being used from the Baja 1000 to NASCAR. After decades of racing experience, K&N has finally applied the same intake technology to its brand new K&N 63-1573 AirCharger snorkel intake. This ruggedized all-terrain air intake system was engineered exclusively for the 3.6L Pentastar equipped Jeep Wrangler JK, and it can do a whole lot more than just increase your horsepower.

K&N Snorkel air intake for Jeep Wrangler

The K&N Jeep Wrangler snorkel intake system is made from rugged roto-molded polyethylene to resist damage out on the trail.

The Jeep Wrangler is designed for interesting people. They don't sip fancy lattés and go to poetry readings. They pull the top off and go to the beach. They drive across deserts, up mountains, and through streams. Life is too short for 'boring', and this rugged SUV helps its owners to enjoy every second. For the 2012 model year, the Wrangler JK got a much needed power increase thanks to the new 3.6L Pentastar V6. This state-of-the-art powerplant bumped the horsepower to 285-hp, and the wheel-turning torque now sat at 260 lb-ft. Both on and off road performance improved dramatically, but adding a K&N 63-1573 AirCharger intake system can get you an estimated increase of 6.58-hp, and 9.38 lb-ft of torque. You also get the ability to go farther than you've ever been, because your air inlet is relocated to the top of the windshield. The K&N AirCharger snorkel is a revolutionary idea in off-roading, and it provides all of the performance benefits that you've come to expect from K&N.

K&N Jeep Wrangler snorkel air intake with fender removed

The K&N Jeep Wrangler snorkel air intake tube sits behind the fender for maximum protection. At the lowest point of the snorkel, there is an automatic drain valve that allows any dirt and water that may get in the system to escape.

The foundation of the K&N 63-1573 is the intake tube and sealed air box. Both are significantly larger and less restrictive than the factory units, which allows a high volume of cold air to reach the engine. The air box is sealed to prevent warm engine air from entering the system. It feeds air to the engine through the factory air inlet and the roto-molded snorkel. Under normal driving conditions, both air channels can be used for maximum performance. However, if the going starts to get rough, a plug is provided to seal off the lower inlet and further protect the engine from dirt, water, and debris. Now let's talk about the snorkel.

K&N Jeep Wrangler snorkel air intake with transparent fender

Thanks to the modular design of the system, you can remove the snorkel if desired and since there is no external cutting required, you would never tell it was installed in the first place.

Made of roto-molded high density polyethylene, the K&N 63-1573 AirCharger snorkel is designed to take the serious abuse that your rig endures out on the trail or while you're rock crawling. Unlike many Jeep Wrangler snorkel intakes, the main portion of the K&N snorkel tube is hidden behind the right front fender. This protects it from damage, and ensures that the engine can get a steady supply of air in difficult conditions. The snorkel itself was designed to be a little shorter, which allows it to fit beneath most LED light bars. It also has integrated accommodations for common A-pillar light bar/accessory bolt heads. As you drive down the road, air rushes into the snorkel, causing it to function like the 'ram air intake. The highly pressurized cold air then rushes down to the oversized K&N air filter, where it's cleaned and sent on to the engine. A unique feature integrated into the snorkel is an automatic drain valve at the bottom of the snorkel that will release any dirt and water that may make its way into system.

Jeep Wrangler with snorkel air intake installed

K&N 63-1573 Jeep Wrangler snorkel air intake matches the OEM look both with the underhood components and snorkel.

The heart of every K&N performance air intake system is that famous red air filter that lives inside of the air box. It's made from multiple layers of a specially woven cotton gauze material, then treated with a proprietary blend of red colored oil. As dirt enters the filter, it becomes trapped inside a web of sticky cotton fibers. That oil then soaks into the dirt to both hold it in place and turn it into a sticky filtration element. Thanks to its high-flow depth loading design, the oversized conical K&N air filter can go up to 100,000 miles before it needs to be cleaned. However, if your off-road playtime gets a bit dirty, we recommend checking the filter more often.

One note about installation: because of its inboard design, the right front fender will need to be removed in order to install the snorkel. Also, thanks to its modular design, the K&N 63-1573 AirCharger snorkel intake can be used without the snorkel. And since no exterior cutting is required, should you decide to remove the snorkel, you will never tell that it was ever installed. If you would like extra protection for your filter, K&N offers a DryCharger filter wrap.

Built by the industry leader in automotive filtration, the K&N 63-1573 AirCharger snorkel intake is engineered to take your Jeep and its performance, farther than it’s ever been.

Features & benefits of the K&N 63-1573 AirCharger snorkel intake system:

  • Developed exclusively for the 2012-2016 Jeep Wrangler JK
  • Guaranteed to increase horsepower and torque
  • Provides quicker throttle response
  • Additional cold air volume allows the 3.6L Pentastar V6 to make more horsepower and torque at lower RPMs
  • Dual air channels for maximum on-road performance
  • Integrated drain to automatically remove dirt and water from the system
  • Snorkel height won't interfere with most LED light bars or overhead accessories
  • Snorkel and intake are made from rugged high density polyethylene
  • Reusable K&N performance air filter won't need to be cleaned for up to 100,000 miles (depending on road/trail conditions)
  • Can be used with or without the snorkel
  • Replaces the stock intake system and can be installed without making any exterior modifications
  • Backed by the K&N 10-Year/Million Mile Limited Warranty

K&N 63-1573 AirCharger Snorkel Intake will fit the following Jeep Wrangler models:
2016 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6
2015 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6
2014 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6
2013 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6
2012 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6


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K&N Engineering in Riverside California is the world's leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. K&N invented the reusable high flow cotton air filter in 1969 and has been perfecting the technology ever since. K&N is a world class filtration company selling air filters, oil filters, and intakes in over 50 countries. K&N sells over 5,000 products designed for cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, and industrial applications. From their Million Mile Warranty to their Consumer Protection Pledge, K&N stands behind their products and their consumers 100%. The distinctive K&N logo represents performance from one of the original performance companies. For more information, visit