BRP SNORKEL & RADIATOR RELOCATOR KITS
The sport of ATV mud-bogging has fostered enormous ingenuity in design. Some of the tricks that allow ATVs to go deep and live are frankly amazing in quality and quantity, while others are a little frightening or, at least, crude and ugly. Some of the homemade snorkel systems certainly fall under that second category. Some look really cool, like bundle-of-snakes headers in reverse, but others look like an explosion in the plumbing aisle. Recently, we tested a Can-Am Outlander 800 with the $359.99 factory BRP accessory snorkel kit (part number 715001730) installed. The snorkel kit fits the 2012 Outlander 800R or 1000 engine and all 2013 and 2014 Outlander and Outlander Max models, except those with the 400 engine. The kit is unique and a bit more than aftermarket kits since it includes a molded, extended air intake and a new, extended CVT inlet and outlet exhaust integrated into the upper-gauge pod cover. The installation is so seamless that the high-rise intake looks completely stock. In fact, it doesn’t even look like an air intake, since the opening is covered with a screened panel that will stop any big chunks and even splashed water from entering the intake opening. Naturally, some owners are going for the in-your-face look of tubular PVC intakes, and the look may be too subtle for those folks, but it is a very nicely designed and executed part that fits in well with the classy, well-appointed look of the Outlander.
The air intake isn’t the only reason the kit is expensive. It also features molded, fitted air intake and exhaust tubes and a new airbox, in addition to the required hardware. BRP offers another intake kit for the 2010–2011 Outlander with 650 or 800R engine, the 2012 Outlander with the 650 engine, and the 2010–2012 Outlander Max (part number 715001136) that runs for $259.99. That kit also includes the airbox and molded tubes, but it integrates with the standard intake pod. There is no extended intake. Installing any intake kit on a fuel-injected V-twin is no kiddie project. Can-Am recommends that it be trusted to a dealer since you will need to do a lot of mechanical work, and disconnect or at least rearrange the wiring harness and electrical connectors. Owners report between 4 to 10 hours of labor for the installation. The 10-hour figure is for those leaning toward OCD.
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Although the products are not sold together, Can-Am expects that most of the snorkel-kit buyers will be interested in the $359.99 factory BRP accessory radiator relocator kit (part number 715001666). The kit relocates the radiator on top of the front rack area to prevent it from becoming plugged with mud and the accompanying loss of cooling that comes from blocked radiator fins. Again, they recommend having a dealer perform the work, and we can tell you the directions go on for many pages. Owners report four or more hours for the install. You reuse the stock radiator, but the kit includes the radiator support system, all the hardware, new fitted hoses and a protective cover. It even comes with wiring extensions that use the correct, sealed plugs that work with the stock wiring harness. The kit is engineered for an easy cooling system bleeding and maintenance. The kit only comes in black, but it integrates very nicely into the lines of the Can-Am, and it looks like it was factory installed. The kit fits the 2012 Outlander with the 800R or 1000 engine and the 2013–2014 Outlander and Outlander Max, with the exception of the 400.
Can-Am offers a less expensive ($249.99) radiator relocate kit (part number 715001178) for the 2010–2011 Outlander with the 650 or 800R engine, the 2012 Outlander 650 and the 2010–2012 Outlander Max. It has a slightly different cover but is otherwise the same kit.
We felt very secure playing submarine captain with the Outlander 800 equipped with the two related kits. You don’t even notice the radiator kit. You do lose the center of the front rack for cargo, although there is limited space at the sides to carry some cargo. Otherwise, we don’t see any drawbacks to the radiator mount. The air intake is similarly clean in appearance. You do hear more intake and CVT sound with the intakes right in your face, but that was just a trait we noticed and not any real bother. If you ride where it is wet, the trade-off of water-crossing security is totally worth the added sound. Can-Am sells lower-end models with budget wheels, but we rarely see those. Can-Am owners go for the well-appointed models. Given that they obviously like the well-finished, high-end look, it makes sense that many would prefer these kits and the professional level of fit and finish. See you dealer or www.brp.com.
Both the relocated radiator and the snorkel kit look like they were installed at the factory. There is limited cargo capacity at the sides of the front rack.
With the grill in place, the snorkel intake almost looks like a speaker for the on-board sound system. The fine mesh keeps junk out of the intake.
With the intake grate removed, you can see how nicely Can-Am has packaged everything inside the single snorkel.
We didn’t get in any real swamps, but we did get in enough water to be glad for the snorkel and relocated radiator.
The front of the machine looks completely burly with the radiator and snorkel mounted there.
When you are just sitting on the machine, you hear intake and engine sounds from the snorkel, but as soon as you hit the trail, you forget about it.