I yanked-out the snorkle and cut the flap (that sounds like some crazy bad back alley surgery!) yesterday afternoon.
Here's a pic of what the snorkle looks like:
And this is the inside with the airflow splitter:
Still wondering about possible using the snorkle and modding it to accept some flex tubing and a "funnel" of some sort to make it more ram air-ish; funnel mounted in grill opening by the PS whisker?