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TPV lowers air-duct costs in ATV

Polaris Industries Inc.'s Predator All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) features for the first time an air-induction tube typically used in automobile air ducts. Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizate gives the AT...

January 1, 2004   Canadian Plastics



Polaris Industries Inc.’s Predator All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) features for the first time an air-induction tube typically used in automobile air ducts. Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizate gives the ATV air-induction tube its flexibility while polypropylene provides for the part’s rigidity. Santoprene’s elasticity is critical to fitting the ends of the tube onto the air box in the Predator’s high-performance, liquid-cooled 500 cc engine.

According to the Air Filtration Products Group (Stoughton, WI) of Fleetguard Inc., system supplier of the air induction system, the molded tube consolidates up to five parts into one, cohesive system. The tube is formed using a 3D suction blow molding process — the only one of its kind in North America, according to the supplier.

Advanced Elastomer Systems, L.P. 330-849-5000


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