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March 12, 2007 – Snowmobile Report

Starting Line Products Expands Its Idaho Facility
While many snowmobile-related businesses have been struggling under mild-winter pressure, there’s at least one company that’s expanding: Starting Line Products in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
The company, which manufactures performance parts, is building a new, 7,600-square-feet research and development building on its current acreage. SLP’s Jerry Mathews said they hope to have it operational in March or April. “It will be nice to have more space and more capability in our R&D,”?he said.
The new building will house two dyno cells — and maybe more — that will double the company’s capacity as far as dyno testing. It also will have additional office space on a second floor.
When the R&D operations move, it will open up space in the main building for more production, Mathews said.
Service Bulletins For Polaris Dragon, Four-Strokes
Polaris has issued service bulletins for potential problems pertaining to its Dragon and four-stroke models.
Service bulletins address issues that can be problematic, and that dealers will fix at no charge. It is not, however, a recall.
The Dragon bulletin has to do with the fuel vapor separator. One of the pickup lines in the fuel pump has shown a tendency to bring air back into the fuel, which ends up aerating the feedline to the fuel rail. Symptoms of this problem include hesitation or a cough at midrange.
The four-stroke and four-stroke turbos have a different issue:? an Inline Coolant Restrictor Inspection bulletin. In this case, some machines were built with a restrictor in the wrong location. This could allow coolant to migrate into the four-way manifold and cause damage to the impeller or impeller shaft. The result of this is possible engine failure.
New Snowmobile Jump Record Is Set
A new snowmobile jump record was set at a demonstration in Shakopee, Minn., when freestyle racer Paul Thacker jumped 245 feet.
The event took place in near blizzard-like conditions on Feb. 24. Thacker’s goal was 300 feet, but a diagonal wind hampered the attempt.
His first jump was 200 feet, and after moving the launch ramp back a few times, Thacker was able to fly past the record — held by himself — of 238 feet. Thacker was willing to make another attempt, but the event was called due to the weather. Thacker rides a Polaris. psb

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