Custom Solenoids for Powersports and Utility Vehicles
Solenoids for motorcycles, snowmobiles and jet skis must be compact and durable; able to withstand moisture, high temperatures and vibration on a daily basis. For decades, TLX engineers have created components that thrive under these conditions. Whether submerged, covered in dirt or plunging through snow, our solenoids maintain superior, efficient performance. This reliability comes from the rigorous in-house and third-party testing that simulates years of use and abuse. To learn more about how TLX can help make your design a reality, please click below.
Knowledge in Action: Solenoids for Motorcycle Engines
A manufacturer required a solution for a manual compression release valve on a motorcycle engine. The release valve, used to vent the cylinder during start up, reduces the compression load on the starter system. Before contacting TLX, the manufacturer approached several suppliers and was told that it could not be done.
This project presented several unique design challenges for TLX’s engineering team. Not only did the manufacturer want to move from a manual to an automatic solution, but the environmental conditions demanded that the solenoid valve:
- Consistently operate at temperatures exceeding 572°F (300°C)
- Withstand the vibration created by the engine
- Fit into a smaller package size
TLX successfully designed a pressure release solenoid valve that fit all the requirements and reduced total vehicle cost. The cost reduction was because the battery, starter motor and alternator could be smaller due to the reduced load on the starter system.