US 9,809,195 B2
Snowmobile
Timothy J. Giese, White Bear Township, MN (US); Darren J. Hedlund, Roseau, MN (US); Richard D. Kerner, Roseau, MN (US); Eric J. Borud, Roseau, MN (US); and Cameron D. Fisher, Plymouth, MN (US)
Assigned to Polaris Industries Inc., Medina, MN (US)
Filed by Polaris Industries Inc., Medina, MN (US)
Filed on Nov. 22, 2013, as Appl. No. 14/87,767.
Application 14/087,767 is a continuation of application No. 13/027,116, filed on Feb. 14, 2011, granted, now 8,590,654.
Application 13/027,116 is a continuation of application No. 12/736,073, abandoned, previously published as PCT/US2009/036315, filed on Mar. 6, 2009.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/104,436, filed on Oct. 10, 2008.
Prior Publication US 2014/0076648 A1, Mar. 20, 2014
Int. Cl. B62M 27/02 (2006.01); F01N 1/02 (2006.01); B60R 25/04 (2013.01); B60K 28/00 (2006.01); B60R 25/00 (2013.01); B60R 25/102 (2013.01); B60R 25/23 (2013.01); B60R 25/30 (2013.01); B60R 25/34 (2013.01)
CPC B60R 25/04 (2013.01) [B60K 28/00 (2013.01); B60R 25/00 (2013.01); B60R 25/102 (2013.01); B60R 25/23 (2013.01); B60R 25/302 (2013.01); B60R 25/34 (2013.01); B62M 27/02 (2013.01); B60R 2025/041 (2013.01); B62M 2027/026 (2013.01); Y10T 29/4997 (2015.01); Y10T 403/473 (2015.01)] 17 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A vehicle comprising:
a frame including a tunnel and a front cast portion;
a left side ski and a right side ski supporting a front portion of the frame;
a left side front suspension and a right side front suspension, the left side front suspension being supported by the left ski and moveable relative to the left ski, the left side front suspension supporting the front cast portion of the frame and being moveable relative to the front cast portion of the frame, the right side front suspension being supported by the right ski and moveable relative to the right ski, the right side front suspension supporting the front cast portion of the frame and being moveable relative to the front cast portion of the frame;
an endless track at least partially positioned within the tunnel, the endless track supporting the frame;
an engine supported by the frame and operatively coupled to the endless track;
an exhaust system coupled to the engine including an exhaust intake coupled to the engine, an exhaust conduit coupled to the exhaust intake and extending forward within the front cast portion of the frame, and a resonator coupled to the exhaust conduit, wherein the exhaust conduit has a first portion connected to the exhaust intake, a second portion connected to the resonator, and a third portion positioned between the first portion and the second portion, the first portion of the exhaust conduit being positioned at a first side of a central longitudinal axis of the vehicle and spaced apart from the central longitudinal axis of the vehicle and the second portion of the exhaust conduit being positioned at a second side of the central longitudinal axis; and
a steering assembly operatively coupled to the right side ski and the left side ski, the steering assembly including an upper steering post, a lower steering post and a steering link, the steering link coupling the upper steering post and the lower steering post, wherein a portion of the steering link is positioned above the exhaust intake and extends from the first side of the central longitudinal axis to the second side of the central longitudinal axis.