Editor’s Note: This month’s Meet the Team blog post puts the focus fully on our friends and valued partners at Aeroquip, which now operates as a subsidiary of Eaton, the highly respected mobile, industrial, aerospace, automotive, aerospace and military conglomerate. Now known as Eaton-Aeroquip, this race-oriented manufacturing firm — known then as Aeroquip Corp. — was founded in Maumee, Ohio, back in 1940.
The reason Eaton-Aeroquip holds such a special place in our hearts is because the company has been aligned with us almost since CV Product’s inception in 1988. In fact, we’ve been distributing the Aeroquip line of high performance auto plumbing products for the last 23 years, making it one of the first product lines CV offered.
What Aeroquip does — and does so well — is develop and manufacture hoses, fittings, adapters, couplings and fluid connectors for use in the high-performance racing market. In addition to being used in NASCAR’s lower divisions (i.e., K&N East and K&N West Series), where these Aeroquip goodies really shine is on the drag strip, the asphalt short track and most dirt racing applications.
Here at CV, Aeroquip’s products fall under the heading of “performance plumbing,” offering American-made performance hose and fittings from a company that is the only one we know of that designs and manufactures its own hose. Engineers at Aeroquip personally test each hose length to ensure a superior level of strength and safety. As a matter of fact, every one of Aeroquip’s hoses are expected — make that required — to withstand two times its stated working pressure.
Aeroquip’s AQP inner tube, which is standard in the majority of its performance hoses, permits fluid and ambient temperatures of 300° F with no loss in performance and unmatched fluid compatibility.
Below, we’d like to highlight one of Aeroquip’s products — the StartLite Racing Hose:
- Flame-resistant Nomex cover with Kevlar
- Up to 45 percent lighter than similar steel-braided racing hoses
- Approved for use with the reusable and lightweight Aeroquip crimp fittings
- The elastomer smooth-bore inner tube allows for a minus-45 to plus 300° F temperature rating
- Applications include fuel, lube, coolant and air
And before we sign off on this blog post about one of our favorite vendors, here’s another fine thing about this firm: Over the years, Aeroquip has supported us by participating in various sales promotions and trackside support vehicle programs, making it such a pleasure for us to collaborate and comingle with the exceptional staff of this outstanding company.