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Old 02-23-2019, 03:36 PM   #61
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Thx Wiski! I was thinking about putting a carbide stud on each ski just to try it, but I heard you can bust up skis doing that. In general, PPL(on the web) seem to be divided about using scratchers or not... So I'm trying to figure out what people in the "real world" do, & whether it's a sled design issue or if using scratchers is SOP when running in icy conditions & if so if there is a preferred brand or type. Sry if this is hijacking this thread - if so, LMK & I'll delete my posts - as usual.
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Old 02-23-2019, 05:55 PM   #62
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New member here. I used to have an 06 Summit that I built from the ground up.

But moved away from home and have no place or time to use it, so I sold it and got my FZ the next day back in October.

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Old 02-23-2019, 10:38 PM   #63
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Welcome Jonny. Cool rides. What part of the earth are you living on?
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Old 02-24-2019, 05:15 PM   #64
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Welcome Jonny. Cool rides. What part of the earth are you living on?
Portland, Maine!
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Old 02-25-2019, 07:19 AM   #65
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I generally ride at a moderate pace of 60 on decent sweeping trails. Tight/twisty trails will obviously slow you down.
In Michigan there is no speed limit. That's why I like it so much. Plus their trail grooming program is stellar.
Michigan has the ambiguous law of "A Person Shall Not Operate a Snowmobile:
At a rate of speed greater than is reasonable for existing conditions." So technically you can still get a speeding ticket...although I have never heard of someone getting one. I believe if you ride on a frozen lake, you also have to abide by the lake rules, which means a 55 mph speed limit.

I ride a decent amount faster at night when I can see on-coming snowmobiles headlights much better. My biggest fear about riding trails is always on-coming snowmobiles.
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Old 02-25-2019, 08:45 AM   #66
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On the older sleds it was sometimes a function of where the heat exchanger was located (tunnel vs floorboards). We also added additional heat exchangers on a few sleds in the past.

I can't recommend any scratchers as I have not run any. Because all our riding is in northern Wisconsin we usually don't encounter these conditions often. If we did we have twisted up some coat hangers a few times to get us home.

Most times hitting the snowbank will throw enough snow to keep things happy. Years ago had a Polaris 800 that used to go into limp mode once in while under these conditions, but haven't encountered it with the new sleds.
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:56 PM   #67
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Thanks very much for the information, I appreciate it!
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Old 03-03-2019, 01:10 PM   #68
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Another nice day on butter smooth trails.
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Old 03-03-2019, 01:32 PM   #69
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Nice pix - as always Brad. That's what I had hoped for when we took our sleds to the local trails. Meh. Since our local trails closed 2 days after they opened(again) and having picked up one of our sleds from it's 3'rd visit to the dealer, we headed over to the local park for the soccer field 150.

With both sleds finally running half decently, we(my GF & I) had a BLAST hanging off, while sliding sideways as we chased each other around the oval "track" we created. The one thing we both noticed was how deceptively fast we were going by the end of the straights, with so few terrain features to help gauge speed. When hitting the brakes, the sleds wagging their tails as you try to throw it into the turns really gets your attention the first couple times ) Wheeeeeeeeeeee!!! Worth it!
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:18 PM   #70
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Getting the new trailer ready with (expensive!) Caliber brand floor guides and grips.
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:51 PM   #71
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It was 93 degrees today, how is this thread revival a thing. I had to jump start a window A/C unit today.
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Old 10-03-2019, 12:13 PM   #72
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It was 93 degrees today, how is this thread revival a thing. I had to jump start a window A/C unit today.
It snowed just north of me. Tis the season here.
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:34 PM   #73
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That trailer set-up looks legit. I can't wait for snowmobile season.
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:53 PM   #74
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That trailer set-up looks legit. I can't wait for snowmobile season.
I can't wait for it to be below 90. (It's 97 right now, 100 in south part of city). And yes, it is 5:00 in the afternoon.
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Old 10-05-2019, 05:43 AM   #75
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That is going to be seriously nice when the snow flies. Are the silver bits on the floor tie down spots?
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Old 10-05-2019, 02:09 PM   #76
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That is going to be seriously nice when the snow flies. Are the silver bits on the floor tie down spots?
Yes. It's called L track.

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Old 10-05-2019, 07:10 PM   #77
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That's nice, no obtrusive at all. I use E track in my trailer, but it's not for sleds.

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Old 10-05-2019, 08:05 PM   #78
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Granite Pass today. You should just load up and head out, we're almost ready!

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Old 01-04-2020, 09:50 PM   #79
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Already put on 400 miles in the UP of Michigan. Headed back up in a few weeks.
Sold my 2007 Apex for $100 less than I paid for it nearly 3 years ago. Gonna keep the '15 Apex.
Ordering a new 2021 Sidewinder in April. Turbocharged 200 hp machines.
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Old 01-06-2020, 06:26 AM   #80
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Already put on 400 miles in the UP of Michigan. Headed back up in a few weeks.
Sold my 2007 Apex for $100 less than I paid for it nearly 3 years ago. Gonna keep the '15 Apex.
Ordering a new 2021 Sidewinder in April. Turbocharged 200 hp machines.
I'm heading to the UP Feb 7th weekend. Not sure where exactly yet. Kind of waiting on weather to see how far west we need to go to get to decent trails. Good to hear there is already places worth riding up there.
Those sidewinders are amazing. Should be a blast to ride.
I was tempted to start looking for a new(er) sled after finding a concrete culvert last week, but looks like I will probably fix and try to get another season out of mine. Maybe look in the spring when prices drop.
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