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    Erin, NY
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    2016 Ski Doo Freeride 137

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  1. Engineers are tasked with using the cheapest solution that is practical for the application. Pop rivets on a manufacturing line are installed in seconds and they do the job and cost almost nothing compared to a lot of the other fasteners mentioned here. Serviceability is low on the priority list for the manufacturers.
  2. I don't think I would use them on the bottom plastics. They are subject to too much punishment to rely on plastic rivets IMO.
  3. Polaris uses these in a lot of applications. They are easy to get on and off and work very well. However on the bottom panels they still use regular rivets. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MBEE8BA/ref=asc_df_B00MBEE8BA5298710/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395033&creativeASIN=B00MBEE8BA&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198059945180&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8279484664997314109&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9007168&hvtargid=pla-349370846139
  4. Hey I would have gone along for a ride. She wasn't too bad on the eyes.
  5. Groomer Contest 2017-18

    Today's the day. I can feel it!
  6. IMotoneige now available

    Are you referring to iMotoneige for your phones? I downloaded it last year but it's not showing the groomer delays and says its the 16-17 trail map. Do you need to download a new copy of this app each year?
  7. St.Zenon area boxing day

    How fancy you looking to get? There is Real Masse. Hotel Central. Motel Du Mon Trinity previously Motel Montagnard. Auberge du lac Taureau. Lots of options.
  8. Snowing in Mexico!

    Hey Amigos! Fire up el motonieve! It's snowing clear to Mexico! Yet the groomer has not passed icemans house yet
  9. For sure iceman I have run into this situation before as well. A couple of times in fact. Last year we were sitting on the ice near shore of Lac St. Jean when we were all talking in English a man we had passed sitting on a snow bank overheard us and came over to say hi. He said it was very rare for him to hear people speaking in English and wanted to practice with us. He was relatively good for never speaking and not being of the newer generation and we enjoyed chatting with a local. Had a similar situation when we were lost around St. michelle des saints 10 years ago. Ran across a man walking down a trail hunting when we stopped for directions. We gathered quickly that he had a hard time with English but we worked through it with him and got the information we needed and thanked him and went on our way. I can come up with a few more scenarios but my point being I know where you are coming from and I at least find that is part of the appeal of going to Quebec. Learning about the language and culture but understanding I am in the minority end of the language barrier and more often than not feel like the fool in the conversation than the french speaking person, and that's ok. It's part of the experience to me. I wish I was better at French so I could practice my French with them. But the experience I mentioned above was very different. The waitress had an attitude anyone could pick up on. More or less laughed at us when we were trying to use google translate. After finding out later she knew at least some English and picking up and thinking about her body language more after the fact made me realize she had done it on purpose. It was deception at it's finest.
  10. This article reminds me of going to the snack bar in St-David-de-Falardeau last year. When our waitress came over we politely in French asked if she spoke English. She said no and got rather cold to us. Granted we know very little French we were tying to be nice in asking a couple questions and using google translator and the waitress was clearly very annoyed with us and paid very little attention to us after that when we were the only people in there. We were being very respectful and doing our best to bridge the language barrier but when we went to pay she gave me back my change and said what my change was in English. I said you do know English and she just smiled and walked away. She must subscribe to this nationalist movement the article talked about. If she knows English and just doesn't want to speak it thats fine but I didn't see any justification in her attitude after she knew we did not speak French. I mean we were there spending money in her establishment. We didn't have to be there. In general I've found that speaking English on the western part of the province is more accepting. The farther east I've gone I've encountered similar situations to what I just mentioned.
  11. Where is this?

    Ding ding ding Alain you nailed it. Thanks. Looking at the trail map it doesn't look like the trail goes right through there now but it is close. Was so long ago its hard to remember but maybe we skirted the road to find the place. Mystery solved!
  12. Groomer Contest 2017-18

    One week to go before my guess comes up. Suppose to get cold this week. C'mon big snow big snow big snow no whammies!
  13. Where is this?

    I don't think so. Canada Adventure I remember going to and it was at night. This place is on a small lake, it's on the other side of the building. Trail came right through here. I recall the people invited us to come inside and have a drink. It seemed more like a house than an outfitter.
  14. Where is this?

    I remember stopping at this place in 2006 on my second trip to Quebec but can not recall the name of it. Was somewhere around St. Michele. Please fill me in.
  15. Groomer Contest 2017-18

    Gone for a weekend and poof! I'll be more optimistic this year and say Dec 11.