Tuesday, December 27, 2011

 Top Ten Off-Road Trails and Events for 2011
Author: jburns 12/23/2011


Moab, UT. is a gathering point for off-roaders, mountain bikers, hikers, and just lovers of the outdoors. The Utah license plate featuring a red-rock arch – yeah, that’s Moab. One of the largest Jeep gatherings anywhere is the Easter Jeep Safari, occurring each year the week before Easter weekend. Moab is famous for its slickrock trails and extreme landscape, though it was previously the center of uranium mining during the Cold War. Many of the trails used today are old mining roads built to access the mines. There are literally hundreds of off-road miles to be explored, and the Easter Jeep Safari gathering offers organized trail rides, cookouts and BBQs, a vendor show at the Spanish Trail Arena, and typically some type of new product introduction from Jeep. For more information, visit the website for the group that helps organize the massive Jeep event, the Red Rock 4-Wheelers Club.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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Friday, December 2, 2011


As the state legislatures close down their legislative sessions, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) resumes its yearly feature highlighting the best and worst automotive bills of 2011. While some of these bills were enacted into law, many did not make it through this year and could be reintroduced in future sessions. Keep an eye out and get ready to help us support the best and oppose the worst in 2012!

SAN is a nationwide partnership between enthusiasts, vehicle clubs and members of the automotive specialty-parts industry who have joined forces to promote hobby-friendly legislation and oppose unfair laws. With more than 60,000 North American members, SAN is the premier organization defending the rights of vehicle enthusiasts. SAN is free to join with no obligations or commitments. Join now at www.semasan.com.

BEST
1.  Washington S.B. 5586: Prohibits cities or towns from restricting inoperable vehicles, including parts cars, stored on private property if screened from public view. Bill was not enacted into law. 
2.  New York A.B. 2080/S.B. 3213: Creates a $100 one-time fee that would replace the current annual fee of $28.75 for the registration of historical motor vehicles. Bill was not enacted into law.  
3.  Maryland H.B. 155, New Jersey A.B. 448/S.B. 687, New Mexico S.B. 412, New York A.B. 2073/S.B. 201, Texas H.B. 890, Washington S.B. 5585: Creates vehicle registration and titling classifications for street rods and custom vehicles, including kit cars and replicas, and provides for special license plates. The Texas and Washington bills were enacted into law.  
4.  Connecticut S.B. 723: Extends the emissions inspection exemption to vehicles five model years old or newer. Bill was not enacted into law. 
5.   Illinois H.B. 3256: Provides for an expanded-use antique-vehicle registration class that would allow antique vehicles and replicas to be driven without limitation during the warmer part of the year, from April 1 through October 31. Bill was enacted into law.   
6.  Michigan H.B. 4885: Prohibits the state from imposing a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) tax or mileage-based user fee on motor vehicles, to include any global-positioning-satellite-based toll or similar program that would provide for the locational tracking of private motor vehicles or users. Bill was not enacted into law.
7.  North Carolina H.B. 187: Requires ethanol content labels on all pumps that dispense ethanol-blended gasoline. Bill was enacted into law.   
8.  Oklahoma S.B. 160: Allows municipalities to issue permits for sanctioned motor-vehicle racing events on public streets and highways within its geographical jurisdiction. Bill was enacted into law.   
9.   Tennessee H.B. 688: Exempts vehicles more than 25 years old from the state’s annual emissions inspection and maintenance program. Previous law in Tennessee only exempted vehicles manufactured before the ’75 model year from emissions inspection. Bill was enacted into law. 
10.  West Virginia H.B. 2456: Allows vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit under a fair and predictable test. Bill was not enacted into law. 

WORST
1.  West Virginia H.B. 2190: Includes vehicles with exhaust systems deemed too loud, as determined by an enforcement officer’s subjective opinion, in the definition of “disturbing the peace,” a crime that carries a fine of up to $1,000 per occurrence, jail for six months or both. Bill was not enacted into law. 
2.  Arkansas H.B. 1252: Allows cities to remove an inoperable vehicle from private property if the vehicle is deemed a “nuisance” under a local ordinance. Bill was not enacted into law.
3.  Connecticut H.B. 5580: Increases from 20 to 30 years old, the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “antique, rare or special-interest motor vehicles” and increases the tax assessment on vehicles registered as antiques from $500 to $2,500. Bill was not enacted into law. 
4.  Hawaii H.B. 1178: Bans the installation, ownership or use of any car with aftermarket speakers more than 6.5 in. in height or depth, any five-speaker aftermarket system, any aftermarket speaker more than 100 watts and any aftermarket speaker installed external to the passenger compartment or in an open hatch back. Bill was not enacted into law. 
5.  Massachusetts H.B. 1848, New York A.B. 1318: Imposes additional fees on the purchase of larger or higher-emitting vehicles, based on state calculations of carbon emissions and/or vehicle weight. Bills were not enacted into law.
6.  Nebraska L.B. 698: Removes labeling requirements on pumps dispensing ethanol-blended gasoline. Bill was not enacted into law. 
7.  North Dakota H.B. 1442: Prohibits the modification of any motor vehicle that altered the manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system. Bill was not enacted into law. 
8.  Oregon H.B. 3214: Prohibits the sale of exhaust systems and exhaust-system components that cause motor vehicles to produce noise exceeding certain undetermined noise limits. Bill was not enacted into law. 
9.  Oregon H.B. 3147: Bans vehicles whose bumpers were elevated more than 3 in. over the original manufactured bumper clearance and imposes a fine of up to $360 per offense. Bill was not enacted into law.
10. Washington H.B. 1134: Requires an annual renewal fee of $30 (added to the one-time $35 license plate fee) for collector-vehicle and horseless carriage license plates. Bill was not enacted into law. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

After 15 Years in Business I have asked a customer to not come back for future purchases.  After many sleepless nights I found this article and this paragraph hit it on the head for me.


Michael Moulton
Truck Decor



Dealing With Bad Customers
Tom Taulli 02.22.06, 10:15 AM ET
 Los Angeles -

After her client brought a different woman to every appointment to look at vacation homes in the Hamptons, a light went off for Diane Saatchi. "After about six different women, it was clear that he was using house hunting as a way to impress the women," said Saatchi, a senior vice president with The Corcoran Group. "He had no intention buying."
She quickly dropped the client.
But aren't "customers always right"? Maybe so, but just because they're right doesn't mean there aren't bad ones that drain resources. They also have an opportunity cost. That is, a business has less time to focus on top customers. Bad customers often demoralize employees because of their complaints and excessive demands. Moreover, they are often the source of negative word-of-mouth.
So, how do you deal with bad customers? Here are a few tips:
Finding The Bad Seeds
For many years, thousands of AOL customers took advantage of free trials and then free months from the Internet service provider, now a unit of Time Warner (nyse: TWX - news - people ). Obviously, these customers were consistently unprofitable for the firm.
Dennis E. Gonier, former executive vice president of member retention at America Online, asked the acquisition department a simple question: "Why do we continue to mail these people even though we know they have no intention of paying us?"

The answer: "It’s our best list."
Gonier attacked the problem and, as a result, the portion of "free riding" fell from 30% to less than 8%. "When we confronted these freeloaders, their response was usually, 'Well, your product sucks anyway'," he said. "It's funny how it [the free service] was worth the cheating for years. The point is we knew these folks would not talk favorably about AOL from that moment on. That's a bad customer."
So how can you spot a bad customer? Gonier has some suggestions:
--The customer is acquired through the least expensive method or needed a high promotional inducement. The "least expensive" method suggests they sought you--and that is often too good to be true. The promotional inducement suggests sensitivity to price or incentive, which is not good for long-term loyalty.
--The customer has high "service costs" or contacts the company above average.
--The customer exhibits switching behavior (now or in the past) in your product or service sector or in similar sectors.
--A definite signal you have a bad customer: All contact is through their attorney.
Targeting The Right Customers
Fred Reichheld, customer loyalty expert and author of The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth, says when companies disappoint their customers, they become detractors.
"Our research has shown that from 25% to 50% of customers are detractors at typical firms today. This enormous unmeasured liability is throttling corporate growth," he said.
Reichheld considers the best way to determine the extent of this problem is to ask customers "the ultimate question": On a scale from zero to ten, how likely would you be to recommend us to a friend?
Detractors score 0-6. "By identifying them, it is possible to probe for root causes and solutions," said Reichheld. "When there is no economically rational solution, then the best alternative is to help those customers find a better supplier for their needs."
Take HomeBanc (nyse: HMB - news - people ), a regional mortgage banker based in Atlanta, Ga. The company offers a refund without any conditions. The result: The policy identifies bad customers and also teaches salespeople how to avoid such customers. "Home Banc returns fees to less than one half of 1% of customers," said Reichheld. "But the closed loop feedback creates far more value for the firm and minimizes the number of 'bad customers.'"

Monday, November 21, 2011

First Look: Ram Long-Hauler Concept
YOU HAUL: Build Your Own Long-Hauler
From the December, 2011 issue of Truck Trend
By Allyson Harwood


Read more: http://www.trucktrend.com/roadtests/pickup/163_1112_ram_long_hauler_concept/index.html#ixzz1eLhXtfAk

One of the incredibly cool vehicles at the NTEA show was the Ram Long-Hauler, a concept designed to appeal to truck guys who tow heavy loads over long distances. Based on a Class 5 (Ram 5500) platform, the vehicle uses a Mega Cab layout, plus the long bed -- the 8-footer. As Ram explained it, "Ram Truck has identified a potential market for a Class 5 pickup, including race car teams, car haulers, RV owners, ranchers, rodeo competitors, boaters, and commercial expediting operations." This truck is a monster, too -- its wheelbase is 197.4 inches, and overall length is about 288 inches (24 feet). GCW is an incredible 37,500 pounds, and curb weight is about 9300 pounds. While the Long-Hauler is a concept based on a commercial truck, there are plenty of things you can add to your own truck to make it the ideal long hauler for your needs. And while we mention specific examples, there are plenty of brands from which to choose.



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Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thick, Tough & Rubbery
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Monday, November 14, 2011

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Reflex Spray-On Truck Liners not only offer a great-quality jet-black truck bed liner, but also give customers the option of almost any color they could want. OEM automotive color toners are injected into our Polyurea Hybrid Chemistry for unmatched UV stability and long-lasting brilliance.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Checkout the all new Reflex Spray On Bed Liner site.

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NASCAR friends...can you see us parked on the hill in this? Oh yeah!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Danny Thompson Eyes 420 mph | Performance Business http://ping.fm/MUYTt
*Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you
read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the* *Plain Dealer**, Cleveland ,
Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It
is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and
parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry..

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey
is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never
blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood.. But the second one is up
to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an
answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't
save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will
this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or
didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd
grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

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forward this with the title '7%'.

I'm in the 7%. Friends are the family that we choose.*

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Top 11 SEMA Trucks From Our Man in the Field - PickupTrucks.com News http://ping.fm/F7ABA

Thursday, October 27, 2011

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Unlike Ford, which still refuses to commit to selling its handsome, modern new T6 Ranger in the U.S., General Motors gave us truck enthusiasts at least some good news by announcing the new global Chevy Colorado would be sold in the U.S. as well. But we still have no idea what will be under the hood when it finally gets to the States.



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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hurst Custom Dodge Charger Being Auctioned on eBay | Specialty Equipment Market Association http://ping.fm/8JVmj

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Video: the mother of all Hot Wheels tracks - BBC Top Gear http://ping.fm/rCB42
Video: Camaro ZL1 laps the ‘Ring - BBC Top Gear http://ping.fm/nKQLR

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Griffin Athletics - athletic staff, summer camp information, and campus fitness, wellness, and recreation information - Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT http://ping.fm/EMccO

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Truck Decor is now selling boat, RV and trailer covers. Call us for the best prices around 1 to 5 year warranty. Check out the links. www.wakecovers.com, www.summersetbiminitops.com, www.expeditioncovers.com, www.goldlinecovers.com, www.travelercovers.com, www.tourcovers and www.haulercovers.com
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Monday, September 19, 2011

2011 Frankfurt: Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept Bows
September 15, 2011
By Karla Sanchez

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Our top 20 YouTube car clips - BBC Top Gear http://ping.fm/ZCodA

Friday, August 26, 2011

What are YOUR thoughts on full size hybrid trucks? Do they have a future in the automotive market?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Confidence Stays Firm for the 2011 SEMA Show | Specialty Equipment Market Association http://ping.fm/TwxYL
Check out google plus...this kills FB.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What do you think about them discontinuing the Ford Ranger?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Watch: man does donuts in front room - BBC Top Gear http://ping.fm/087SV
Cleanest-ever LR Defender announced - BBC Top Gear http://ping.fm/2TglK

Friday, August 12, 2011

Military and Seniors always receive 10% off purchases at Truck Decor.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lambo Aventador: red bull (no wings) - BBC Top Gear http://ping.fm/J4xF5

Monday, July 11, 2011

Pickup makers agree to standard test for towing ratings - Drive On: A conversation about the cars and trucks we drive - USATODAY.com http://ping.fm/nr37g

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Eibach Springs : NEWS : EIBACH-THE WILL TO WIN - 06.22.2011 http://ping.fm/1Eyjq

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

No more aftermarket installs ... Could this really happen? | Blog | Restyling Magazine http://ping.fm/rPJ9f
Volt to be sold in all 50 states | Restyling Magazine http://ping.fm/mlcCb
Drag racer loses steering wheel - BBC Top Gear http://ping.fm/cGavA

Monday, June 20, 2011

Born for Baja? Chevrolet Rolls Out Colorado Rally Concept in Argentina - Auto News - Truck Trend

Born for Baja? Chevrolet Rolls Out Colorado Rally Concept in Argentina - Auto News - Truck Trend: "General Motors still hasn't pulled all the wraps off the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado, but it has rolled out another show truck -- the Colorado Rally Concept -- at the Buenos Aires Motor Show to help keep our interest piqued."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

2011 Big Three Diesel Truck Shootout: GMC HD - 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine

2011 Big Three Diesel Truck Shootout: GMC HD - 4-Wheel & Off-Road Magazine: "As we got to know our pickups, the GMC in many ways became the Goldilocks truck. If the Ford’s spring rates were too soft and the Ram’s too firm, the GMC’s were just right."

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Behind-the-scenes as Mini returns to WRC - BBC Top Gear

Behind-the-scenes as Mini returns to WRC - BBC Top Gear: "Sebastian Loeb has won the Sardinian stage of the world rally championship. This is now such a regular occurrence, it barely counts as news any more.

So the big talking point in Sardinia this weekend was actually the return of Mini to the WRC after several decades away (as evidenced by that dandy picture above of Kris Meeke airing out his underbody). The car maker had a decent run all the way back in the 60s, and this year has returned with a Prodrive-engineered Countryman John Cooper Works."

Monday, May 9, 2011

Bremach T-Rex - Ultimate Truck - Truck Trend

Bremach T-Rex - Ultimate Truck - Truck Trend: "T-Rex, aka Tyrannosaurus, was a bipedal carnivore with a massive skull balanced by a long, heavy tail. Its forelimbs were small and unusually powerful for their size, and had two clawed digits. Measuring up to 43 feet in length, the T-Rex was one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs."

Friday, May 6, 2011

Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck - First Look - Motor Trend

Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck - First Look - Motor Trend: "Ahead of its public debut at the Bankgok Auto Show, General Motors has taken the wraps off of the preview version of its next-generation midsize pickup, which has been (not so) imaginatively dubbed the Chevrolet Colorado Show Truck."

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Friday, February 11, 2011

A great article about a great man...thanks coach Sloan! http://ping.fm/Mc3SE

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Really believes the Mexican reporter looking for attention by posting the comments from Top Gear should watch the show! This is to make us laugh, you know...Laugh! These three make comments on every show about the British, Americans, Japanese, etc, etc, etc.. This was not a personal attack, so sue yourself for being an idiot.

Friday, January 21, 2011

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

A rule issued in 2008 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate certain auto body refinishing operations took full effect on January 10, 2011. The rule targets metal compounds emitted as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) during paint coating or stripping operations. The compounds include chromium, lead, manganese, nickel and cadmium.

The EPA rule establishes “best practices” (spray booth, spray gun cleaning, etc.) for minimizing HAP emissions during surface coating operations. All shops are effectively required to have a filtered spray booth or prep station and use high-volume, low-pressure (HVLP) or equivalent spray equipment. Owners and operators are required to provide training for their painters on how to properly spray surface coatings and clean equipment. 

Companies subject to the rule must send the EPA a one-time notification form stating that they are in compliance with the rule by March 11, 2011. Click here for the compliance form. (Companies were required to contact the EPA by January 11, 2010, informing the agency that they were subject to the standard. Click here for the initial notification form.

The regulation does not apply to paint stripping and surface coating performed by individuals as part of a hobby, or for maintenance of their personal vehicles so long as those activities do not exceed two motor vehicles (or the equivalent in pieces) per year.  Additionally, the rule does not apply to painting done with an airbrush or hand-held non-refillable aerosol cans. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Behind the scenes with the Three Wise Men - BBC Top Gear http://ping.fm/RfQOn

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Top Gear’s Hot Hatch Power League - BBC Top Gear http://ping.fm/kF9YC

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Judging from the TV commercials that were running constantly during the month of December, getting a new car for Christmas—or, excuse me, during “the holidays”—is apparently quite commonplace. So I imagine there were some spoiled 16-year-olds who woke up on December 25th to find in their driveway a new Chevy Camaro with a giant red bow on the roof. To them I say, bully for you—and try to be a bit less snotty to your parents, at least for the next few weeks.

I, too, found myself at the wheel of a new Camaro over Christmas, a bright orange SS with a pair of fat black stripes on the hood, and a black-and-orange interior (what, no houndstooth?).

Backing up all that flash, my Camaro SS featured a 6.0-liter V-8 with a potent 426 hp and a rip-snorting exhaust note. That engine makes this car blisteringly fast, and it’s also plenty torquey enough to let the Camaro cruise happily in its ultra-tall fifth and sixth gears. The manual transmission gets full marks for the action of its clutch and shifter, with one major exception. GM is still using its obnoxious 1st-to-4th “skip shift,” that hackneyed old EPA-cheating trick, which dates all the way back to the last Camaro.

Also dating back to the last Camaro—and every one before that—is the cramped back seat. Front-seat occupants need to scoot their chairs forward to make enough space back there even for kids. Unlike in Camaros of yore, here Chevrolet engineers did not scoop out the seat cushion to aid the cause of headroom, but maybe they should have. A more endearing bit of retro is the dash design; it looks cool and has easy-to-use switchgear. The SS has a firmer suspension, but even so the car rides well and resists tramlining despite its wide tires.

One of the biggest knocks against the new Camaro is the visibility—that’s the outward visibility. This particular example, at least, proved highly visible to others. That’s one reason to appreciate the head-up display (standard on the 2SS trim level), which is great for keeping precise track of one’s speed, useful in such a fast and highly conspicuous car.

This extroverted machine got a warm reception everywhere it went, despite the freezing weather. On the day the big blizzard was approaching the Northeast, one parking-lot commenter said, “Nice car,” but then admonished, “You better get that thing home.” I did make it home just as the snow started to fly. But the next day, I drove it into an only partially plowed-out New York City. Historically, Camaros have been good for only one thing in the snow: doing donuts. This new one, with the aid of snow tires and traction control, was able to make it all the way to its parking garage in Manhattan despite the snow-covered streets—which made this one happy return.


The dash takes cues from the first-generation car.
Joe Lorio on January 7 2011 12:27 PM
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