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    Installed mine last weekend 30.9/125 drop--Im 6' works great, sometimes it sticks between med position and up all the way, pretty easy to play with the cable tension adjuster. Ill let it break in an go for the fine tune. I ride mostly fireroads--works nice on the descent

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    Good job!

    This is a great product... It's working exactly as advertised for me.

    You can download the Command Post Blacklite manual here.

    For those of you that don't like to read, here are some notes that I found useful:

    - Cable tension matters tremendously if you want the seat post to function correctly. Make sure the cable is routed in such a way that it isn't stretched and/or kinked when your bike's suspension flexes. Also, make sure the cable isn't overly taught or the seat post will move inadvertently.

    - Be sure the seat post is in the fully extended position when you fill it with air. Otherwise the seat post will not return to the fully extended position due to insufficient air pressure. Keep in mind, 40 psi is the maximum recommended air pressure.

    - The use of carbon paste will prevent your seat from tipping and tilting.

    Best of luck.
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    Just wanted to mention that I'm at the end of a 8-day trip including Santa Fe, Cortez, Moab, and Fruita/GJ.... and this post has killed it! With my old Joplin I never knew exactly where I was in the range - if you wanted the seat down an inch or so you had to jack around until you got it into the right position. When you put it all the way up sometimes you wouldn't quite know if that was all the way up or not. With the Blacklite you get a reassuring "CLACK" when you lock into a position. No guess-work!

    Also, being able to grab the bike by the seat during a hike-a-bike without worrying about getting air into the hydraulics is great... especially after a week of brain-frying heat out on the trails!

    The only issue I have had so far is with the crappy plastic ferrules they give you with the cable. The ferrule at the post end broke and let the steel cable housing wires start to poke through. The post worked fine though - I just happened to spot the problem at the end of the day while doing a check-up on the bike. I replaced the ferrules with some metal Jagwire ones from my parts bin and the problem is now solved forever.

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    Specialized Youtube channel on Blacklite maintance:

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/K0X3sLMo-TA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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    Quote Originally Posted by mestapho View Post
    Specialized Youtube channel on Blacklite maintance:

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/K0X3sLMo-TA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    Nice!! Thanks man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by okiemtnbkr View Post
    Nice!! Thanks man!
    No problem. I actually did the service today and it was very easy. Definitely use the bike to clamp the seatpost when loosening the top. I tried holding it in my hand while using the strap wrench and couldn't get it to budge. As soon as I relented and used the bike it loosened right up. I did get bad news though, when I discovered that the collet was broken and was causing the stickiness I was chasing, not lack of lubrication. It's a warranty repair at least.

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    I absolutely love my command post. Not only does it provide versatility on the go but it looks really cool.

    One problem, when I am out riding, once in awhile if I sit down on it hard, the seat angle will shoot up the nose. I then have stop and readjust. Is anyone else having this problem? I added a bit of carbon paste and it works great but just a bit noisy...

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    any idea when spesh is going to get these back in stock on their website?

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    Late July, early August was the response I got from Specialized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djg24 View Post
    Late July, early August was the response I got from Specialized.

    Don't count on it....they told me April when I was looking back in the winter! It's a moving target. IMHO, they are using all the production to put on new bikes. My LBS has had 100mm models in stock, but the 125's seem to be super scarce.

    Used, or take offs appear on eBay regularly, but they fetch close to full retail (or more) and they are NOT covered by Specialized's warranty. I must say that after 4-5 phone calls to Specialized customer service I'm not a big fan. That said, I'd still like to score a Blacklite at some point.
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    Glad I got mine when I did. No complaints with my Blacklite so far.

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    just buy a new specialize with it... LOL! JK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmohome2 View Post
    It looks like you can get the remote in two flavors: one that comes with grips, in which case the remote lever doubles as the grip retention clamp, or without grips, in which case the remote lever just mounts to empty space on the handlebar like anything else.

    In looking at the picture of the dual purpose remote lever/grip clamp, I don't see why that couldn't be made to work with some other brand of grips. However, Big S is the master of making things proprietary just for the sake of being non-compatible with everything else.
    when buying the blacklite aftermarket the lever that is comes with is the old style that only clamps to the bars.

    when buying a complete bike that is equipeed with the blacklite the lever is the type that doubles as a grip lock. also supplied with the completes is a bushing/spacer to clamp the lever just on the bars if not using specialized grips, or you dont like the position when locked on the grip.

    and i am pretty sure the specialized grips have a unique/proprietary clamp profile and the lever cant be used on any other grips, definitely not anything made by ODI.
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    Just an update y Blacklite has developed quite a bit of side to side play owned since end of April. Enough that it rattles. Working with local dealer to get it looked at- ordered directly from Specialized website.

    Works great otherwise and I love the preset at 1" and full drop. No stiction, no issues raising or lowering, very smooth.

    Not angering or disappointed- just a heads up. Let you all know how Spesh handles it.

    I actually have a DSP Bighorn that a distributor sent me without receiving payment- those trusting Canadians they probably dont even lock their doors at night....I havent used it and was about to send it back but might hold onto for a bit longer depending on the verdict from the Big S. I need international paperwork from the distributor to send it back anyways.

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    my blacklite also has a very slight side to side play(don't notice while I'm riding). I can't remember for sure but I didn't think I noticed any play at all when it was new so pretty sure this side to side play is new. Right now it is not noticeable while riding. I hope it doesn't get worse(or if it does I hope it gets worse before the warranty is up!).

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    the side to side is more annoying than anything else- as long at it doesnt fail on the trail which is what has happened to so many others' posts (not specialized but other makes). I personally have never had a post fail on me BUT I also have never had one develop side to side play.

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    I've had my blacklite since they came out. It has always had a little wiggle, but it has never got worse and never failed me and I've never noticed in while riding. The only thing I've had to do was replace the cable after the housing got full of grit from the wet riding conditions this winter/spring.

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    After 300 miles, I am verry satisfied of my Blacklite. No problem!
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    Well problem solved- my saddle was broken even the bike shop guy was surprised. We went to remove the seat and discovered it was cracked where the rail goes into nose of the seat. Replaced saddle and now the wiggle is back to when I bought it. Sigh- thank goodness I dont have to send it in or be without it for a period of time.

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    I need a remote switch.
    Has anyone used a nonspec. remote or prefer a different compatable remote?

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    New, fairly comprehensive review of Blacklite @ Pinkbike

    See it HERE.

    They've used it for a year and have a nice writeup on it.
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    See it HERE.

    They've used it for a year and have a nice writeup on it.
    Mine is in for warranty with the same issue they had. The very front of the collect snapped off and my seat wouldn't return all the way up without a manual tug even at 40psi.

    Hopefully they make this piece a bit strudier or I'm certain I'll break it again.
    Oh well, if it does I'll sell it and go GD turbo.

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    I have ridden this blacklite hard, i have the 125mm with the 3 positions. The only thing i had to do was add about 30psi, as anything less and it just wasnt as responsive.

    The other drawback is it's weight, its a bit heavy for a dropper seatpost, but i can live with the small weight difference for its great performance so far! I recommend this seatpost for sure. Great stuff.
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    I have only done one ride so far on mine but it feels solid and well built. Going to do a comparison between my Joplin 3 and command post after a few more rides.

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    I took mine apart to service it and greased it with maxima waterproof grease(super thick).
    It gave it a hydraulic, damped feel. Kind of like I had turned the rebound way up(if it had rebound).
    I'm stoked! It comes up nice and controlled and dosnt do the loud rough top out anymore. I used a lot of grease, like COVERED the collet and another big 2finger scoop into the outer tube.
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    Got mine back from warranty and its working again.
    Although, now I'm getting some accidental drops from full up to the cruiser position.
    Only seems to happen when I'm climbing which is really annoying. Hopefully that
    goes away with some more use.

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    New post/newb owner--is something wrong?

    I just received a 2012 Blacklite post from a seller on Craigslist.

    The dropper portion of the post is all the way down--flush against the collar of the "outside" post. Actuating the release lever, does nothing--the post doesn't pop up at all. I checked the air pressure and it was ~20 psi, as manual states. I pumped it to 30-35 with no results.

    I'm completely new to these posts, so it's quite possible I'm missing something simple--I hope so.

    One other thing I noticed is that the volume of air in the post seems to be tiny. One pump on a floor pump gets it to 20 psi and another 1/2 pump (or less) get it to 30+. Is that normal?

    Conversely, just attaching a pressure guage to get a reading can release all the air out and it's back to 0.

    I'm worried that the seals or something in the air chamber aren't working properly.

    Seller is an employee of a bike shop/Specialized dealer and the shop says they'll stand behind it if something's wrong. I'd rather have it working, but if it's damaged, then I need to get on them ASAP.

    TIA for any pointers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Porschefan View Post
    I just received a 2012 Blacklite post from a seller on Craigslist.

    The dropper portion of the post is all the way down--flush against the collar of the "outside" post. Actuating the release lever, does nothing--the post doesn't pop up at all. I checked the air pressure and it was ~20 psi, as manual states. I pumped it to 30-35 with no results.

    I'm completely new to these posts, so it's quite possible I'm missing something simple--I hope so.

    One other thing I noticed is that the volume of air in the post seems to be tiny. One pump on a floor pump gets it to 20 psi and another 1/2 pump (or less) get it to 30+. Is that normal?

    Conversely, just attaching a pressure guage to get a reading can release all the air out and it's back to 0.

    I'm worried that the seals or something in the air chamber aren't working properly.

    Seller is an employee of a bike shop/Specialized dealer and the shop says they'll stand behind it if something's wrong. I'd rather have it working, but if it's damaged, then I need to get on them ASAP.

    TIA for any pointers.
    I think you need to check the pressure with the post all the way extended. When the post is collapsed like that I would imagine the pressure to be much higher than 30psi due to the reduction in volume.
    See if you can activate the lever and then manually pull the post all the way up. Then air it up to 20-30 psi and see if the post works normally.

    Although on the post I got I didn't have to mess with the air pressure at all when new. I just installed it and it pop'ed up once I hit the lever

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    You may need more pressure. The 40 psi max is with the seat at full height.
    With it down all the way the pressure will be higher. I don't know the number,
    but higher. I'd pump it up to 50 and depress the release and see if it doesn't
    pop up at that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porschefan View Post
    I just received a 2012 Blacklite post from a seller on Craigslist.

    The dropper portion of the post is all the way down--flush against the collar of the "outside" post. Actuating the release lever, does nothing--the post doesn't pop up at all. I checked the air pressure and it was ~20 psi, as manual states. I pumped it to 30-35 with no results.

    I'm completely new to these posts, so it's quite possible I'm missing something simple--I hope so.

    One other thing I noticed is that the volume of air in the post seems to be tiny. One pump on a floor pump gets it to 20 psi and another 1/2 pump (or less) get it to 30+. Is that normal?

    Conversely, just attaching a pressure guage to get a reading can release all the air out and it's back to 0.

    I'm worried that the seals or something in the air chamber aren't working properly.

    Seller is an employee of a bike shop/Specialized dealer and the shop says they'll stand behind it if something's wrong. I'd rather have it working, but if it's damaged, then I need to get on them ASAP.

    TIA for any pointers.
    Use a shock pump for the seatpost. You're probably losing almost all the air pressure in the post when you disconnect the floor pump because the hose in the floor pump is so long. I would also suggest brining the post in to the actual bike shop that the seller works at if you have any other issues. Like you said, probably something simple that you're missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porschefan View Post
    I just received a 2012 Blacklite post from a seller on Craigslist.

    The dropper portion of the post is all the way down--flush against the collar of the "outside" post. Actuating the release lever, does nothing--the post doesn't pop up at all. I checked the air pressure and it was ~20 psi, as manual states. I pumped it to 30-35 with no results.

    I'm completely new to these posts, so it's quite possible I'm missing something simple--I hope so.

    One other thing I noticed is that the volume of air in the post seems to be tiny. One pump on a floor pump gets it to 20 psi and another 1/2 pump (or less) get it to 30+. Is that normal?

    Conversely, just attaching a pressure guage to get a reading can release all the air out and it's back to 0.

    I'm worried that the seals or something in the air chamber aren't working properly.

    Seller is an employee of a bike shop/Specialized dealer and the shop says they'll stand behind it if something's wrong. I'd rather have it working, but if it's damaged, then I need to get on them ASAP.

    TIA for any pointers.
    Use a shock pump. Do not put more air than recommended because that will break the seatpost over time from excessively strong top-out. It will also feel like an ejection seat when it pops up. Ouch.

    Can you release the lever and extend the post manually? You should be able to. If not, something is wrong with it.

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    Yo has anybody performed the "COLD WEATHER" mods for the Blacklite. Mine is almost useless in cold temps. But once inside the bike room and normal temps, it works super good again. Temperamental seatpost I tell you!! They should make a 'canadian' version tuned for cold weather out of the box.

    Help a brother out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoro View Post
    Yo has anybody performed the "COLD WEATHER" mods for the Blacklite. Mine is almost useless in cold temps. But once inside the bike room and normal temps, it works super good again. Temperamental seatpost I tell you!! They should make a 'canadian' version tuned for cold weather out of the box.

    Help a brother out!
    I haven't tried it yet, but the cold weather mod just means using a lighter lube. Stock lube some kind of grease. Swap that for oil. Just make sure it's compatible with the seals. A heavier weight suspension oil might work, but double check with Specialized to see what they recommend. Call the number on their website.

    Overhaul instructions so you can do it yourself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoro View Post
    Yo has anybody performed the "COLD WEATHER" mods for the Blacklite. Mine is almost useless in cold temps. But once inside the bike room and normal temps, it works super good again. Temperamental seatpost I tell you!! They should make a 'canadian' version tuned for cold weather out of the box.

    Help a brother out!
    I'm kind of curious too. My original command post would get slow in the cold too. Now my blacklite is showing that behavior too. I used to just put a bit of triflow on the seals with my old one and that would speed things up for awhile but thinking I should do the legit cold weather tune this time around.

    Just curious why they wouldn't just do the cold weather tune out of the box? What happens when it gets warm again? Super duper fast ejection-seat action??

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    Has anyone set their's up with just straight cable without the adjuster in it?
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    Just curious, how do you other guys with the blacklite clamp your bike to a repair stand? Do you clamp it on To the part of the post that moves up and down or to the bottom part?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwu_1 View Post
    Just curious, how do you other guys with the blacklite clamp your bike to a repair stand? Do you clamp it on To the part of the post that moves up and down or to the bottom part?
    Bottom part always. Don't want to damage the shaft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pwu_1 View Post
    Just curious, how do you other guys with the blacklite clamp your bike to a repair stand? Do you clamp it on To the part of the post that moves up and down or to the bottom part?
    Never clamp anything to the stanchion. Scratch that, and there goes your post...

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    Unless you are at a Specialized demo day. I was shocked when they continually clamped to the stanchion every time a bike was brought in to change over for a new person. Made sense after awhile as they were just trying to get more people through the demo as possible and they didnt care about the state of the bikes. I was amazed that the posts kept working as well as they did.

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    Command Post Cold Weather Setup Directions

    Been looking for the cold weather setup for the Command Post for a while and I finally found it. I was really beginning to think I just wasn't out there. Just in case anybody needs it, here's the link:

    http://service.specialized.com/asc/C...0208A_revA.pdf

    Anybody have any suggestions for a good, inexpensive for oil for this application?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pike14 View Post
    Use a shock pump for the seatpost. You're probably losing almost all the air pressure in the post when you disconnect the floor pump because the hose in the floor pump is so long. I would also suggest brining the post in to the actual bike shop that the seller works at if you have any other issues. Like you said, probably something simple that you're missing.
    Update: I was able to release the post using a shock pump instead of the floor pump. I took it to a local Specialized shop to have it checked out and ended up having them install it there. Working fine!

    Thanks for the tips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailjunkee View Post
    Been looking for the cold weather setup for the Command Post for a while and I finally found it. I was really beginning to think I just wasn't out there. Just in case anybody needs it, here's the link:

    http://service.specialized.com/asc/C...0208A_revA.pdf

    Anybody have any suggestions for a good, inexpensive for oil for this application?

    Thanks
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    I know you are probably looking for something cheaper than the belray 10wt oil, but i have used belray on everything on my bike with no issues. I know they sell silicone shock oils for like 3 bucks for a small bottle..but the 15 dollar 1 liter belray 10 wt is like 15 bucks... Which should last a long time between builds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesse101 View Post
    I know you are probably looking for something cheaper than the belray 10wt oil, but i have used belray on everything on my bike with no issues. I know they sell silicone shock oils for like 3 bucks for a small bottle..but the 15 dollar 1 liter belray 10 wt is like 15 bucks... Which should last a long time between builds.
    Thanks Jesse. $15 looks ok to me. I hope this winter to do a refresh on my fork anyway so it would be good to have around. Are you sourcing your oil online or from a local shop? If it's online where are you getting it? Looks like Amazon's got a good price on it but shipping's pretty high since they don't sell it directly. Might head out to a moto shop to she what they've got this weekend.

    Thanks again!

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    If you can do this mod then you can work on your own fork. Just buy the fork oil from your local motoshop. Your $15 will get you through your next 5 to 10 oil changes in your fork too.

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    I got mine through my local harley davidson dealership for 15.99. And its pretty easy to rebuild..i am also looking to rebuild my revelation fork over the winter and shortening my cables. But i am debating to send my fork to push ind or get it done myself...choices choices lol

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    I also have the "cold weather" slow down (up) effect. I just spray a little WD-40 on a rag and rub/clean the upper part of the post, leaving no residue, seems to work just fine for a couple cold rides in a row.

    I bought mine new from a member here 12 months ago, set it up and have yet to have any issues with it (other than the slow down when cold). I ride 3-4 times per week 10-20 miles per ride, with multiple post use.

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    From another thread, do any of you have issues with the force required to press the lever? If so, any solutions that work well?
    Also, are you using the Spesh grips w/ integral lever? If so, any issues with the grips so far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplemind View Post
    From another thread, do any of you have issues with the force required to press the lever? If so, any solutions that work well?
    Also, are you using the Spesh grips w/ integral lever? If so, any issues with the grips so far?
    Are you using the noodle that came with the post? Its the silver 90 degree bend piece.
    I originally had my post installed with the noodle and after a while it seemed like it got harder and harder to push the lever.
    Finally, I checked the cable and noticed it was getting a little bit rusty. Got a new cable and it was better but still kind of hard to push. Finally, I removed the noodle and the lever is much much easier to push now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwu_1 View Post
    Are you using the noodle that came with the post? Its the silver 90 degree bend piece.
    I originally had my post installed with the noodle and after a while it seemed like it got harder and harder to push the lever.
    Finally, I checked the cable and noticed it was getting a little bit rusty. Got a new cable and it was better but still kind of hard to push. Finally, I removed the noodle and the lever is much much easier to push now.
    I think your experience is like most, the noodle is the culprit. I think I'll pack it with a dry lube prior to using first time.

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    Accidental drops from full up to cruiser or lowest position while climbing

    Quote Originally Posted by mestapho View Post
    Got mine back from warranty and its working again.
    Although, now I'm getting some accidental drops from full up to the cruiser position.
    Only seems to happen when I'm climbing which is really annoying
    . Hopefully that
    goes away with some more use.
    I am now experiencing exactly the same problem. Happens about 1-3 time per ride and only while climbing steep stuff where I am scooted more forward on the saddle. Does anybody know why this happens and what the resolution is?

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