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    Quote Originally Posted by surlytman
    Just started watching this forumn. I dig it! I am so tired of the techno weenies. I have been riding a Slingshot Boom tube bike since the fall of 92. No pics right now, I am building a new house and it is packed away with the rest of my herd in sotorage.

    Mine is the 93 Team Yellow version in a 17" long. I also have a mod that I have never seen. A Pro-Action downtube. I sold Slingshots back then and got to try this new deal. It really made the bike a blast on steep technical downhills.

    I will try to get pics shot soon.
    Super curious to see it!

    What else do you have in your 'herd'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Super curious to see it!

    What else do you have in your 'herd'?
    Lets see, a restored Pinarello road bike with newer Campy. a Surly 1x1. a Surly Karate Monkey, a Bianchi Project 7 29er, a Burly Rock and Roll Softride Tandem, Schwinn Joey Garcia 20 incherSeveral British 3 speeds, an old Schwinn Moab steel hardtail set up with moustache bars, my wifes Alpinstar, I know I am forgetting some stuff here?

    I have saved most of the vintage chi chi parts I have ever bought. IRD brakes in 3DV Old Syncros, American stem and other goodies...............this forum kinda rocks!

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    if you want to know the real truth about slingshot bikes email ma@mudbats.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2
    if you want to know the real truth about slingshot bikes email ma@mudbats.com
    im intrigued. e-mail sent.
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    Did anyone else notice that the all steel Slingshot seems to be a thing of the past? They are not offering one for '06.

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    How come this thread is all scrambled up suddenly? There are three recent posts in the middle of the second page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclodan
    How come this thread is all scrambled up suddenly? There are three recent posts in the middle of the second page.
    Looks fine in my usual "threaded" view.
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    Hello all. I used to ride a mid 90's slingshot but had to sell it due to being a broke college student a few years ago. I had also gotten out of riding but am now looking to start again. If anyone hears of a reasonably priced Slingshot frame/fork and drops me a line I would be eternally geatful. I also have a Slingshot BMX frame sitting awaiting a repaint/build-up at home that a friend gave to me when I used to work at Rock N' Road Cycles in Muskegon, MI. I'll post pictures the next time I'm home.

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    Hi Guys............Slingshot newbie

    Just got this slingshot as a frame recently , always liked the look of em so I thought 'Why not'
    The photo was taken last week hence no cables, but I have ridden it snice then and I
    have to say...............its quite an experience and its gonna take some getting used to.

    anyway here it is ,its a 1993 and its got a Suntour xc-comp/pro groupset

    Wanted -girvin cranks, tubular steel - not the standard alloy ones

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    OK, so how do these things ride? Are they laturality stiff? Rumpfy, whats the scoop?

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    Gotta add my slingshot

    Great thread. Sorry for the grainy pic.



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    Quote Originally Posted by retrobikeguy
    Just got this slingshot as a frame recently , always liked the look of em so I thought 'Why not'
    The photo was taken last week hence no cables, but I have ridden it snice then and I
    have to say...............its quite an experience and its gonna take some getting used to.

    anyway here it is ,its a 1993 and its got a Suntour xc-comp/pro groupset

    So far so good?

    They really are a fun bike. You get lots of attention on them, thats for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kb11
    OK, so how do these things ride? Are they laturality stiff? Rumpfy, whats the scoop?

    I've had every bit of 6 or 7 different Slingshots over the years. They're a fun bike, and from what I've seen of your riding style, you'd probably like it actually. They're a good bike for a smoother rider, someone who keep the tires on the ground.

    I'm down to just having the 92 team frame set up as an SS and the 88/89 which is awaiting a repaint.

    You're more than welcome to ride my single speeded Slingshot if you want (next time we're in the same place).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    I've had every bit of 6 or 7 different Slingshots over the years. They're a fun bike, and from what I've seen of your riding style, you'd probably like it actually. They're a good bike for a smoother rider, someone who keep the tires on the ground.

    I'm down to just having the 92 team frame set up as an SS and the 88/89 which is awaiting a repaint.

    You're more than welcome to ride my single speeded Slingshot if you want (next time we're in the same place).

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    Well, I just bought one off of EBay. I may have paid a little too much but didn't feel like waiting till the last minute. Got outbid in the last 7 seconds a few days ago on another. I do have a couple of questions though. First, is it possible to take the frame apart for shipping or are the boards bonded in and then bolted? Also, is a 96 suspension corrected. Looking at this tread there are some newer (mid 90's) with rigid forks that don't look to be suspension corrected. I am kind of hoping it isn't, I have been hanging on to a NOS Koski fork for probably 10 years and was hoping to use that. My last questions is what is the Pro-Action downtube that someone mentioned a few posts ago?? Thanks and I will post some pics when it is built.

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    after 34x18 gearing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler
    after 34x18 gearing.
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    Why the new stem, looks to be the same except for the color. Nice looking bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKamp
    Well, I just bought one off of EBay. I may have paid a little too much but didn't feel like waiting till the last minute. Got outbid in the last 7 seconds a few days ago on another. I do have a couple of questions though. First, is it possible to take the frame apart for shipping or are the boards bonded in and then bolted? Also, is a 96 suspension corrected. Looking at this tread there are some newer (mid 90's) with rigid forks that don't look to be suspension corrected. I am kind of hoping it isn't, I have been hanging on to a NOS Koski fork for probably 10 years and was hoping to use that. My last questions is what is the Pro-Action downtube that someone mentioned a few posts ago?? Thanks and I will post some pics when it is built.
    I believe that the '96's were suspension adjusted. Mine was a '94 and I'm pretty sure that was the last year they were not. A friend had some problems with buying a rigid fork for a non-suspension adjusted frame (a '95 I believe) and it handling weird.

    As far as the Pro Action downtube goes, it is a hollow aluminum tube with an elastomer on the end that fits over the cable. As it was explained to me, Slingshot had a expert/pro downhiller on the squad in the mid-90's (when I was still riding) and his only complaint about the Slingshot design was that during hard braking the frame would compress, thus shrinking the wheelbase. The Pro Action downtube fixed this by allowing the frame to swing out (during hard pedaling) but not to swing in (under hard braking). I think I still have one lying around somewhere, I never put it on because I never noticed that problem.

    Oh yeah, I REALLY want to start riding again and REALLY love Slingshots (made in Michigan, whoop whoop!) so if anyone has a sling they're looking to get rid of please let me know. I also got my Slingshot BMX frame from my dad's house and will post pictures soon.

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    AKamp,
    Stem had more of a degree, besides i have several bikes so alot of parts tradings happens alot.

    as far as the differences - spinergy rear wheel is gone, XT hydro brakes replaced the avid mechs, single speed drivetrain with salsa 34t chainring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    For some weird reason that I have not yet come to grips with it; I am wanting a Bigshot--29" wheel'd unit. Leave it rigid in the front and fly..........
    something like this?

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/94846492@N00/280290225/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://static.flickr.com/114/280290225_dcd391b126.jpg" width="500" height="366" alt="Farmboy 6" /></a>

    It's a new frame (the Farmboy) but a few retro parts: Regal seat, square taper BB and old Specialized StrongArm compact cranks, Sachs/Ritchey twist shifter (1x9).

    It joins a 2004 Slingshot folding road bike (custom built for a mtb journalist to test: Dan Koeppel I think) in my current stable. My college friend/roommate was the Slingshot trials rider (Robert Lawson). The aluminum tube covering the cable on that bike was to prevent too much compression during some of the more extreme trials moves (during a big hop, or a front wheel landing probably) IIRC. They also offered it on some of the CX bikes from a few years ago. I believe there were two total 20" trials bikes built. Very cool.

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    I see a Slingshot in my future.

    I have room for one more bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacdykema
    I believe that the '96's were suspension adjusted. Mine was a '94 and I'm pretty sure that was the last year they were not. A friend had some problems with buying a rigid fork for a non-suspension adjusted frame (a '95 I believe) and it handling weird.

    As far as the Pro Action downtube goes, it is a hollow aluminum tube with an elastomer on the end that fits over the cable. As it was explained to me, Slingshot had a expert/pro downhiller on the squad in the mid-90's (when I was still riding) and his only complaint about the Slingshot design was that during hard braking the frame would compress, thus shrinking the wheelbase. The Pro Action downtube fixed this by allowing the frame to swing out (during hard pedaling) but not to swing in (under hard braking). I think I still have one lying around somewhere, I never put it on because I never noticed that problem.

    Oh yeah, I REALLY want to start riding again and REALLY love Slingshots (made in Michigan, whoop whoop!) so if anyone has a sling they're looking to get rid of please let me know. I also got my Slingshot BMX frame from my dad's house and will post pictures soon.

    You are the ONLY other person that I know of that has the downtube! I am back up and running online wise and will try to get a pic FINALLY of my Sling'

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    Bob Lawson's Slingshot trials bike

    Hi! I was wondering if anyone knows where or who bought the SLINGSHOT TRIALS bike that ROBERT (BOB) LAWSOM used, and that he sold on ebay. If anyone has any idea, please email me or send me a message. I would like to buy it back. Thanks!

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    for all of you who are wondering what's going on over at slingshot i would point you to the blog. they have a few photos of some bikes they are playing with. i rode the slinger with the lefty at the iceman cometh race this year and it was a blast, very fun. i have also thrown a leg over the 69er, also a great riding bike.
    www.slingshotbikes.blogspot.com

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    For all the Slingshot fans out there - check out this website. It's Mark Groendal's new bike company and still employing the same Sling-Power tech as the original Slingshot bikes. Personnally, I think Slingshot's new aluminum designs and stabs at "full suspension" bikes are asthetically hideous compared to the early-mid 90's frame design. These new frames are a little more appealing.

    I know this isn't really vintage equipment, but the idea is nearly as old as mountain biking itself. Enjoy!

    www.erbbike.com

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    Erb

    These ERB bikes are really cool. I think they would be worth a try.
    I like the design. Very URTish though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Does anyone know where to find (or has seen in person) a Titanium Slingshot?
    I'd take a half or full Ti...I know they were made for a short while c. 93/94....I'd love to own one. Any leads or info would be great.
    If I remember correctly, Scott Quiring used to fab for slingshot back in the day. He does some serious quality fabrication these days. You might want to contact him and ask if he'll do a custom for you. Good luck 'finding' one though, every sling owner I've ever known would sooner lose a nut before they sold their slingshot.
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    Here's a few shots of my farmboy-- I've had it for about 4 months now. It is pulling double duty as my commuter and I take it up to Marin as often as possible
    Stripped the TT myself and had sycip powder coat the rear triangle. The fork is a Scott Quiring custom job.



    with the fork that came with it (sibex- nice but too flexy for me)




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    local playground shots, headlands and Mt. Tam (my wife is very happy that I got the farmboy- she now gets to ride my zaskar instead of her old peugot k-mart bike)

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    Circus problems

    Well I finally rebuilt the old 92/93 Sling shot i bought from some bloke and found that the fiber plate is pritty much shot. The front and the back of the bike head in different directions like some kind of circus bike (bolts are tight).
    Contacted the new Sling shot guys and they said that they were not doing any refurbs on old frames at all (with or without paint) but offered to sell me one of their new ones.

    Anybody out there got any sugestions?

    Oh yea here are some smilies

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    Circus problems

    Wife says; "Run away and join the circus".

    Suppose I could put a piece of alley in there but that defeats the whole concept of the bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lid
    Well I finally rebuilt the old 92/93 Sling shot i bought from some bloke and found that the fiber plate is pritty much shot. The front and the back of the bike head in different directions like some kind of circus bike (bolts are tight).
    Contacted the new Sling shot guys and they said that they were not doing any refurbs on old frames at all (with or without paint) but offered to sell me one of their new ones.

    Anybody out there got any sugestions?
    Yeah, you're pretty much SOL now. The new owners of the company aren't too cool IMO.

    I have an older Sling as well thats a bit out of alignment...not much I can do about it.

    You tires will bald on one side faster!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lid
    Well I finally rebuilt the old 92/93 Sling shot i bought from some bloke and found that the fiber plate is pritty much shot. The front and the back of the bike head in different directions like some kind of circus bike (bolts are tight).
    Contacted the new Sling shot guys and they said that they were not doing any refurbs on old frames at all (with or without paint) but offered to sell me one of their new ones.

    Anybody out there got any sugestions?

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    I'd be willing to bet you could find out what those 3m fiber boards are 'really' used for- It just seems unlikely that 3m makes those boards just for slingshots. I'd bet that slingshot found them being used in some other application (like some kind of windsurfer fitting, or lawn furniture or something that is mass produced by the thousands) and modified it themselves. Getting a company like 3m to make a few hundred of these boards per year just seems very unlikely, it wouldn't be worth the effort.

    You could try to find a big hunk of fiber plastic and shape it yourself with a belt sander or something. There just isn't a whole lot of engineering in that thing, it wouldn't be rocket surgery.

    Then just pay some local high school kid $5 to test it out (he he)
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    If it CAN be fixed, and if it was my bike - I know who I'd contact - Scott Quiring. Scott worked/raced at Slingshot back in the old days and probably knows as much about those frames as anybody. I think he even built some of the later US-made frames - so it's at least worth a call/email.

    FCTi

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    Mark Groendal is also making bikes again (under a different company name). I'm sure he would be able to answer that question as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Mark Groendal is also making bikes again (under a different company name). I'm sure he would be able to answer that question as well.
    Here it is: http://www.erbbikes.com/

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    New thread opened:

    1990 slingshot decals closeup needed

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    Hallo,

    I'm restoring a 1990 Slingshot frame.
    It has been repainted and now it is missing all the decals. I think i need one like the picures attached.
    Anyone could help me taking a closeup picture of one of their bike, so I can reproduce it?

    many thanks

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    Anyone run a Lefty on their Slingshot?
    Half a fork, Half a bike....

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    i have run a lefty on a slingshot. i had one on a 69er set up, the put one on the ripper and raced it at Iceman. then i jumped to the big wheeled farmboy and converted the lefty for that. to me it was the best of the freaks

    let me tell you about the stares i'd get and the questions....

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    Here it is mine!

    Finally I set up this sling of 1990.
    It is almost definitive, but the seat post is not the right one due it is a 26.8 and I need a 26.6 difficult to find that size.
    The decals are missing,but thanks to Bigweel they will be back soon.
    What do you think about it?
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    Here it is mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rouge
    Finally I set up this sling of 1990.
    It is almost definitive, but the seat post is not the right one due it is a 26.8 and I need a 26.6 difficult to find that size.
    The decals are missing,but thanks to Bigweel they will be back soon.
    What do you think about it?
    Niiice!

    Great looking Slingshot. I've got one just like it I need to restore....though I think that frame is an 88 or 89 I'm pretty sure.

    Bigwheel would know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Niiice!

    Great looking Slingshot. I've got one just like it I need to restore....though I think that frame is an 88 or 89 I'm pretty sure.

    Bigwheel would know.
    Post some pictures!
    I'm still don't know exactly the year.
    Firstflight has one of 1990 similar but the wire is connected to the front head tube.
    In Italy came out a bike test of this exact frame in 1991....i'm sure that it is earlier than 1991. :-)
    Bigwheel? :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rouge
    Post some pictures!
    I'm still don't know exactly the year.
    Firstflight has one of 1990 similar but the wire is connected to the front head tube.
    In Italy came out a bike test of this exact frame in 1991....i'm sure that it is earlier than 1991. :-)
    Bigwheel? :-)
    It's pretty worked over right now...but I'll have some paint on it soon.
    I also think its a tiny bit crooked.

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    Nice!!

    Before repaint it, could you take an HD picture of the true temper tubing label and the front tube label?
    I can make an HD scan of decals and send them to you, so you can reproduce them as originals. What do you think?

    CrusaleCUTTHIS@gmail.com

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rouge
    Before repaint it, could you take an HD picture of the true temper tubing label and the front tube label?
    I can make an HD scan of decals and send them to you, so you can reproduce them as originals. What do you think?

    CrusaleCUTTHIS@gmail.com

    Thanks
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    I already have factory replacement decals for this. No headtube decal on this frame. I can take a picture of the frame tubing decal easy enough.
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    Possible 3M material solution...

    For many years I worked with vibrating materials handling equipment which used little 3M spring packs. These were similar, if not the same, as your Slingshot springs.
    I am currently contracting for this same company during my University holidays (so I can afford to eat...).
    I will look into who the suppliers of the springs are. You may have to make the springs yourself from raw blanks or perhaps one of the suppliers can take a sample spring and make a few for you (group buy etc).
    I don't want to get your hopes up too high, but the new Slingshot company DON'T have a monoploy on that 3M leaf spring material.

    I don't own a slingshot but I think it stinks that they refuse to honour service of their old products or instead shaft current owners with stupid prices.

    "well if you love it that much i'm sure you can sell a kidney and buy a new one from us".

    Particularly when they are a niche "cult" type product that i'm sure benefits from word-of-mouth by passionate current owners.

    Here is a link to show what i'm talking about with the 3M leaf springs:
    http://www.fmctechnologies.com/uploa...ghtfeeders.pdf
    Look at the pictures of these blue machines. See the little fibre springs between the base and the pan? They come in all sizes. I'm sure you could modify one to suit or maybe even find one of the right section size - just cut and drill.

    Also talk to people who worked with the old Slingshot mob and see if they can tell you what a spring changeout involved. Find out any info you can.

    Can anyone give some dimensions of their spring, doesn't need to be too accurate for now.

    I'll try to get back to you with more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purdyboy
    Possible 3M material solution...
    yeah it just seems really unikely that 3m is just producing these flex boards just for slingshots. How many do they mak a year? 200? 500?

    I bet Scott Quiring would know what they <i>really</i> are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purdyboy
    For many years I worked with vibrating materials handling equipment which used little 3M spring packs. These were similar, if not the same, as your Slingshot springs.
    I am currently contracting for this same company during my University holidays (so I can afford to eat...).
    I will look into who the suppliers of the springs are. You may have to make the springs yourself from raw blanks or perhaps one of the suppliers can take a sample spring and make a few for you (group buy etc).
    I don't want to get your hopes up too high, but the new Slingshot company DON'T have a monoploy on that 3M leaf spring material.

    I don't own a slingshot but I think it stinks that they refuse to honour service of their old products or instead shaft current owners with stupid prices.

    "well if you love it that much i'm sure you can sell a kidney and buy a new one from us".

    Particularly when they are a niche "cult" type product that i'm sure benefits from word-of-mouth by passionate current owners.

    Here is a link to show what i'm talking about with the 3M leaf springs:
    http://www.fmctechnologies.com/uploa...ghtfeeders.pdf
    Look at the pictures of these blue machines. See the little fibre springs between the base and the pan? They come in all sizes. I'm sure you could modify one to suit or maybe even find one of the right section size - just cut and drill.

    Also talk to people who worked with the old Slingshot mob and see if they can tell you what a spring changeout involved. Find out any info you can.

    Can anyone give some dimensions of their spring, doesn't need to be too accurate for now.

    I'll try to get back to you with more.
    That'd be fantastic!

    Means there might be hope for my 88 thats sitting a bit crooked.

    Might be hard to measure exactly the size but I'll give it a shot.
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