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Old Jan 25th, 2015, 3:57 pm Thread Starter
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I have to say for the convenience, SpeedBleeders take the trophy in my book.
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Old Jan 25th, 2015, 4:03 pm
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Converting the stock headlight to a HID.

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My different final drive gear ratios. I now have every gear ratio in stock that was made for the LT style FD except for a 3.22 & that was only available in Europe. I'll have that ratio later this year. I just installed my 2.91 gear FD for my trip to Florida in a few weeks.

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My different final drive gear ratios. I now have every gear ratio in stock that was made for the LT style FD except for a 3.22 & that was only available in Europe. I'll have that ratio later this year. I just installed my 2.91 gear FD for my trip to Florida in a few weeks.
Hey Dave!
While I'm thinking about things I didn't know I needed, but decided I wanted because of this site, how about sending me one of your re-geared final drives? Not too low so it doesn't kill the mpg, but gives a little more grunt.
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Converting the stock headlight to a HID.

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And before they had HID it was the Motolights.
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It's a toss up Btwn HID light or Russell seat.

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I'll take a different tack and say the BMW Performance Rider's School (pick your favorite skills course). Confidence to handle the 'truck'--priceless.

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The Rick Mayer Seat and my homemade back rest. The pair working together have saved my but and shoulders from great amounts of pain. HID and Hyway pegs would be next.

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Doing a lot this winter, but I will bet it will end up being HID. That is the worst headlight I ever had on a motorcycle.
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The last upgrade I've done to my K1200LT was a Russell seat (used). Funny thing is, that's the first thing I should have done. It makes this great touring machine a comfortable touring machine, for me. No excuse why I didn't do this first.

I put 120K on an '05 LT and 40k on an '09 LT before doing the seat. In hindsight that was just dumb... everything else is great for convenience, conspicuity, safety, etc., but the seat is the basic interface between rider and machine!
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In Order

1. HID headlight
2. Mic o pegs
3. Motolights
4. GPS (for accurate speed)
5. Stock seat is fine-135K miles
6. Original windshield in great shape

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My best upgrade....... bmwlt.com and all the good people I've met here. Best site, best people, hands down.
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Cee Bailey's #2 (reverse curve) -2 Windscreen.

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Hmmm. Right now probably the Motolights. Or the upgraded Radio?? I'll agree with hschisler. I should upgrade the seat to a Russell.

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Back rest and power lines with controller for Gerbing heatet cloths.

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Best upgrades I've done, in order are:

1. Russell seat and backrest
2. PIAA lights & AS-7 switch (mostly for conspicuity)
3. "fix it before it breaks" latch kit (so I don't have to worry about it breaking in the middle of nowhere)
4. Yacugar shocks
5. Centech AP-2 Fuse panel
6. BMR luggage rack
7. Veskimo cooling vest (great for mid-summer rides across the desert and beats evaporative cooling vests hands down)
8. Kathy's saddlebag liners and topcase rack expandable bag

Once I install the Speigler brake lines that I got at CCR last summer, they'll be inserted on this list somewhere after the Russell seat.

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Properly rebuilt final drive. Thanks Curtis

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My best upgrade....... bmwlt.com and all the good people I've met here. Best site, best people, hands down.
Probably the reason why I got so much enjoyment out of my LT. Through this site I learned just about everything I needed to know about maintaining my LT and how to easily install the needed farkles.

I think the HID was first.

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1. Electric-hydraulic center stand
2. Corbin saddle
3. Back-Off rear brake lights
4. HID headlight conv.
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HID Headlight conversion. Best $50 and hour of my time I spent.

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The HID upgrade (low beam) is definitely near top of the list... and its also useful that the used stock H7 globe that had sat in the drawer for several years fit my wife's Forestor when it blew a headlight lamp recently
Otherwise... its the seat upgrade, gotta be the seat upgrade (Rick Mayer in my case)...not perfect, but 200% improvement over stock and does make it way more comfortable for touring.

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Wilbers front and rear, sprung to cope with 2 up and fully loaded. No more bottoming out or scraping on bends.

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Re: What is the best upgrade to your KLT?

Now...where should I start from?
Not necessarily in order of importance but in some order anyway:

1) Gerbings permanent Heat-Trollers, separate for jacket, pants and shoes. Same set for the pillion.
2) Heat-Troller adjustment for seat and handlebar heaters.
3) Cee Bailey #2 Euro Cut windshield
4) HID conversion for the stock lights +2 Hella Micro DE HID, + 4 Hella Halogens driving & fog lights. (Now the truckers behave and turn off their roof mounted driving lights at decent distance...)
5) Brake light flasher by Larry S
6) 63 mm power adjustable Russell leather seat added with power adjustable BaK-Up back rest
7) Suburban machinery foot peg lowering kit
8) Öhlins shocks
9) Oil pressure, oil temperature, FD oil temperature, manifold vacuum, Volts and Amps meters.
10) SmartTire tire pressure gauge. (Still working after 150.000 km)
11) Dash conversion v. 5.0 with new 5" screen together with 2 GoPro monitoring, two rear view cameras, one reverse camera & one Android PC display (under construction)
12) Ex-Dauntless hitch with removable luggage rack. Now housing a Uni-Go hitch. Uni-Go with LT luggage rack on the lid. And Larry's brake light flasher on that, too.
13) Multi-fuel conversion kit. Engine runs with anything between European 98 Oct or 85% Ethanol mix.
14) Right side fake muffler for tool storage.
15) Double antennas, flag poles, lighted BMW roundels and what have you...
16) Weep hole of course...
17) Spiegler steel brake lines.
18) Permanent Thomas air compressor with pipeline to front and rear.
19) All new auxiliary electricals with 15 fuses and about 52 auxiliary relays for various purposes.
20) Alternating flasher system for the Hid's and fog lights to create space and warn cage drivers during lane splitting. Very useful in Germany. I call them the "Stau-lights".
21) Trunk moved 30 mm backwards from the factory rear position. New storage space under the pillion backrest (which has been moved 14 mm upwards.)
22) Fix-it-Before-it-breaks set for the trunk lid.
23) Reversing lights, reversing beeper, reversing sensors (nowadays replaced by the camera)
24) 40 Watt radio amplifier update by Baris in UK. IPhone / iPad connection with Spotify.
25) Baehr intercom with Bluetooth cell phone connection. Own system for the pillion for her own music. Baehr bike to bike PMR radio. (no bluetooth though)
26) Garmin Zumo 660

Oh well, forgot most but here was some. Still going strong after 185.000 km...

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Pozo,

Quite the list of farkles. I'm surprised you didn't add a second GPS, Valentine One radar detector, or a MixIt audio system to the list. How much would it cost just for the farkles you listed? I'm guessing somewhere well above the cost of a previously owned LT, but it would be one heck of a spaceship.

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I already had the MonoLites on the bike, but adding the HID low beam and the two Hella FF50 under the mirrors made it easy to see and be seen day or night.

Plus getting the Wilbers re-sprung for my weight was a big boost in the ride comfort department. I sold the Corbin 4 piece setup that came with the bike and installed the OEM seat that I also got in the buy. It's perfect now that it's broken in for my butt.

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Now...where should I start from?
Not necessarily in order of importance but in some order anyway:

1) Gerbings permanent Heat-Trollers, separate for jacket, pants and shoes. Same set for the pillion.
2) Heat-Troller adjustment for seat and handlebar heaters.
3) Cee Bailey #2 Euro Cut windshield
4) HID conversion for the stock lights +2 Hella Micro DE HID, + 4 Hella .................................................. .................................................. ..................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Oh well, forgot most but here was some. Still going strong after 185.000 km...

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Ohlins.......................the Spieglers were more of a repair.......

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I added a lot of farkles, for me the Corbin seat had to be the best due to how bad the stock seat was for me.

2-the back up back rest
3-Mick o pegs and jpegs
These comfort items allowed me to ride all day long

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Ari,
I would like to see some close up pics of your bike with all that stuff especially the added muffler used as storage, how does that work?. I saw the pic of your bike on the one blog site but it was from a distance.


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Now...where should I start from?
Not necessarily in order of importance but in some order anyway:

1) Gerbings permanent Heat-Trollers, separate for jacket, pants and shoes. Same set for the pillion.
2) Heat-Troller adjustment for seat and handlebar heaters.
3) Cee Bailey #2 Euro Cut windshield
4) HID conversion for the stock lights +2 Hella Micro DE HID, + 4 Hella Halogens driving & fog lights. (Now the truckers behave and turn off their roof mounted driving lights at decent distance...)
5) Brake light flasher by Larry S
6) 63 mm power adjustable Russell leather seat added with power adjustable BaK-Up back rest
7) Suburban machinery foot peg lowering kit
8) Öhlins shocks
9) Oil pressure, oil temperature, FD oil temperature, manifold vacuum, Volts and Amps meters.
10) SmartTire tire pressure gauge. (Still working after 150.000 km)
11) Dash conversion v. 5.0 with new 5" screen together with 2 GoPro monitoring, two rear view cameras, one reverse camera & one Android PC display (under construction)
12) Ex-Dauntless hitch with removable luggage rack. Now housing a Uni-Go hitch. Uni-Go with LT luggage rack on the lid. And Larry's brake light flasher on that, too.
13) Multi-fuel conversion kit. Engine runs with anything between European 98 Oct or 85% Ethanol mix.
14) Right side fake muffler for tool storage.
15) Double antennas, flag poles, lighted BMW roundels and what have you...
16) Weep hole of course...
17) Spiegler steel brake lines.
18) Permanent Thomas air compressor with pipeline to front and rear.
19) All new auxiliary electricals with 15 fuses and about 52 auxiliary relays for various purposes.
20) Alternating flasher system for the Hid's and fog lights to create space and warn cage drivers during lane splitting. Very useful in Germany. I call them the "Stau-lights".
21) Trunk moved 30 mm backwards from the factory rear position. New storage space under the pillion backrest (which has been moved 14 mm upwards.)
22) Fix-it-Before-it-breaks set for the trunk lid.
23) Reversing lights, reversing beeper, reversing sensors (nowadays replaced by the camera)
24) 40 Watt radio amplifier update by Baris in UK. IPhone / iPad connection with Spotify.
25) Baehr intercom with Bluetooth cell phone connection. Own system for the pillion for her own music. Baehr bike to bike PMR radio. (no bluetooth though)
26) Garmin Zumo 660

Oh well, forgot most but here was some. Still going strong after 185.000 km...

Regards
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Cee Bailey's #2 (reverse curve) -2 Windscreen.
Same here! And my pillion thanked for it!

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I used to say Ohlins shocks, but I now have to say the full ESA shock from Wilbers is my favorite add on.

It gives me 5 steps of electronic preload at 10 mm at a time. I would always forget when going two - up to reset the preload and would suffer in the corners as we would scrape. I was always too lazy to stop , get off, lift the seat and crank up the preload. Now if I forget I just push a button even on the fly. Also I can change the damping electronically to three levels. Puts the old LT right up there in technology with the rest of the new bikes.
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I would like to see some close up pics of your bike with all that stuff especially the added muffler used as storage, how does that work?. I saw the pic of your bike on the one blog site but it was from a distance.
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Found some great pictures of his projects HERE
Here it is...

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Now...where should I start from?
Not necessarily in order of importance but in some order anyway:

1) Gerbings permanent Heat-Trollers, separate for jacket, pants and shoes. Same set for the pillion.
2) Heat-Troller adjustment for seat and handlebar heaters.
3) Cee Bailey #2 Euro Cut windshield
4) HID conversion for the stock lights +2 Hella Micro DE HID, + 4 Hella Halogens driving & fog lights. (Now the truckers behave and turn off their roof mounted driving lights at decent distance...)
5) Brake light flasher by Larry S
6) 63 mm power adjustable Russell leather seat added with power adjustable BaK-Up back rest
7) Suburban machinery foot peg lowering kit
8) Öhlins shocks
9) Oil pressure, oil temperature, FD oil temperature, manifold vacuum, Volts and Amps meters.
10) SmartTire tire pressure gauge. (Still working after 150.000 km)
11) Dash conversion v. 5.0 with new 5" screen together with 2 GoPro monitoring, two rear view cameras, one reverse camera & one Android PC display (under construction)
12) Ex-Dauntless hitch with removable luggage rack. Now housing a Uni-Go hitch. Uni-Go with LT luggage rack on the lid. And Larry's brake light flasher on that, too.
13) Multi-fuel conversion kit. Engine runs with anything between European 98 Oct or 85% Ethanol mix.
14) Right side fake muffler for tool storage.
15) Double antennas, flag poles, lighted BMW roundels and what have you...
16) Weep hole of course...
17) Spiegler steel brake lines.
18) Permanent Thomas air compressor with pipeline to front and rear.
19) All new auxiliary electricals with 15 fuses and about 52 auxiliary relays for various purposes.
20) Alternating flasher system for the Hid's and fog lights to create space and warn cage drivers during lane splitting. Very useful in Germany. I call them the "Stau-lights".
21) Trunk moved 30 mm backwards from the factory rear position. New storage space under the pillion backrest (which has been moved 14 mm upwards.)
22) Fix-it-Before-it-breaks set for the trunk lid.
23) Reversing lights, reversing beeper, reversing sensors (nowadays replaced by the camera)
24) 40 Watt radio amplifier update by Baris in UK. IPhone / iPad connection with Spotify.
25) Baehr intercom with Bluetooth cell phone connection. Own system for the pillion for her own music. Baehr bike to bike PMR radio. (no bluetooth though)
26) Garmin Zumo 660

Oh well, forgot most but here was some. Still going strong after 185.000 km...

Regards
Wow!!! That's a hell of a load on our trucks man. Did you forget mentioning the Auto Pilot? How do you name it? Space ship ENTERPRICE?
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I used to say Ohlins shocks, but I now have to say the full ESA shock from Wilbers is my favorite add on.

It gives me 5 steps of electronic preload at 10 mm at a time. I would always forget when going two - up to reset the preload and would suffer in the corners as we would scrape. I was always too lazy to stop , get off, lift the seat and crank up the preload. Now if I forget I just push a button even on the fly. Also I can change the damping electronically to three levels. Puts the old LT right up there in technology with the rest of the new bikes.
Now you opened a can of worms...

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I used to say Ohlins shocks, but I now have to say the full ESA shock from Wilbers is my favorite add on.

It gives me 5 steps of electronic preload at 10 mm at a time. I would always forget when going two - up to reset the preload and would suffer in the corners as we would scrape. I was always too lazy to stop , get off, lift the seat and crank up the preload. Now if I forget I just push a button even on the fly. Also I can change the damping electronically to three levels. Puts the old LT right up there in technology with the rest of the new bikes.
OH Brother! %$#!*&! Just when I thought I was done getting stuff I hadn't thought of. I was thinking of sending my Ohlins out for rebuild, but now..... oh, Brother!
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Wow!!! That's a hell of a load on our trucks man. Did you forget mentioning the Auto Pilot? How do you name it? Space ship ENTERPRICE?
Yeah, Ari is the Farkle-Meister. Someday his bike is going to belong in a museum!
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Old Jan 29th, 2015, 6:09 pm
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Yeah, Ari is the Farkle-Meister. Someday his bike is going to belong in a museum!
Well, I 've checked Aris picasaweb site photos. Some of his thoughts are nice and functional. And he gives a good description on what was done. Some little secrets like the one with the aftermarket vs the OEM oil filter are good to know especially in countries like Greece I live that nobody, not even the authorized service knows.
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I've done many upgrades to my LT over the years. Most of which improved my comfort or the safety of the bike. After every improvement, I used to think that "it" was the best thing that I every did to upgrade the bike.

In thinking about this question from a macro perspective, I think that after upgrading the seat (which is a no brainer on BMWs), upgrading to a bluetooth system using helmet speakers, has been the single best upgrade to the bike. I can now clearly hear my satellite radio, podcasts, intercom and have phone conversations while out on the road. Best of all, I'm no longer driving down the road with speakers blasting and getting weird stares from the folks in cars.

Too bad I didn't figure this out before replacing the non-functioning, stock radio with the Jensen Marine radio.

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Out of the 32 accessories/upgrades added, the Russell-Day Long seat is the most appreciated. Followed by Ohlins and Spiegler steel brake lines.

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One more of the truly great Mods / upgrades was the Gas Cap Mod.
So.....Cee Bailey's windscreen, then the Gas Cap Mod!
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Good question, Curtis! When I bought my bike it had the HID headlight, PIAA driving lights (mounted under the mirrors, I bought the kit and moved them down by under the front cowling) the Rein West chip and Remus exhaust, so I can't say what impact they actually made. I put on the Cee Baileys #2 -2 which made a word of difference in buffeting and wind noise. The ZTechnic arm rests which made the wife very happy. The Speigler Brake lines which removed the spongy feel the old lines were giving. The DICE ipod adapter would be up there, but the parasitic drain is so much I have to disconnect it after the trip and it loses all the programming ergo convenience. The Ohlins front & rear which made the ride incredibly more solid is probably a close second. I'll go with the StarCom 1 and Zumo 550 combo. It has greatly improved the joy of riding two up by letting my wife and I visit and point out scenery, plan potty breaks, etc. Being able to take phone calls and have verbal trip guidance is also a plus. the auto mute function is incredible and has the right prioritization (cell, GPS, rider to pillion, music). The fact that I installed it with the help of Grif & Bones is just a plus. Oh and a big thank you to Dick for the Shelf to mount the Zumo on.

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Hi Curtis,

I think my best upgrades are the "peace of mind" ones. New radiator hoses, brake lines, gas pump fuel lines. All replaced before an issue after the bike turned 15.

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Th The fact that I installed it with the help of Grif & Bones is just a plus. Oh and a big thank you to Dick for the Shelf to mount the Zumo on.
Benny, I remember that day well. It was a world record for heat where we were actually hotter on the driveway than 25 feet inside an active volcano.
That Zumo was pretty much plug N play. Glad it's still working for you.

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Pozo,

Quite the list of farkles. I'm surprised you didn't add a second GPS, Valentine One radar detector, or a MixIt audio system to the list. How much would it cost just for the farkles you listed? I'm guessing somewhere well above the cost of a previously owned LT, but it would be one heck of a spaceship.

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Thanks for the suggestions, Rob.
As far as the radar detector goes, that was one of the items I forgot from the list. Probably because I only use it in countries where the usage does not become as expensive as here in Finland. If I get caught with the unit on my bike, first of all it gets confiscated. Secondly I will get a ticket which is based on my income. (For example, if I would make a 7-digit income per year (which I don't do, unfortunately) , the fine could be the same as the value of a new GTL.) And the radar detector ticket will be added to my regular speeding ticket collection and if I collect three within a year or four within 2 years my drivers licence will be suspended for 3-4 months. So I rather leave the unit unused on my local rides...
Regarding the two GPS units, I don't get the point. My iPhone serves as emergency GPS if needed. I have an American friend with three units mounted on his bike and for some reason we tend to get lost every time he is leading our riding group...
But I forgot to list the Tramigo GPS tracker that I have on the bike. If someone would steal the bike I could follow its path on my iPhone and then send SMS to the unit and it would cut the fuel pump grounding with obvious consequences...
And the MixIt audio? I studied their website and tried to figure out what it does that my Baehr Ultima XL for LT does not do...
And the costs I quit adding up many years ago. About the the same time when I hit the price of a new LT...

And to rhawk who asked which one is the best: (just as Curtis originally did)
Sorry I had forgotten the original question as did some others, too. It is hard to pick the best one. Perhaps the Gerbings heated clothing system gives the most riding comfort during the times that otherwise one could not ride at all.
Each farkle is built for some more or less useful purpose so they are all important - to me at least!

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Wilbers front and rear, sprung to cope with 2 up and fully loaded. No more bottoming out or scraping on bends.
In the same line; I really enjoyed my Ohlin's when I had the LT; it was like riding a different bike.

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The best upgrade to my bike is my wife, not a farkle.

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