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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed. Call 800-298-8924 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1695 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Blue Ox Base Plates - BX1695

  • Blue Ox
  • Removable Drawbars
  • Twist Lock Attachment

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.


Features:

  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for tow bar
  • Hidden reinforcement means that less of the bracket shows
    • No crossbar support beam or large, protruding brackets
  • Base plate tabs remove easily for a completely inconspicuous look
  • Sturdy, dependable design
    • Spreads towing force evenly to minimize weight placed on suspension
    • Constructed of durable steel
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Bolts securely to your vehicle chassis
  • Instructions and necessary hardware included
  • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars with the Roadmaster Tow Bar Adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5; sold separately)
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 20"
    • Fits Blue Ox Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars
  • Bracket height: 14-1/4"
  • 3-Year warranty


BX1695 Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Tabs

Installation Details BX1695 Installation instructions

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Video of Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Video Transcript for Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Ryan: How's the going Ryan here at etrailer.com. Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the blue ox base plate kit with removable arms. Now my favorite thing about this kit is how clean it's going to look whenever we're not using it. You're barely going to be able to see the base plate through the bottom of our grill. And that's really just going to help maintain that factory look. The base plate is going to provide us with a solid and reliable connection point to hook our tow bar tool which in turn will go to our motor home.Now keep in mind, there's going to be five main components needed to flat tow your cruise down the road.

You're going to have your base plate, your tow bar, your tow bar wiring, your braking system, and your safety cables. Whenever you're ready to use your base plate, it's going to be really easy. And that's because it's going to have these removable arms. And the way these work, you simply push in and then you're going to rotate it about a quarter of a turn. And this pan is going to latch into the base plate, giving you that connection point.

Let's get to work the same on both sides.Our safety chain hooks are going to be right next to those removable arms. And one thing that I really like too is that the base plate is already going to have some bracketry built into it, especially making it easy to hook up your wiring connector here at the front of your Cruze. So the base plate is going to work with many different blue ox tow bars, and it can also be used with many Roadmaster tow bars if you pick up an adapter which is sold separately, and you can find it here at etrailer.com. Now as far as the installation goes, it is going to take a little bit of time. And some of the steps can be a little bit tricky.

But if you stay focused, you should have no problem getting it on yourself at home. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and put it on together now.To begin our installation, we're going to be working underneath the inaudible 00:01:56 and we're going to start by taking apart this plastic radiator cover here. We're going to have a total of seven plastic push pin fasteners like this along our radiator cover and get those out. I'm going to use a trim panel tool or a flathead screwdriver, works fine too. What you do is you just pry underneath the head of it, and you're able to pull up completely and pop the whole base out as well.

So I'm going to use that same technique to get all of the remaining pushpin fasteners. Now if the head pulls out and the base doesn't, no big deal, simply just pry underneath the base to get that part out too.Now we're also going to have one 10 millimeter bolt on each side that we will take out as well. Now if we move into our front wheel well, we're going to have a total of three T-20 Torx spitzers that we'll go ahead and take out. We'll just repeat that process on the other side. Now moving underneath of our Cruze on the edges here, just in front of our front tires, we're going to have two more T20 Torx fit screws that we'll also need to take out. We're going to do this on both sides. And along this edge here, we're going to have four plastic push pin fasteners that we'll take out using the same method that we used for our radiator cover on top, just pry the heads in them out as well as the base.Now on this deflector here, there's going to be one push pin that's connecting it to the belly pan. So we'll go ahead and remove that fastener. Now moving back to the wheel well, here on the lower inside edge, we're going to have two plastic fasteners. Again, use that trim panel tool or that flathead to pop those out. Once we have these out, we're going to repeat this as well as the last step on the other side. Now we can focus on removing our belly pan. Now in our case, this one has been cut and modified, I guess, to get easier access to the bottom of the engine. But this one side, how it's bolted on, it's going to be the exact same as this other side that's been more heavily modified. So we're going to take all the fasteners out over here. And you just repeat that process on the other side.So if we move back here, we're going to have a larger push pin fastener, and we'll take a trim tool and work that out. If we come back to the front edge, we're going to have two eight millimeter bolts. I'm going to run those out. And if you move a little bit further back, we're going to have another bolt. And if you move a little bit further back here, we're going to have another one as well that we'll take out, except this one, we're going to be using a seven millimeter. Once we run this out, this whole will drop down. Now for those of you that don't have a modified one like this, it'll all be one piece. So once the hardware on the other sides is removed, it'll drop down as one piece.Now with an extra set of hands, we can remove our front facia. Now along this edge here, I went ahead and put some blue painter's tape just to help prevent any accidental scratching. And to get this off, what we're going to do is just peel it back. There's going to be some tabs. In our case, this one was already cracked. You pull up towards you and work it to the front of the headlight. We're going to have a couple of lateral connectors here to get these out, push up on the tab, just connected. And as far as our light goes, you could either disconnect it or you could just rotate it and work the bulb out. Once those are off, we can remove the facia and send it off to the side, somewhere safe.Now if we move over here, we're going to disconnect our horns and we're going to have one 13 millimeter nut that's holding them on. So then take that off. And what we can do is pull them off the stud. And if you flip them over, we're going to disconnect them from the electrical by simply pushing this tab down and separating the two. We're going to have a little plastic edge here in front of our air intake tool. Now to take this off, what you're going to do is just grab the ends of it, and twist it upwards and out, just like that each side. You will set that to the side. And then if we follow our intake tube here, you move up, it's going to be connected to our core support with a 10 millimeter bolt. So we'll go ahead and take that out too.Now we can completely remove our air intake tool. So if we come down here where it's connected to the other piece, I just grab it and pull it outward, and you can slide it out and set it off to the side. Now we're going to need to cut the frame webbing on each side in three locations, one here, one here, and one here. And the reason we're doing that is we're actually going to be able to need to bend this tab here flat. So by making these relief cuts, that's going to allow us to do that. Now I'm going to use a thermal tool. With our relief cuts made, now we can bend all three pieces flat. So we're going to bend them this way towards the front. So to start, grab a pair of vice grips, just work it as evenly as you can until we get it pretty much flat, but this edge here.Now after you have these bent with your vice grips, you may not be able to get them perfectly flush with that tool. So what you can then do is just grab a hammer and hammer them down until you can get them nice and flush with our bumper beam, as well as this panel here. I repeated that same process over here on this side. Now on this side, I did have a line that was in the way a little bit. So what I did was just pulled it up and used a zip to tie it to just give me a little more room to work. Now we're going to have two 18 millimeter bolts. We're going to go ahead and take those out on each side.Now we're going to need to drill an access hole that'll allow us to get some of our hardware in, that'll hold the base plate in position. So what you're going to want to do is drill through the bumper beam. And if you look at these support beams right here, those are going to be hollow. So when we drill in, what we're trying to do is have that hole go inside of this. That way we can get our hardware in and out. So I went ahead and just mark it out there, where I'm wanting to drill, and I'm going to use a hole saw to get that cut out. Now the trick with the hole saw is you're going to want to use high speed and low pressure.Now with an extra set of hands, we're going to grab our base plate. What we're going to do is slide it up onto our frame rail. What we're trying to do is get this edge, the base plate, even with the edge of our frame rail. What I'm also trying to accomplish is getting this edge as far forward as possible. It is a little tight, so you may have to work it into place. I'm just going to gently tap it until we get it where we want it. Right there. And what I'm going to do is grab a clamp and simply just clamp it to the frame rail. That way we don't have to worry about it going anywhere.Now if you move to the bottom side of our base plate, there's going to be one hole in it right here on each side. inaudible 00:12:51 hole is a template. And you use the drill bit size indicated in our instructions to drill a hole through the bottom of our frame rail. Now if you move back to the large holes that we drilled to give us enough room to get our hardware in there, we're going to take a pry bar or a large screwdriver and pry up on this piece of metal that's running horizontal. We don't need a ton of room, just a little bit more to make life a little easier. Now what we're going to do is grab an inch and a half bolt and some red loctite. We're going to put a little bit of that red loctite onto the threads. And from this point on any hardware that we use to secure our base plate is also going to get that red loctite. I'm going to take a split lock washer, slide it over.And then what we're going to do is take the bolt and push it up through that hole that we just drilled using our base plate as a template. And then we can just hold it there in place using our finger and move back up into the large hole in our bumper beam. So we're going to grab our handle nut and put a couple of bends in it. What you're going to do is slide this into our frame. Then this is actually going to allow that bolt that we're holding it in the bottom to thread onto it. This can be a little tricky, you might have to move that handle, not around or take it out and put a different bend in it. But once you have it started, you'll definitely know, you can really feel it engage the threads.Once we have our handle nut started, we can come back down with a 9/16 socket and just snug it down. Now once this side snug, we're going to repeat that same process over on the other side. Now we can grab our support plate. What we're going to do is use these two holes in it and our factory hardware and bolt it to these factory locations here. Don't forget your loctite inaudible 00:15:24 this through. Go ahead and just run these down hand tight for now.At this point, we need to drill out the four remaining holes here on our side plates on each side. So I'll use a drill bit size that's specified in the instructions to get that done. What we're going to do with these two holes is take a two inch bolt, red loctite, and a split lock washer. We're going to feed this one in first and now what we're going to do is take our handle nut and bend it appropriately, and work it in through our opening that we drilled here. So we get it back inside of the frame rail lined up where we can thread in our bolt that we placed. It hold our handle nut steady, and then we're able to thread our bolt into it. I'm just going to get it hand tight for now and repeat that same process and use that same hardware combination for this hole right here.So for this hole down here, we're going to take a two inch bolt, split lock washer, and loctite, slide that through. On the other side, we can then take our nylon lock nut and get that bolt threaded into it, just hand tight for now. And for this bottom hole, what we're going to do is take an inch and a half bolt, again, putting on a split lock washer and loctite, and push it through. On the other side of that, we're going to put a handle nut, and I'll show you where to put that now, is right here. And it's a fairly large opening. So I took my handle nut and just put a 90 degree in it. Then you're able to push it up. It is a little tricky to see so you're mostly just going to have to go off feel by this one. But there is quite a bit of room in there. So it's really not too bad to get everything started.Let me just repeat all this on the other side. Once you have all the hardware inaudible 00:17:53 installed, then you can come back and snug it all down. Over here on the passenger side, our air conditioning line here was already loose, but I've decided to re secure it with our base plate in position. That way we don't have to worry about it rubbing or anything like that. So what I've done is just drilled or marked a small hole rather. We're going to take this clip and straighten ours out a little bit, and I'm going to drill that hole to a quarter inch. That way we can push this clip back in place and not have to worry about our AC line bouncing around.At this point, we can use a torque wrench to tighten all of our hardware down to the amount specified in the instructions. With everything torqued down now we can grab our horns, plug them back in and just re-install them up the way that we removed them. At this point, what you're going to want to go ahead and do is take your safety cables, and wrap it around frame of your Cruze, and bring the two ends up, and take your connector here. I'm going to go through this convenience link and tighten everything down. And what I did I just as a little extra as this took a few zip ties, zip tied in cables together. That'll just help keep it quieter, it help keep them from bouncing around.Now we can come back and the remaining handles for our handle nuts, I'm going to take a pair of strong snips, just snip those off for a cleaner install look. Now we can grab our air intake tool and work that back on to the send center it. And back up at the top, we can reinstall our bolt and tighten it on now. So if you plan on installing other flat tow components, such as a braking system or wiring kit, now would be a great time to do all that while the facia is moved and you're going to have plenty of room to work. If you already have components installed or you're not using some of them, what you'd simply do is re-install the facia and all the panels in the opposite order that you've removed them.So now we are going to have to trim off just a little portion of our front bumper. That way it'll clear our six way up front. And so I went ahead and marked that area here with this yellow marker. And I'm going to cut that out using a Dremel tool. But it's pretty thin plastic, you could probably use a razor blade or something like that too. With our facia trimmed, we can now put it back in place and start to get it reconnected. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the blue ox base plate kit with removable arms on our 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1695

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1159 Customer Reviews)

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.

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Product was not in stock had to wait about 3 weeks ??But they sent me 2 e mails when it came it was on the date they it would arrive I installed the base plate the next day the time it took was about 7hrs total fit very nice the only problem I had I did not understand the directions on cutting the tabs on the back of the grill they hit the base plate when I try to reinstall the grill but I figured in out then it all came together looks great 3 screws in bottom of lower valance that screw to bottom of radiator I had to drill new holes body part hit base plate very close fit but great product 373334



- BX2265
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My 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback baseplate has worked great, no "0" issues. I've towed my car over 4,000 miles and the baseplate is as tight as the day I put it on. Great product...... 608460


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Ive gone 10,000 miles no issues.
Duane S - 02/27/2020

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- BX1126
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My third Blue Ox Base Plate. Fit and function are perfect. Fits my existing (first) tow bar and the tab height is nearly exactly the same as my 12 year older Jeep so didn't even need to make any draw bar changes. 111481


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Still attached and working perfectly. Continues to survive some rather intense back country trails with no complaints.
Alan B - 12/30/2014

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received the plate installed it in less than three hours, have yet to hook it up though. Great , fast shipping! The only issue were the cheap plastic push pins on the shield of the Jeep. 81899


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8000 miles and still tight! When we get there rest assured the frame will make it!
Steve S - 05/24/2014

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- BX2671
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2019 F150 - Perfect fit. Quick and simple installation . I was surprised how quickly I got this parts - next day . 747095



- BX2645
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I purchased this unit for our 2014 Ford Flex and it had performed perfectly. I installed it myself and was impressed with how easily it went together and how strong of a unit it is. We have hauled the Flex about 12k miles on both line NH and short runs and absolutely no problems. And it loooks good too even when we're towing. 365552



- BX1139
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QUICK DELIVERY ....EXCELLENT SERVICE EX PERIENCE 556032



- BX1139
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The product is what I wanted and it came with great instructions. Afoot it quickly and I can’t wait to start towing my Jeep behind the motorhome 605479



- BX1139
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Product arrive promptly. I installed it today. Followed the install video exactly. Worked out excellent. All the parts fit well and are very sturdy. Took about three hours start to finish. Very pleased. 602077



- BX2258
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Great product. Well designed and easy to install. Only difficulties during the installation are those plastic fasteners on vehicle-- suggest buying about six to have on hand for re-installation, as no matter how careful you are ...plastic is plastic, if you know what I mean. Very informative installation video that will assist anyone thinking of buying or installing this unit. If you're handy with tools, go for it! Note: I took the text from the video and created a simple instruction "list" for buddy and I to follow along, to be ensure we didn't miss any steps as pictures on actual instructions were not too useful. Also, the baseplate comes with a nice step bracket for easy break-away switch mounting, which was a plus. 225837


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ETrailer customer service rocks!Thank you for the follow-up.To date, base plate was installed using your VERY helpful tutorials andvideo clips, which saved me cost of installation.No towing as of yet... baseplate was installed as pre-plan to pendingretirement.Thanks
Tall P - 09/21/2016

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This is the fourth base plate my brother and I have installed, and probably most complex as it involved making cuts to the vehicle . As always, we received the products ordered from etrailer very promptly. The install was successful, just as we age a little more difficult. 470774



- BX1648
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Received your product in good timing. I have it installed as the installation was not difficult. Will be using it during my vacation which is a trek across our province. 208904


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This is our second year to use your product. Just got back from a three weekvacation and used your product and find it excellent. We passed informationalong to many friends we met during that time and gave them the name of yourcompany. Thank you for the excellent service and look forward to many yearsof using the tow package
Albert C - 08/23/2016

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The instructional video was very helpful. The installation went very well, taking about 3 hours. Have not towed the vehicle yet, but there are no hesitations or concerns. I will definitely use etrailer in the future. 613326



- BX2258
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This heavy kit was packaged very well and arrived in great condition. I appreciated how this was mostly a bolt-on affair; the only "major" issue that I had to take care of was some factory holes in the bumper support tubes that didn't line up with the base plate, but that was easily and quickly taken care of with a 1/2" drill bit. Do yourselves a favor and watch etrailer's installation video multiple times if you plan on doing the installation yourself. The installation manual that came with the base plate isn't as clear as I would've liked. Note the torque specs for the particular fasteners and compare the packing list with what you received. Otherwise, go off of etrailer's video. If you're not towing the car the base plate all but disappears once you remove the tabs. I ended up spray painting the two bolts that fasten the 6-pole connector to the base plate black so it blends in even more. After about 2,100 miles of flat towing the CR-V over the course of 2 weeks in the Western US with a whole bunch of climbs and curves I can comfortably say that this base plate is solid. 402888



- BX1721
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2017 Chevrolet Colorado Removal of all parts and pieces was pretty easy. TRICKIEST part was reinstalling front of truck by my self, but i got installed with a little bit of patience. The installation video on youtube was a GREAT HELP!!! 486260



- BX1721
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Fit was good instructions were for most part able to be followed. Only problem was short parts in hardware bag. 1/2-13 bolt and nut missing and couple other small pcs, but bought at hardware store and on we went. Thanks Greg for all your help on getting order to me. 607482



- BX1708
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George, just finished install of blue ox base plate on my 2015 Buick enclave not for the faint of hand to install but all is well if u are good take your time some caution when drilling lower frame holes as inner holes are close but excellent fit and finish thanks for a great product 312252


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Blue ox base plate is still great just a note for users you may need to lube the inside of the holes where the aluminum adapters for the tow bar connection is as one time I could not turn it to lock in for towing this solved the problem
Ed B - 10/27/2017

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Easy ordering process and fast shipping. Produce was exactly as described and is a perfect fit. 427886


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The vehicle the base plate was installed on has been towed severral thousand miles and has performed flawlessly.
Edgar S - 09/01/2018

43062

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Easy installation. Great product 279815



- BX1730
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The baseplate fit perfectly and was fairly easy to install. What really helps are the videos that this company provides. I wouldn't even attempt an install without them. Saved a bunch of money and I know it is done right. 713926



- BX1721
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Very good quality and it didn't take long to receive the base plate kit. Had it installed on our new 2016 Chev., so we can tow it behind our motor home. 290900



- BX1721
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I am a pretty good do it your selfer. This was the second base plate i have installed by myself. The first one was on a 2010 Honda Fit. This job took me about 8hrs. by myself. The instructions were first rate. Plus the BIGGEST help was the instructional video about this particular car. OUT STANDING!!! The only problem i had was getting the front plastic cap back on by my self, took awhile but i got it done. Then the second install was on my 2017 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 pickup. I watched etrailers instructional video about 10 times. By the time i was ready to install the base plate, i pretty much knew what to expect and what to do. The truck job took me about 5 hrs. My best advice i can give is to WATCH their videos, not once, not twice but 4 or 5 times, or more, then the job goes along alot better. And it will be alot easier if you have some help to lift the front plastic cap off, and to reinstall. The rest can be done with no help. 586022


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The base plate has worked out great. No problems at all since the install.
Anthony c - 11/29/2019

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This is so much easier to install then I thought it would be. Watch the gal in the video, do as he says, and you’ll be done in an hour and a half max 707951



- BX1689
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Watched on-line video of installation on the same vehicle I was going to install the base plate on. Installation was easy. 508638



- BX1139
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We decided to purchase the Blue Ox set up for our 2018 Wrangler JL. The set up works very well and has been easy to connect/disconnect, so far. The instructional installation video was EXCELLENT and definitely contributed to making the installation a breeze. Thanks again etrailer. Only alteration was to the brake away switch. It seemed to stick out too far in front of the bumper, for my liking, so I added a stainless nut/bolt and two nylon bushings so it could swivel out of harms way when not in use. 615566


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