It’s worth noting that this was the year the horsepower rating system was changed. I should probably dig deeper into this. The diff mechanism looks different in the transfer case to a front or rear diff, but works on the same principal. I have had issues with 2 calipers within a year. Despite being the base model, they still offered plenty of features. The green light is your 4HI mode on feature, the VSC orange light is your VSC OFF feauture (happens when Center diff is engaged or VSC is turned off in 08-09 models) The center diff light is the X going through the axle driveline. But those other connectors are probably for any switches that would be above them. Hey, I’m Tim. They’ll likely never have a V8 again if their current direction is any indication. When in 4HI, the center differential is automatically locked. The V6 is more of a bumper-pull and tucks up nice and high. These had the highest sales figures. No major changes, this was a carryover year. Weird thing is, is that my actuators seem fine. It all comes down to personal preference. The green 4x4 "wheels" lights do turn off and on when I push the 4x4 button, but it's always in 4x4 regardless. This is a fairly easy fix that requires pulling the unit out of the dash and replacing the bulbs. It requires taking apart and rebuilding the transfer case in order to replace the seized actuator. When I was having issues with my transfer case I drove around the street in 4wd center locked (because the center wouldn't unlock) trying to get things to unlock and you can definitely feel the stress on the drive train components on pavement vs dirt. round shaped wheel wells replaced the old square shaped ones. She only noticed the VSC off and differential light miles later when she pulled into a drive through and she had resistance feeling. These are thick stainless steel and have a lifetime warranty. I’ve decided to lay out this info into a 4th gen Toyota 4runner buyers guide to aid anyone else out there with their search. bad news: 4wd light and center diff lock light flash constantly, even in 2wd. These are the cheapest and easiest to find on the used market. In the USA, all trim levels were available in 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive. There are 4th gens with a rear locker (the Trail Edition), and there are 3rd gens with the locking center diff and rear diff lock ('01-'02 Limited). When it senses wheel slip, it will send as much as 53% to the front or 71% to the rear. 4runners are not particularly fuel efficient vehicles regardless of what engine you choose. This one has been reported as a clunk sound accompanied by the feeling of something pushing the truck forward when coming to a complete stop. Didn't know they had a center diff in the 3rd gens, thought it started in the 4th gen. All 4×4 4runners have Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Downhill Assist Control and Hill Start Assist Control. I gave up and started the trek home. The Urban Runner was released this year. My original solution was to cycle through 4hi, 4lo and then lock the center diff. I share what I believe are the best modifications to start out with for your 4th gen 4runner here: DO all 4TH GEN 4 RUNNER SPORT and limited models have power seats?the reason for me asking is my asking is my driverside seat has a rip in it and there’s foam always on the carpet,and can I buy electric set for it?thanks. The rear air suspension system is prone to a few failures. Under normal operation, it sends 40% to the front wheels and 60% to the rear. There really aren’t many major issues to worry about with the 4th gen 4runner. When I get the lights to not flash from start up, 4lo & the center diff lock … The SR5 trim level was the entry level 4runner. This system was created to help with body roll and on road handling. I converted mine to springs in the rear and got rid of the system entirely. “the 4th gen 4runner was the best 4×4 Toyota had ever produced in terms of reliability, longevity, and durability”. That first reason is the biggest one for me. Mine is one of them. This means when you are turning the car will “’bind’, as different tires will want to be spinning at different speeds. As long as you’ve checked the VIN to see its accident history, any rust free 4runner (with documented service records preferably) will be a good purchase. It’s just an annoying/embarrassing sound that will drive you crazy. It is possibly the best option for winter weather, but not as capable for off-roading. To raise it, insert the key into the lock on the hatch and turn to the right, Holding the “Mode” button on the steering wheel audio controls will turn the stereo on and off, There’s a trash bag holder that folds out from the back of the center console, No need to slam the rear hatch closed. Hopefully your rig is not as bad as mine but this is how mine started. They also had special alcantara/leather seats that were only available on this model. My guess, is a line runs beneath the center console, to behind the stereo. A salvaged TC woudl be a lot cheaper then a repaired TC. Don’t get me wrong, the new ones are fantastic too. The Top 5 Reasons: Only generation that Toyota has offered a V8 engine, Perfect combination of comfort and rugged capability, Nearly the same chassis as a brand new one, V6 models now had a 5 speed transmission instead of the 4 speed. I always said that if I ever replaced my trusty Jeep Grand Cherokee it would be with one of two vehicles: a full size pickup or “one of those V8 4runners”. The Rear Air Suspension was only offered in combination with Toyota’s X-REAS suspension. 4runner Models. One rear that just needed to be cleaned up and greased, and a front that needed to be replaced. If you’re currently considering one of these as your next vehicle, this buyers guide is for you. They also had Bilstein monotube shocks, 16″ wheels from the FJ, waterproof fabric seats, and a detachable TomTom navigation unit. These didn’t suffer from the frame recalls that the Tacoma did but they’re still very prone to rusting if not cared for. This was more of an appearance package that added some of the features from a Limited to a Sport Edition. This is not a major problem at all. I replaced mine with these Fox 2.0 coilovers. The transfer case actuator that shifts from 4WD to 4 low can seize up if not used for a long period of time. This is the only model it’s available on. Why Do Toyota Trucks Last So Long? The Limited 4runner is the top of the line with all of the bells and whistles. Talk to any 4runner owner and they’ll likely tell you the best engine is… the one they have. There’s an endless debate over which engine is the better choice for the 4runner. They’re known worldwide for both their off road prowess and legendary reliability. When the time finally came to make the switch, I chose a 4th gen Toyota 4runner. My personal 4runner has a 4.7L V8, Doug Thorley headers, K&N filter, lifted suspension and heavy 33″ tires. Pushing the lock button does nothing. The final year for the 4th gen 4runner. This was apparently fixed in the newer models. That’s a pretty bold statement from someone who is possibly the most knowledgeable on the subject. This is possibly the reason why the V6 wasn’t available in the Lexus version of the 4runner (GX470). They’re far more reliable than the original manifold, and also offer more horsepower, torque, and fuel economy! The 4×4 system in the 4runner didn’t change throughout the entire 4th generation. My wife's 08 4Runner has a blinking 4WD light problem. They don't really delay when i switch them on. The new figures are inaccurate in my opinion since they’re lower than the original version of the motor. I had to do a lot of research in this prior to buying my 5th gen as I was used to my 4th gen. The 4.0L was also used in the Land Cruiser, Tacoma, Tundra and FJ Cruiser. The Urban Runner featured different badges and the 18″ wheels from the Limited. Check out the feature article: A forum user mentioned that a head Toyota engineer once told him that in his opinion: “the 4th gen 4runner was the best 4×4 Toyota had ever produced in terms of reliability, longevity, and durability”. Some 4runners located in southern climates suffer from cracked dashboards. In 2006 it received a few cosmetic updates. The size of the leak from a cracked manifold isn’t likely to be large enough to trip a check engine light or affect driveability. 2008 is 4th gen 4Runner it has part time just like the Tacoma so its the same. Both V6 and V8 models use a 2 speed transfer case with a Torsen limited slip differential. The system is helpful when it works, but when it doesn’t it’s a pain. Toyota used thinner metal to help them to heat up quickly for emission purposes, and that combined with the weight of the catalytic converter hanging off the back makes them crack over time. 4th of July weekend, I did an overnight camping trip up to the mountains in the 4Runner. During the entire lifetime of the 4runner, Toyota has only offered a V8 for these 7 years. Almost every time I start it up, the 4lo & center diff lock lights flash. Strangely, some Canadian V8 models were actually sold with the V6’s hitch. 1999 4Runner: : It is an automatic with 4 wheel drive..differential I bought a 1999 4Runner and it doesn't have an owners manual. Wheels from the FJ Cruiser, GX470, 1st gen Tundra, 1st gen Sequoia and Tacoma will all fit the 4runner. It’s full time 4x4. This was the year the 4runner underwent a facelift. Mine is an 03 V8 4wd, so full time 4wd with center diff lock. I believe the V8 4Runner was only available in 2wd or full time 4wd (aka AWD). It came in three colors – white, silver and black. The 4th generation 4runners were available in 3 main trim levels: SR5, Sport Edition, and Limited. The Toyota 4runner is one of the most loved SUVs on the planet. The starter will automatically keep cranking until the engine fires up. By replacing it with another OEM part, chances are it will fail down the road again. Over time, the 4runners’ reputation has been proven thanks to its huge following and strong resale value. The 4th generation 4runners were available in 3 main trim levels: SR5, Sport Edition, and Limited. The 3rd Gen's had 2WD along with 4WD/center lock as well. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. They’re only a few dollars a piece and shouldn’t take long to switch out. The trucks have an E-locker (electronic locker) for the rear diff and a 2 range transfer case (4Hi/4Lo) that I think is incorrectly being referred to as a center diff. This right here is the perfect explanation. Most of the changes were cosmetic since it received engine and transmission upgrades in the previous year. 4lo and center diff were working that friday and for about 5 minutes the following Saturday morning. No 5th gen limited has 2WD as an option, further pointing towards the v8 having 2wd limiteds. This engine is a bit rougher and noisier than the V8 but requires less maintenance thanks to its timing chain. For the off-road use you describe, the V8 full time 4wd is probably fine. Many believe (myself included) that this version of the 4runner is the best of all. It’s not going to tow as well as a full size pickup truck. It gets a hand calculated 12mpg city and just shy of 20mpg highway. Both the V6 and V8 engine were available in every trim level. The 4 speed transmission that accompanied it was carried over from the 3rd gen 4runner. The 2005 ratings for the V8 are the ones that should be used to compare with the 03/04 numbers. Has a METAL TIMING chain that you never have to replace = $$$ saved in maintenance costs. Copyright © 2020 Canadian Gearhead. Sport Edition 4runners also have X-REAS suspension and model-specific seat fabric. The V6 and V8 models both come with different trailer hitches. What do you guys think might be the problem? Toyota offered two special new models in 2008 and 2009. The center orange light (the indicator of locking the front and rear together) is constantly blinking. I really do not want to drop 3k to 4k to fix my rig. The most noticeable attribute of the Sport Edition is their large hood scoop. Powered by the bulletproof 4.0L 1GR-FE V6 VVT-I engine backed by a 5-speed automatic transmission with electronic center differential lock. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Right now I have been driving with the 4lo and center diff lock indicators flashing at me. It’s noticeably smoother and quieter than the V6. Unfortunately, it gets worn out over time like any other shock absorber. I would recommend sticking with the tow rating of your hitch rather than your engine. They’re all capable and reliable. 2003-2005 were considered the early years, or pre-facelift. and 4lo is sill mia. This is more expensive than a normal system to replace because both diagonally matching shocks have to be replaced at the same time. When trying to engage into 4LO while in neutral and then shifting into Drive the differential lock … The 4.7L V8 is rated at 235 hp and 320 ft lbs of torque for 03/04 models and 270 hp and 330 ft lbs of torque for 05+ models. It has a center diff lock to use on loose surfaces. Each shock is connected to its opposite corner with a hydraulic line. This V6 is rated at 245 hp and 283 lb ft of torque. Following this routine is a great way to ensure your 4WD system works perfectly for a long time. Toyota borrowed the 4.7L V8 from its other successful trucks. My issues started just like yours and then escalated to the point where my trandfer case will not engage in 4wd. The 4.7L V8 has an EPA rating of 15mpg city and 19mpg highway. The Trail Edition 4runner was only available in 2009 (the final year of production). Many people believe this is one of Toyota’s most legendary engines in terms of durability (second to the 2JZ found in the Supra). The Trail Edition and Urban Runner were both available this year. The X-REAS suspension is great when it works. It’s been noted on the forums that the early (03/04) model V6 4runners had some issues with head gaskets. Also, on the 04, the V8s are historically known for cracked manifolds, which is an expensive fix. If you like to go camping, the beach, or on off-roading adventures this 4Runner will get the job done! A V8 with a V6 hitch should only tow 5,000 lbs to be safe. It was actually designed by Yamaha. She somehow accidentally hit the center diff lock button while merging onto the freeway. These received a few mechanical upgrades but kept the same styling from the older models. All of them do it eventually and it’s a fairly expensive fix. The only notable changes for 2008 were a slight difference in the front bumper styling and a “VSC Off” switch on all models. It’s nothing special at all. These trucks are indeed the real deal. 4runners equipped with the 4.0L V6 engine are rated to tow 5,000 lbs. If you can keep your 4runner from rusting, you can keep your 4runner forever! This helps to cut down on wind noise on the highway, A “burger tray” folds out from the center armrest of the back seat, If you unlock the doors with the remote but don’t open any of them within 30 seconds, they will relock on their own, Moving the front seat all the way forward, removing the headrest, then tilting it all the way back lines it up with the rear seat and forms a bed. In the 15 years since it was first released, these are the common problems people have found with the 4th gen 4runner: This is noticeable by a loud ticking noise coming from the engine especially when it’s cold. The appearance of the SR5 is a bit blander than other models. i disco'd the battery, immediately as soon as you turn the key forward to on posistion, they went back to flashing… I think this is more of an issue with life in Canada rather than an issue with Toyota. If the noise speeds up when the engine speeds up, it’s likely that an exhaust manifold is cracked. When turning the switch to 4Hi the 4WD light and the locking differential light keep blinking and do not engage into 4WD. In my opinion, the 2006 and newer facelifted models with the V8 are the most desirable. This is caused by a combination of things. You just need to pack your driveshaft with grease and it should go away. The curb weight of a 4th gen 4runner is somewhere between 4,000lbs and 4,400 lbs (depending on options) making it a bit of a lightweight for towing. Much like how the Urban Runner was an upgrade to the Sport Edition, the Trail Edition was an upgrade to an SR5. Luckily, you really can’t go wrong with either one. There’s a hidden flap inside the glove box at the back that reveals an extra secret compartment, The rear window can be lowered remotely by pressing and holding the bottom button on the key fob. The JBL Synthesis audio system was standard on the Limited. Meaning do not engage 4 wheel drive (locking the center differential) when there is no road slip conditions. I’ve driven both versions and there’s just no way that’s the case. The manifold is a one piece design that includes the primary catalytic converter. But in the case of the V8 model, a mid sized SUV that can tow 7,000lbs is quite impressive. The V8 hitch hangs lower and mounts directly to the frame. The lights behind the HVAC unit tend to burn out over time. So I have a 4th gen 4x4 V8. This is Toyota’s nifty shock system that diagonally links each corner of the truck. If you do, this can be a costly fix. Rust throughout the undercarriage as well as on the rear hatch is quite common. 4runners have a “no hold start” system which means you don’t need to hold the key in the on position to start it. I am looking at alternatives to haveing the dealer replace the actuator for $2500 and trying to find used complete TC to swap out. V6 models use a multi-mode, shift on the fly 4WD while V8 models had full time 4WD that can be shifted to 4 low. Toyota actually offered to fix a bunch of these free of charge but I believe that program has since ended. This was sort of an oddball year that bridged the gap between the pre and post facelift 4runners. You’ll also find plenty of other content on here for the regular car guy who’s crazy about modifying and maintaining their car, truck, or bike. Then they stopped and it wouldn't engage 4lo any longer. Unlike the V6 though, the V8 requires the timing belt to be changed approximately every 100,000 miles (160,000 kms). These can be a somewhat costly fix and could potentially leave you stranded in the event of a catastrophic failure. Toyota’s 4th generation of their beloved 4runner was sold from 2003 to 2009. As well as there is no center diff lock. I chose to upgrade to a pair of headers from Doug Thorley. Mine works in my 07, so I haven't had to mess with mine. The only changes for 2009 were the location of the rear power window switch from the dash to the center console and the shape of the overhead console. I am having the same problem with my 2003 V6 SR5 4x4. We shift from 4 high to 4 low as well as lock/unlock the transfer case once a month. Many people end up ditching the system altogether when it wears out and are able to upgrade to regular high performance shocks for less money. Mine is a 2wd. 2006 and newer models also came with 18″ 6 spoke wheels. I believe this is the #1 killer of Toyota 4runners. All Rights Reserved. Hi, I have a 2004 4runner v8 4x4. Some people might tell you this only applies to earlier years of the 4th gen 4runner, but that’s not true. The 4.0L V6 has an EPA rating of 17mpg city and 21mpg highway. Gently resting it against the latch will allow the electric motor to pull it closed the final inch, While driving with the moonroof open, the wind deflector automatically drops when you hit 57mph and rises back up below 45mph. The rear coil springs are replaced with air bags that can raise and lower the rear of the vehicle. The Urban Runner was available only in 2008 and 2009. V8 models now had VVT-i (variable valve timing) which helped to boost horsepower and fuel economy. As long as they’re maintained and kept free of rust, there’s no reason why they won’t last for 500,000 miles (804,000 kms) or more. During my search I compiled as much info as I could find online and talked with a few mechanics and Toyota dealer employees. All 4WD 4Runners are part-time 4WD, except for V8 4WD 4th gens and Limited 4WD 5th gens which are full-time 4WD with a lockable center differential. To get them to stop flashing, I either have to keep restarting the car like 5 times, or drive a couple feet forward and restart the car. And it's easy enough to retrofit the elocker diff in either model, so don't let that stop you if you find one you like. Sometimes the prolonged heat and UV rays from the sun are just too much for them to handle. Unfortunately, this is the price you pay to have such an otherwise capable SUV. There’s a couple companies that make delete kits to either cure a problem or prevent one in the future. The Trail Edition was essentially an FJ Cruiser with a 4runner body on it. Leaks from the rubber airbags or fittings on the lines are common, as well as faulty height sensors. good news: 4hi works fine and front diff engages. My issue is cost and time. The 4runner is currently deep into its 5th generation but newer doesn’t always mean better. The transfer case can be locked in both 4 high and 4 low modes. Models with the 4.7L V8 can tow 7,000 lbs (7,300 for 2WD versions). all wheels are spinning with it on the lift. The 4th generation 4runners can be divided into 2 different eras. It’s a 32 valve quad cam engine with a cast iron block and aluminum heads. And plugs in to the aux adaptor for the stereo. You can then check to see if it is the sensors in the TC giving you bad info. Horsepower jumped from 235hp to 270hp, and torque went from 320 ft lbs to 330 ft lbs. I would recommend buying the nicest and newest one your budget will allow. Difference is the 4runner has a center locker and a Taco can have a rear locker. You can program the doors to either lock automatically when you shift out of park, or when the vehicle hits 13 mph. It’s found in the Land Cruiser, Tundra, and Sequoia as well as the Lexus GX470 and LX470. The drastic temperature changes from driving in cold weather are hard on them, not to mention the corrosion from all the road salt. Make sure to read this article if you’re interested in getting the best fuel economy out of your 4runner: The 4th gen 4runner is part of Toyota’s global 120 Series platform. Reliability is one of the 4runner’s biggest strong suits. These are a nice compromise between the other two models. These have become rather rare finds nowadays and can be quite sought after. I’m not 100% sure about the Sport but the Limiteds do. Make sure to double check that any 16″ versions will clear the front brakes though. 5th Gen 4Runners have active 4WD. I can see in the service history that the other two have already been replaced. Almost every time I start it up, the 4lo & center diff lock lights flash. All 4th gens have a center diff lock, which just locks the t-case into true 4wd, instead of having it be a limited slip as it would otherwise be. 4th gens have the V8, and it's a good one. I used a kit from Metal Tech 4×4. This isn’t a big deal if you never plan to take your 4runner off road. I created Canadian Gearhead to serve as a source of professional-level detailing advice from the perspective of a fellow car enthusiast. The Trail Edition 4runners were only sold in silver, white and dark grey. That being said, no vehicle is perfect. Bridging the gap between an SR5 and Limited is the Sport Edition 4runner. Also keep in mind that the center diff is a Torsen diff with a limited slip application bu using gears. The users manual was not very helpful and couldn't find anything helpful on the web so hope this helps at least one person besides me. That’s a huge bonus for adventure seekers. The rightmost sleeve in the photo moves one step right to engine 4WD, and another step to the right to engage the center differential lock (two steps back left puts the vehicle back into 2WD). All 4th gen 4runners have independent front suspension and a solid rear axle. In 2009, it was offered in “Blizzard Pearl”. There’s a reason why they’re so hard to find on the used market – if someone has one, they’re likely not willing to let it go. Etc. That’s a pretty bold statement from someone who is possibly the most knowledgeable on the subject. I’ve never had an issue with mine, but others online have. I started playing with the diff lock switch, took it apart cleaned it, and that seem to fix it for a day, but it came right back. The V8, air suspension, X-REAS suspension and JBL audio were all options right from the very beginning. Toyota recommends using 91 octane fuel but you can use 87 octane safely. Other styling features may include tubular roof rails and side steps, 17″ 6 spoke wheels and smoked chrome grille and headlight housings. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. These were more of an off road specific model and were only sold as V6 4x4s. It’s not just any V8 either – it’s the legendary 2UZ pulled from their truck and Lexus lines. Edit: looks like Toyota called it Muti-mode on the 4th gen T4R's and only the V6 had 2wd/4wd with center diff lock option. It was the first all aluminum engine Toyota ever put in a truck. This was the first year of the 4th gen 4runner and it was a huge change from the previous 3rd gen model. Now after a few weeks it appears the transfer case actuator has seized. I was quoted over $2,000 CAD for one manifold alone from a Toyota dealership and that doesn’t include labor. The knock sensors will pull timing which will lower the power and keep the engine safe if any knock is present. Transfer Center Diff Lock The leftmost gear sleeve in the above photo moves to the left when actuated to engage low gear, rightward to engage high hear. May be good to look at the wiring diagram to see which wires to your 4WD ECU comes form the sensors in the TC. I believe these “hotrods” of the 4runner family will become the holy grail as time goes on. best modifications to start out with for your 4th gen 4runner here: 11 4th Gen 4runner Hidden Features You Might Not Know About. When I get the lights to not flash from start up, 4lo & the center diff lock all engage with out any problems. His Runner might have Atrac. I haven't been able to find one online either - frustrating) But here is what I know: It is an automatic withXXXXX It has 4H 4L and 2H set … Features include heated leather seats, illuminated running boards, dual zone climate control, rear air suspension on V8s, anti-theft system with immobilizer, and a Homelink garage door opener. A lot of people get confused with the 4H on the 4th gens in which you can lock and unlock the center diff but the new 5th gens are all transfer cases except for the limited. I'll jump in here and most likely be wrong but here goes...I believe there is no "center differential" in 4th or 5th gen 4Runners. The V6 engine was brand new for 2003. The V6 is more fuel efficient and doesn’t have a timing belt, while the V8 has better power, torque, and sound while being slightly more thirsty. Many popular features were available throughout the entire generation so there’s no need to avoid these. But the operation of a 4th gen Runner and a 2nd Gen Taco is the same. The only notable changes for this model year were the option of a 3rd row seat, removal of the transmission dipstick and addition of a tire pressure monitoring system. These Toyotas are vehicles you can likely take anywhere in the world and still be able to find parts to fix them. This is really a trick question because you can’t go wrong with any year 4th gen 4runner. So no buttons. With that came the new air injection emissions system. X-REAS was only available on the Sport Edition and Limited models. This helps replacement parts to be not only widely available but cost effective too. What you mean to say is that some 4Runners have multi-mode 4WD with a center diff. My 4runner is a 2007 model with the “revised” brakes. Want to read more about my Toyota 4runner? This means the 4runner shares much of the frame design, suspension and even the drivetrain with these vehicles. Maybe the cpu might be going bad. Canadian 4runners were only sold with 4 wheel drive. You can’t replace one shock by itself. Like automatic hill decent, atrac, center diff lock? Don't use 4WD on dry hardtop unless you love binding. She drove at freeway speed (75 ish) with the diff locked. _____ 4HI Explained (High Gear 4-Wheel Drive Explained)? This was the only 4th gen 4runner to ever be painted in pearl white. SO the diff lock works the same as well, by locking the output shafts together to work at the sae speed. It might seem scary, but it’s actually no big deal. Auto leveling and height adjustable rear air suspension was available on V8 Limited models. This isn’t something that will leave you stranded on the side of the road so if you can live with the sound, you aren’t forced to fix it. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. To get them to stop flashing, I either have to keep restarting the car like 5 times, or drive a couple feet forward and restart the car. These were geared toward people who wanted the capability of an FJ with the mature styling of the 4runner. Savvy 4runner owners stick to a monthly “Use it or lose it” routine. It shares this with the Lexus GX470, FJ Cruiser, Tacoma/Hilux, Land Cruiser Prado, 5th gen 4runner and Hilux Surf. 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