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    What do you all think?
    MONOCHROME FTW!! Glad to see you made the right choice, Glen. I've owned 'em both ways, and 199 looks waaaay better with matching cuffs & collars. IMO, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen View Post
    Need to make a decision, I had the shop paint both my stock license tag bracket and a new tag delete cover:
    I did the same exact thing.



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    We are required to have a front plate here in California...but I haven't had a plate on my silver car or BMW in ten years. Then again, I don't daily drive either of them...it's just a fix it ticket, right???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen View Post
    We are required to have a front plate here in California...but I haven't had a plate on my silver car or BMW in ten years. Then again, I don't daily drive either of them...it's just a fix it ticket, right???
    Exactly. Same with window tint on the front windows. When I lived in CA, I'd get a ticket every few years for the tint, I considered it "tint tax" and just paid the fine. I'd do the same with the front plate, as long as you aren't frequently hassled by the local Man...


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    One small step back, I forgot to install this piece of foam in the rear bumper...

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    This is where it goes:

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    Re: OWNER - Glen (199)

    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    Exactly. Same with window tint on the front windows. When I lived in CA, I'd get a ticket every few years for the tint, I considered it "tint tax" and just paid the fine. I'd do the same with the front plate, as long as you aren't frequently hassled by the local Man...

    Ive been hassled for both on a semi-yearly basis. The plate ticket is easy, just throw it back on for a $25 fix-it fee. Tint can be ~$200 if you want to leave it on and just pay the fine. Sometimes though, you can get the tint removed and replaced for less than that. So if you've got any nicks or fading, that's the time to take care of it. Remove, get it signed off, replace

    A certain SoCal owner here has their actual WINDSHIELDS tinted on their cars. A little too ballsy for me, but it looks awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Sauce View Post
    A certain SoCal owner here has their actual WINDSHIELDS tinted on their cars. A little too ballsy for me, but it looks awesome.
    If you can get a doctor's note stating you need the tint due to light sensitivity (or similar medical reasons), you can get an exemption that makes the tint legal on the front windows - including the windshield. Awfully difficult to obtain, but it is possible, if your eyes are bad enough. You'd probably get pulled over weekly and have to show the exemption.

    I have 3M ColorStable 5% all around on a couple of cars, with a strip across the top of the windshield (samples are here and here). Jano calls it "cave tint". If you have a fuzzbuster, avoid metalized tints, they can interfere with reception... 3M CS is dye-based and won't affect performance.


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    Here's a picture of the high mileage badges that I mentioned earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    If you can get a doctor's note stating you need the tint due to light sensitivity (or similar medical reasons), you can get an exemption that makes the tint legal on the front windows - including the windshield. Awfully difficult to obtain, but it is possible, if your eyes are bad enough. You'd probably get pulled over weekly and have to show the exemption.

    I have 3M ColorStable 5% all around on a couple of cars, with a strip across the top of the windshield (samples are here and here). Jano calls it "cave tint". If you have a fuzzbuster, avoid metalized tints, they can interfere with reception... 3M CS is dye-based and won't affect performance.

    False. I have family members on the police force and Ive been told this is a myth. At best, you'd be playing on the particular citing officer's discretion and empathy level that day. There is no official exemption written into the CVC. This is because the general "medical" excuse for tinting is not due to vision problems, but sensitivity to UV exposure and UV protection is offered in clear tint. So dark tint is not medically necessary.
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    So, in addition to going monochrome, I made three other changes that are not stock as delivered to the U.S.
    The first is the license tag delete panel, no biggie.
    Next is something you can't really see in the pictures...I elected to paint the entire outside mirror housing body color. Normally, the bezel around the glass is black. I think it looks much better body color...more modernizing.
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    Can anyone find the third thing I changed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Sauce View Post
    False. I have family members on the police force and Ive been told this is a myth. At best, you'd be playing on the particular citing officer's discretion and empathy level that day. There is no official exemption written into the CVC. This is because the general "medical" excuse for tinting is not due to vision problems, but sensitivity to UV exposure and UV protection is offered in clear tint. So dark tint is not medically necessary.
    It likely varies in different states. You may be correct that it isn't possible in CA. I am almost certain that it is possible in some other states, I recall looking into it once years ago, and locating some obscure documentation. I didn't qualify so I didn't save any of the info. Another possibility is that exemptions were allowed years ago, but are no longer. Assuming it is possible in some other state, if I had the exemption, I would definitely keep a copy of the state law / vehicle code along with the medical exemption paperwork to show the nice ossifer.

    Better solution is to use a very light (~70%) tint on the windshield which most likely would not be detectable by the typical revenue generator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen View Post
    Can anyone find the third thing I changed?
    Only items I'm spotting offhand is the lack of badge on the tunk lid, and an S600 grille which looks superb.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    Only items I'm spotting offhand is the lack of badge on the tunk lid, and an S600 grille which looks superb.

    Nope. Badging I just haven't gotten to yet but now I'm thinking I may leave it debadged. The grill was on before the repaint. And before anyone asks, the lack of a hood star isn't it either.

    It's paint related, sort of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen View Post
    Can anyone find the third thing I changed?
    Power antennae deleted, fender hole filled in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vatc5637 View Post
    Power antennae deleted, fender hole filled in?
    Good eye! Yep, I wanted to modernize and cleanup the body. I stream music from my phone via Bluetooth so I really don't need an antenna anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen View Post
    It's Black Pearl (199) with black interior and came to me with just shy of 580,000 miles! Yes, that's right, 580,000 miles. If the high mileage sounds familiar to you, you deduced correctly that this is the DrP car.
    Who is this for? Your Daughter or Son? My old 1983 300CD has about that many miles now too (another owner has it now).

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    It's for me, Austin!
    My son is driving the wagon, my daughter still has her 190E.
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    ADMIN EDIT: Post below has been copied to the "Headlight Wiper How-To" thread, click here to view.

    Looking inside the headlight wiper motor.

    Was having trouble with the passenger side headlight wiper so I decided to take it apart. This isn't a tutorial or guide for repair, just a look inside so you can see how it works, although, you get a pretty good idea how it all fits together. By the time I started taking pictures, I had already taken it apart and cleaned up all the dry, crusty grease.

    Here are all the parts:

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    Housing with motor:

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    Drive gear installed:

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    The wiper arm and rack & pinion:

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    And finally a quick video of it operating:

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    Glen,

    I like the modernization. What are you thinking as far as wheels, are you going to stick with stock wheels?

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    Staying with the stockers until I find something I like...not sure what I want yet.
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    glen i'm curious about your decision to keep the headlight wipers on.
    do you find the car looks more or less modern with the wipers?

    the previous owner of the one i just bought had removed the wipers and now i'm thinking about putting them back on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spaceman_west View Post
    glen i'm curious about your decision to keep the headlight wipers on.
    do you find the car looks more or less modern with the wipers?

    the previous owner of the one i just bought had removed the wipers and now i'm thinking about putting them back on.
    While I like the sleek, clean look without headlight wipers, there's something about them that fascinates me. Can't really explain it other than I just like the way they look so I left them on. I should have had the shop paint a set of non-wiper filler panels but I didn't think about it...

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    Though 18" rims would be nice, 17" AMG Aero I's in original color with polished lip would look nice.

    18" AMG BBS split face rims are always a good looking wheel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Glen View Post
    Staying with the stockers until I find something I like...not sure what I want yet.

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    New hood star

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    To do:
    Roof rails
    Front fender liners...will replace with new in the near future

    Currently repainting headlight wiper arms...will probably replace them though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen View Post
    New hood star

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    To do:
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    Front fender liners...will replace with new in the near future

    Currently repainting headlight wiper arms...will probably replace them though.
    Looking real good, not get back to work LOL
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    Any updates ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KarlC View Post
    Any updates ?
    Not really, just waiting for new front fender liners, new drip rail clips, and a few other minor things.

    One small bummer though. I never noticed before but the passenger side under headlight panel is not the correct one for this car. At some point in the past, it must have been replaced with a pre-facelift panel. I'm guessing it was bumped into or something as the wiper motor was messed up as well. I repaired the motor, see above...but now I need to source a facelift panel and have it painted. Ugh.

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    Glen,

    I might have one for you. I will check tomorrow to see if it is the passenger side.

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    Glen, It looks like it is the passenger that I have, but it has two holes, one for the wiper and another little one with an plastic nipple inserted in it. It is your for the taking if you want it.

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    Re: OWNER - Glen (199)

    Thanks Steve. It needs to be from a facelift car with wipers. Pre-facelift, euro panels won't work. Thanks!
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    Glen, the panel looks correct in your photo. I assume you mean that it has the pre-facelift Euro panel, which will fit and work fine, but is ever so slightly different when you put them side by side...

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    The car currently has a pre-facelift ('86 - '93) panel on the passenger side. It does fit but sits about 1/4" closer to the hood then the other side. That sort of thing really bugs me...

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    I just emerged back on the board after some Europe and other trips...WOW I am speechless about the old Lady!

    Glen thanks so much, there are no words for the incredible work you have done! It's a new car now! It can live (and being used and exhibited) for the next 30 years.....words fail me, she is so beautiful again! Hope you are close to the 600k border soon!

    Apparently I gave you the challenge of your life with this car, I am really glad I gave her to you! Is there anything major that is still original? How about the AC? I assume you did not rework the transmission (yet).....the engine mechanical parts should be ok as long as the gaskets hold.......

    The paintjob is incredible....and I like the new grill!

    In case anyone is interested my E55 (100% stock) is still in superb condition. Drove 80k miles so far (160k currently), not a single repair. Up to 2002 was the heyday of Mercedes quality...then electronics happened.
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    Glen,
    this is a pic of the one I have, looks to be facelift type, according to Daves, pics.
    Sorry, the pic is upside down, but I think it is a winner !
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    The car currently has a pre-facelift ('86 - '93) panel on the passenger side. It does fit but sits about 1/4" closer to the hood then the other side. That sort of thing really bugs me...
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    Re: OWNER - Glen (199)

    Steve, that's exactly what I need!
    Where/when can I pick it up?
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    I can mail it to you, or next time I am up in the north county, I can drop it off in your mail box.
    Regards

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    Martin, the a/c is original and still works great. I'm hoping to have the transmission rebuilt later this year as it has some bearing noise even though it shifts fine. Reverse hasn't changed, its still slow to engage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevester 500E View Post
    I can mail it to you, or next time I am up in the north county, I can drop it off in your mail box.
    Regards
    Whatever is easier for you. If you mail it, I can PayPal you the postage. If you come by, you can check out the paint job in person.
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    Re: OWNER - Glen (199)

    Steve, thanks for dropping off the panel. It's in great condition! I'll be dropping it off at the paint shop this Friday.
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    Miscellany...my wife and I took the car to the mountains today for a quick ski trip. 227 miles round trip, mostly freeway driving and about 40 miles total up and down the mountain. Filled the tank last night and then just before getting home...20.9 MPG. Not bad at all.
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    Re: OWNER - Glen (199)

    That's pretty dang good if you ask me! I've never gotten over 18.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Sauce View Post
    That's pretty dang good if you ask me! I've never gotten over 18.
    Thanks J. It's interesting, I was expecting a bit lower due to the mountain driving plus some traffic through San Bernardino plus a few stretches of, er, higher speeds
    I know DrP had mentioned he routinely got 450+ miles per tank on his long commutes, it's nice to know the old girl is still running efficiently!
    On my regular commute, I've been averaging about 17 MPG which is 50/50 city/highway and this has been consistent for months now.

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    New paint is probably worth 1-2 MPG since it is more slippery. I hope mine is just as slippery!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen View Post
    New hood star

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    Front fender liners...will replace with new in the near future

    Currently repainting headlight wiper arms...will probably replace them though.
    what about rear emblems/badges ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roma_500E View Post
    what about rear emblems/badges ?
    I installed a new trunk star but I am leaving the "E500" off, at least for now. I like the debadged look.

    I finally received my new roof rail clips so the rails will be going on soon.

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    I installed a new trunk star but I am leaving the "E500" off, at least for now. I like the debadged look.

    I finally received my new roof rail clips so the rails will be going on soon.
    Awesome ! Shiny car with shiny emblems !

    Not sure about E500/500E badge but I feel shame now for my AMG badge that I will remove right away once I ll be back to my car.

    Post more pics please !
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Sauce View Post
    That's pretty dang good if you ask me! I've never gotten over 18.
    On long freeway trips our 500's would always get over 20mpg. In bone-stock form (including stock wheels/tires), I've seen a hair over 22mpg, IIRC. That was years ago with non-ethanol fuel though.


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    Re: OWNER - Glen (199)

    If you click on the photo of my E500 in the sig of my posts, you can see my Fuelly MPG analysis for my car.

    Or just go to this link, and you'll see 11+ years' worth of fuel history: http://www.fuelly.com/car/mercedes-b...5401/fuelchart

    The chart is interactive, so you can run your cursor along the graph to see exact MPG at specific points.

    There have been a few points where I've hit 20+ MPG, but not many. My Fuelly history covers more then 57,400 miles of driving.

    Anyone else here on the forum using Fuelly? It's a great site with a great companion phone app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    On long freeway trips our 500's would always get over 20mpg. In bone-stock form (including stock wheels/tires), I've seen a hair over 22mpg, IIRC. That was years ago with non-ethanol fuel though.

    With my modified 2.24 rear, I measured slightly over 24 mpg for my run back from the Atlanta GTG at typical highway speeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    If you click on the photo of my E500 in the sig of my posts, you can see my Fuelly MPG analysis for my car.

    Or just go to this link, and you'll see 11+ years' worth of fuel history: http://www.fuelly.com/car/mercedes-b...5401/fuelchart

    The chart is interactive, so you can run your cursor along the graph to see exact MPG at specific points.

    There have been a few points where I've hit 20+ MPG, but not many. My Fuelly history covers more then 57,400 miles of driving.

    Anyone else here on the forum using Fuelly? It's a great site with a great companion phone app.

    Cheers,
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    Gerry, I've been using Fuelly since you recommended it early last year. I have all my cars in it now with historical data going back for as long as I've owned each car...except the wagon, still entering data for that.

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    Re: OWNER - Glen (199)

    If you get +20 mpg on an 036, it simply means you have not been driving aggressively enough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bogeyman View Post
    If you get +20 mpg on an 036, it simply means you have not been driving aggressively enough!
    Sometime you just want to cruise and there's no need to put the pedal to the metal. But I agree with you

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    Re: OWNER - Glen (199)

    Like on the straight, flat drive from Houston to Dallas. Not much to drive aggressively on I-45...


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    Terry,
    That sounds pretty impressive. I am averaging 19.3 with mostly highway travel.
    Based on your returns, you are getting a 20% increase in mileage with your 2.24 vs. our 2.82s.
    That would pay for itself soon IF gas would have stayed above $4/gallon.
    Thankfully, for the rest of us, we have a temporary reprieve from high fuel prices and can motor down the freeway at a continuous 3000rpm and not worry about it.
    However, 2200rpm might extend the life of your engine.

    I'll probably start using Fuelly in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trae View Post
    Terry,
    That sounds pretty impressive. I am averaging 19.3 with mostly highway travel.
    Based on your returns, you are getting a 20% increase in mileage with your 2.24 vs. our 2.82s.
    That would pay for itself soon IF gas would have stayed above $4/gallon.
    Thankfully, for the rest of us, we have a temporary reprieve from high fuel prices and can motor down the freeway at a continuous 3000rpm and not worry about it.
    However, 2200rpm might extend the life of your engine.

    I'll probably start using Fuelly in the future.
    LOL, how long do you need/want the engine to last? Assuming 2.82 gears will allow an M119 to run to at least 600K miles...
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    Re: OWNER - Glen (199)

    +20 percent seems a bit high.

    By comparison, I found that the move to shorter gearing on my 560SEC (stock 2.47 to modified 3.06) resulted in around a 1 MPG penalty, with the car being around +800 RPM when traveling at 80 MPH.

    This "penalty" is around 6.5-7% of the stock MPG.

    As a downside, perhaps it hastened a bit my engine wear, but who knows? I did the top-end rebuild at 183,700 miles. My SEC currently has 223,900 miles on the odometer (+40,200 miles) since that point. I do know that on M117s, it is common to have to do top-end jobs between 150 and 200K miles, so mine didn't seem out of the ordinary.

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    Re: OWNER - Glen (199)

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    +20 percent seems a bit high.
    For average driving cycles (combined city/hwy) my mpg gain is less than 20%, more on the magnitude of 10% I think. Since I don't use Fuelly, there is no consistent data to back up my "butt dyno" (or mpg equivalent) sense. That particular "Atlanta to home" highway run was done with almost perfect conditions, low traffic, almost no stopping or slowing down, long consistent runs and perhaps most importantly, the mental attitude of "I'm going to just cruise (albeit quickly) home. No playing with the other cars." To echo Gerry, combined mpg closer to 19-20. Still, it's nice to see 17-18 mpg in city driving/traffic.

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    Re: OWNER - Glen (199)

    Great point Glen!
    With synthetic oil, metal oil tubes, and good maintenance, your car will be the first to reach 1,000,000 mi.
    even WITH 2.82 gearing.
    For the type of driving we do around here, the 2.82 is a better fit. Lots of twisty back roads with 50mph speed limits.

    You still lead the pack as our high mileage king.
    I just wish my 230k car looked as good as your 600k does. . .
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    Inching closer...I'm pretty sure we'll see 600k by year's end.

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