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RAY: Well, they didn't do anything wrong, actually, except they did overlook one thing. She had way too much air pressure in her tires.

TOM: Hey, haven't we done this one before?

RAY: Shhh, I'm trying to save the planet by recycling.

TOM: She had lots and lots of air in her tires.

RAY: She had like 50 pounds of air in her tires. She didn't notice it with the other shocks because they were so bad that when she did hit bumps, the back end went up and down, up and down, up and down, boinga, boinga, boinga, a la the QE2. And then when they finally put shocks in there that worked correctly and damped those vibrations, when she hit a bump it felt like every little pebble she hit was telegraphing right through to her bones, because in fact it was. And we let some of the air out of her tires, and that was it.

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