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Ford Ranger Suspendion

Hi everybody! I have a 2000 Ford Ranger XLT V6. I installed a 3" Belltech lowering suspension package consisting on Front lowered springs, rear leaf springs and four "drop gas shocks". The problem is that at the front, the rubber bumper was touching the bracket at the chassis. I cut down the rubber and left about 1/4" of rubber but it still bumping. It has about 1/2" of clearance. Can I cut the metal bracket that is welded to the chassis to gain more travel distance? Any other suggestion? I want to keep the 15" wheels, no drop axel will be possible. Any response will be appreciated.
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That bump stop on the front end is a critical part of the suspension as it acts like a variable rate spring. Its job is to rapidly increase the spring rate as the suspension nears the end of its travel to keep the suspension from "bumping" as you describe. If you can, raise the mounting point of the bump stop and install new uncut bump stops, you should be happy with the results. They likely will be close to or touching the axle at ride height, but that is ok. The key is that they are not trimmed before installation, that ruins them.

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check everything over thourough.. 3/4 drop should not ride on the bump stops. you can cut the bump stops or get the lowered stops, but if it's riding on the metal bracket somthings wrong.. Belltech has had some issues with QC, and most go for the more expensive DJM because that stuff works.. also, with the stock 235/75 15 tires, it will likely rub with a 3/4 drop and you will need to drop to a 215/ 70/ 15
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