• Jounce Bumpers: Everything You Need to Know

Jounce Bumpers: Everything You Need to Know

Your tuck’s got ’em. Our air springs have ’em. They’re important in protecting your truck.

The jounce bumper.

Commonly known as a “bump stop,” the jounce bumper was initially used to prevent the abrupt and harsh bottoming-out of the suspension when under full compression.

Jounce Bumper with Leaf Spring Suspension

Over the years this original design has changed and the jounce bumper has been integrated into the vehicle’s suspension design.

Commonly manufactured from closed-cell foam, the jounce bumper absorbs impact and dampens noise, vibration, and harshness  by preventing the suspension components from fully compacting during shock impacts caused by heavy loads, potholes, curbs, or objects in the road.

The modern jounce bumper also acts as a progressive compression spring under loads that are approaching full compression, offering a smoother ride and improved handling over a wide range of driving and load conditions.

Jounce Bumper in Coil Spring Suspension

On vehicles equipped with leaf spring suspensions, the bump-stop is typically mounted between the axle tube and the chassis side rail.

On vehicles equipped with coil spring suspensions, the jounce bumper is typically mounted on the bottom of the frame at the top of the coil spring.

Since air spring installation often requires the removal of these jounce bumpers, Air Lift’s heavier-duty applications – the LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate and the LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Plus+ – include jounce bumpers inside each air spring, providing the ultimate solution for towing and hauling heavy loads.

Made from closed-cell urethane foam, the jounce bumper inside LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate and LoadLifter 5000 Ultimate Plus+ kits provide a factory-like cushion that absorbs shocks and controls extreme suspension travel in heavily laden vehicles.

Not merely a bump-stop, these integrated jounce bumpers offer three stage compression that loosely simulate variable rate mechanical springs.

These air springs provide:

3 Stage Compression Jounce Bumper

  • Up to 5,000 lbs of load-leveling capacity*
  • Easy adjustability for a safe, comfortable ride, loaded or unloaded
  • Maintenance-free operation – the air springs can safely run with zero air pressure in an emergency situation (We recommend maintaining the minimum air pressure for the ultimate ride comfort.)
  • Enhanced three-stage ride comfort, while acting as a damper allowing a smooth transition to full compression
  • Elimination of harsh jarring on rough roads
*Never exceed manufacturer’s recommended GVWR.

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