You're experiencing the same thing I did, when I used the Ford drop plate with the Dodge shock. If you remove the shock from the Dodge kit, and use the shock from the Ford kit, instead, the tailgate will lower slowly throughout its range of travel.Found all the old hardware from the original kit . Installed the Ford / spacer bracket hooked it all up . Drops quickly for the 1st 1/3 or so of travel and then slows up nicely . Just enough clearance for everything .