I have a 1977 C10 that has a rear flip kit and drop spindles up front so its pretty low. I measure 6 inches in the back. It's frame isn't notched though! The guy I bought it from says he didn't have a problem and he loaded a polaris ATV in the back during the winter. Could this be? I'm thinkin he had a sound system and didn't hear it. The axle is pretty close to the frame... I have the bed off right now and am about ready to install a bolt on one but first I wanna see what you all think first.
I also wanna add that I'm not interested in the debate about weld in or bolt in kits. I as a welder do not approve on welding the frame and have done so once in my life to fix a crack and was unsuccessfull. I'm not into gambling and when you weld a spot there is a "heat affected zone" around the weld that is brittle then the weld itself is super strong. Ends up being hard spots and you want it to give..
Sounds to me like you have already made you mind up.
So what opinions do you really need to hear.
If it's should i then i would say yes you can only go so low without a c-notch,
And IMHO when you go so low it would be to your advantage to do the c-notch.JMO
I wanted to know if anyone has they're axles flipped and frames not notched and hasn't hit anything. Also what would happen after hitting the frame a few times? Could it have enough force to tweak it? Maybe only a real problem when you have a load? I wouldn't think that I'll put much in it because I've got a flatbed pickup for that but never know...
I've just read a few forums and a few guys suggested going with a weld in notch kit and really don't agree so I figured if I address it ahead of time maybe there wont be any wasted posts telling me to weld my frame.
I have a " C " notch :)
Welded, fabricated and not a problem. My frame is BOXED from the front crossmember to the rear crossmember. WELDED ...
I believe a welded " C " notch is actually stronger than a bolt it kit.
Go here to see construction photos ...
sounds like youve got your mind made up man
Better put some kind of notch in there
I have a 3-4 on my 79 LWB
Always hitting the frame bumpers, but, I tow with it as well.
With a car on my trailer---the rear is about 1/2" from the bumpers.
These would be the stock bumpers---so there is still quite a bit of cusion before getting to the frame
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