New Member
Got my djm Monday and now I'm in the process of planning out the notch. I'm not sure if I should just go with the djm supplied bolt in notch or have a friend make the semi circle one like this picture.

Few options

I think the djm notch will be fine and I'd add some plate to the back side of the c channel and maybe a x brace.

The semi circle I'd do would be a little bigger then the pic and I'd want to put in the djm supplied bumpstop. Backplate and brace

Or do a full weld in notch same as the djm with back plate and brace.

I've read quite a few threads here where people do not like to weld to the second gen frame but I don't have a issues with it as long as it's done but my friend or another qualified welder. Me and all of my friends weld all over our tacos . Everything is welded on.

semi circle notch



My Long Travel build

frame boxed and braced



bed cage junction


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Active Member
The DJM kit notch is made for a average do it yourself and works fine. It in now way compares to well made custom one like in your pictures. The X brace is overkill for most applications. The work on the one in the pictures looks first class and plenty strong.


Staff member
K2 created a really good thread detailing the inherent strength differences of the frame with different styles of notches. From an engineering stand point. Very good thread.

Need to look for it.


New Member
My arms are ready to go in for strip and re powdercoat. Does $250 sound about right for the job? I plan to go dark blue or black. Also stripping the blocks and maybe the djm notch plates but will not recoat the plates.


New Member
Picking up the re powder coated arms tomorrow. Already have the rear q1's. What shocks should I use up front? I'm thinking of going like members rat7761 did by also adding the xxi coils and 4x4 rear leaf springs