The notch is an essential component in the mini-truck vernacular. To lay the frame flat on the ground and get our daily drag on, the framerails need to be notched above the rearend. A notch simply refers to the piece, or pieces, of metal that is welded into place so that the framerail may be cut out and the rearend will have more clearance into the frame. This task is sometimes a hefty one, generally involving as many as six to eight pieces that need to be welded together. No need to make the extra welds any longer, though, because Devious Customs in Ontario, California, now offers a simple solution to this age-old problem.
Devious has taken the traditional mail-order notch to a whole new level. Its new notch comes as one solid piece, which can be measured and fit to lay out on any size wheel you feel daring enough to bolt up. Not only is the notch much easier to install than some multipart notches, but it also comes out looking way better because fewer welds have been made. It prevents the temptation to weld your notch together and grind it smooth to look like one piece, while weakening the notch's structural integrity in the process. Overall, the Devious Customs notch is a stronger, better-looking, and easier-to-install notch than some of its cousins.
We teamed up with Jeff at Devious to follow along as he installed a set of one-piece notches. We captured the whole step-by-step install, starting with the measuring of the notch placement. The notch was then cut to fit the wheel combo and particular frame of the Toyota Tacoma the notch was being installed on. After that, we checked out the grinding, welding, cutting, and plating. This install was much quicker than some other notches we've seen, and it definitely came out cleaner. Follow along and see how much easier this notch is to install.