2003 Volkswagen MKIV GTI: C-Notch Deep Drop Op

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We recently had a customer come to us because he was having a clearance issue on his 2003 VW GTI. The issue occurred because his car is equipped with air suspension. When he lowered his car down, the passenger side axle was hitting the frame rail causing the axle to bend and premature wearing on the sway bar. We had just the remedy for him, a C-Notch!

We created a relief in the passenger side frame rail and reinforced it by tig welding in a thick walled metal gusset. This created a space for the axle to tuck into when the car is lowered thus solving the clearance issue. Our customer was very happy with the result.


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The Initial Cut

After careful measurement and mock-ups, the initial cut of the C-Notch relief is made.

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C-Notch Relief

The C-Notch relief is now completely cut out and ready for reinforcement.

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Gusset Fabrication

The C-Notch relief must be reinforced. By using a thick walled metal gusset, the frame will be stronger than when it came from the factory!

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Gusset Fitment

The gusset test fit. It’s now ready for the final placement.

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Gusset Weld

The gusset section is tig welded by our Master Certified Welder.

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Axle Clearance

The completed C-Notch relief now allows for axle clearance. There is no more interference between the frame of the car and the axle. Gone are the days of hanging your head in shame when you can’t lay frame evenly!

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We created a relief in the passenger side frame rail and reinforced it by tig welding in a thick walled metal gusset. This created a space for the axle to tuck into when the car is lowered thus solving the clearance issue.
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The Finished Product

The axle is tucked in its new, protected home.

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Get Low

It doesn’t get any lower than this!

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Project MKIV GTI C-Notch

  • 2003 Volkswagen MKIV GTI
  • 1.8 T | I4 Turbo
  • 5 Speed Manual Gearbox
  • Reflex Silver Exterior | Black Interior
  • Air Ride Suspension
  • ECS Wheel Spacers
  • 19” Rotiform BLQ Wheels
  • C-Notch Modification
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