Originally Posted by Rainen
So I spoke with DRE again. The 15" that they are calling out is the overall measurement from the top of the frame to the bottom. That means if you subtract the 2" tube that will sit on top of the tubes, that frame will drop down, 13". That's approximately 1-1.5 inches lower than and NRS frame (by my calculations) How important is that 1.5"? Should I drop that frame height down to 14" or 13"? Let me know what you guys think, and thanks so much for the input so far.
Short answer. If you want to do any shallow water trips and don't want your $1000 investment damaged i'd chop it down
The Nrs dims are to the lower rails. The crossbar of their yoke is a few inches higher, meaning if need be you can run your boxes and coolers even higher to minimize chance of hitting anything.
The problem with the deso design is the stability crossbar is at the same height as the drop rails. Having the drop rails at that height alone really only affects your strapping to the tubes. Your likelihood of hitting the frame on a rock here is smaller due to proximity to the tubes. But the crossbrace at that level affects clearance as if you go over a slightly exposed rock you can hit it. Stopping 1000lbs that quick will certainly bend the tube, especially if they are using 6063
Best case it puts a nasty divot in your frame
To raise the cross bracing they probably would have to add more pipe and fittings to make it look like an H instead of a U. At that point why not go with a welded frame?