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back rack and lighting help

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by YoAdrian, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. YoAdrian

    YoAdrian Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Hi there! I wanted to get a back rack with utility lights for my guy for Christmas. There are SO many options that I have no idea where to start. He does residential plowing and has a GMC Sierra. He told me that the back rack he wanted was maybe $350-400 but that's not really helping me narrow it down.

    Any lighting / rack set up help you could offer would be great!
     
  2. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,633

    First off welcome!

    It all depends on what the purpose for the back rack and the look that you want on the truck. If you want it for rear window protection from load shift vs debris can change the whole choice of the rack and brand.

    For the lights, LED's have low draw with high output. Are you speaking of work lights or warning lights?
     
  3. YoAdrian

    YoAdrian Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Hmm...I'm pretty useless WRT all these questions.

    But he wants the lights to help him when plowing. I'm guessing visibility, but I'm not sure at all. And in terms of the back rack, he mentioned being able to mount lights on it and leaning long items of cargo against it (boards, ladders, etc).

    He pointed out a truck that had the original style on it, but I don't know if that's the one he wants. I've been probing friends / family for more info but getting nowhere.
     
  4. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,008

    There is different brands, ya gotta be a little sly and get more info from him.
    Steel, aluminum, and you can spend a good buck on lights.
    Look up backrack, they are pretty good, not bad priced.
     
  5. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,633

    If you would have posted yesterday, I had a full setup for a 99-07 Serria, back rack, mars light, and 4 rear facing work lights that I just sold to a guy today for cheap
     
  6. YoAdrian

    YoAdrian Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Yeah, that's the brand I referenced in the OP and that's what I want to get. There are just a lot of options to choose from so I'm not sure at all what makes the most sense. I'm going to have to get more info but I was hoping mainly for help with the lights.

    I can buy the brackets, for sure, but I don't even know what type. There's right and left side mounted, one long bracket for four lights... I am just so lost as to what he could need for plowing.
     
  7. YoAdrian

    YoAdrian Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Yea, he said he was shopping some on his forums...I'm probably spoiling the whole surprise just posting here.
     
  8. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,633

    What is the year of his truck?

    Honestly, the back rack lights IMO don't help when plowing. They make all the snow that is flying very visible in your mirrors becoming distrcting. Lights under the rear bumper keep the light directed where you need it.

    They are great if you have to shovel in the dark or work on somthing.

    Don't worry though, there are going to be 500 guys that are going to follow me threw this thread and tell me about how I am wrong...

    3,2,.....
     
  9. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,008

    You are only limited by how much you want to spend. 4" spots have brackets, you drill and mount. You can get those at Tracktor Supply. Or you can go big $ with LEDs. Thumbs Up
     
  10. YoAdrian

    YoAdrian Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Any opinions on the classic back rack vs the louvered style vs the modular style?
     
  11. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,633

    Classic is my choice - Clean look but still protects, allows for lights to be mounted, and you can lean stuff against rack instead of cab.
     
  12. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,591

    Ill second the classic.