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Back Rack or roof mount?

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by APLC, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. APLC

    APLC Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    Which do you all like better? I'm kind Leary about drilling holes in my roof, but the back rack seems like a good way to go. I want to put my whelen responder on it and a few led flood lights maybe. Just looking for info on both from users of both. It's going on my 03 crew cab thanks
     
  2. Thor78

    Thor78 Member
    Messages: 71

    When we got our new truck I was also skeptical of drilling holes in the roof. We got a 49" bar so we also had the choice to strap it. That also requires holes tho, so we decided to go the back rack route. Functionally it's closer to the center and gets it up a little higher. I do think it looks better on the roof tho, but looks aren't everything. When we first got it installed I thought it looked kind of goofy, but it has grown on me since. Hope this helps.
     
  3. APLC

    APLC Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    Yeah thanks anyone else?
     
  4. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    they make brackets that go into your cargo bar for mounting on roof no holes..

    i like the back racks for "work" trucks and the mag mounts for "daily drivers"
     
  5. APLC

    APLC Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    What kind shoul I look for? I seen the rack that goes into the charge light but they didn't list my 2500hd 03. And it's a work truck but I I drive it a lot
     
  6. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

  7. mike13

    mike13 Member
    from mass
    Messages: 49

    I installed my 48" edge on my back rack an used the permanent mounts an attached it
    to a 3" steel angle which i painted black.
    Then i attached to the back rack with 2 bolts an a spacer on the bolts inside of the back rack
    uprights to make it stable. do to the back rack being a little thin ill post a few pics if youd like tomorrow
     
  8. H&HPropertyMait

    H&HPropertyMait Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    Headache racks are awesome, you can mount not only the lightbar but other work lights and other types of leds also. we're working on finishing up our two.
     
  9. Thor78

    Thor78 Member
    Messages: 71

    Yeah, forgot to mention those, Acari roof mounts. I have no experience with those, but they look like a good option for a mini bar.
     
  10. APLC

    APLC Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    Yeah I might be going with a back rack just not sure
     
  11. APLC

    APLC Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    Whats the procedure if I permanently mount the responder to the roof?
     
  12. H&HPropertyMait

    H&HPropertyMait Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    Find out where you want it, mark the 4 holes with a sharpie and a punch, remove the headliner and start drillin.
     
  13. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    i would STRONGLY advise against drilling a mini bar into your roof.....it ruins the truck and just isn't needed..

    if you want it on the trucks roof....get the rubber suction cup mags..
     
  14. APLC

    APLC Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    Yeah I don't plan on doing that. Think I'll be going with a back rack of some sort. Dissociative how should I route the wire into the truck from the rack? Since you've done like 100s LOL thanks buddy
     
  15. kandrts

    kandrts Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Try Ebling and Sons in Grand Rapids MI. I had one made for a customer's truck for their snow plow light bar, they can put tabs on for work lights, and the top pad can be bigger for full size light bars. They can also have holes so you can run you wiring through the light bar and down into the bed. Light bar 019.jpg

    Light bar 019.jpg
     
  16. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    yea but how much is that Ebling compared to the pro rack??...looks like a lot more detailed work..nice piece

    drill a clean hole and run inside the pro rack for your wires...
     
  17. kandrts

    kandrts Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    It was $250
     
  18. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,760

    Looks 10 times better mounted on the roof than sticking up in the air on a rack.
     
  19. stevehawk23

    stevehawk23 Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 19

    I mounted my liberty on my roof with straps. I just cant get past the big goofy wing look of a lightbar on a backrack. I do have some worklights mounted on my backrack, but the lightbar on the roof looks much better and it just seems safer to me
     
  20. 08SnowPusher

    08SnowPusher Member
    Messages: 33

    My personal preference is the "Back Rack." I have my ambers on top with 4 back up lights mounted on the rack. I have plugs on the harness and take the ambers off in the summer. I use the truck to move firewood and haul quite a bit so my rear slider appreciates the additional protection. A major selling point was the fact that you don't have to drill any holes. Your back up lights are also mounted in a very safe location, out of harms way. In 1999 I mounted a back rack to my super duty. Since the truck was brand new I took an extra step and put a thin strip of foam on the bed rail prior to mounting. When I removed the rack two years ago to sell the truck it was hard to tell it had ever been mounted. I went the same route after purchasing my new truck and have been pleased. Just my $.02.