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Best Headache Rack?

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by ShaneysLawnCare, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    So oover the last year I have had to replace 4 back windows in different trucks and now the strap broke on a 55 gallon drum and smashed another window on another truck! so what is the best headache rack?!

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  2. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,638

    My favorite are the Ranch Hand but Back Rack are popular around here. Or you could always have one built by a local welder.
     
  3. wahlturfcare

    wahlturfcare Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    I always build my own with a rail down the side to attach hooks too so that stuff can br strapped down.
    btw, i have seen a couple backracks after accidents and they will also go through the window as they dont have much stability during a accident compared to going down the side rails.
     
  4. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Do you have any pictures?
     
  5. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Well this sucks just unloaded another barrel in with a 2" strap this time haha and noticed bent the bed rail :( we havent even had the truck a month yet haha. Oh well lol But is there anything to stiffen up factory bed rails or is that an impossibility

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  6. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,339

    I always build my own too. You can see the link in my signature for the headache rack build. I also incorporated one into my flat bed dump bed build also in my signature.
    T.J.
     
  7. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Well it looks like an awesome shop you have! I love the rack, I am not sure what to do for the other 3 trucks but I bought a "backrack" branded one for this truck new glass goes in tomorrow but I wouldnt mind building my own I wanna try and find more for options
     
  8. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,638

    Have you looked into just getting a flatbed? Would make loading and unloading a lot easier. And pretty much all flatbeds will have a headache rack built in.
     
  9. JoeG3

    JoeG3 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

  10. Sprag-O

    Sprag-O Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    Are you running straps to the thin underside of the bed rails? Or down to the valid tie downs in each corner of the bed?
     
  11. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,489

    I've hauled 55gal drums for years (sealcoating) some tines 15 at a time and only one time have I had one dump over and that was on the back of a trailer.

    Slow down and drive with some level of care.

    A strap from wall-mart may not be strong enough.....
    Then get rid of that slick plastic bed liner, get and a spray in.

    Go get a 3-4"inch strap from a truck center or better yet use a chain and binder.
     
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  12. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    I have a 2 F550's one dump and one flatbed both still have salter set ups on them. I have never thought about a SRW pickup conversion! any pictures?!?! of extended cab shortbeds!
     
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  13. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 144


    They were on pallet and yea, it wasnt a wal mart strap but it was only a 700 lbs strap :/ and the worst part about was it didnt tip till I pulled onto the road the shop is on! and it is a spray in! But it does look plastic like! but it is really sticky spray in
     
  14. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,638

    He is mine on a SRW.

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  15. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,638

    Not a short bed but know CM makes them for short bed.
     
  16. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Does that have stake pockets?
     
  17. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,638

    Yes and rub rail on the sides. This bed also comes with hidden goose neck and and 14.5k bumper hitch. It can also peel the drivers side off a Honda with very minimal damage. :cry:
     
  18. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    How much was it? I think I'll leave this truck a pickup but I have an 05 that needs a new box (rusted out) that also pulls the goosneck so itd be a good upgrade!
     
  19. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,489

    ok, I know banging up a new truck su@ks.
    Just that it has happened more than once led to my slow down comment.

    just an idea, ditch the pallet..... the gaps can let it tip easier and they can break.


    You can find contractor racks that have angel iron that goes over the bed rail, with a headache rack built into them.

    good luck
     
  20. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    I should have slown down more :(
    and after further investigation the pallet board broke allowing them to tip and snap strap.
    And perfect!
    Thank you its always appreciated!!