1. Welcome to PlowSite. Notice a fresh look and new features? It’s now easier to share photos and videos, find popular topics fast, and enjoy expanded user profiles. If you have any questions, click HELP at the top or bottom of any page, or send an email to help@plowsite.com. We welcome your feedback.

    Dismiss Notice

Edge on a backrack

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by Detroitdan, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Anyone made brackets to put a fullsize bar on a backrack? I don't like the way the backrack produced ones look, plus they are too expensive.
     
  2. BlueLine Ent

    BlueLine Ent Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    Dan if you PM me your email I'll send you a picture I have of a friend's back rack mount for full size bar.
     
  3. Lawn Care Plus

    Lawn Care Plus Senior Member
    Messages: 135

  4. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    All I did was weld 2 small pieces of angle iron onto the back rack.

    rack.jpg

    rack_01.jpg
     
  5. Pirsch

    Pirsch Senior Member
    Messages: 596

    Better check that weld... I don't look very good!
     
  6. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I didnt know you could mount an edge with one bolt. Mine has two going to the feet. I figured I'd take the feet off but still need to use two bolts each side. Did you put that big bolt through yourself or is that a mounting option for the edge?

    I bought some metal L brackets, what I am going to try to do is sandwich them on the verticals from the front and back with two bolts running though them and throuhg the rack, then bolt the bar down onto the horizontal part of the L bracket. If I ever get around to it I'll post some pics here.
     
  7. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    man you gotta do something with those wires
     
  8. daplowman

    daplowman Member
    Messages: 65

    looks like an awful lot of stress on one point. I am sure the bolt will hold, but will the lightbar?
     
  9. BlueLine Ent

    BlueLine Ent Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    Those single bolt mounts he has are a Whelen mounting option for the bars, its called a stud mount, and yes they will hold.

    Also, that picture I was going to send that I now can't find is exactly how you described you were going to do them Dan, and it works great. The only suggestion is you turn the feet around on the bar which allows you to bolt it down at the very edge of the backrack, and it spreads the support out just a little wider to the sides.
     
  10. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    I just pulled the Back Rack off of one of my 2004's. Back Rack is for sale with the tool box brackets. Please dont ask me for a picture. Everyone knows what a Black Back Rack looks like. $100.
     
  11. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    There not hooked up because it is getting removes tomorrow.
     
  12. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    Well, Whelen made the mount and it ant going no where, LOL Sure wouldn't want to hit the light bar with any thing. It is very strong.
     
  13. Pirsch

    Pirsch Senior Member
    Messages: 596

    I still say that weld is coming apart!
     
  14. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I don't think the weld cracked, I think that is just a seam alongside the weld, kind of in shadow.

    Remind me never to post a picture of one of my welds here.
     
  15. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    LOL That picture was taken last December, and she's still up there. I just used too much paint, you can see the runs in the paint too.
     
  16. Pirsch

    Pirsch Senior Member
    Messages: 596

    Oh yeah I forgot...You guys plow and not paint! LOL Well atleast the paint matches! LOL
     
  17. iakentdoz

    iakentdoz Senior Member
    Messages: 204

    Plus I can't weld, I use paint to hide my bad weding job.:cry: But I know the weld will hold.
     
  18. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I thought the same thing at first, but it isn't actually just one bolt run through the bottom of the bar, it's in the mounting plate which fits into the channels. So the torsion load from front to back is spread out a few inches instead of on that one point.

    "Torsion load" Like that? I just made it up.
     
  19. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Hey Kent, thanks for sticking your neck out and posting those pics for me. I feel bad that your perfectly functional amateur welding job got attacked like it did.

    C'mon guys, give him a break! It's on a Ford, it's not like it's ever going to get going fast enough for the wind to tear the light bar off. Although I'd be worried about the truck being overloaded with the Back Rack AND the light bar.

    hee hee hee
     
  20. Pirsch

    Pirsch Senior Member
    Messages: 596

    I saw the funniest thing when your talking about the Ford going fast enough to get off the ground.... Saw a '95 Ranger 4x4 (with a plow mount) the other day. A volunteer fire fighter had it. 56" Code 3 XL Light Bar (sealed beams) on sticking over the doors by about a foot each way. Can you imagine the amps and the fuel economy he gets and if he catches some good air... There he goes!!! :D