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Under tailgate spreader light mounting

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by xtreem3d, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    Hi Guys,
    Do you guys have a trick way of mounting the lights for an under tailgate spreader so that when the bed raises the light remains on the salt pattern.(ie: level)
    I don't really want to mount them to my rear hitch plate. Sorry i don't have a pic but they are mounted to the bottom of the UTG spreader so when the bed goes up the lights go down but not parallel with the ground like the spinner does.....OR.. does it even matter that they don't stay parallel? This is my first year with an UTG.
  2. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 95

    All of ours left drops are mounted on the drivers side of the spreader and will not stay parallel. Our center drops are mounted on the hitch plate and do not move with the bed.

    We do not run with our beds up, so the light is adjusted for when the bed is down.
  3. csi.northcoast

    csi.northcoast Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    for the most part it is a non issue. i am not sure what kind of truck you have , but for my under tailgate units, we raise the bed let the salt slide to load the spreader than lower the bed to spread ( or only have it raised slightly. even with the bed up the light usually illuminates the the area so you can tell the salt is coming out
  4. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

    OK thanks...really wasn't sure if I would be running with the bed up or not since I have never used one. I did just install a "Body Up" kit so I wouldn't forget it was up. Just another question for you ..about how many times will you have to raise the bed to empty it? Mine is a single axle 26,000 truck (10 ft bed)
  5. Township1

    Township1 Member
    Messages: 95

    Really depends on the truck, and the condition of the material being spread ( wet, clumpy, frozen, ect...). I have never counted. I normally run a tandem with a 14' body I would say I put the body up about 4-5 times, on the other end of the spectrum in one of our 550's. I think it more like 10 times because of the lower sides and tailgate.
  6. BigBoyPlowin

    BigBoyPlowin Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Township is correct. It really depends on where you are and the condition of the salt.

    I loved my replacement tailgate spreader. You just have to raise the bed maybe 6-12" above the cab so it has a SLIGHT incline and keep the Truck Rockin' Worked great for me.