Whether you use your truck to carry heavy cargo or not, protecting the cab and its occupants is of utmost importance. One of the best ways to do this is by bolting a headache rack to your truck.
Understanding What a Headache Rack Is
A headache rack is a metal frame that is placed behind the cab of a utility truck or pickup. Sometimes it is referred to as a cab protector or rear window guard. Generally, it is an inverted U-shaped structure that fits across the width of the bed and follows the shape of the cab. The inside of the framework may be filled with a mesh, louvers, or other design. Sometimes it is left open or may include an opening to give access to the rear window.
Do You Need a Headache Rack for Your Pickup Truck Cab?
There are many reasons to buy a Ford F-150 headache rack or customized headache rack for other makes and models. Some people use them to simply protect their truck from damage, while others reason they help reduce the amount of heat and sunlight through the rear window. Here are the top reasons why you should consider protecting your truck's cab with a headache rack.
When driving a pickup truck, there are instances when you may need to suddenly stop. Cargo in the rear that isn’t properly secured can potentially shift and strike the rear window causing significant damage. With a headache rack in place, your cab, as well as its occupants, will be kept safe. If you haul a payload often, you should definitely consider a headache rack for those instances when you might have to make an emergency stop. It’s a sure way to keep you and the cab safe from shifting cargo. The headache rack can also help prevent any accidental damage to the back window when loading or unloading the bed. (If you haul firewood, for example, you’ll know exactly what we mean).
More Carrying Capacity
A headache rack alone or paired with a rear hoop can enable you to carry longer items such as ladders or lumber. This frees up bed space for other material.
If you spend a lot of time at work or play with your truck you’ll want to consider lighting. A headache rack is the perfect place to mount auxiliary lighting – whether for safety or those times you could use extra some light after the sun goes down.
While a headache rack may not prevent break-ins, it can block access to your cab through the back window or discourage vandalism to very expensive rear glass.
A headache rack is an important accessory for keeping your truck safe if you heavy cargo or other materials in the truck bed. If you're serious about protecting your truck cab and passengers, contact Spyder Industries today for the best headache racks for Ford F150's, Dodge / RAM, Chevy, Nissan, and Toyota pickup trucks.