Highway Products Headache Rack

HP-install-leadYou can tell by the inside of my pickup bed that it gets used. There are plenty of deep scratches and dings that tell the history of hauling tools, supplies, remodel tear-outs, brush, firewood and gravel. Oh yeah, it will get a bed liner when I get ready to sell it, if that day ever comes.

While I don’t try to protect the inside of the bed, I do want to protect the paint and glass on the back of the cab, especially from employees who are not always careful when loading stuff. That’s why the latest aftermarket mod we put on my pickup was a Silverback™ Cab Guard by Highway Products.

Like most headache racks, the Silverback provides protection for the cab and a support to keep long objects off of the roof. It also adds some additional roll-over protection and helps keep heavy objects out of the cab in the event of an accident. A unique wave pattern in the grill provides style, strength and sun protection.

Highway Products builds this headache rack in components, which makes it readily shippable and also gives the installer an opportunity to adjust it precisely to the pickup on which it is being installed. The guys at Highway Products installed it on our Project F-250, but assembly and installation was quick and easy and required only a drill and some basic hand tools. Here’s how you can install one on your pickup:

Measure bed width to ensure the proper rack is ordered.
Measure bed width to ensure the proper rack is ordered.
Start the install by attaching the uprights through the appropriate slots on the grill frame. With carriage bolts, washers and nuts in place, install the peel-and-stick bedrail gaskets to the bedrail feet.
Start the install by attaching the uprights through the appropriate slots on the grill frame. With carriage bolts, washers and nuts in place, install the peel-and-stick bedrail gaskets to the bedrail feet.
Highway Products’ Silverback Cab Guard kit comes with all the parts needed for the install including polished uprights, matching bed rail feet, wave pattern grill, bed rail gaskets and fasteners.
Highway Products’ Silverback Cab Guard kit comes with all the parts needed for the install including polished uprights, matching bed rail feet, wave pattern grill, bed rail gaskets and fasteners.

 

All attachment parts and bolts are high quality stainless.
All attachment parts and bolts are high quality stainless.
Pre-positon parts on a table or floor (use cardboard underneath to keep from scratching).
Pre-positon parts on a table or floor (use cardboard underneath to keep from scratching).
Attach foam on bottom of rails and base.
Attach foam on bottom of rails and base.
Remove the nuts and washers from the bedrail feet and attach the bedrail feet to the uprights.
Remove the nuts and washers from the bedrail feet and attach the bedrail feet to the uprights.

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Measure from bedrail foot to bedrail foot and adjust to give yourself about ¼-inch less than the measurement you got from the pickup box. This can be fine tuned once in place.
Measure from bedrail foot to bedrail foot and adjust to give yourself about ¼-inch less than the measurement you got from the pickup box. This can be fine tuned once in place.
Move assembled headache rack into place.
Move assembled headache rack into place.
Bring the assembled rack to the back of the pickup and place the rack onto the bedrails. Keep it back about 1-inch away from the cab. Note that the grill can be mounted higher (left) or lower (right) on the uprights depending on the desired look, roof height and how you want to use the rack for supporting long items.
Bring the assembled rack to the back of the pickup and place the rack onto the bedrails. Keep it back about 1-inch away from the cab. Note that the grill can be mounted higher (left) or lower (right) on the uprights depending on the desired look, roof height and how you want to use the rack for supporting long items.
Measure and match each side to set the height of the horizontal rail that connects the two uprights.
Measure and match each side to set the height of the horizontal rail that connects the two uprights.
Once the elevation is set, tighten the nuts that attach the grill to the upright. Then pull the bedrail feet out the same amount on both sides until they are against the inside of the pickup bed rail caps.
Once the elevation is set, tighten the nuts that attach the grill to the upright. Then pull the bedrail feet out the same amount on both sides until they are against the inside of the pickup bed rail caps.
Once the elevation is set, tighten the nuts that attach the grill to the upright. Then pull the bedrail feet out the same amount on both sides until they are against the inside of the pickup bed rail caps.
Once the elevation is set, tighten the nuts that attach the grill to the upright. Then pull the bedrail feet out the same amount on both sides until they are against the inside of the pickup bed rail caps.
Measure and mark the front-to-back locations for the bedrail feet bolts to get matching locations on both sides of the pickup bedrail
Measure and mark the front-to-back locations for the bedrail feet bolts to get matching locations on both sides of the pickup bedrail
Measure and mark the side-to-side locations of the bedrail feet bolts. We went with 2 inches from the outside.
Measure and mark the side-to-side locations of the bedrail feet bolts. We went with 2 inches from the outside.
Drill 1/4-inch holes through the bedrail feet and the pickup bedrail while holding the feet tight to the inside of the bedrail.
Drill 1/4-inch holes through the bedrail feet and the pickup bedrail while holding the feet tight to the inside of the bedrail.
Drill 1/4-inch holes through the bedrail feet and the pickup bedrail while holding the feet tight to the inside of the bedrail.
Drill 1/4-inch holes through the bedrail feet and the pickup bedrail while holding the feet tight to the inside of the bedrail.
Loosely bolt feet into position.
Loosely bolt feet into position.
Continue with drilling bolt holes and inserting the attaching hardware.
Continue with drilling bolt holes and inserting the attaching hardware.

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