Installing Highway Products Silverback Cab Guard

haul long objects like ladders.
A headache rack helps protect the cab from cargo and provides a way to haul long objects like ladders.

You 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:

Highway Products’ Silverback Cab Guard kit
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.
Measure truck bed
Start the install by measuring between the bedrails right up close the cab.
Assemble uprights
Attach the uprights through the appropriate slots on the grill frame.
install the peel-and-stick bedrail gaskets
With carriage bolts, washers and nuts in place, install the peel-and-stick bedrail gaskets to the bedrail feet.
attach the bedrail feet to the uprights.
Remove the nuts and washers from the bedrail feet and attach the bedrail feet to the uprights.
Measure from bedrail foot to bedrail foot
Measure from bedrail foot to bedrail foot and adjust to give yourself about ¼” less than the measurement you got from the pickup box. This can be fine tuned once in place.
Bring the assembled rack to the back of the pickup.
Bring the assembled rack to the back of the pickup.
Load the rack onto the bedrails being careful to keep it level both directions as you approach the cab. Keep it back about 1” away from the cab.
Load the rack onto the bedrails being careful to keep it level both directions as you approach the cab. Keep it back about 1” away from the cab.
use the rack for supporting long items.
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 the two uprights.
Measure and match each side to set the height of the horizontal rail that connects the two uprights.
tighten the nuts
Once the elevation is set, tighten the nuts that attach the grill to the upright.
Pull the bedrail feet out
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
Measure and mark the front-to-back locations for the bedrail feet bolts. This is primarily to get matching locations on both sides of the pickup.
the side-to-side locations
Measure and mark the side-to-side locations of the bedrail feet bolts. We went with two inches from the outside.
drill
Drill 1/4” holes through the bedrail feet and the pickup bedrail while holding the feet tight to the inside of the bedrail.
attach the unit to the bedrails.
Use the 2” long button head bolts to attach the unit to the bedrails.
Cinch the mounting bolt down tightly
Cinch the mounting bolt down tightly to compress the gasket and take the play out of the bedrail feet.
Remove the protective wrapping
Remove the protective wrapping from the uprights.

 

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