If you’re in the market to modify your pickup truck, you have a number of options for doing so. Depending on which one you go with, you could get a better looking vehicle, improved utility or better safety. Of course, if you decide to have a headache rack installed, you can get all three and up the amount you’ll receive if/when you sell your truck.
For those who don’t know, a headache rack is a steel or aluminum frame that is welded to the back of your pickup truck. It provides a cage-like pattern that then runs across the length of your back window. These days, you can get them in a number of different styles, colors, and even with brake lights attached.
One of the main benefits derived from a headache rack is that it helps keep your truck’s cab cooler by protecting it from direct sunlight. Unlike other vehicles, having that flat window right at the back of your head means it can get pretty warm in there when the sun has a direct shot at it. Adding air conditioning to the mix often just makes things more uncomfortable.
A headache rack, though, will have slats that angle down. You’ll still be able to see out of your rearview mirror just fine, but the sun won’t have a chance to get in. It’s like adding blinds to the back of your truck.
Many people also depend on headache racks for safety reasons. In the worst case scenario, these steel or aluminum frames will keep projectiles or other objects from coming through the back of the window. Whether or not that’s where the phrase “headache rack” comes from, no one really knows.
The other explanation speaks to the utility of these racks. If you work construction, plow, or use your flatbed truck to tow, you probably carry a good amount of chains and binders with you. Having a headache rack installed means you have a place to hang them, instead of letting them slide around in your bed or letting them take up space in your cab. Of course, if you don’t strap them in, all that clanging could probably give you a headache.
While headache racks are a great addition to any truck in Calgary, you need to make sure they’re installed with quality welding. Otherwise, the headache you feel will come from the frustration of looking in your rearview mirror and seeing the rack on the side of the road.