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The rack is very sturdy, rugged, and durable. We have purchased four of these racks in the past and have had excellent service out of all of them.
July 16, 2014
Does not fit ALL trucks
I have a 2013 F150 and the side walls to the bed are double walls and don't leave enough of a lip to use the J bolt mounting kit, so you would have to permanently mount the rack. I want to swap from the rack in the summer to a bed cover in the winter so that is not an option.
I'm going to design a new mounting part and have a local machine shop manufacture it for me to fit my needs.
SO, Check your side rails and make sure you have a big landing under the rail to fit a bracket. 2013 F150 does not fit.
Other than that, this rack seems very well put together. I cant wait to get it onto my truck.
I only said No to recommend because it won't fit my needs. If you permanently mount it, It should be fine.
April 8, 2014
Very Clear and spot on.
Great product. This is a very solid assembly that works exactly liked I hoped. The instructions recommend help with the installation but I did this by myself (early 60's) with not much trouble. I agree with a previous review about the harmonics. There is a very loud HUM made worse by the fact I have a sunroof on my truck. I could totally silence the noise if I reached through the sunroof and grasped the front bar with my hand. I am going to try to add a soft foam shield to see if the vibrations are reduced.
September 18, 2013
Rack it up
Rack works good, the only problem was the harmonics when driving, strange vibration(humming noise at 55 to 60 mph) . We ended up reinforcing in several areas to minimize the sound. Does a great job as is but the noise was annoying.
September 17, 2013
This rack is a good value. The instructions are not so good. The joint with the bracket on the top two rails is not a good design.
My real issue is the noise. I installed this rack on a new 2012 F-150 crew cab. It is so noisy my crew fights over who has to ride in the truck with this rack.
I would greatly appreciate recommendations regarding how to reduce the noise.
If I can solve the noise issue I would be 110% satisfied.
October 24, 2012
well worth the money
very happy with the rack very well built.easy to put together 2 hours or less. first load of lumber. over 600 lbs worked great . very strong. .put tarp over rack. used for weather tight cargo. hand rails in back good for getting in back of the truck. just a great rack..alot of tie downs low profile for garage clearance ....... very pleased thank you NORTHERN
May 26, 2012
Received this rack as a Christmas present and use it for carryng PVC for irrigation systems, plywood and sheetrock for projects. Durable, easy to handle and very functional. Has many tie down loops for almost any type of cargo. The only negative comment is for putting it together and mounting on truck. Takes at least two people and instructions were not that good. Overall I would recommend this cargo rack to everyone.
January 29, 2012
Worth what you pay
I bought one of these racks about 3 years ago and have overloaded it extensively, it really takes a beating. None of the bars or fasteners gave up, shifted, or bent. It is a good price with fast shipping. In one of the previous reviews they said no matter how much adjusting they did that it wouldn't align right. I had the same problem until I discovered that the truck rails were not the same distance apart in the front as they were in the back( Dodge Rams are just like that). Overall a good quality rack well worth the money. It took me about 6 hours to assemble and install working by myself.
January 16, 2012
I did have some problems assembling this. The directions call for having help. I just had only me. I got it together , and we used it to carry two kayaks to the coast, with no problems. I have a small aluminum boat, and I think it will haul it ok also. Most that use this would probably be contractors hauling pipe or long boards. I think it would be good for that also. I have seen these racks for over $1000 , so for the price, it's good.
October 12, 2011
The rack is great for the price. Strong enough for my general contracting needs. Went together easily. I'd buy another for my next truck.
October 11, 2011