Zane & Josh, The Merva Brothers
Pickup utility racks have been an option for anyone looking to haul around longer objects for decades. They've gotten the job done when stuff like ladders, wood, and canoes needed moved from one place to another. With the options of bed sizes shrinking over the past few years, a stylish and functional utility rack can add, well , a lot of utility to your full size or midsize truck.
Unfortunately, not many racks look as good as they function and take away from the aesthetics of our vehicle. So, when we found a new aluminum utility rack that looked as professional as our truck, we wanted to try it out. In an effort to find a stylish utility rack we're reviewing the Agri-Cover ADARAC Aluminum Series.
What is it?
Agri-Cover ADARAC Aluminum Series
Model Number 4001238 For 2007-2013 Silverado/Sierra 1500 with 6' 6" bed
MSRP: $491.30 / $578 MSRP (as of October 2018)
Manufacturer Website: https://www.agricover.com/truck-bed-racks/
Installation Time: 1-hour
Installation Difficulty: Easy with basic mechanical skills and a helping hand
Rust resistant aluminum construction No drill installation Compact and narrow upright designs Four load dividers included Compatable with Access-Cover bed covers
What We Like
Modern and stylish brushed aluminum design Thick stamped upright supports are super staunch Modular attachment points and accessories Uprights can be removed or installed with one person 500-lb capacity
What We Don’t Like
Stamped parts have sharp edges out of the box Can't re-position uprights without tools Rack as a whole can restrict what you put in the bed unless removed Tie-down holes are only barely bigger than a standard hook
ADARAC Aluminum Series Unboxing
The ADARAC came securely shipped in a long and moderately heavy box. One person can move the packaging around but two would be easier.
We started out by unpacking our rack, laying out all of the parts and reading the manual. We found hardware packaging was excellent with no missing parts. The manual was clear and easy to understand. Nothing was scratched or damaged.
The stamped aluminum uprights came covered in a protective sheeting/fabric and looking as if they were straight out of the forming machine. We almost cut ourselves on the uprights because no clean up work had been done to remove burrs or sharp edges. A smooth edge would have been a lot better and easier to handle.
Once everything was organized and we had familiarized ourselves with the installation manual, we started to get to work.
ADARAC Aluminum Series Installation
We installed this rack at the same time as our Access-Cover Lorado Roll Up Cover. If you're doing something similar, don't make the same mistake we did and try to install the rack before the cover. It won't work, as the ADARAC blocks the bed-stake holes when installed. The same stake holes you need access to for installing the Lorado, so install your bed cover first.
Speaking of...check our our full review of the Access-Cover Lorado here
After getting ahead of ourselves, we detoured and installed our cover before coming back to the ADARAC. The first step was to lay down the side rails and secure them to the stake pockets on the bed using compression style fittings. The attachment method is slick, requiring no drilling or cutting. It's also fully reversible and doesn't damage your bed. Best of all, the rails are never going to move.
The first step is to drop the compression plates into the stake holds and tighten down the rails with two clamps/bolts per rail.
Then we measured the distance between the installed rails on the bed and set the uprights at the same distance on the floor. We used some old shop towels to prevent scratching the pretty aluminum.
Next, we attached the crossbars at the measured width making sure to center everything up. We then tightened the assembled front and back racks on the ground before lifting them up to the truck bed.
A few bolts and adjustments later... our racks are on the truck. The best part about aluminum racks is that the front and rear sections are light enough for one person to install or remove them without help.
The rear upright mounting bolts are in a tight space when installed with a bed cover and we couldn't use a socket wrench to tighten them down.
And before we knew it, our Sierra had a new utility rack and bed cover.
Total installation time took right around one hour and was easy enough to do with one person but would be quicker with two.
ADARAC Aluminum Series Final Thoughts
An entire summer has gone by since we first installed our ADARAC Aluminum Series Utility Rack and we've been extremely glad we've had it as a tool on our GMC.
We've used the ADARAC to help build a new bathroom, take our canoe to the local lake for a relaxing afternoon, and moved our ladder around to help with projects at home and work.
The ADARAC has conquered every task we've thrown at it. It's never bent, felt flimsy, or failed to hold our cargo firmly in place. Basically... exactly what you want from a utility rack. The brushed aluminum finish and sleek stamped uprights also look good too.
If the $500 price tag is too much, Agri-Cover offers the standard version of the ADARAC which is constructed with steel instead but uses the same basic design. Or, if you need a little wider load, the ADARAC Aluminum Pro Series is designed for larger objects and capacities.
If you're in the market for a good looking, well functioning and indestructible utility rack for your truck, we recommend you look at the Agri-Cover ADARAC Utility Rack.
Editor's Note: This product was provided at no cost for the purposes of a review. We only publish our honest opinions and give no consideration for the gratis product.
ADARAC Aluminum Series Installation Gallery
Hey everyone, got a question someone might be able to answer.
I've got a '14 Silverado 1500 WT. At the back under the bed on the driver side near the spare tire is a wire hanging down with no end. Originally thought it was a frame ground because the outer casing is black but today I took a pair of wire stripers and found that there are 3 thin wires inside of the black sheathing. They are Solid Red, Solid Yellow, and Solid Black. All lights on the truck work, the trailer lights all work when plugged in too.
Anyone have any idea what this could go to? I currently have it rolled up and ziptied to the frame. Thanks for any help.
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
Tuffy Security Products has just launched a new rear under seat lockbox designed to fit 2019 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado Crew Cab and Double Cab pickup trucks. With Tuffy's form-fitting design, the lockbox is concealed from view when the Trucks' 60/40 split bench seats are down. The Model 352 is built from rugged 16 gauge powder coated welded steel. The box includes Tuffy's patented Pry-Guard locking system with 1/8-inch welded steel components with chamfered edges. Tuffy's Pry-Guard technology has a 10 tumbler double-bitted security lock complete with weather seals to keep the contents of your box secure. The 352's weather-resistant lid has an exclusive hinge system with a built-in lid stop that holds up lid when open.
There is no drilling required to install the Tuffy Model 352 and all the hardware you need is included. The innovative mounting system allows for quick removal when the lockbox is open. "At Tuffy, we are committed to bringing our customers high-quality security products. The Model 352 is an excellent addition to the Tuffy Product line because it is completely concealed from view, has two separate access points and is designed to protect whatever gear is stored inside," said Chip Olson, Tuffy Security's marketing director.
The new 352 for the 2019 Sierra and Silverado joins the Model 343 for the new Colorado and Canyon trucks and the Model 340, which is for the 2007-2018 Silverado and Sierra. Tuffy now has boxes built specifically for the majority of GM's trucks. GM-Trucks.com hopes to test out the new 352 in our long-term 2019 Silverado tester. Watch for a full review in the coming months.
Hello yall, it's been great reading up and contributing here but I'm out of the GM game.. I went and got me a Tundra. I just needed a crew cab and felt my extended cab wasn't going to serve my family well - too crowded.
I'll miss some nice features that the Silverado had but at the same time.. I got a really good deal on my Tundra (higher trim than my Silverado ever was).
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
General Motors is hiring part-time workers to staff up its Flint Assembly Plant. The plant makes Silverados and Sierras. Local news outlets near the Flint plant are reporting that the positions are for one to 3 days per week including mandatory Saturdays and short-notice overtime shifts. Pay starts at $15.78. Those who stay longer than 30 days will be eligible for benefits. Katy Teer, a plant spokeswoman, said, "...to aid balancing our workforce with our business, the duration of employment is indefinite at this time."
GM's truck shipments have been well below typical s the company switches from 2018 to the 2019 model year vehicles. Perhaps this hiring is to help with a short-term push to up production.
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