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Buyer's Guide

Best of Truck Racks

 Updated on: June 30th, 2021

Best of Truck Racks
(Left to Right) Elevate Outdoor Steel Universal Over-Cab Truck Rack, Apex Aluminum Universal Truck Cap Rack, and Elevate Outdoor 1,500 lb Capacity Universal Over-Cab Truck Rack

When longer cargo doesn’t fit into your truck bed, your best option is to outfit your truck with a quality truck rack. You’ll gain storage space while retaining all of the functionality of your truck bed, and make it easier than ever to haul oblong cargo, such as ladders, conduit, kayaks, plywood, and more. Our Apex line of adjustable truck racks and over-cab truck racks can be modified to fit most pickups, and most do not require drilling or bolting anything directly into your truck. All come with easy installation, high weight capacities, and durable construction that is suitable for commercial use as well as the occasional run to the hardware store.

Truck Racks Comparsion Table

Elevate Outdoor Steel Truck Rack SLR-RACK-DLX Shop Elevate Outdoor Aluminum Truck Rack SLR-RACK-DLX-ALUMShop Elevate No-Drill Steel Truck Rack with D-Loops STR-RACK-V2Shop Apex No-Drill Aluminum Truck Rack with Ladder Stops ATR-RACK-V2Shop
Weight Capacity 500 500 1000 800
Adjustable 52" to 74" W 52" to 74" W 45" to 64.25" W up to 66.5" W
No Drill/No Bolt
Installs with Drilling Drilling Clamps Clamps
Material Steel Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Tie-Downs 4 D-Loops 4 D-Loops 4 D-Loops 4 ladder stops

Most Popular Truck Racks

Elevate Outdoor Steel Truck Rack
1

Elevate Outdoor Steel Truck Rack

SLR-RACK-DLX
4.6
stars

With a 500-pound capacity, this steel truck rack installs easily by drilling into your truck bed and has a cleat on each post.


Elevate Outdoor Aluminum Truck Rack
2

Elevate Outdoor Aluminum Truck Rack

SLR-RACK-DLX-ALUM
4.7
stars

This rack is identical to the first, with the biggest differentiator being its aluminum construction. Aluminum is lighter weight than steel, yet has similar strength, and holds up well in areas with a lot of road salt or sea salt because it is less likely to corrode over time.


Elevate No-Drill Steel Truck Rack with D-Loops
3

Elevate No-Drill Steel Truck Rack with D-Loops

STR-RACK-V2
4.7
stars

Also manufactured in steel, this rack is powder-coated and is built for heavy duty with a 1,000-pound weight capacity. D-loops instead of ladder stops provide easily accessible tie-down points for straps. Similar to the previous two, this model doesn’t require drilling or bolting into your truck bed.


Apex No-Drill Aluminum Truck Rack with Ladder Stops
4

Apex No-Drill Aluminum Truck Rack with Ladder Stops

ATR-RACK-V2

This rack can support up to 800 pounds, and doesn’t require drilling to install. Instead, clamps firmly secure the rack to the inside of your truck bed. Ladder stops across the top bars make it easy to lash your items securely before transport.


Over-Cab Truck Racks Comparison Table

Elevate Outdoor No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with Cleats UPUT-RACK-V2Shop Elevate Outdoor No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with D-Loops UPUT-RACK-V3Shop Elevate Outdoor Heavy-Duty No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with Cleats UPUT-RACK-HDShop Elevate Outdoor No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack UPUT-RACK-ALUM-V2Shop Elevate Outdoor Heavy-Duty No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with Cleats CAP-RACK-ALUMShop
Weight Capacity 800 1000 1500 800 800
Adjustable 49" to 64" W 45" to 64.25" W up to 75.75" W up to 66.5" W up to 68" W
No Drill/No Bolt
Attachment style Clamp-on Clamp-on Clamp-on Clamp-on Clamp-on
Material Steel Steel Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Post Tie-Downs 4 cleats 4 D-loops 4 cleats 8 eyelets Built-in anchor points

Most Popular Over-Cab Truck Racks

Elevate Outdoor No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with Cleats
1

Elevate Outdoor No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with Cleats

UPUT-RACK-V2
4.6
stars

This over-cab rack features an 800-pound weight capacity and clamps directly onto the sides of your truck bed – no unsightly drilled holes needed! Four cleats provide a place to loop rope or secure tie-down straps.


Elevate Outdoor No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with D-Loops
2

Elevate Outdoor No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with D-Loops

UPUT-RACK-V3
4.6
stars

This no-frills over-cab rack can support loads up to 1,000 pounds, and is designed for heavy-duty use. Built with powder-coated steel, it clamps directly onto the sides of your truck, and has a D-loop on each post to secure tie-down straps for transport.


Elevate Outdoor Heavy-Duty No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with Cleats
3

Elevate Outdoor Heavy-Duty No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with Cleats

UPUT-RACK-HD
4.7
stars

Similar to the UPUT-RACK-V2, this over-cab rack almost doubles its supported load weight at 1,500 pounds, and is designed to fit larger trucks all the way up to 75.75” wide. It is our heaviest-duty rack, and comes with the same clamp-on installation as our other top racks.


Elevate Outdoor No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack
4

Elevate Outdoor No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack

UPUT-RACK-ALUM-V2
4.7
stars

This over-cap rack looks as cool as it is functional. Blue hand-holds make it easier to access loads, and 8 adjustable eyelets accommodate tie-down straps for cargo up to 800 pounds.


Elevate Outdoor Heavy-Duty No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with Cleats
4

Elevate Outdoor Heavy-Duty No-Drill Steel Over-Cab Truck Rack with Cleats

CAP-RACK-ALUM
4.8
stars

Great for trucks with a bed cap, this over-cap rack extends out so it doesn’t impede the function of the bed cap. Built-in anchor points and 6.5” H side rails keep loads up to 800 pounds securely in place.


Common Features Explained

Material

Material

Apex racks are constructed of steel or aluminum. Both metals have the strength needed for rack and transport applications, however, subtle differences in properties and price might place one ahead of the other for the knowledgeable consumer. Although usually powder-coated, steel has an increased risk of developing rust over time, especially in regions of the US that use road salt, or are located near a coast. Aluminum is naturally less prone to corrosion, and is lighter in weight than steel; however, it is usually higher priced.


Adjustability

Adjustability

We know how finicky it can be to meticulously measure the width of your truck bed and wonder “will this rack fit”, which is why we’ve made our truck racks adjustable! They will fit most standard trucks within average ranges (please see truck rack and over-cab rack comparison tables for more detail), so that you can select based on the features you need rather than size.


Attachment style

Attachment style

The most common way to install a truck rack usually involves drilling directly into your truck sides to firmly mount the rack. Because we know that not everyone wants to put holes into their bed, we offer most of our Apex racks with a variety of no-drill, clamp-on options that securely hook to the side of your bed and create a firm, vise-like connection.


Tie-down points

Tie-down points

We offer racks with a variety of tie-down attachment points. Ladder stops and D-loops are closed and can easily be used with S-hooks, J-hooks, and other similar tie-down strap ends. Cleats are open, and work well to secure excess slack or secure tie-down ropes or straps.