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Old 05-08-2013, 12:41 PM   #1
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Looking for tailgate storage

I've been looking around for some rear tailgate storage systems that mount to the inside of the door so you can add Velcro/molle type bags to it. All the ones I've found so far weather it's velcroed material or a steel folding plate type, they all seem to need several holes to be drilled for mounting. I'm not too keen on the idea of drilling sheet metal screws all over the tailgate door. Is there any other type the doesn't require drilling or should I just try drilling anyway?

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Old 05-08-2013, 01:38 PM   #2
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If you want tailgate storage your going to need to drill. What other option would there be.. Velcro, straps, or glue(JBweld). Velcro would fall off. Straps I could see possibly working if they wrapped around to the outside. That would rub the paint off over time if they were on strong enough. Basically man up or just throw some backpacks in.

I wonder what weight the self tapping screws could hold, and it's impact over several years of stress. Personally I don't love the idea of putting extra weight on the gates hinges let alone the inner sheet metal.

Another option would be to find an option that attaches to the back of the seats and/or seat covers. I'm sure I have seen a couple options for the front seats like that. Rugged Ridge makes front and rear options for sure. There are likely others too.

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Old 05-08-2013, 01:44 PM   #3
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I dont want to drill either

So I went with the raingler Molle

For the tailgate I went for the Trailgater from Outback Adventure Products. No molle there but I will use it for my kitchen and prepare food, no drilling at all.

For the front seats I have the Smittybilt with a lot of Molle

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Old 05-08-2013, 01:44 PM   #4
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I used Velcro. It's been a year, still holding strong and I have a bit of weight in there. Obviously too much weight and it won't work so it depends what u plan on keeping in your gear bags. The one thing I did was superglue the Velcro to the gear panel (not the tailgate). It helped the bond on the material.

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Old 05-08-2013, 02:04 PM   #5
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Gate Weight Limit

I did a bit of searching about the weight limit for the rear gate. It says in the 2012 manual 4th edition 497

NOTE: If you have added aftermarket accessories to the
spare tire mounted carrier, it cannot exceed a gross
weight of 50 lbs (23 kg) including the weight of the spare

The funny thing is that the stock Rubicon tire weighs over 75 lbs. Bestop makes an unofficial limit of 200 lbs. As talked about in this thread>http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/res...te-230298.html
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:49 PM   #6
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