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Old 07-25-2012, 01:52 PM   #1
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New MOLLE panels (rear & sides)

OK so it took me awhile to post this so apologies to those who've shown some interest in these.
I had a Smittybuilt for the rear door and it was OK, but the black has begun to fade to a darkish pinkish hue which I consider to be bordering on the unmanly (you'll see them in the pics below), this simply will not do. Besides everyone seems to have one and I wanted something different. Lo and behold I found these...
jk gear MOLLE panels for rear storage w/fold down tailgate (package deal) | eBay

I went with the full package which includes the rear panel, 2 for the sides and one panel that hangs off the rear seat. I felt I needed to be thorough for my fellow Jeepers (you're welcome).

AlanJK427 was very easy to work with. After the purchase he emailed me to inquire as to what logo I wanted. The ebay pic shows "Rescue", I requested "USMC". He said this was no problem and it didn't hold up shipment at all.

They arrived nicely packaged (I needed my K-Bar to get into the shrink-wrap) with all of the screws, washers, instructions etc required.

Installation was easy enough for the rear panel and sides and everything went together as they were designed to. As you'll see in the pics, of the two bars that attached to the cargo door, one is notched out for the plastic piece that runs horizontally across the door.

In any case I am happy with the fit and finish and I feel it looks much better, and certainly different, than the Smittys.

Negatives - I only have a couple of issues that should be addressed.
1) The side MOLLE panels are a good idea, but they fail when it comes to dropping the top. The bows typically drop to within the tub, but the panels interupt this and the bows land on top off the metal piece that connects them to the tub (refer to the pics).
2) The cargo panel is noisy. Metal pins run through each side to hold the "table" up. These rattle a good bit and I'll devise some creative way to address this.

All in all I like these add-ons. As I say, they're different, and I can use the fold down table for multiple reasons so that's handy. MOLLE pouches thread through them OK, though the openings are only slightly off kilter. The side MOLLE panels work fine for attaching small pouches such as the IFAK that I like to have in the Jeep at all times. Previously I had it attached to MOLLE panels on the tube doors, but would not have it if running doorless.
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Glad to see you got them put in. Thanks for the photos.

Does he offer a "rear door only" option? I don't want the side panels.

How do you think you'll quieten down the pin rattle? Any thoughts yet?

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Glad to see you got them put in. Thanks for the photos.

Does he offer a "rear door only" option? I don't want the side panels.

How do you think you'll quieten down the pin rattle? Any thoughts yet?
Yes he does. I think it's $100. I went with the full "kit" because the side panels peaked my interest but I'm not sold on them completely.
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2) The cargo panel is noisy. Metal pins run through each side to hold the "table" up. These rattle a good bit and I'll devise some creative way to address this.
I have the same rear MOLLE panel as you and it is annoying on bumpy roads. Alan was great to work with. Mine reads "SAHARA 4X4" across the top. I used Quick Fist attachments to hold my MagLight and a small hand ax and some tools.
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I have the same rear MOLLE panel as you and it is annoying on bumpy roads. Alan was great to work with. Mine reads "SAHARA 4X4" across the top. I used Quick Fist attachments to hold my MagLight and a small hand ax and some tools.
I wonder if someone makes those same type "pins" in plastic/polymer. I think that might take some of the rattle away.
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Do these only rattle from the top pins or from the bottom as well. Also, does it appear the sides would interfere with the hard top?
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Do these only rattle from the top pins or from the bottom as well. Also, does it appear the sides would interfere with the hard top?
As far as I can tell the majority of the rattle comes from the pins that hold the shelf up. The pins are metal + the material metal = rattle. That's why I would think polymer pins might make it better. It may rattle elsewhere but it's overshadowed by area secured by the pins.

The sides, I think, could be mounted once the hardtop is in place.
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As far as I can tell the majority of the rattle comes from the pins that hold the shelf up. The pins are metal + the material metal = rattle. That's why I would think polymer pins might make it better. It may rattle elsewhere but it's overshadowed by area secured by the pins.

The sides, I think, could be mounted once the hardtop is in place.
any chance you could throw a small rubber grommet in there? that might quiet it down a bit... isolate and dampen the vibrations for sure
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I have the same rear table. I was thinking about coating the pins in something rubbery (like silicone) to keep the metal on metal contact to a minimum. Will try it out and report back.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:34 PM   #10
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That can come in handy, thanks for sharing
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Is there anything that goes between the metal of the molle/tray and the door itself to keep from scarring the paint on the gate?
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Is there anything that goes between the metal of the molle/tray and the door itself to keep from scarring the paint on the gate?
The railes get bolted to the tailgate (must drill holes) and then the table part is connected to the rails, which puts the table at about 1" away from the tailgate. I really like it. It's clean, works well, and as soon as I figure out the minor rattle issues, it will be perfect. If you tighten the bottom allen bolts, the table will NOT rattle during normal driving, only when slamming the tailgate closed.
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What are the rails made of? Yes, call me anal, but I don't want to scratch up the paint on the gate door.
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What are the rails made of? Yes, call me anal, but I don't want to scratch up the paint on the gate door.
Rails are metal, but they are bolted into place so they don't budge. Once I drill holes in my tailgate, the rails will never come out, since holes are worse than scratches.
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Well I went looking this weekend for polymer pins or something to remove the rattle. As it turns out I ended up putting about 4 thin coats of Plasti.dip on the metal pins and wallah!!! Rattle problem solved.
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Well I went looking this weekend for polymer pins or something to remove the rattle. As it turns out I ended up putting about 4 thin coats of Plasti.dip on the metal pins and wallah!!! Rattle problem solved.
Use #576 for plastidip!
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Use #576 for plastidip!
I know. I feel like I've joined the mob mentality for this stuff, but it did the trick. Maybe my wheels are next. No, did I actually just say that? Crap!
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Just placed and order.
Can't wait to add this to the JK.
And the guy was super cool with personalizing it too. Corny I know, but I got my name on it.
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I love mine - put it on 2 weeks ago. I'm still sorting out the molle gear to go with it. I also had a Smittybilt cover which will be on the market soon.
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Any idea where to get some good quality MOLLE bags for these without breaking the bank? Thought about getting the smittybuilt just for the bags.
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Any idea where to get some good quality MOLLE bags for these without breaking the bank? Thought about getting the smittybuilt just for the bags.
5.11 has some nice bags
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I picked up some knap sacks at a surplus store. Haven't gotten fancy with a Molle install like shown here, but mine do mount out of the way on the rear tire 'shelves' and lashed to the roll bar.
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Has anyone considered trying to modify the side panels slightly? It looks like if you were to add a bend near where it mounts that the soft top rails would fit nicely into the jeep tub again when the tops down.
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Frickin' awesome.
Pictures can't demonstrate how cool this thing is. A bit heavy, but worth it.
The guy is super fast ordered this sat night, on my doorstep on we'd afternoon!
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This thing is cool. It's going on my "Jeep list."

I can see us getting a lot of use out of it at the beach.
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I used shrink wrap to stop the pins from rattling. It worked ok. Might try plastidip.
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5.11 has some nice bags
I believe he said he wanted reasonably priced bags. 5.11 is extremely proud of their stuff. I'd check a local military surplus store for decent priced MOLLE gear.

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