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11-18-2014 06:48 PM
Springtail No....5 bolts and the rack come out (2 of the bolts you have to take out for the hardtop anyway). The rack will need to be readjusted for the height difference (with or without the top there is about 1/4 inch) and then put back in. About 10 minute process each side.

I find that it is an opportune time to hose the mud off the racks.

Doc
11-18-2014 06:28 PM
RGO It looks like we have to unbolt the hardtop and slide the side racks in between the body and top?
11-18-2014 08:41 AM
Springtail That is our product, I can help you out.

Essentially, the Springtail MPAC JK side racks are a bolt in (no drilling needed) rack that fits over the unused area along and above the wheel wells. The Side Rack is composed of formed and laser cut 11 gauge steel

They have been around for some time but have recently been updated to have a cubby in the upper area. The cubby was designed with Ammo box storage in mind but the Expedition folks have embraced it for Marine battery storage for running ARB Fridges. Cubby Dimensions are 6.9 in wide x 13 inches long x 3.5 inches deep

The racks are adjustable to height for switching from hard to soft top and can handle some pretty heavy loads. I have continuously tested them up to 80 pounds...they will likely take more (obviously common sense should apply here). Installation takes about 1 hour and requires only basic hand tools. There is no drilling required; the MPAC system utilizes factory mounting points and factory hardware.

Here is my set up...





A little teaser.....upcoming JKU pet cargo Barrier



Doc
11-17-2014 09:31 PM
PineappleBrains
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Originally Posted by socal_hemihead View Post
Cool little upgrade for your Jeep to increase storage. Very well engineered and simple install. Now I just need some ammo boxes and straps to hold them in place!

These storage mounts take up that odd space over the wheel wells and make it functional. You can mount ammo boxes into the top for a cool storage bin, or strap Molle bags (or anything else) to the sides of the rack.
Looks pretty awesome! Could you provide some more info on these please?
11-17-2014 10:18 AM
socal_hemihead
Springtail Solutions MPAC

Cool little upgrade for your Jeep to increase storage. Very well engineered and simple install. Now I just need some ammo boxes and straps to hold them in place!

These storage mounts take up that odd space over the wheel wells and make it functional. You can mount ammo boxes into the top for a cool storage bin, or strap Molle bags (or anything else) to the sides of the rack.



11-10-2014 09:32 PM
Cyrojeep
Springtail Installation - 2014JKUR

I installed Springtail Solutions' rear folding table storage solution with storage bags.

Installation was fairly easy. Not over-torquing the mounting screws is the hardest part. I didn't want to drill holes in my tailgate (a lesson learned from a prior vehicle that developed rust as a result). This solution appealed to me because it uses plastic expanding clips that install in the tailgate vent slots.

The storage bags are great for my emergency kit.

Attachment 1638250
11-05-2014 08:51 PM
bobp I also have the tailgate fold down table from Doc Frost over at Springtail mpac. No drilling kt uses the slots in the gate to mount

Up with a 5.11 6x10 and mapac bag. 6x10 has propane canisters and mpac has MSR cookset.

Attachment 1623538

Down

Attachment 1623546


Down with a coleman stove. Didn't try it out but looks like the propane can will need to hang off the side or have strap to hold it up.

Attachment 1623554
11-05-2014 08:22 PM
bobp Here's my overhead rack for a 2dr hardtop from Alan on ebay.


Rear pouch is a condor ammo pouch with binoculars, next on up is a condor t and t pouch. It has everything little thing that was loose in the console, glove box and scattered about. Small flash light, tire gauge, tire deflators, etc.

Attachment 1623426

Passenger front is a condor gadget pouch with a battery charger and front driver is a maxpedition GP pouch. Wanted to see how foliage matched anvil.

Attachment 1623434

There is also enough space between the hardtop and rack to stuff a fleece jacket hat and gloves.
11-01-2014 10:46 AM
Dragmod
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Originally Posted by SpillPainted View Post
Hi, I installed this on my 2012 JK. The issue is that the T tops don't fit with this installed. I was able to "fudge" it by removing one of the twist to lock black latches from the driver side T top. Once I did this it sat almost flush with the roofline. I would say it left about a 1-2 millimeter gap along the front edge of where the T top meets the windshield frame. When I stood at the front of my Jeep and looked just above the windshield I could notice it if I was looking for it. I didn't have any water issues and ran through the winter in Northern VA like this. The support bracket that runs from the windshield frame to the roll bar sits higher at the front that it does toward the rear because of how it mounts. I did love having the storage and thought it looked great. I installed it in 2012 and it looks like they made some subtle improvements since then. My guess is that the fitting issue is the same though. Hope this helps. Patrick
Here's an alternative from eBay works with the hardtop. Just ask for the hardtop version.
http://m.ebay.com/itm/291083442202?nav=SEARCH
11-01-2014 01:19 AM
SpillPainted
GEAR Overhead Storage...

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Originally Posted by AlmostSleezy View Post
I've got a QUESTION. I looked and didn't see anyone post this so here it goes. I want the " G.E.A.R. Overhead Console" but it says soft tops only. Anyone have one and think it's possible to modify to fit with a hardtop? I can maybe fab some pieces up at work buy was hoping someone tried. Absolutely love the look of . I have the rugged Ridge console thing above head and it's flimsy, and only holds my CDs.


Smittybilt Part 5666001 - G.E.A.R. Overhead Console - Fits 2007 to 2015 JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited - 4 Wheel Drive
Hi,
I installed this on my 2012 JK. The issue is that the T tops don't fit with this installed. I was able to "fudge" it by removing one of the twist to lock black latches from the driver side T top. Once I did this it sat almost flush with the roofline. I would say it left about a 1-2 millimeter gap along the front edge of where the T top meets the windshield frame. When I stood at the front of my Jeep and looked just above the windshield I could notice it if I was looking for it. I didn't have any water issues and ran through the winter in Northern VA like this.

The support bracket that runs from the windshield frame to the roll bar sits higher at the front that it does toward the rear because of how it mounts.

I did love having the storage and thought it looked great. I installed it in 2012 and it looks like they made some subtle improvements since then. My guess is that the fitting issue is the same though.

Hope this helps.

Patrick
10-26-2014 11:08 PM
Requiemm Thanks Doc, I'm stealing that list. Wife has already asked me to add disposable BP cuffs, Disposable stethoscope and one way rescue breathers to the list. Going to build one fro each vehicle
10-26-2014 09:07 PM
roberthleeii
10-26-2014 07:52 PM
RGO
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Originally Posted by Springtail View Post
We can ship overseas and to Canada. It is about $60.00 to ship into Canada via USPS priority international. It takes an extra day or so for me to get the paperwork together and make a special trip to the Post office (7 miles away). We have a number of customers from Australia/Japan/Europe....Those customers I would direct to purchase our Ebay items as Ebay now offers an outstanding international shipping service that has very reasonable rates that we cannot come close to matching. Doc
Great! Thanks for letting me know. I'll probably be ordering sometime closer to December !
10-26-2014 06:34 PM
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10-26-2014 06:21 PM
bobp I also ordered one of the swing down tailgate kits from Doc at Spring tail. I like the no drill execution. I'll post some pics once I get it. Got a peek of one of his side panel kits for the Landcruiser FJ and it looks sweet.
10-26-2014 06:06 PM
bobp
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlmostSleezy View Post
I've got a QUESTION. I looked and didn't see anyone post this so here it goes. I want the " G.E.A.R. Overhead Console" but it says soft tops only. Anyone have one and think it's possible to modify to fit with a hardtop? I can maybe fab some pieces up at work buy was hoping someone tried. Absolutely love the look of . I have the rugged Ridge console thing above head and it's flimsy, and only holds my CDs.


Smittybilt Part 5666001 - G.E.A.R. Overhead Console - Fits 2007 to 2015 JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited - 4 Wheel Drive
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobp View Post
Alan sells metal overhead molle racks for front and rear. Search ebay for molle jk.
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlmostSleezy View Post
Thanks bud. That'll help alot!
Got my front overhead for the hardtop this week and installed yesterday. You need to drill 3 holes in the front. Check the screw size before drilling the instructions say to drill a 7/32 hole but that was too big. Caught it before I drilled the other 2. Instructions say to take off the freedom panels but I just loosened them enough to side the back of the panel in. It comes with 2 zip ties to secure the back to he sound bar but I omitted that part.

Here are some crappy pictures:

Pull off the front molding and position the panel around the factory slots for the panel clips.

Attachment 1594881

The panel from passenger side with one bag attached. You also get a little attic space. I shoved in a fleece jacket gloves and hat. Now i gotta look for different pouches for my stuff.

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10-26-2014 03:52 PM
Springtail On the subject (and off the subject at the same time) of 1st aid bags....this is a copy of a post that I made sometime ago. We no longer sell this bag (so ignore the labeling on the pictures)....but IMHO, it is still one of the best pouches for the task.

It can now be bought from Quadratech (and other sources) as a re-branded Condor bag.





Specifications:

This bag measure 7x 8x 4 inches

Velcro back with a quick release retaining buckle

600 Denier Nylon

Self healing zipper

Fold open design with multiple pockets and elastic retaining bands

Fold out zippered mesh compartment for small items.

Can be had in about any standard color.



My First Aid Kit

I would advise against buying a pre-packaged 1st aid bag, mostly because everyone's needs and opinions seem to vary so much on the subject of 1st aid. However, I can not resist showing you the contents of my MPAC 1st aid pouch. The main consideration here was to fill the MOLLE bag with the components necessary for most minor-moderate injuries. Also, I wanted to have the contents relatively time and temperature stable so I could pretty much throw it in the vehicle and forget about it.

Also, keep in mind that I have it built for my capabilities, your 1st aid pouch should reflect yours.



CONTENTS

(1) 3 inch ACE Wrap
(1) Small Bar Soap
(1) Fibrous Tape
(1) Trauma Shears
2 pairs of Latex free rubber gloves
(1) Ice Bag
(1) Skin Stapler
Assortment of Bandaids
(4) pairs of q-tips
(2) #11 blade scalpels
(4) 18 gauge needle tips (for removal of slivers)
(1) Dermabond Adhesive
(4) small packets KY jelly
(8) Small packets Bacitracin
(8) Alcohol wipes
(5) Tongue depressors (can be fashioned into nasal clamp for nose bleeds)
(1) Penrose drain
(1) Surgicel absorbable hemostat
(3) Non adherent telfa pads
(2) 3x18 inch vasoline impregnated gauze
(4) 8x10 “trauma” pads
(1) package Kling stretch bandage


Doc
10-26-2014 01:10 PM
Requiemm
Quote:
Originally Posted by J2Tolbert View Post
As far as the aid bag, what are you looking for? I use to be a medic in the Army and have bags/supplies. Could build your own bag if you wanted to send me a message.

Just throwing that out there.
PM sent!
10-25-2014 11:27 PM
J2Tolbert
Quote:
Originally Posted by Requiemm View Post
I just installed my Springtail Solutions rear door folding tray/MOLLE panel. Very happy with no drilling for now but may drill to add more support for heavier items later.

Total install time less than 20 minutes. No drilling!

Tray Open:

Tray Closed:

Now I just need to get a good first aid kit for one bag and start building a survival kit for the other. Feel free to give suggestions...

Now to get the side racks and more MOLLE bags. I think I have a problem...
As far as the aid bag, what are you looking for? I use to be a medic in the Army and have bags/supplies. Could build your own bag if you wanted to send me a message.

Just throwing that out there.
10-25-2014 11:07 PM
Springtail
Quote:
Originally Posted by RGO View Post
Okay! That's what I'd be looking for. 40 lbs max load is more than enough for a camp stove top etc.
I'd like to get my self a Christmas present this year lol.

One question, how often do you ship to canada? Im hoping it won't cost too much.
We can ship overseas and to Canada. It is about $60.00 to ship into Canada via USPS priority international. It takes an extra day or so for me to get the paperwork together and make a special trip to the Post office (7 miles away).

We have a number of customers from Australia/Japan/Europe....Those customers I would direct to purchase our Ebay items as Ebay now offers an outstanding international shipping service that has very reasonable rates that we cannot come close to matching.

Doc
10-25-2014 10:46 AM
RGO
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Originally Posted by Springtail View Post
We use special blind inserts to fit in the factory holes....no drilling needed, installation is painless and completely reversible. [/URL] Doc
Okay! That's what I'd be looking for. 40 lbs max load is more than enough for a camp stove top etc.
I'd like to get my self a Christmas present this year lol.

One question, how often do you ship to canada? Im hoping it won't cost too much.
10-24-2014 10:43 PM
marslim
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Originally Posted by JK Coaster View Post
Whether or not to get out of your vehicle and trim back vegetation is a very good question. It can only be answered on a case by case basis with a good look around and some common sense. The two most important rules of land use are “Tread Lightly” and “Leave No Trace”. If we are on private property I would never do it. If in a National Park or other public park the rules probably prohibit it.

That said, on open public land we have all seen situations where sensible trimming is not going to hurt anyone and done right will improve the situation for those following. This is especially true if opening the blockage is such that others are encouraged to stay on the track and not to do an off trail go around, creating a new path (tracks) where one did not exist before. Often we see where BLM or other forestry personnel have been actively cutting, both to keep the trail open and to keep the vehicles on it.
I agree, we regularly carry chainsaws with us especially during spring/early summer and always clear what we can to keep the trail passable. Many quads will simply bypass around the obstacle creating a new trail, that is what we are trying to avoid. Maintain and use the trails that are available! But as mentioned it does depend where you are
10-24-2014 07:57 PM
JK Coaster
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Originally Posted by Billett View Post
I'm fairly new to off roading anywhere other than my own land. Is this frowned upon? I usually go to Wharton and we just recently purchased our jeep and many of those trails are impossible to get through without scraping paint for a mile or more... I realize it's going to get scratched up, but if I can take a few minutes to prevent excess I would rather do that.
Whether or not to get out of your vehicle and trim back vegetation is a very good question. It can only be answered on a case by case basis with a good look around and some common sense. The two most important rules of land use are “Tread Lightly” and “Leave No Trace”. If we are on private property I would never do it. If in a National Park or other public park the rules probably prohibit it.

That said, on open public land we have all seen situations where sensible trimming is not going to hurt anyone and done right will improve the situation for those following. This is especially true if opening the blockage is such that others are encouraged to stay on the track and not to do an off trail go around, creating a new path (tracks) where one did not exist before. Often we see where BLM or other forestry personnel have been actively cutting, both to keep the trail open and to keep the vehicles on it.
10-24-2014 05:32 PM
Springtail
Quote:
Originally Posted by RGO View Post
No drilling but there's metal screws..
We use special blind inserts to fit in the factory holes....no drilling needed, installation is painless and completely reversible.





Doc
10-24-2014 09:49 AM
RGO
Quote:
Originally Posted by Requiemm View Post
I just installed my Springtail Solutions rear door folding tray/MOLLE panel. Very happy with no drilling for now but may drill to add more support for heavier items later. Total install time less than 20 minutes. No drilling! Tray Open: Tray Closed: Now I just need to get a good first aid kit for one bag and start building a survival kit for the other. Feel free to give suggestions... Now to get the side racks and more MOLLE bags. I think I have a problem...
No drilling but there's metal screws..
10-23-2014 09:20 PM
AlmostSleezy Thanks bud. That'll help alot!
10-22-2014 04:42 PM
bobp
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlmostSleezy View Post
I've got a QUESTION. I looked and didn't see anyone post this so here it goes. I want the " G.E.A.R. Overhead Console" but it says soft tops only. Anyone have one and think it's possible to modify to fit with a hardtop? I can maybe fab some pieces up at work buy was hoping someone tried. Absolutely love the look of . I have the rugged Ridge console thing above head and it's flimsy, and only holds my CDs.


Smittybilt Part 5666001 - G.E.A.R. Overhead Console - Fits 2007 to 2015 JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited - 4 Wheel Drive
Alan sells metal overhead molle racks for front and rear. Search ebay for molle jk.
10-22-2014 01:09 PM
okstatejk
Quote:
Originally Posted by Billett View Post
Thanks. Yeah I use a scratch remover and most of what I get buffs out also, but I'd still rather avoid the work. Guess I'll just suck it up and enjoy the battle scars for what they are: good memories.
Yeah I am still trying to figure out how to work the scratches out of the hard top, but worse case it will be the story of the time I scratched the hell out of my Jeep before I had made the first payment on it.
10-22-2014 12:09 PM
Billett
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Originally Posted by okstatejk View Post
I just got back from a trip where it was impossible not to get scratches. Miles of trail that was too narrow for the JK and getting out and trimming was impossible since there was so much that needed to be trimmed. Most buffed out but I am looking at vinyl wraps Traditional Snow Cloth
or the magnetic paint protectors. TrailSkinz | Skin it - Trail it - Protect it
Quote:
Originally Posted by scipio337 View Post
It probably depends on the owner. If it's public land (park, etc), I'd say it's a no go. If you're wheeling on private land, it would be up to the owner.
Thanks. Yeah I use a scratch remover and most of what I get buffs out also, but I'd still rather avoid the work. Guess I'll just suck it up and enjoy the battle scars for what they are: good memories.
10-22-2014 11:44 AM
AlmostSleezy I've got a QUESTION. I looked and didn't see anyone post this so here it goes. I want the " G.E.A.R. Overhead Console" but it says soft tops only. Anyone have one and think it's possible to modify to fit with a hardtop? I can maybe fab some pieces up at work buy was hoping someone tried. Absolutely love the look of . I have the rugged Ridge console thing above head and it's flimsy, and only holds my CDs.


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