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THW 09-11-2012 05:20 PM

Fantastic gear storage option
 
Many people on this forum have purchased, discussed, and enjoyed products like the Smittybilt G.E.A.R. tailgate molle system, and at first I considered looking in to purchasing something along those lines. I was perusing eBay when I came across this:

http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/...s/20412934.jpg

I was immediately interested because I had just been looking at the cargo area of my JKU and grumbling to myself about all of that wasted storage space above the wheel wells. So I pulled the trigger and ordered a set of these for $32. (eBay seller is alanjk427).

When I got them I was immediately impressed with their sturdiness. They are made of steel, and once you assemble and install them you realize that these things won't be rattling around. Solid fit, solid construction. I didn't take any photos of them before I got my gear on, so I'll skip to the pictures:

http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/...s/074dbd84.jpg

That's my driver's side panel with three pouches installed. What's in them, you ask?

http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/...s/25ee66bc.jpg

1. A Benchmade 915 Triage (Knife guys will agree this is a great vehicle knife- includes safety hook cutter, glass breaking carbide tip on the butt of the handle, a 3.5" sheepsfoot blade for safe non-stabbing use, and REALLY grippy G10 handle scales in fluorescent orange.) I keep it in a leatherman brand MOLLE sheath.

2. Surefire 6PX Pro- pretty decent light! That's in a maxpedition brand light sheath

3. Leatherman Surge in a black oxide finish.

Pretty cool, right? Here's a pic showing how this setup doesn't overhang or interfere with the usable storage space in the rear:

http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/...s/2ca5fbbb.jpg

Another cool added bonus to these things is that they create storage space inside themselves; sort of like a basket area. Here's my passenger side panel with a Blackhawk medium pouch attached to the outside, with gloves and an umbrella stored behind it. I also stuck a roadside emergency Slime tire kit in front of it, but you can't really see from the pic:

http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/...s/343933ca.jpg

Here's a pic of a regular green baseball cap tossed into the driver's side panel, so you know what I'm talking about by the "basket storage":

http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/...s/1ac13721.jpg

Overall, I think these things are awesome, and definitely worth the money. Now I can have a molle-based storage system in the rear of my JKU (like the Smitty option) but without having to sacrifice ANY usable storage space (UNLIKE the smitty option). Only a couple of downsides:

-I wish the maker would consider making side brackets to complete the "basket" function of these panels. I've emailed him a link to this thread in the hopes that he'll consider it!

-The finish on these isn't great- I'm pretty sure it's just spraypaint. Understandable, because they are made by a very small operation (the impression I get is that it's just one guy) so powdercoating is probably cost prohibitive. Still, in a perfect world this guy would be selling enough of these to invest in a more durable finish option. The spraypaint-like coating seems fine for general use but might not hold up to top-off fourwheeling in the woods...


As a final side note, I discovered that the weird little lip to the left of the transfer case shifter is a PERFECT place for a SOG Flash 1 knife. Maybe not snug enough to survive a rollover, but a great fit nonetheless: http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/...s/a0c73f75.jpg

kramer2k 09-11-2012 05:36 PM

These are cool. Good idea. :thumb:

I like these for the hard top guys, but us soft top only guys wouldn't want to risk someone walking by and helping themselves to some nice flashlights and knives IMO. I guess you could just use some cheapo gear and not fret if it does grow legs.

THW 09-11-2012 05:39 PM

True- didn't consider soft-toppers. That said, I forgot to mention that these sit pretty low compared to the window on the hard top, and if you have the factory tint it's pretty hard to see what's going on in terms of gear. The camera flash really makes it all stand out, but the black steel panels on black carpet with black molle pouches actually all blends in pretty nicely and is surprisingly inconspicuous.

IBgeocaching 09-11-2012 05:48 PM

Did you have to drill holes or use existing ones?

THW 09-11-2012 05:53 PM

Existing holes- you just remove two bolts holding the hard top down, put the bracket in place, and then screw the same bolts right back in. Also makes them super easy to remove when you remove the hard top, because you have to unscrew those bolts anyway in order to get the hard top off. Those bolts are the only fasteners for the panels but they are still incredibly rigid/solid once installed because they're tight against your wheel well on the bottom. As I said above, there is no play/rattle/jiggle whatsoever.

SlackerMD 09-11-2012 05:55 PM

very cool...i know this guy made the rear molle rack (but I already have the MP table from Vector Offroad), but i like these side racks.

THW 09-11-2012 06:03 PM

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Originally Posted by SlackerMD (Post 2782145)
very cool...i know this guy made the rear molle rack (but I already have the MP table from Vector Offroad), but i like these side racks.

Yeah, as far as I can tell he's the only one who is making a setup like this, whereas rear gate and door options are available from other places... I just love that this design makes great use of a previously underutilized space. .

My only issue personally with the rear tailgate storage options is that if I'm going on a trip with the wife and her luggage or for some reason I have a ton of shopping bags in the back, I would have to be careful to avoid storing stuff too far aft for fear of crunching things with pouches/tools/etc. protruding from the rear gate. That said, it's better in terms of easy accessibility to have things attached to the gate. Still, these are really pretty easy to reach.

SlackerMD 09-11-2012 06:09 PM

for you owners...are the slats in these side units too big to attach Quickfists even with wide washers? i would be looking at attaching quickfists for a small hatchet and other tools.

THW 09-11-2012 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by SlackerMD (Post 2782181)
for you owners...are the slats in these side units too big to attach Quickfists even with wide washers? i would be looking at attaching quickfists for a small hatchet and other tools.

Can't say for sure, as I've never tried them. But here's a photo of another product from the same maker on ebay. It looks like he uses the same size/pattern slats, and as you can see you guys had the same idea:

http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/...s/9ddd6552.jpg

SlackerMD 09-11-2012 06:35 PM

looks like he might have drilled a center hole for the Quickfist mount...which certainly works. thanks!

THW 09-11-2012 07:26 PM

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Originally Posted by SlackerMD (Post 2782245)
looks like he might have drilled a center hole for the Quickfist mount...which certainly works. thanks!

Not sure what you mean by a center hole, but since I was thinking of getting a pair of those mounts myself, would you care to elaborate?

SlackerMD 09-11-2012 07:43 PM

for quickfists you typically have two means to attach to a background (each is pre-drilled through the rubber mount base)...4 x bolts/screws on each corner, or one bolt through the center. i would think the latter would work better on this molle mount---one small bolt/washer/nut through the center of the Quickfist mount through a hole that will have to be drilled through this molle rack. very easy!

Skalve85 09-11-2012 09:15 PM

Thanks for posting, I'm ordering these after the Sons of Anarchy new season :rofl:

SlackerMD 09-11-2012 09:21 PM

Yeah, I ordered them about an hour ago...good find! Just will have to bedline them to match my tailgate table.

NFRs2000NYC 09-11-2012 09:23 PM

I have the fold down hatch table and the side pieces. Great fit and finish, and function as advertised. Happy with my purchase and would recommend it.

THW 09-12-2012 07:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Skalve85 (Post 2782826)
Thanks for posting, I'm ordering these after the Sons of Anarchy new season :rofl:

I dont get it. What's the Sons of Anarchy reference?

Jeepers Creepers Silver 09-12-2012 08:31 AM

Sigh, yet another thing I need to order. LOL. Great write up, thanks!

Skalve85 09-12-2012 08:34 AM

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Originally Posted by THW

I dont get it. What's the Sons of Anarchy reference?

Last night was the fifth season premier! I saw this post right before the new season, so I had to prioritize that's all.

THW 09-12-2012 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Skalve85 (Post 2784098)
Last night was the fifth season premier! I saw this post right before the new season, so I had to prioritize that's all.

LOL I thought you were suggesting that there was something especially outlaw-biker-ish about these panels...

Skalve85 09-12-2012 10:18 AM

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Originally Posted by THW

LOL I thought you were suggesting that there was something especially outlaw-biker-ish about these panels...

Maybe, it's to soon to tell...

hbgirl 09-12-2012 10:22 AM

I really like these, but curious how they would work with a soft top. Also want a molle-type system for the tailgate.

SlackerMD 09-12-2012 10:46 AM

they attach to the hard top bolt points on top of the tub rail so they would not interfere with the soft top at all since it attaches to the outside of the tub. as far as the tailgate, this same guy makes some he sells on eBay i think for ~$100, and there is also Sprintail that makes one, but that one does not fold down as a table, then there is what i have from Vector Offroad (with Sprintail molle bags)...

http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/...D/P1020372.jpg

http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/...D/P1020373.jpg

hbgirl 09-12-2012 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by SlackerMD (Post 2784495)
they attach to the hard top bolt points on top of the tub rail so they would not interfere with the soft top at all since it attaches to the outside of the tub. as far as the tailgate, this same guy makes some he sells on eBay i think for ~$100, and there is also Sprintail that makes one, but that one does not fold down as a table, then there is what i have from Vector Offroad (with Sprintail molle bags)...

That's awesome, thanks Slacker!

Skalve85 09-12-2012 09:33 PM

I ordered mine today, I had to wait to get conformation on a custom package that he did not have listed on eBay.

I'm wondering about the rear tailgate. I researched the quickfist and they seem like a good piece of gear. Also I was looking into Axes and it led me to the Fiskars X15. I'm thinking of using my old Etool because it has the molle built into the case. I have plenty of Molle gear but are there better or any tools you guys have experience with?

Thanks:dance:

Jeepers Creepers Silver 09-12-2012 09:48 PM

Ordering mine tomorrow. Looks like you can use the tailgate flip down model as a light duty table when camping or tailgating.

wmphoto 09-12-2012 10:19 PM

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Originally Posted by THW (Post 2782188)
Can't say for sure, as I've never tried them. But here's a photo of another product from the same maker on ebay. It looks like he uses the same size/pattern slats, and as you can see you guys had the same idea:

http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/...s/9ddd6552.jpg

Ha, that's my Jeep and his first table he made per my request... Very nice guy to work with. My only complaint was that he used para cord to hold the table when it is down... Easily fixed with bit of cable.
As for the quickfists.. just drilled, painted then bolted them to the table... All in all, fits very snug and close to the tailgate. 8 months now, still working the way it was designed to...

THW 09-12-2012 11:07 PM

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Originally Posted by wmphoto (Post 2787081)
Ha, that's my Jeep and his first table he made per my request... Very nice guy to work with. My only complaint was that he used para cord to hold the table when it is down... Easily fixed with bit of cable.
As for the quickfists.. just drilled, painted then bolted them to the table... All in all, fits very snug and close to the tailgate. 8 months now, still working the way it was designed to...

Haha awesome- your jeep is famous!

Jeepers Creepers Silver 09-14-2012 01:07 AM

Just ordered mine. I had to clarify something after the sale and he was very courteous and helpful. Liking the experience so far...

Aussie Jeepster 09-14-2012 02:38 AM

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I took my Smittybilt unit off and replaced it with the table - still sorting out the molle gear to work for me. I have dirtbagz in the 2 sides which also work well. Quality of the table is excellent, and fitting was easy.

StevenPalaci 09-14-2012 02:42 AM

These are cool. Good ideahttp://www.iiez.info/songam.jpghttp://www.xuxo.info/d.jpg


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