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Rago Fab Hardware Problems

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by adventure_t4r, Apr 29, 2021.

  1. Apr 29, 2021 at 9:54 AM
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    So I just got some Rago molle panels for the rear windows from a friend. The thing is when you try and loosen the bolt on the outside of the spacer to remove the molle panels, the whole spacer loosens from the threaded rod on the backside (in the 4Runner). So when we were un-installing these from his 4Runner, the threaded rod got stuck in the 4Runner and had to be taken out with vice grips. I can see constantly threading and un-threading (in order to mount accessories) can become a problem over time.


    After looking at the other molle panels in detail on the market; Finn Fab, Victory 4x4, TSO, Etc. - they all use a better design than Rago fab. Instead of threaded rods into a spacer, they all use one bolt and one spacer. In my opinion, this is a better design. Not sure why Rago is still using this faulty design.


    Has anyone experienced this?


    If I was looking at buying brand new, I would go with another company that uses a better design; Finn Fab, Victory, TSO. All of those panels use a better hardware system. I would steer clear of Rago.



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  2. Apr 29, 2021 at 10:30 AM
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    Yeah, the same thing happened to us. No Bueno - went with Finn Fab Power Grid panels after this.
     
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  3. Apr 29, 2021 at 10:41 AM
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    red loctite the part you want to stay threaded?
     
  4. Apr 29, 2021 at 10:55 AM
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    Yeah I guess that would work, shouldn't have to though in my opinion. Rago has had these out for a couple of years now, you think they would've made changes.
     
  5. Apr 29, 2021 at 10:56 AM
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    I've heard nothing but good things about Finn Fab.
     
  6. Apr 29, 2021 at 11:08 AM
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    Why would you need to constantly unthread it though ? I haven’t taken mine off at all to mount my stuff to them. And 90% sure that was the intention rago had was a one and done install that you can add to it at any point. Even with my bolt on equipment (quick fists, fire mount etc) I was easily able to get a small wrench or flex head wrench behind the panel to hold a nut.
     
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    I guess they treat their 4runner accessories/updates the same way Toyota does. ;)
     
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  8. Apr 29, 2021 at 7:02 PM
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    Nah, watch their video of the molle panel install again. They say in it that you may have to remove the panels in order to install things. Like you, I've done workarounds, but it hasn't always been easy. Of course, now that I've got the shelf, the panels aren't coming off anytime soon.
     
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    I like Rago's stuff, but yeah, their hardware's kind of meh. I didn't replace the spacers, the washers, or the big bolt for the very top, but I did replace all of the other hardware with standard hex head bolts. I don't like the button head bolt stuff.
     
  10. Apr 29, 2021 at 9:18 PM
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    I got the shelf too. I just these amazing bungees and coated wire thingies, as well other non bolt on fasteners. 20210315_073644.jpg
     
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  11. Apr 29, 2021 at 10:16 PM
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    Same
    I also use velcro molle backings
     
  12. Apr 30, 2021 at 10:24 AM
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    That's a good idea thanks!
     
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    “coated wire thingies,” are the best.
     
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