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Victory 4x4 Molle Panels - Dang that was fast

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  1. Feb 12, 2021 at 12:20 PM
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    I thought there was going to be a lead time, apparently not right now.

    Much excite!

    Anyone considering these and want me to answer questions I'll be happy to when I install.

    P.S. @victoryrunner thanks for the quick turnaround. I was expecting to get these in hopefully by April.

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    Have them, love them!
     
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    I have them also and the center console molle.

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  4. Feb 12, 2021 at 4:47 PM
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    So I don’t have them but have considered would appreciate your feedback

    I’m not so interested in hanging a bunch of stuff off them vs them offering window protection- I load the back up pretty good with camping gear - interested in your thoughts after you install
     
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    They save a lot space and very easy to install maybe hour and half at most. I also store some gear between the window and molle. If the packages comes with 2 white tubing for the rear bolts I used black electrical tape to cover the tubing to blend in with bracket and interior.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2021 at 5:04 PM
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    Ok so I popped them on, I spent 30 minutes. It was pretty straightforward. The packages came with one set of bolts I didn't use, kind of confusing, but my guess is they were used for the 4th Gens maybe? Either way, pretty obvious once you watch the video how it works.

    First, impressions were that the Rago Fab ones looked beefier, and that the Victory ones in the Youtubes I had watched looked a bit thin and flimsy. They feel very sturdy in person, and I appreciate they aren't any larger, as they probably weigh 5 pounds each, and since I'm hanging this off 3 bolts I'd rather them not be super heavy.

    They are in fact not flimsy either. The powdercoat was good but there was a small mark somewhere, I can take a photo of it if needed, but it isn't a big deal since this will live in side the car. I don't blame Victory for it, they packaged these for shipment very well.

    Secondly, I didn't think much about window protection until I installed these. They hug the wall closer than it appears in videos in a good way, and immediately I thought about window protection. These would indeed work well for that. We take the 4Runner on family trips and we load the hell out of it. I've put pillows and stuff against the glass previously but I won't have to do that any more.

    Third, you can't use your retractable tonneau cover with this, but I don't have that so I don't care.

    Other thoughts:
    I could pop this off quickly if needed.
    I like how Victory ones let you keep the clothing hook up top. I don't know if i'll ever use it but I wanted to keep it.
    It's more molle space than I thought, again, YouTube videos don't show perspective well.
    BONUS, I can still see if a car is on my side by looking out that window, I thought I'd give it up completely.
    No sqeaks or rattles. I appreciate that.

    Now to waste entirely too much money on Molle type bags and hooks and straps.....
     
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    Brilliant, totally doing that.
     
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    I have no rattling on mine. I probably have 5 to 7pounds on the left and 3 to 5 on the right. Very satisfied with mine. As you mentioned, the packaging was very good, no issues.
     
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    Are you at all concerned with offroading with that weight hanging off them? I assume not, the mounts feel solid.
     
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    No not all all. I have everything thing strapped down to eliminate any swinging.
     
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    $80 of straps, pouches, etc ordered. Organizing is so rewarding.
     
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    Looking good...
     
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    Ok, still a work in progress. My medikit pouch is probably stuck due to weather, but I got some bungees doing the job until it arrives. This is a work in progress and I'll likely shuffle it all around 20 times before I'm happy, but here's what I got.

    Driver Side:
    Admin Pouch with Pocket Knife, large flashlight w/ solar and phone charge capability, pocket flash. Inside that pouch is my ARB air down, some usb chargers, cables, etc for phone stuff. Some gloves and some microfiber rags and paracord. Mounted to left with zip ties (because you can pull from pouch without removing pouch) is my Factor 55 fast fid and a few zip ties in the pocket cause zip ties are the best ever.
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    Passenger side:
    First aid kit (will replace with pouch), tow strap/tree saver, 2x soft shackle, Warn winch cable for manual operation (I use it wireless but always keep in case). Below in the cubby is a tool roll, a kinetic rope and a battery pack jump starter.

    Still need: Move tire plug kit to a canvas pouch. Ponch. Some velcro straps to mount stuff less permanently than zip ties.
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    So far, I'm impressed I was able to fit it all there, very secure, not too heavy either, so don't feel like I'm overloading the panels. These aren't the cheapest items, but I feel like recovery that space, providing window protection, and truthfully, just a cool factor is worth it so far.
     
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    Very nice, well organized....
     
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    Like the setup yo
    Get any rattle using bungee cords?
    I use gearties work great and NO rattle but not exactly fast
    My concern, I know you didn't ask...just sharing my thought, with bungees was rattle. Do they work ok? Maybe I can use a combo of the 2
     
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    did the midland mount right on the center console molle? are you wired to cigarette outlet or hard wired? i am looking at getting this same setup.

    also out of curiosity, i wonder if i can slide the passengers side molle towards the engine bay a bit and still be able to mount it.
     
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    They have worked out really well! I have been recovering people in Memphis and giving rides to Healthcare workers for the past 2 days. I've actually been using the hell out of the panels, and the stuff I've stapped on there haven't moved a bit, even with some interesting driving.

    Example of driving: Thick, unplowed and untread snow in median about 8" thick, so I hit it pretty hard to make sure I don't get stuck. There was a curb apparently, Baja mode activated. Stuff still on there when I pop the hatch to get my kinetic strap! Honestly, it's passed my test. Good stuff victory. Pics below.

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    Thanks homie
    I'll have to give them a try too then
    Thanks again be safe out there
     
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    PrettyGoodSam...wired to the center console cigarette center plug in. I used thick zip ties to mount the radio. I think its doable to mount the Mollie further forward a bit.
     
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    Thanks for posting Op, so which one is lighter, the Rago or these ones?
     
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    On that note I've been thinkin of making a polymer type maybe fiberglass
    It's a thought
     
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    Yup, I prefer polymer as it's lighter ...
     
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    Unsure, didn't try the Ragos. They look good too.
     
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    Incoming kinda tongue in cheek, kinda true review:

    Crazy week. Live in Memphis and that snowstorm showed we were unprepared. No streets were plowed for 2 days, and then only main ones. Joined a jeep group that was giving rides to essential healthcare workers.

    Final count: 17 people transported home > hospitals > home. 13 people recovered on road. 0 Medkit usage needed! (Safety first!)

    I was so freaking happy to see Sonic open that I tipped the carhop with the $10 someone gave me for the ride. The rides were a volunteer thing so we didn't want payment or tips, so I just passed it along.

    I probably sold 10 4Runners this week, and at least 1 set of these molle panels to a police officer who spent at least 15 minutes asking questions after we got the lady's car fixed up. Hopefully he joins the forum, I gave him the info.

    I can't specifically say I couldn't have done it without these panels, it's not like I didn't have cargo room, but it was nice when I had 3 nurses and their gear, and I didn't have to bury my gear. I needed access so I could grab stuff while the cargo space was used.

    Hell I might even break my own rule and run a victory sticker....maybe....I'm kinda wierd about stickers.

    Note that sweet Diet Coke Vanilla easy Ice Sonic drink. Now that's a VICTORY! LOL
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    Thanks for your time! As a snowplow operator I can appreciate anyone like you that can help out the ignorant or cheap.
    I personally have to make my money wile the snow is falling but I have saved a few (including a LEO & teenagers). I know the thinking of teens. I was them! Lol
    I wish I could say I helped drivers; I am helping people get out of their houses.
    I have actually been yelled @ for not stopping to help someone random (clear their driveway) because I was driving by with a plow. We said goodluck & drove on! It was an 8"+ storm & it was a young couple.
    Not tooooo daaaaay! Gotta pick who is stupid & who needs help.
    Buy winter tires!
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    You know, the ride service was 100% voluntary and I was very pleased that people weren't getting rude when we couldn't get to everyone. I know exactly what you mean about them being upset you wouldn't stop and help them. I'd rather you keep plowing roads than help 1 individual, that's what we were there for.

    Things I'll never take for granted again after never dealing with snow.
    Heated steering wheels
    Snow plow trucks
    Snow blowers (still hurting from shoveling my driveway).

    Things others need more than a Jeep, 4WD, and lightbars:
    Good freaking tires like you said.

    Educational week all around!
     
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    More tomorrow. We got another 7.5" this morning. Trying to keep up with the thread but things are getting nutz! We are 2.5" short of yearly snowfall. I am running our of places to put it. 45° tomorrow & 49 on Tuesday. Now to snowblow my house to not get water in the basement... Grr
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