Not many people really knew about it but Springtail did a giveaway in the vender section. I was the lucky one chosen and received my TJ MPAC setup today.
I must say that I'm impressed with the overall setup.
To begin I found that they also included two door pockets. It must have been the picture of Rosie.
Well anyway, here's the setup.
The rack comes with 4 sticky velcro pads to help align it. I found these to be a great idea as I could pull the rack off and shift it to make it nice and straight. To my amazement the velcro even stuck to the bedliner.
The instructions suggest to keep the rack ~2" from the top to provide clearance for the tailgate bar.
With the rack in place I took a nail/hammer and marked the holes.
I then removed the rack and drilled 1/16" holes. The included screws were self tapping but the holes helped keep them from walking. Overall the mounting was simple. Two top, Two bottom, One on each side.
The bags are held onto the racks with straps that drop behind the slats and then snap to the lower section of the bag.
This seems like a rather simple setup but I appreciate how it's done. Durring normal offroading conditions it appears pretty hard for the bag to come undone. But in an emergency you can easily lift the bag, releasing the snaps and carry it. The larger of the two bags includes a detachable shoulder strap. A great idea for a bag full of shackles, snatch blocks, winch remote, or even a first aid kit.
Here's a picture of the two door bags, the large bag and the smaller bag.
I can tell that the large bag was well thought out. There's a main pocket for larger items such as a strap and then two smaller that hold shackles quite well.
They even included two loops inside of the bag on each side.
On the outside of the bag is loops galore. If you run out of space in the bag you can always find more room on the outside. Clever thinking guys!
The smaller bag is also well thought out. You can either use the divider for multiple small items (deflators, nuts/bolts, air chucks) or you can stuff a tree saver or two into there.
There's even loops on the back.
Overall putting the bags on the rack is simple. You can mount them high on the rack or low on the rack. I decided to only use the larger bag for now as I had been looking for a place to put my third extinguisher for quite some time.
Sometime in the near future I'll also order some quickfists and mount my second maglite on it.
I have also noticed that if you mount the bag in the lower section of the rack there's enough clearance to mount a maglight horizontally across the top of them.
Now on for the doors.
These bags are pretty clever.
With full doors they fit right into the pocket.
There isn't a whole lot of working room but they will accommodate pens, some papers, and general slim items.
Ultimately I'm pleased with this setup. It's freed up a lot of clutter behind the seats and gave me a great place to put my emergency equipment, which the nurse girlfriend will really love.
-Unlimited possibilities for arrangement.
-Quick removal of bags, but not insecure.
-Well thought out bags, there's lots of pockets, loops, attachment points, and even some velcro strips for name badges.
-Bags appear to be water proof, or at least resistant.
-Ziptie compatible, oh how I love zip ties.
-Rugged assembly. All joints are welded and everything is clean.
-Lifetime warranty on the rack (granted as long as the failure isn't from using an attachment that they don't carry, IE, don't weld a tire carrier on and expect them to replace it when it fails)
-Drain holes on the door bags.
Cons: (mostly insignificant)
-The side screw holes are small. You cannot put the screw straight in through the holes. The holes are ~1/4" big. I had to stick the screw in from an angle and hold it with my pinky while trying to get the screwdriver to straighten the screw into the tailgate hole. It seems that the hole could have been made larger and maybe a rubber cap could cover the larger hole to make it flush.
-Only 6 months warranty on the bags. While the bags are well made I'd like to see maybe a year warranty. I can say that I don't see this as being a problem, but I kinda feel that 12 months is generally an industry standard these days. Que Tommy boy t-bone quote.
-I'd like to see drain holes on all of the bags. The door ones do, but the rack ones don't. My rear window isn't always in and when it is it still leaks anyways. However, the bags so seal well enough that water may not be a big enough of a problem. We'll see as time goes by and it gets rained on more.
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