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post #1 of 3 Old 04-07-2019, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Modification of Preexisting Product: PowerTank Drop Bracket

For many years I've liked & wanted the Powertank drop brackets and not because we're going to be hauling the Powertank canister, but for added storage along the sports bars. When time came to order these, I learn that Powertank had discontinued these molle panels and it was increasingly harder to locate them.

It came to a point where I contact Molle Platform Solutions and asked Alan if he could create a molle panel similar to the Powertank's version. One year later, I returned to his site and noticed these panels.




Alan's version was a bit more than I had expected. The panels completely filled the area under the sports bar & this wasn't what I had in mind. As a last resort, I contacted Powertank and they told me that they had a couple of demo/prototypes left in stock. Told them I'll take them no matter what their condition.



When the molle panels arrived my first objective was to see if these panels would fit in a different orientation that Powertank had design them for. I flipped these panels upside down and temp mounted with zip ties to the sports bar. Later I realized that these panels are too long in the knowing that we're going to replace the factory soft top with the Rampage Trailview truck top. The trailview to has a rear window that is located right behind the rear seats, leaving the cargo area open or like a truck bed but covered with a fabric cover.

The Powertank molle panels have an attach point where the tank was suppose to be mounted down into the bed of the jeep. But because we flipped these panels up, the canister mounting locations would cut into the trailview rear window.



Not having the tools myself, we're hand delivering these panels to our favorite Powercoater. Bonehead Performance has the tools to cut these panels according to our specs, and because the 2 powertank version arrived a gloss black, BHP will re-coat these panels a textured flat black after cutting about 4 inches off the panels ends.

Once these panels have been completed and we've purchased the trailview soft top, one should see the end results soon afterward. Till then, We've ordered a set of the red Molle med bags to mount on these redesigned molle panels and we're currently searching for two small fire extinguishers to mount beside these molle bags.



Again once all this starts to come together, more images and details will follow.


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Drove up to northern Philly this weekend to our favorite powder coaters & drop off the 2 Powertank drop brackets. Although Bonehead has a nice facility, they escorted me around the corner to hotrod shop who fabricates custom rat rods and more. I spoke with the shop owner and we worked up a deal to have my 2 powertank panels re-cut/shaped based on my needs. These panels should be cut within the next few weeks.



Once the panel have been cut & cleaned up, bonehead performance will acid dip these to removed the gloss black coloring. Searching Bonehead's color pallet I wasn't pleased with the Matte or flat black colors. Also something I didn't know, Mr Steele told me that it would be hard to powder coat a textured finish on these panels as the small slats would create a flow build up on the opposing side. This meant I was forced to select a new color and a new texture.

We're going with a hammered black/gunmetal gray appearance and this should take place in the next few months as I told Mr Steele that I wasn't in any hurry to have these right away as I don't have the truck conversion top yet.

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We just got word that the redesigned Powertank drop bracket has been completed. Although it's nothing for us to drive up there, we may opt to have both of these molle panels shipped to us. But knowing the wife, we'll turn a weekend out of it.

According to our Powder coaters and when I was last there, they took the panels over to a rat rod shop just around the corner. I asked that several of the molle slats be opened up or cut away. this would allow us to use these openings for various items or bags. Based on the larger image above, I edited this image to show what we're going after.



A few small cuts and reshaping of this panel so it sits forward towards the rear window and not down into the cargo area. Then we selected the hammered gunmetal gray color as they thought it best to use the hammered color as the slats would collect the coating and not look uniform.

Once we get these panels in, I'll temp tack these on the sports bars just to check the fit. Then order the mounting hardware. However, we can't install these just yet as the current soft top hardware is bulky with a mounting knuckle dead center of the sports bar. We'll have to wait till this top has been removed and the new trailview top has been installed.

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