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post #1 of 15 Old 07-16-2010, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Home-Brew Molle Seat "cover"

I wanted to add some molle gear to my Jeep, to hold misc gear and keep it from flying out when the doors and top are off.

I plan on attaching my Camelbac, some pouches etc etc.

I looked at the $100 Smittybilt seat covers and didn't like a couple of things. First were the reports of bad fit, second was that the molle gear was not removable (at least not without detaching each pouch individually).

I shopped around but they are the only game in town for Jeep gear.

Searching eBay led me to Airsoft gear and that led me to a molle Armor Plate carrier (vest) that looked promising. @ $30, I thought it was worth a shot.

The vest separates into two halves and had assorted straps and buckles for adjusting size etc.

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Each side had a velcro flap at the bottom for inserting armor.



I cut both halves along that fold in the flap and flipped the front part upside down. I sewed them together so the shape was similar to the shape of my seat back:vesves



I used a couple of QD Hooks and a bit of black webbing to create a way to attach the top to my headrest supports



And scavenged the webbing and plastic QD buckles to create hold-downs that attach to the lower seat frame. They are even adjustable.



And here is how it looks installed.



It is nice and tight, and even tighter when I move the seat back to its customary position.

The drag handle from the original vest is now a carry handle for when I want to take the whole thing out. I just have to detach one hook up top and two QD buckles down below and out it comes.

Now to find some pouches to put on it!

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Awesome.

I'm a fan of this type of set up and planned on adding some sort of molle gear to my seats in the future. You've provided a cost effective way to do it.
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Well done. Love this type of ingenuity. My khaki seats will look good with this on the back. Thanks
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Yeah well planned out and executed :thumbsup:

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A couple of better pics...





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Those look great, better than the Smitty MOLLE system.

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Preach looks great. How's things at QCB? I've been kinda MIA from there for whatever reason, that and the bike is down for the count right now.


I'm stealing this idea from you. Was wondering though, instead of the black strap going around the headrest, could you cut the vest at the D rings then put the headrest posts through those? They look like the might be too far apart for that.
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Preach looks great. How's things at QCB? I've been kinda MIA from there for whatever reason, that and the bike is down for the count right now.


I'm stealing this idea from you. Was wondering though, instead of the black strap going around the headrest, could you cut the vest at the D rings then put the headrest posts through those? They look like the might be too far apart for that.
QCB is rolling along as always. The Bash is coming up next month at the Tail of the Dragon.

Probably, but then you lose the ability to take the thing in the house with you.

Do the headrests even come off? I don't think mine do unless I take the seat apart... they don't pop out at full extension like some cars headrests do.

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Final setup... attached the Camelbak

The Camelbak is attached in two spots by bungie cord that came on some Maxpedition bags. I also looped the drag handle over a RolyPoly for additional support.



Also got my Smittybilt tailgate setup in the mail the other day. Now it carries first aid supplies (left) and recovery gear (right). It fits perfectly under the Tuffy deck and is secure...


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mine was a home brew Idea....just had an upholstery shop bring my drawings to life.....

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mine was a home brew Idea....just had an upholstery shop bring my drawings to life.....

How much did that run you for the back seat? I am want something like that.

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That's pretty sweet, Brent!

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How much did that run you for the back seat? I am want something like that.
It will all depend on what shop you have do it and how complicated you make the design. I would guess that just the seat would have been around 800, had the roll cage done at the same time so not sure how much just the seat was.
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It will all depend on what shop you have do it and how complicated you make the design. I would guess that just the seat would have been around 800, had the roll cage done at the same time so not sure how much just the seat was.

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