Rago Fabrication Modular Storage Panel Install
Rago Fabrication Modular Storage Panels (MOLLE PANEL)
Rago Fabrication Modular Storage Panel Installation Guide, Overview, and Review
Article Written By Raul Macias
Rago Fabrication’s Modular Storage Panels are the best MOLLE Panels in the business because they are crafted with excellence. Rago Fabrication takes pride in making a quality product and having excellent customer service relationships. I spent a little extra time looking through Fabrication companies like Rago reading reviews and Rago Fabrication was the only company I could find that didn’t one negative review.
There are other options like the Orange Boxx panel, but by popular judgment, Rago stacks up a bit higher. Rago Fabrication is not only American made but also Veteran owned. The installation of the Modular Storage panels is fairly easy, as all the parts come ready to assemble.
Both of these companies offer a really good storage solution for the 4Runner. Both can be customized with MOLLE gear in whichever layout and direction you want. After making the jump on one of these panels, you will not be disappointed.
Rago Fab MOLLE Storage Panel (Installation Tools)
- 10mm Socket and Ratchet
- 10mm Wrench
- 5mm Allen Head
- Pocket Flat Head Screw Driver
- Phillips Head Screw Driver
- Trim Fastener Molding Tools (Optional)
- Dremel w/ Cutting Wheel & Sanding Band (Optional)
Rago Fab MOLLE Storage Panel (Installation Kit Provided)
- 2 Stepped Spacers (Rear Nearest to Hatch) with hardware
- 2 Large Spacers (Front Nearest to Back Seat) with hardware
- 2 Modular Storage Panels
- 2 Slim Hanger Brackets
- 2 Hanger L Brackets
- 14 Stainless Steel Bolts
- 14 Nylon Locking Nuts
- 28 Washers
- Stainless Steel Bottle Opener
Rago Fabrication Modular Storage Panel Installation Steps
Below is an overview on the installation of the Rago Fabrication Modular Storage Panel. If you have any questions or comments about the installation of the MSP panels, please leave your comments at the bottom of the page. Please note, there a few ways to install the Rago Fabrication Modular Storage Panel and one of the options requires modification of your 4Runners OE parts or to simply discard your OE parts. Trail 4Runner is not responsible for you breaking or damaging any of your OE 4Runner parts.
Rago Fab MSP Install Step 1
Remove the rear covers on each side using a flat head screwdriver (or Trim Fastener Molding Tools) exposing both bolts (closest to back seat). Upon removing the covers, use a 10mm wrench to remove both bolts and set all pieces aside.
Next, grab the 2 large spacers and make sure the threads are screwed in all the way to the spacers. Upon tightening all threads, put a little Loctite onto the exposed thread and screw it into the hole.
Once the spacer is hand tight, grab your pliers and tighten the spacer so that it is snug (do not over tighten or you will strip it out). Repeat for the other side.
Rago Fab MSP Install Step 2
Remove Covers and Screws
Remove the covers nearest to the hatch by twisting them counter clockwise (righty tighty, lefty loosey) and they should pop out. Next, grab your Phillips head screwdriver and remove the screw that is holding in each cover frame.
Upon removal of both screws, be vigilant as this next part is a little tricky. Inside of the cover frame, there are two small holes that the cover locked into. Put your flat head end of your screwdriver into the hole closest to the backseat. The removal of these frames are not easy, so slowly pry them out.
Remove Plastic Insert Frames
Upon removal of both frames, grab both stepped spacers and make sure that the threads are screwed in all the way to the spacer. Apply a little Loctite to the exposed thread, and screw it into the hole of the frame you just removed until it is hand tight.
Do the same for the other side, grab your pliers and tighten each spacer (do not over tighten or you will strip it out).
Rago Fab MSP Install Step 3
Pinch the bottom half of the hook (on the roof above each window) or use a flat head screwdriver to open the cover and expose the bolt. Using your 10mm socket and ratchet, remove each bolt and hook on both sides, set the bolts aside as you will be reusing them.
The hooks and bolts do not align with Rago’s L Bracket so if you do not want to use the hooks with the panels then trash them.
***IF YOU WANT TO REUSE THE HOOK, FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS***
- Using your Dremel, cutting wheel and pliers (or vice if you have one), grab onto the hook with the pliers (or vice) and cut the cover of the hook off at the bend (doesn’t have to look pretty as you will clean it up later). Next, using the cutting wheel, cut out the plastic triangular gusset. Repeat for both hooks.
- After you have cut off the cover and gusset, take the cutting wheel off and replace it with a Sanding Band. Use the Sanding band to clean up and flatten out the hook. Remove any and all excess plastic until it is flat.
- Slide the hook bolt into the Slim Bracket, and the hook behind the Slim Bracket and check to see if it seats correctly. If it is not properly aligned, remove plastic as necessary.
Rago Fab MSP Install Step 4
Attach Slim Bracket and L Bracket & Then to MOLLE Panel
Everything In Place and Ready to Mount
Place the Slim Bracket over the L Bracket and bolt them together using 4 stainless steel bolts, 8 washers, and 4 nylon locking nuts. Do not tighten any nuts, leave them loose so you can find their proper place.
You will then attach the brackets to the Modular Storage Panels using 2 bolts, 4 washers, and 2 nylon locking nuts. Do not tighten these either as we will need to do some adjustments when we install them.
You will then remove the bolts that are in screwed into each spacer (total of 4 bolts and 4 washers) and set them aside.
Rago Fab MSP Install Step 5
Using your original hook bolt (and hooks if you did the modifications), slide it into the bracket (add the bracket behind it) and slide it into the hook hole (Do not tighten yet). Then use the spacer bolts to attach the Modular Storage Panels to the spacers.
The panels should now be hanging and in place, ready for tightening and adjustments. (Lift the rack to avoid damaging threads on the spacers when tightening.) Start with the bottom two spacer bolts, remove one spacer bolt, apply Loctite and screw it back in (Do not tighten yet).
Remove the other spacer bolt, apply Loctite and screw it back in (Do not tighten yet). Remove the hook bolt, apply.
Loctite and screw it back in. Lift up on the Modular Storage panel, adjust it to the left or right and start by tightening the bolt closest to the back seat.
Follow up by tightening the bolt closest to the hatch, and tighten the hook bolt last. Make sure that all bolts are snug.
Rago Fab MSP Install Step 6
Next, grab your 10mm wrench and 5mm allen head and start tightening the remaining 6 bolts on the Slim and L brackets. Repeat Steps 4 – 6 for the other side.
Rago Fabrication – Complimentary Bottle Opener
Lastly, Rago Fabrication throws in a complimentary bottle opener that bolts onto the Modular Storage Panels. It can be bolted on anywhere, there should be 2 bolts, 4 washers, and 2 nylon locking nuts left.
It is best if the bottle opener is attached to either end closest to the hatch for easy use (both ends have the holes drilled for it).
Exercise judgment when adding weight and items to the rack. Rago has a video on their website that shows a couple of kids hanging off of them! But, there is no traditional crash or weight test that has been done, so please use and mod at your own discretion.
Lastly, Molle and Quick Fist sell an abundant amount of clamps and attachments for the Modular Storage Panels. Buy what suits you, get creative and enjoy!