Cali Raised Front Door MOLLE Panels For 3rd Gen Tundra – Install & Review

MOLLE Panels For Driver's & Passenger's Doors For 3rd Gen Tundra

Add Storage Space & Organize Your Gear With These Driver’s & Passenger’s Door MOLLE Panels For 2022+ Tundra

Today, I will be installing and reviewing the Cali Raised MOLLE panels onto my Tundra’s front doors. Yes, you will have to drill into your door cards for this installation.

So, what are MOLLE panels? The acronym is Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. The system generally consists of a grid that can be mounted to an existing structure that adds the ability to attach items to with straps or special MOLLE clamps. Why would you want this on your door? There are many reasons to add the panels, I’ve seen anything from firearms and knives to flashlights and first aid kits attached to the panels. I like to have a flashlight and first aid kit readily available, and it doesn’t get much closer than the driver’s door.

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Required Tools

  • Drill
  • 1/4” drill bit
  • 1/2” socket (or 13mm)
  • 1/2” wrench (or 13mm)
  • 1/8” Allen wrench
  • Ratchet
  • Vice grips or pliers (if needed)

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Step 1. Align Panel, Mark Holes

Installing Cali Raised Door MOLLE Panels On 3rd Gen Tundra

Align the panel where you want it to be attached. I opted for about a 1/4” gap between the arm rest and the panel. Once you have it where you want it, mark the three hole locations with a marker or paint pen. Do this step on both doors.

Step 2. Drill Holes

Drilling Holes In Tundra Door Panel For MOLLE

Use your drill and drill three 1/8” pilot holes then use the 1/4” bit to expand the holes. You will need to set a drill stop to about 1.5” or place some tape around the drill bit to drill the most aft hole. The reason is that the vapor barrier is the tundra is hard plastic and not a film like most doors have.

You will need to drill into the vapor barrier because the plus nut is too long to fit without the extra space in this location (white hole above). Do this on both doors.

Step 3. Prepare Plus Nut Tool

Plus Nut Tool For Door MOLLE Install

Assemble the plus nut and install tool as shown above. Then insert the nut into the hole drilled in step 3. You will use the 1/2″ wrench on the barrel and the 1/2” socket and ratchet on the bolt.  Continue reading below.

Step 4: Install Plus Nuts

Screw the plus nut all the way onto the bolt by hand. As you the bolt is tightened the plus nut will flare out to capture the door between the flange and the flare. Tighten until the flare is completely expanded.  Then back the bolt out and repeat this step on the remaining holes.

NOTE: If the plus nut is spinning and not flaring pull the bottom of the door card away from the door. There will be several pop and snaps but it is okay – it’s just the clips releasing. Once you have enough space use a pair of pliers or vise-grips to hold the plus nut while tightening the bolt. 

Step 5. Attach Panels

Door MOLLE Panel Install

Put a washer on the Allen bolt and run it through the mounting hole on the panel then add an aluminum spacer. There are 2 sizes of spacer. The longer one goes in the location shown above. The two shorter ones go near the speakers. I did one bolt at a time and left them a little loose so I had some wiggle room to install the other screws. Repeat this on the opposite side.

Final Thoughts

Cali Raised Door MOLLE Panel Review

I had a set of MOLLE panels in the back side windows of my 5th Gen 4Runner and they were quite useful for mounting recovery gear, so I decided to add them to my 2023 Tundra. The location is great for small times such as flashlights and first aid kits; I don’t think I’d mount a shovel or recovery strap in this location.

 

That being said it does provide an easy-to-reach location for everyday items I am currently waiting for a new first aid kit to install on the passenger door and a utility pouch to hang on the passenger side for less frequently used items like fuses and relays and maybe a screwdriver or two.  The kit is pretty easy to install and should only take about 20 minutes from start to finish per door. With that being said I’m curious – what do you put on your MOLLE panels?

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