How to Maximize the Space on Your 6th Gen Bronco With Steel Storage Pocket Extender MOLLE Panels – For Two and Four-Door Broncos
The 6th Gen Ford Bronco has front door storage pockets made from elastic cord and they’re pretty weak. Not only are they weak, but they don’t hold a ton of volume. The pockets are located inside, on all doors, and are designed to provide additional storage space for small items such as phones, keys, wallets, a pack of wipes, water bottles, and whatever else you need to bring on your outdoor adventures.
MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) door panels are not offered as a standard feature on the Bronco. They are an aftermarket accessory that can be added to the doors to provide additional storage over the factory corded option. There are a handful of companies out there that manufacture these panels, both high-end and generic. The panels typically have a series of holes and loops that can be used to attach various gear essentials and outdoor/overland accessories. The ones we’re installing today are a generic set from Amazon, and at first glance upon opening the box appear to be pretty impressive for the price point.
The steel panels can be used in addition to the corded pockets or in place of the corded pockets. If you decide to run the steel panels on their own you will have one large pocket to utilize. If you choose to run both pockets you will have two pockets. Pretty simple. Regardless of which option you choose, you will have plenty of extra space after you install these.
The panel offers so much extra space that it can be a downside to some larger guys who need more space to move around. They come into the footwell almost 2″ over the factory pockets. That means if you set your leg out to the side when you’re driving, you might run into clearance issues.
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Step 1. Remove Factory Hardware
Start by removing the factory storage pocket T27 Torx.
Step 2. Remove Factory Trim & Pocket
Remove the factory trim piece with the storage pocket attached.
Step 3. Place Plastic Trim on Panel
If you’re keeping the factory storage pocket, you can reassemble the pieces together on your workbench. Because the elastic cord stretches the factory pocket inward, it’s easier to lay it all out flat for assembly. The factory trim piece sits on top of the MOLLE panel and the MOLLE panel sits on top of the mesh pocket. Then the new assembly gets reinstalled onto the door. You can also just remove the factory pocket with the elastic cord and reinstall the factory trim piece over the MOLLE panel storage pocket.
Step 4. Reassemble Panel & Storage Pocket
Now reinstall the MOLLE panel storage pocket back onto the door.
Here is an example of the storage after the MOLLE panels have been mounted. You can see everything is much more contained and it opens up some room for a couple more drinks. Clearly one of the Red Bulls is falling out so you can get an idea of how much you can… and in this case, cannot fit.
I think these panels are pretty big. If you’re the kind of person that likes room to stretch your legs wide open, you might not like these panels. I am a fairly normal size human at 5′ 9″ and at times, I feel like the panels are touching my leg while normal driving. If I was on a long 2-5 road trip to a trail, these might really piss me off halfway through the trip. The added storage is cool but you’re sacrificing much-needed leg/knee room in a vehicle that is already pretty limited on space in the cabin. If someone designs a smaller panel, perhaps .75″ that might be a better, more universal size. If you’re a girl with really small legs sitting at 5’4″ who doesn’t need leg room then these might be perfect.