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How to: attach seed trays seamlessly!

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This is kind of those “This is so simple, why didn’t I think of this sooner” kind of things. Not sure if anyone has done it this way before, but regardless I thought I should document it to help others.

I had wanted to install my upper seed trays to the lowers seamlessly, with a few key features:

I didn’t want to glue the trays together (I’m paranoid of them falling off)

The trays need to be easily removable for future mods

No obvious fasteners on the outside (no screws visible, etc.)

Parts / tools used:

Small metal L brackets (holes should be the same size as the bolts you use to attach parts to the top trays

Drill

14” or longer zip ties

Step 1: when attaching the various pack items to the outer trays, I also installed some simple metal “L” shaped brackets on the inside. For whatever reason, I had a small box of these and put them to use. I basically installed one on each corner, using the bolt or rivet from attaching an external part. This means the rivet or bolt not only holds the part on the upper tray, but it also holds the L bracket in place to create a mounting point to hold the seed trays together using zip ties.

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Attach an L bracket to the following points (for the Move Along pack, simply adjust the mounting points on other packs).

Upper tray:

Top outside corner of tool box

Lower outside corner of tool box

Outer 2 points on the exhaust port (On my pack, I simply installed 2 rivets under the exhaust port before I bolted the port in place)

Lower tray:

Top outside corner of radio

Lower outside corner of radio

Upper cistern attachment point

Lower cistern attachment point

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Step 2: drill some holes in the lower seed trays where they attach your cross bars. I used 2 aluminum cross bars per tray. Simply drill a hole above and below each cross bar at each corner.

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Step 3: Thread a zip tie starting on the underside of the pack (where your back is) through the tray, through the hole in the L bracket, back through the second hole in the tray. Make sure to pass the end of the zip tie through the “tightening slot” on the other end of the zip tie. Do this for all 4 connection points on 1 tray.

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Step 4: Simply align the seed tray top to the bottom tray, and tighten the zip ties. Snip off of the ends, and you’re done!

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Step 5: Repeat the same procedure with the other tray.

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If you ever need to change something, just use some side cutter pliers to snip the zip ties, and separate the trays. Do what you need to, then re-zip tie them back together.

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Genius Terry! B) I'd like to redo my pack with all these new ideas. Finding the time is the real challenge.

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Genius is right! I loves this idea! :duim:

You can also "open" the seed trays again if needed, then just 'zip tie' them back down.

Love that feature.

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excellent idea....sure beats extra weathering over the rivets or screws :) great job

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I love zip ties. I fasten almost all parts of my pack together with them. An idea I got from Rick Dirtyboy.

All but the seed trays that is. Should have thought of that sooner. It's a great idea! ;)

Btw Terry, are u planning to cover up the stinger with a lid? I know it's not visible from the back view, but it can be seen from the side if one get real close. Consistent with the overall look as well without white Styrofoam showing. Just a friendly suggestion. B)

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Hey Gordon. Yes, I’ll do the cover, just haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m actually going to extend the bottom cross bar on the frame out a bit, as it’s too low and makes the stinger “stick out” and hits my butt, and the pack doesn’t sit right. I’m going to drill out the rivets and reposition / reinstall it. I’ll do the black cover at that point.

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Hey Gordon. Yes, I’ll do the cover, just haven’t gotten to it yet.

I wondered the same thing. :P

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Hey Terry...

great work on it. From this awesome idea I will be able to profit in any case :duim:

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Man! This is awesome!

Congrats Terry.

I wish I had your skills!

Very good job.

It is inspiring.

Now, Im thinking about making a new pack! ;)

Saludos

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I have just noticed that the back pack doesn't have the tape on the bottom trays.

Doh!

only the "move Along" pack has tape silly :)

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Terry, hope all is well. I know this thread is 6 years old but it's still relevant and useful. Is there anyway you would be able to fix some of your broken image links? I know it's a long shot

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