I've had three inquiries about this from guys with hotmail accounts that won't take multiple pics, so I'm going to post it here. You guys that have seen this stuff before, please bear with me. Some hate it, some love it; OK damn-near everybody hates it, but I still think this ruck is a diamond in the rough if you have the capability to mod the damn thing. So let's get to the heart of the matter: the fucking plastic ladder rack. WTF!!! was Natick thinking? The plastic rack must die. Now you need another way to attach your shoulder harness. I used the old Gregory method, also know as the "miles of velcro plan" (I think that was BulletCatchr). This consists of a ballistic nylon (you know they actually used this in vests before kevlar) and velcro ladder rack, slotted every 1" for adjustment. To mate the harness, you make a new "diamond" from ballistic nylon (or hypolon) and velcro, with two web and velcro runners to weave into the new ladder rack. Alternate plan "B" consists of a Lowe-Alpine-style ladder rack of 1" webbing, spaced 1" apart, the forerunner to PALS webbing. When going this route, you need a 2" buckle anchored under the hip belt. The runners from the harness diamond are slick (no velcro) and weave through the rack, and finally through the buckle at the bottom. An altogether excellent system. While you have the rear sides apart, you have several options. You can move the stay tunnels internal, where they belong; you can remove the radio pocket and install camelbak hangers; you can remove the side pouches and make your own; or really get wild and add PALS webbing. When re-sewing the seams, use one row to close the layers, and two rows on the binding tape on top, for a minimum of three rows, "E" thread, 7-8 spi. You can also add a removable beaver tail, but as you can see, this mod is showing it's age. I would recommend putting PALS webbing around the whole ruck and then hang any damn thing you feel like on it.