As most here know I've modded my Tarptent Moment and a backcountry ski pack. OK, perhaps I've mentioned the Moment mods ten times too many. But the point is the mods have worked very well.
As soon as my new Scarp 2 arrives I'll begin modding it to better withstand winter snow and high winds. (Yes, I'll "attempt" to keep mention of them limited to two posts.)
My gear modding career goes back to the '60s. I do it to get better use from my gear, make it fit better or wear longer. Plus using modded gear give me satisfaction not found using purely "OEM" gear. Sometimes I must ask a tailor, shoemaker or awning shop to do sewing jobs for me. But most are my own handiwork.
For example, the mesh at the toes of my GTX Merril Mids and Merrill Moabs were getting little holes so:
> I duct taped off the toe area to be repaired, colored the area black with permenant marker to match the adjoining rubber toe caps.
> Then I covered the taped-off and blackened area with an even coat of Shoe GOO, working it into the mesh and smoothing it. Then I removed the tape.
The shoes look good, almost "factory", and are now well reinforced against wear.
What gear have you modded or had modded? (And why?)