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Old 10-07-2017, 06:40 PM
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This is a project i have been meaning to get to for some time now. The wife kept grabbing the plastic councel when wheeling at adverse angles so i decided to install some grab handles in the center roof.

it was fairly easy to do and you have to consider an external support since the roof is only thin sheet metal. I also used silicone on the exterior to keep the water out. After installing it i was able to pull myself up without collapsing the roof but i will still need to test it durring the next run. Total cost was about 25 bucks. After installation
Roof view. Note the roof is curved and there is a space between the angle iron and roof. I installed metal pads at the end where the angle iron comes in contact so when weight is applied the forces will be distributed and transfered to the edge where its the strongest
I cut slits into the headliner for the handles. I may have to widen them at some point to permit the handles more movement. I drilled through the headliner and the roof from the inside cab as indicated by those round dots on the liner.
Close up view of the inside connection.
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Just curious why you didn't want to use the A pillar?
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Just curious why you didn't want to use the A pillar?
for the driver's side i would like to install a grab handle but i am not sure how to go about it (at least not yet). any ideas, or are there products out there that would make a simple installation? the passenger side already has one above the door BTW.

the center installed handles will allow her to hold onto something when leaning to the outside. in those cases, she was uncomfortable with a window view of nothing but rock or stream and would like to grab something to hold herself up and away from the door.
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Go raid the bone yards plenty of different styles all use just a couple of screws to hold them on. Just don't be tempted to get the metal/alloy kind, they can be a killer in a crash.

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are there connectors under the plastic? my jeep only has a sold plastic piece installed.
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Perfect! thanks for the link. using metal screws will make installing the handle much quicker. I will add this to my project list!
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