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post #1 of 32 Old 11-24-2013, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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I miss having a windshield pillar grab handle

I think that when you change vehicles, there's always one or two creature features that you miss regardless of whether you're stepping up vehicle-wise. For me, it's no longer having the windshield pillar grab handle that came built-in on my WJ. I've installed aftermarket grab handles on the roll cage as far forward as I can, but it's just not the same... just easier to grab on and swing up into the drivers seat.

Does anyone know of a grab handle that can be installed on the windshield pillar?

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Www.welcomedistributing.com...Carolina metal masters offers a few styles as well.

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We have a couple styles and we have a set for the rear of a JKU also. If you have any questions feel free to PM me or send me an email @ [email protected]

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Check out http://www.surprisestraps.com

They are more towards the front of the rollbar at the windshield as one end it mounted to the windshield frame.


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We have a couple styles and we have a set for the rear of a JKU also. If you have any questions feel free to PM me or send me an email @ [email protected]

http://www.carolinametalmasters.com/...t-grab-handles
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I have the OR-Fab "grab handles"


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^^^good one, I'll play

Synergy actually makes two handles, here is there other one


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I have the cheapo rugged ridge one that bolts between the a pillar and the visor. Works good.

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Wow, thanks for all the posts. I never thought there would be so many options out there!

I would agree that the Carolina ones are amazing, but the 2 designs that they offer just aren't my style.

Not a fan of the GraBars... looks like something you might use to hang a bike on your garage wall.

I have the Rugged Ridge handles that wrap around the roll cage already. The bolt-on set simple and effective. This is my favorite so far, but I wish they offered different colors (silver).

The Poly Performance and Synergy ones suffer the same fault in my book - too simple. They look insanely strong, though.

The Surprise Straps look like my 12 year-old cousin made them... she gave me a bracelet that I could use for this purpose, I guess, lol. I'm sure they fit other peoples' styles, though.

Any other recommendations?

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My multi-quote isn't working.

Big Mike - Thanks for the props. Not that I want to try and justify our pricing but we should do a better job of letting everyone know that everything we use from our raw material to our hardware is manufactured and purchased from US manufactures and suppliers. We then do all of the machining in house on our machines. The only thing we outsource is the coating process be it anodizing, powder, or paint. For those items we use local to the Charlotte, NC area companies. This comes at a cost obviously as we could send stuff out to job shops or overseas and cut our costs down but we believe in keeping our money in the good old USA.

Cochepaille - Thank you also for the props. Out of curiosity what type of handle design would you like to see. The hard part is done so maybe coming up with another style is possible. If you feel this way others may also. TIA

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...Out of curiosity what type of handle design would you like to see. The hard part is done so maybe coming up with another style is possible. If you feel this way others may also. TIA
Looks like a high quality piece, well done.

I would like a handle that is tucked up higher (move the lower half of the handle up above the current handle) and possibly rotate the handle down some more. For the overall style I would prefer it be as simple and thin as possible, no holes, or finger groves. Basically I want it to blend in as much as possible and not be seen.
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Looks like a high quality piece, well done.

I would like a handle that is tucked up higher (move the lower half of the handle up above the current handle) and possibly rotate the handle down some more. For the overall style I would prefer it be as simple and thin as possible, no holes, or finger groves. Basically I want it to blend in as much as possible and not be seen.
I think I understand what you are looking for. I'll add a more basic design to the list of items we have on our white board for new products. I'll also see what we can do about blending it in a little more.

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Out of curiosity what type of handle design would you like to see. The hard part is done so maybe coming up with another style is possible. If you feel this way others may also. TIA
Your "loop" design is pretty close to what I want, it's just the position of the handle that troubles me. Based on the few pictures I saw on your website, it just looks like the handle would intrude too far into the driver's line of vision. If you were to mount it further outboard, I think it would be more appealing to me, but I'm sure that would have an effect on the rigidity/integrity of the mounting bracket. Just my $.02.

Again, amazing looking products, though, and kudos for keeping as much as possible here in the US!

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I'll also see what we can do about blending it in a little more.
This is what I was trying to say in my previous post... tucked up and in would be nice.

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This is what I was trying to say in my previous post... tucked up and in would be nice.
The handles are mounted as far outbound as possible. Believe it or not they really kinda disappear when driving. I don't even really notice them. I'll try and snap a picture from the drivers seat later today if the rain stops.

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I made mine. Very similar to the Poly version.

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I love mine too. Very comparable to the WJ location. I chose to drill a hole and finish it with a grommet instead of hacking things up the way the instructions suggest doing. It looks almost factory that way.
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The handles are mounted as far outbound as possible. Believe it or not they really kinda disappear when driving. I don't even really notice them. I'll try and snap a picture from the drivers seat later today if the rain stops.

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Totally agree. I only see mine when I open the door to get in. You would have to steer with your chin for it to affect any line of sight. Damn good product. I'm gonna bounce an idea off of CMM about a t-handle style as well just to minimize it even further.

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