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DIY Tacticool Grab Handles - Pic Heavy

Thought I'd contribute a bit to the DIY's on here. So here's a simple project:

What you'll need:


-Cordura material (what ever colour you prefer) 8" x 13"
-1" webbing 24" long
-2" wide velcro 7" long
-lighter
-sewing skills

For this project I gave myself a half inch seam allowance on the material.

Step 1:
cut out what you need.



Step 2:
I marked out my half inch seam allowance and started sewing it down to ensure I wouldn't have fraying edges. Keep in mind the under side will still have raw edges, I'm not too worried about that seeing as it will be pretty tight on the bars.





Step 3:
Add your velcro to both ends. I put the hook side on the underside of the body, that way if it doesn't line up perfectly the loop side of the velcro will be exposed and won't scratch your hand.

Hook on the underside of the body:



Loop on the other side:

(I forgot to take a picture) just line it up on the face side of the body and sew it down.

What you should have by now:


Last edited by Simple Jumper; 04-22-2011 at 08:32 PM. Reason: noticed instead of inches I had written feet.
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Step 4:
Adding your handle. I chose to use 1" webbing, but you could use tubular webbing and add a dowel inside for a more rigid handle, 2" webbing folded over or what ever floats your boat. I had 1" laying around so I used it up. To add to its strength, we'll fold it over itself and sew it together; don't forget burn the raw edge to prevent fraying:



Step 5:
Place your 1" webbing 1" away from the hook side of the velcro. Pull approx 1 inch onto the underside and fold the remainder underneath so it reaches to the other side. Flag stitch it and if you do it properly it will secure both sides of the webbing to the body and ensure a strong, structural handle. Do this for both sides.

Fold:



Flag stitch:



What it should look like on the other side:



Final product after cutting off threads:



Step 6:
Install it, my measurements were a bit off, I could have added a half inch in length but the 2'"velcro will be strong enough to hold it. It's a very snug fit:




End result, a happy fiancee which won't whine about erratic driving!

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very nice finished product!! and great write-up

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X2!!!

and did you make the center overhead stuff yourself too???

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Very nice job.

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and did you make the center overhead stuff yourself too???
He may have, but that looks like Smittybilt's overhead molle thing.

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He may have, but that looks like Smittybilt's overhead molle thing.
I had heard that the Smittybilt one didn't allow the hard top to secure properly, so I made my own. It's simply a PVC frame wrapped with canvas, MOLLE/PAL panels. It attaches around the sound bar at the back with 2 straps and at the front windshield tie down with another strap.

Some pics : https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=47797

Thanks for the comments!

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I had heard that the Smittybilt one didn't allow the hard top to secure properly, so I made my own. It's simply a PVC frame wrapped with canvas, MOLLE/PAL panels. It attaches around the sound bar at the back with 2 straps and at the front windshield tie down with another strap.

Some pics : https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=47797

Thanks for the comments!
Nice. Looks great. I have to start picking up some of these worthwhile talents like HD sewing and welding. Who would figure I could work on the Jeep with both of these?

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Very nice! Great detailed write-up too. You might wanna think about selling a few of these, I'm sure people would buy them up!!

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You've got to be a rigger!

Nice Job, The weather has been crappy around here I might fire up my singer 31-15 and make some of these up!
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Haha, thanks again gents, but I'm not a rigger. Just a jumper.
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