I was walking around the pond by my office a few weeks ago and I saw a Wrangler with grab handles on the roll cage. Oh man,
I thought, I need a set of those.
I'm not much for going on big searches for things and my wife and I both have a creative streak, so we built our own.
The raw materials:
Cheapy BMX handlebar grips
To make the handgrips, I cut the ends off of each side of the PVC grips (one side had a big flange and the other was closed) and jammed a piece of PVC pipe into them to make them rigid. I had to use some soap to make them slide, but they aren't coming out of there anytime soon.
Then, we cut the nylon straps to the right size and pounded the snaps into place. After that, my wife sewed 'em together. That was a bit tricky because she had to sew the second side after the grips were already in place. But she's da woman and had no trouble with that.
The Finished Product
In Their Intended Habitat
We've been rolling with these on board for a few weeks. My kids both use them to pull themselves up into the Jeep and they are rock-solid. I wasn't sure whether snaps would work (I was planning on using nylon clasps like you see on luggage) but they have plenty of holding power.
If I were to make another set, I would definitely be more careful in cutting the ends off of the handlebars; they're just a bit ragged-looking. And we would use button thread to sew them together since it's a bit heavier. But overall, I'm very happy with how they came out!