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Old 04-28-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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DIY Grab Handles

Got inspired by another thread this evening so I picked up some 3/8" rope and made a few grab handles similar to using cobra knots with 550 paracord.
If anyone's interested, I'll post pics after I put them on tomorrow...

Not the best pics, but you get the idea...
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:36 PM   #2
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Very nice. You should put them on eBay or something. I would be interested if I didn't already own a mopar set.

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Old 04-29-2011, 07:06 AM   #3
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Thanks, I had actually ordered a set, but they ended up being backordered and couldn't tell me when they'd be in so I cancelled the order and made these...


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Old 04-29-2011, 07:26 AM   #4
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very nice! how do you plan on attaching them? thats the part i am stuck on.
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:44 AM   #6
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It is constructed of 2 ropes, the first cobra knotted around the second which allows the array of knots to slide. So... the one side with the loop can go around the rollbar and back through itself, then the cobra knots slide tight against it which is ideal. Temporarily for fitment I just put some clean knots on the other "open" side around the rollbar which looks and works fine, but I haven't trimmed the lines yet as I'm trying to think of the best way to attach on the back side while making them removable with some form of clip / clasp etc.. I can take some pics as it sits now if interested, and I'll post again for sure once I decide on a permanent solution.
Hope this makes sense, kind of hard to describe.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:36 AM   #7
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Very cool idea. If there was an etsy.com for off-road stuff, you could make alot of money on there!
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:14 PM   #8
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Here's a pic of one mounted. I'll post what I end up with as the final mount method once I get that done if interested. Once done, the back 2 lines will sit tight together like the front does.

Personally, I actually like the look a lot better than the typical velcro straps. I was a bit concerned about them sliding together under load, but they don't budge at all.

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I may have to do this, any good links or information you have?
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:25 PM   #10
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<subscribes: waiting for detailed directions on how to tie that fancy knot>
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:26 PM   #11
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I'm likely going to make them for the back as well, I can take some pics in process and put together a small "how to" if there's interest.

I'd potentially be willing to slap some together for cost of materials / shipping too to help support the community if there's anyone not feeling too ambitious..

In the interim if you google cobra knot, you'll get most of the info needed.
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I'd like a how to, I'm trying to figure out how you tied it to the roll cage.
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:07 PM   #14
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@Kolector, (and / or anyone else) if you're interested, PM me and I can shoot you details. I also want to button up a solid attachment method, expect to have that done this weekend. And like I stated earlier, just cost of materials / shipping.
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:50 PM   #15
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These are ones I made I inch rope overlaped by a 1/4 rope with the cobra weave
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Old 05-02-2011, 01:07 PM   #17
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Pretty fancy!!!!
Is that a little "marlinspike seamanship"?
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Sent OP a PM but no response. I'd like a set.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:46 PM   #19
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well I made a set for my jeep from 3/8" rope from Harbor Freight. $5 for the rope and I can easily made 2 sets. I have no idea how I want to attach them though, but it's a great idea OP.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:53 PM   #20
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I really like these. Please put together the "How to" guide with some pics. In the meantime I'm going to google cobra knot and see what I can learn.

Good idea on the hand holds.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:55 PM   #21
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@kidrock, sorry, just saw your PM and no, they are tight enough and the rope is thick enough that they don't slide at all, can't speak to if you don't have roll bar covers, but mine don't budge under load.
@ kolector, planning on making yours tomorrow eve.
@ anyone else following the bouncing ball, I'll take some pics while I tie those up and post additional photos & tips. Sorry for the delay, hectic weekend here...
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Cool, how did you end up attaching them to the roll bar? And zip code is 40218 for shipping quote. I'll PM you the full address when it is time, Paypal work for you?
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Well, out of the 75' of rope, I found I could make at least 6 grab handles, I'm sure if I tried, I could make 7 or maybe 8 if I conserve the rope.

For those that want some rough dimensions to go by, here's what I used.
I have 2 pieces of rope at 30", these are used as the core of the handle and to tie it to the roll bar. I roughly made the handle portion 8" long. And the piece of rope to make the handle was 8' for me, although 7' would be plenty long, I like to have a little extra to hold as I tighten each knot. For me, I just use the loose ends and tie a square knot to attach it to the roll bars. There's plenty of length to wrap the roll bars twice or you could shorten it if you only want to wrap and tie.

I used the 3/8" rope from Harbor Freight.
75 Ft. x 3/8" Camouflage Poly Rope

Here's some pics, this is just test fitting, once I remove the top, I plan to tie them nicely and clean up the loose ends.





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Well, out of the 75' of rope, I found I could make at least 6 grab handles, I'm sure if I tried, I could make 7 or maybe 8 if I conserve the rope.

For those that want some rough dimensions to go by, here's what I used.
I have 2 pieces of rope at 30", these are used as the core of the handle and to tie it to the roll bar. I roughly made the handle portion 8" long. And the piece of rope to make the handle was 8' for me, although 7' would be plenty long, I like to have a little extra to hold as I tighten each knot. For me, I just use the loose ends and tie a square knot to attach it to the roll bars. There's plenty of length to wrap the roll bars twice or you could shorten it if you only want to wrap and tie.

I used the 3/8" rope from Harbor Freight.
75 Ft. x 3/8" Camouflage Poly Rope

Here's some pics, this is just test fitting, once I remove the top, I plan to tie them nicely and clean up the loose ends.





pics no workey for me.

I wonder if you could use a small cable clamp to loop the rope around the roll bar & yank it nice & tight & clamp the rope back to itself.
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A cable clamp would probably work, I just look for asthetics as well. And the pics work fine for me, so no idea.
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I'll post better pics tonight, but my solution was to loop the rope and cobra knot over it instead of having open strands on both side. This lets you wrap the loop end around the rollbar and through itself so ties or clamps are only needed on one end. Uses more rope, but looks very clean and makes the handle itself wider and flatter.
The loose ends can then be tied or held with a cable clamp. I opted for a cable clamp painted black on mine. The only caution is to position it well so that there's no chance of rub when the soft top is up. but its clean and allows you to cut the ropes short.
@Kolector, no worries, I'll PM you for your addy when done and lets get them to you before we worry about reimbursement for materials / shipping..
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Can't wait to see the better pictures. I have 2 of them so I can loop on end on itself, but I like the tied method for ease of use. I have a hard top, so I didn't have to worry about rubbing, but I didn't think about soft top users.
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These are cool.
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Alright, its getting late so bear with me...

Double over rope 1, and lay rope 2 behind it:


Now start your first knot:



Second knot is opposite the first, and so-on...:



When you're done, it should look something like this with the loop at one end, and 4 strands at the other:



To attach to the rollbar, wrap the looped end around and pass the 4 strands and knotted "handle" through it (sorry about he bottle, its raining tonight):





Note that the way the knots are wrapped around the base strands, they should be tight, but you can slide them on the strands and will do that to tighten this end around your rollbar:



The other end is your choice, they can be knotted, or use a cable clamp. I chose to use a cable clamp painted black so the ends could be cut shorter. Be sure to burn the ends and / or wrap with electrical tape to prevent fraying (unless you're really feeling like going all out and want to wrap with thread).

I can post pics of mine mounted tomorrow if anyone's interested, but this pretty much sums it up otherwise.

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@KidRock, I think those are 2 bands both cobra knotted above each other. You'd have to use a thinner diameter rope, and I think you may end up with open strands at both ends. I really like the size I got out of the above method, and the fact that there only open strands to deal with on one side. PS, 3/8" rope in my example above.
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