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Old 06-12-2013, 10:01 PM   #1
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Do it your self grab handles

Hey guys I figured out how to make my own grab handles. I looked online and the prices for these are like $30 that's ridiculous! This Is made from 550 para cord so I figure that this would have to have 500 pounds to break! If y'all want ill do a tutorial! (Sorry for sucky photos ill upload more next week!

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Old 06-12-2013, 10:19 PM   #2
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There's a member on here that makes 550 cord accessories...I cant remember his prices for them but even so, $30 for custom to your liking and quality 550 grab handles isnt bad...yeah you can go and buy like 100ft of it and make your own just like anything...its cheaper to buy the food and make it yourself rather than going to a restaurant. Not trying to knock you or anything but some people would rather pay somebody that can do them stellar each and every time rather than screw around for an hour+ trying to figure out how to make their own. Just saying...

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Old 06-12-2013, 10:23 PM   #3
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Wranglin4life is the guy..."Paracord Grab Handles & Paracord Goodies
Hey Everyone. I know these are probably not new to a lot of people out there but I have been making these for a little while now. Just never really branched out and tried to sell them on forums until recently. I began making them for myself and locals.

Just a little bit about me. I make these on the side, I have a full time job and just enjoy a hobby. With that said, I have had time to make these perfect.

About my products... I use 550 paracord made here in the USA, none of that chinese crap that falls apart. In my handles there are about 150 feet of cord (per 2 handles) and I use heavy duty stainless steel bow shackles to put them together. They are very strong, I use them almost every day getting in and out of the jeep. All 3 parts of each handle are made with a king cobra braid so its very strong and also looks very good.

My main sellers are the Grab Handles($35), but I also make and sell...

-Door Handles (CJ's, YJ's and TJ's only, Sorry JK's) ($20)
-Door Limiters (CJ's, YJ's and TJ's only, Sorry JK's) ($13)
-Dog Collars ($15-$25)
-Leashes ($15-$35)
-Gun Slings ($30-$50)
-Belts ($30)
-Bracelets ($5-$10)
-Monkey Fists ($10)
-Paracord Grab Rings (Donuts) ($6-$10)

All prices do not include shipping. usually around $5-$6 depending on what you want. More if you buy multiple things. I will also cut you a deal if you buy multiple things.

I have attached some photos of things I have made. If you have any questions please let me know. I have all sorts of colors, you name it... I have it or can get it."
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:55 PM   #4
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Well I don't make it like he does for sure and it's not that hard to make
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:14 PM   #5
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It may not be but hey...some people like I said would rather pay for it than actually DIY it...your tutorial im sure will help a lot of people out that WOULD actually like to do it themselves. Like I said im not trying to flame you or anything yours dont look bad at all! They actually look a lot more simple than his for the average joe to make. In my opinion his are a little too beefy and 550 cord over kill for my taste. BTW do yours where the actual handle is twist on the ends toward the roll bar or is that just what it looks like in the pic? I would honestly like to know what you did as far as securing it to the roll bar with those 4 loops...any knots? Thanks!
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It does twist in I can't really tell though when I'm holding onto it there has to be twist in it either in or out though because I do a hitch knot over the roll bar then you do however long you want it then you do a figure 8 knot hitch knot (I don't know what it's actually could but it is a hitch) to finish it then of course do a cobra stitch over the 2 pieces of cord (if you wanted a beefier look you can do a kind cobra stitch)
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Made mine recently too. Double wrapped 550 paracord.
One end mounts to the windshield bolt and the other to a separate loop that goes around the roll bar. Doesn't twist
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Made mine recently too. Double wrapped 550 paracord.
One end mounts to the windshield bolt and the other to a separate loop that goes around the roll bar. Doesn't twist
Can you post a picture of how it mounts on the roll bar? I can make the braid, I just don't know the best way to secure it. Thanks
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Can you post a picture of how it mounts on the roll bar? I can make the braid, I just don't know the best way to secure it. Thanks
And I'd like to see how you secured it to the winshield bolt if you don't mind.
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Made mine recently too. Double wrapped 550 paracord.
One end mounts to the windshield bolt and the other to a separate loop that goes around the roll bar. Doesn't twist
I really want to do this.. what is the stitch called?
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It's called a king cobra stitch
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Cool straps. I sure wish I was on here before I made my own many moons past (which reminds me, I need to redo them!)

Not to pop your bubble, but here is a how to thread already posted - Paracord Grab handles ~ how to make your own.

I like making all kinds of stuff with it, but know that the multi colored 550 isn't really 550 cord. It is 'just like' 550 cord, which means nothing like. When you cut the cord open, there should be 7 braids concealed in the sheath - they all have this. Type III MIL C 5040 '550lb' paracord has a requirement to not only have those 7, but that each of them shall be comprised of 3 individual strands, where 'commercial 550 cord' only uses 2. This is a 33% reduction in material which is certainly not the same. The finished product, imo, both looks and feels far superior when using the higher grade cordage, and there is no doubt it is stronger. If you want smaller lanyards, wraps, straps, and the like, try 'Type I Survival Cord', which is a single braid 100lb rated 1/16" cord (half the size of 550, which is 1/8"). It is lacking the nice nylon sheath which makes it feel more corse on your hands, though.

I typically order 550 from Best Glide aviation equipment, http://www.adventuresurvivalequipment.com/, 10$ per 100', but only in natural colors (and orange). They also have spools available for you weavers. I buy my type I at the hardware store and get the cheapy 'Atwood Rope' version. Their 1/8" cord is not paracord, but then again they don't pretend it is. The Lowes/HD stuff recently appearing is worse than Rothco or the Amazon types. =)

One day I may get around to a cargo net or sun shade made from it... one day. Lol.

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Cool straps. I sure wish I was on here before I made my own many moons past (which reminds me, I need to redo them!)

Not to pop your bubble, but here is a how to thread already posted - Paracord Grab handles ~ how to make your own.

I like making all kinds of stuff with it, but know that the multi colored 550 isn't really 550 cord. It is 'just like' 550 cord, which means nothing like. When you cut the cord open, there should be 7 braids concealed in the sheath - they all have this. Type III MIL C 5040 '550lb' paracord has a requirement to not only have those 7, but that each of them shall be comprised of 3 individual strands, where 'commercial 550 cord' only uses 2. This is a 33% reduction in material which is certainly not the same. The finished product, imo, both looks and feels far superior when using the higher grade cordage, and there is no doubt it is stronger. If you want smaller lanyards, wraps, straps, and the like, try 'Type I Survival Cord', which is a single braid 100lb rated 1/16" cord (half the size of 550, which is 1/8"). It is lacking the nice nylon sheath which makes it feel more corse on your hands, though.

I typically order 550 from Best Glide aviation equipment, http://www.adventuresurvivalequipment.com/, 10$ per 100', but only in natural colors (and orange). They also have spools available for you weavers. I buy my type I at the hardware store and get the cheapy 'Atwood Rope' version. Their 1/8" cord is not paracord, but then again they don't pretend it is. The Lowes/HD stuff recently appearing is worse than Rothco or the Amazon types. =)

One day I may get around to a cargo net or sun shade made from it... one day. Lol.

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Whoa you gotta tell me about the cargo net made from 550! That sounds awesome!
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Whoa you gotta tell me about the cargo net made from 550! That sounds awesome!
Still in planning. I've toyed around with some monkey knots and made a small one that doubles as a seat hammock, but haven't tried anything full scale yet. If/when I do, there will be a writeup, and I seriously doubt I will make them commercially - it will be very time consuming to do well.
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So did mine.. but I really do love me some 550 cord!
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Doesn't need to be monkey knots or jam knots as long as it is on a frame and will stay tensioned all the time. This is simple square knots. Used a block of wood to tie each square around to keep them all the same size. Not difficult at all, but it takes a little more time than cobra or lanyard stitches.
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Doesn't need to be monkey knots or jam knots as long as it is on a frame and will stay tensioned all the time. This is simple square knots. Used a block of wood to tie each square around to keep them all the same size. Not difficult at all, but it takes a little more time than cobra or lanyard stitches.
Impressive, sir.

True on all counts. Nice work - I love the frame & shocks. If ya don't mind my asking, how long did that take ya and about how much cordage was used?
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Impressive, sir.

True on all counts. Nice work - I love the frame & shocks. If ya don't mind my asking, how long did that take ya and about how much cordage was used?
600' or so (one roof section, two sides, and the back)

Around 60 hrs total, about 10 hours if which was trying to get the frame aligned just right so that the shocks held it down as well as up... It operates like the back window... Past a certain point the shocks switch from pushing up to pushing down. Its nice, but aligning it all
on "temporary" mounts took a lot of macgyverizing.

Best part though, was learning that roll bars and stainless exhaust clamps go together like chocolate and peanut butter

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