Originally Posted by MN-Sahara
Finally got around to installing these and I found the install a PITA but they are on and they do look like they came there from the factory.
I also installed the rigrips from eBay. The install was a bit of a pain, but they are very solid now.They look great. I'm very impressed with them, and even use the one on the driver side to get in and out. They help my parent get in quite a bit. One of my grips ripped during the install and they sent me two replacement free of charge. Being from Canada the shipping is expensive and takes a good week to get the shipment.
A small squirt of windex will let the grips slide better.
If you cannot slip the grip on enough to see the whole a-pillar mounting hole, then slide the grip off and cut off the amount needed to make that happen from the other side. Cutting at a slight angle for a better fit. My grip was too long and was a major reason it ripped. I couldn't bend it back enough to put the bolt in with the extra material.
A rubber mallet helps push the grip forward into the hose clamp. Keep the hose clamp very loose before you tighten the a-pillar Allen bolt.
You really should remove your door surrounds. Don't even try with them on.
You can pull down on the plastic on the top of the a-pillar some for more room.
Getting the bolt started is the hardest part. Use you Allen key to fish around until you feel a possible connection before trying to twist it on.
Tighten down the hose clamp as tight as you can until there is no wiggle in the handle.