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Old 04-01-2011, 07:03 PM   #1
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Smittybilt Grab Handles - Save your money!

I just got the Smittybilt Extreme Grab Handles

Amazon.com: Smittybilt 769310 Extreme Black Sport Handle: Automotive

Don't be fooled by the picture. The stitching on my handles are already coming off and I haven't even grabbed them yet, they tore apart during install. The velcro frayed the hoops that attach the handle to the velcro so it looks torn apart.

On top of that, one grab on these handles and they come apart.

What's worse is the rough part of the velcro is facing your roll bar, so when you pull on it and it comes apart, it grabs onto your roll bar padding and frays that too.


Im calling Smittybilt and asking for a replacement.

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Old 04-01-2011, 07:08 PM   #2
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Raingler grips are the way to go.

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Old 04-01-2011, 07:13 PM   #3
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$3.75 each

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Plasti-Dip the ends, add a grommet, spray paint grommet, remove speaker bar screws, feed through, re-attach screws, done.

I haven't installed the front ones yet, but those go from the pillar to the visor screws.

I do not take credit for this, I found a how-to on a different wrangler forum, not sure if there is one somewhere here.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:13 PM   #4
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for 15.99 I thought I found a steal.

On a side note, I just called Smittybilt and they're sending me a new pair right now.

So: GREAT customer service.

However, I think my grab handles were also sewn together upside down, because the smittybilt logo is upside down. But that's just a theory, unless they wanted their logo upside down.
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for 15.99 I thought I found a steal.

On a side note, I just called Smittybilt and they're sending me a new pair right now.

So: GREAT customer service.

However, I think my grab handles were also sewn together upside down, because the smittybilt logo is upside down. But that's just a theory, unless they wanted their logo upside down.
Would they be upside down if you switched them from one side to the other?
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:58 PM   #6
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Sounds to me like you should have asked for a refund instead of a replacement.
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Would they be upside down if you switched them from one side to the other?
Nope I tried that, its upside down, not backwards


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Sounds to me like you should have asked for a refund instead of a replacement.
Customer service was so nice about it, I was beginning to hope maybe I got a fluke pair
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:36 PM   #8
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Thanks for the heads up. I had a pair in my Amazon cart from two days ago that I hadn't bought yet. I just removed them.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:11 AM   #10
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Thanks for the heads up. I had a pair in my Amazon cart from two days ago that I hadn't bought yet. I just removed them.
Glad I can help. Thats what the forum's for, aye?

$32 vs $15... you can see why my first choice WAS smittybilt
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Old 04-02-2011, 03:04 AM   #11
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I have the same smitty ones and they fit an work great. Mabe u were right u got a fluke pair. Mine get alot of use and are holdin up good. Just incase anyone is still think of gettin them.
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I agree. I wish I had a 6-door so I could add another set!
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:56 AM   #13
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I have the exact same set of Smittybilt's and mine work great.
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Old 04-02-2011, 02:33 PM   #14
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I have the exact same set of Smittybilt's and mine work great.
Thats a relief. At least I know the new ones coming in are going to be alright
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those look painful. theyre so close together. i've got some rugged ridge grab handles on my roll bar.. but only because my dad put them in there before it was mine. i would not have spent money haha. but the RR ones are nice. been on there for 5 years.
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I have the Smittybilt grab handles front and back, and I'm completely happy with them.
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Can you guys that say you have the Smittybilt grab handles explain one thing to me... When you installed them, was the Smittybilt nametag upside down?

I'm trying to figure out why they fit so strangely... and why the tag is upside down.
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Yes its upside down.
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Thanks. At least I know I didn't install it incorrectly
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:37 PM   #20
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I have the smittybilt grab handles and they work great !
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I also have a set ( or 2) of these, and would like to note some things. ( I joined just to do so as I drive a chopped up and sas'd explorer)

My set also came unstitched as I was pulling myself into the rig.

I called and got a replacement set free of charge, and noticed right off the "new' ones had the stitching doubled up, rather than a single line on the prior set.

Also, the handles are assembled " upside down" so to speak. Just slide them off the 2 outer straps, turn em end for end and you should be good to go.

Since mine are going over 2" tubing I sliced some length off the straps, heat treated the end stitching with my lighter, as any synthetic fabric cannot just be cut, it has to be heat seamed or the stitching will fray. The proper way to cut it is with a hot knife.

I then had my wife add even more stitching to the handles, adding 2 more lines of stitch, and to the ends of the straps which I had cut. She also re stitched the old set so now we have a set for the back seat.

While these may not be the best out there, you can improve them a bit yourself. Not to mention it seems they have addressed the issues, and, along with the excellent customer service, well, I do not consider them a waste of money for 15 bux.

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These are what I have and they have held up VERY well. Good, solid handles.
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I have these, and no complaints. They sag a bit like the picture but you just push them back up and they stay close to the roll bar.

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I also have a set ( or 2) of these, and would like to note some things. ( I joined just to do so as I drive a chopped up and sas'd explorer)

My set also came unstitched as I was pulling myself into the rig.

I called and got a replacement set free of charge, and noticed right off the "new' ones had the stitching doubled up, rather than a single line on the prior set.

Also, the handles are assembled " upside down" so to speak. Just slide them off the 2 outer straps, turn em end for end and you should be good to go.

Since mine are going over 2" tubing I sliced some length off the straps, heat treated the end stitching with my lighter, as any synthetic fabric cannot just be cut, it has to be heat seamed or the stitching will fray. The proper way to cut it is with a hot knife.

I then had my wife add even more stitching to the handles, adding 2 more lines of stitch, and to the ends of the straps which I had cut. She also re stitched the old set so now we have a set for the back seat.

While these may not be the best out there, you can improve them a bit yourself. Not to mention it seems they have addressed the issues, and, along with the excellent customer service, well, I do not consider them a waste of money for 15 bux.

Happy Trails! Hope to meet ya out there!!!

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$32 vs $15... you can see why my first choice WAS smittybilt
Ummmm....so why is spending $15 better than $32? Seems like a lot of work to fix cheap handles to where they actually function. Just sayin'.
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I put these on last week - look like stock....to be honest, they should be stock...

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Thanks for the heads up and sorry for the issue. Master Craft grab handles are the best!!
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Ummmm....so why is spending $15 better than $32? Seems like a lot of work to fix cheap handles to where they actually function. Just sayin'.
It took her 15 minutes to fix up all 4 sets, including stitching the ends I "created"
The handle itself slides right off and goes back on in about 20 seconds.

The result is a grab handle exactly like the 32.00 model. Had I known this before I Bought the smittybilts I might agree with you, but for now i have 2 sets for 15.00 and 15 minutes.
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It took her 15 minutes to fix up all 4 sets, including stitching the ends I "created"

The result is a grab handle exactly like the 32.00 model. Had I known this before I Bought the smittybilts I might agree with you, but for now i have 2 sets for 15.00 and 15 minutes.
I don't want to buy something, then spend a bunch of time and money modifying it....

Wait, never mind I own a Jeep.
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for 15.99 I thought I found a steal.

On a side note, I just called Smittybilt and they're sending me a new pair right now.

So: GREAT customer service.

However, I think my grab handles were also sewn together upside down, because the smittybilt logo is upside down. But that's just a theory, unless they wanted their logo upside down.
I had a pair on the 2004 that I just sold, I had them for about 4-5yrs and never had a problem with them... I even have a very heavy-duty friend of mine that would tug on them saying he was going to flip my jeep.
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