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Old 02-19-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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Holy crap! This product has one of the worst set of confusing instructions I've ever encountered. I'm not a novice by any means, but the hand drawn template they furnished, which went against everything I thought, caused me to ruin the driver's side A pillar trim piece. I had to order a new one today. They need a youtube video in the worst way. My son in law and I fought this easy install for close to 2 hours. YMMV, but mine sure didn't.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:37 PM   #2
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LINK> Poly Performance Grab Handles - Tech Articles - 4 Wheel Drive & Sport Utility Magazine

I would check out the link above. I like how they cut the plastic piece. Another idea you might want to try is to wrap them with tennis racket grip tape. That idea came up on the http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/wel...es-214738.html thread.

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Old 02-19-2013, 06:16 PM   #3
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All well and good, but exact measurements to make everything fit should be a no-brainer. Even in this series of photos you posted, they assume you know where to drill the holes. Geeze, the instructions must have been written by the cleaning lady. Buy a set and see for yourself...
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Im about to install these myself. Did you by any chance take some measurements or have suggestions based on their template? Im planning on drilling a hole like they did in the link above. How much did a new trim piece cost in case I screw it up, too?
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I have been looking at these over the others as well. It seems some companies take the installation for granted and act like the consumer knows how to install. @BaytownBert, did you happen to make note of everything for an easier install?
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i have a set and agree the directions where vague. i wound up just "trimming and trying"... you can trim the a-pillar plastic with a drywall knife... just be patient and remove a little at a time.

i think if i had it to do again, i might try a hole saw in the a-pillar plastic. it'd look cleaner. all in all - i'm very happy with them though.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:44 PM   #7
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There is a PDF that might help you out (if its not the exact instructions they sent you) http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Installation/121162.pdf
(its from the Quadratec site Synergy Suspension 5801 - Synergy Suspension Front Grab Handles for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec )
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:46 PM   #8
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Tabber02, can you measure from the bottom of the a pillar trim to the top of your notch? That should give me a good reference for where to drill.
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Tabber02, can you measure from the bottom of the a pillar trim to the top of your notch? That should give me a good reference for where to drill.
nothing to measure with... swag 2.75 to 3" I just went and looked at it... I'll measure tonight after softball if you want something more definite.

if not, start with a hole 2.75" mine is a little snug on the trim anyways. like I said. if I did it again (with a hole saw) I'd clean it nice with a bit more space. but it suits my needs.

I don't think it looks bad just cut...
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If you get a chance to measure, that would be great. Im waiting on some rubber grommets before I do the install. Im hoping to get the hole within 1/4" or so on the first try so I can use the grommet to finish it off nicely.
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Alright, I have to at least agree somewhat with baytownbert; that template is pretty ridiculous. I still cant figure out how its supposed to line up with anything. Maybe the trim piece was different on earlier JK's?

Ive also got a little bit of extra weld on my roll bar from the factory that im going to have to file off to get the j hooks to sit where they need to.

I think my plan is to install one of the grab handles without the a-pillar trim, extend some temporary marks onto the a-pillar, uninstall the grab handle, reinstall the trim without the grab handle, transfer the marks to a-pillar trim, uninstall the a-pillar trim, drill the trim, and reinstall everything. And make a template in the process.

On the upside, I found a grommet that will be a perfect fit and should cover the hole nicely for a pretty clean install.
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I threw my instructions away... I did not like the way they said to cut it. I used a large wood drill bit like these.

Here is my result. Finding the right spot is a PITA. Also the hole has to be large enough to fit the smaller end into the hole.
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Have to also trim the door surround too. I did this with a dremel tool.
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I do like them though! No complaints after the PITA in stall!
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I was going to get these same grab handles but chose for the welcome distributing ones once I compared the instructions for each. Really happy with my decision.
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I threw my instructions away... I did not like the way they said to cut it. I used a large wood drill bit like these.

Here is my result. Finding the right spot is a PITA. Also the hole has to be large enough to fit the smaller end into the hole.
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Have to also trim the door surround too. I did this with a dremel tool.
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I do like them though! No complaints after the PITA in stall!
I cut holes also after doing the driver's side with the slot. Much cleaner look, and I had to buy another A pillar trim piece.
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I used silicone grip rings that you can get in different colors, they have an Orange that matches Orange Crush perfectly.
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Heres how mine ended up turning out with the grommets.
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Heres how mine ended up turning out with the grommets.
Awesome, would have loved to have done that, would look even better.
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Heres how mine ended up turning out with the grommets.
yeah... that looks very clean!
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Received the Welcome Distributing handles this week, installed with no issues in less that 15 minutes. Ken makes a quality product.
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Alright, I have to at least agree somewhat with baytownbert; that template is pretty ridiculous. I still cant figure out how its supposed to line up with anything. Maybe the trim piece was different on earlier JK's?

Ive also got a little bit of extra weld on my roll bar from the factory that im going to have to file off to get the j hooks to sit where they need to.

I think my plan is to install one of the grab handles without the a-pillar trim, extend some temporary marks onto the a-pillar, uninstall the grab handle, reinstall the trim without the grab handle, transfer the marks to a-pillar trim, uninstall the a-pillar trim, drill the trim, and reinstall everything. And make a template in the process.

On the upside, I found a grommet that will be a perfect fit and should cover the hole nicely for a pretty clean install.
Do you have a source for those grommets? I might want to pop for a couple.
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Thanks guys! Here's where I got mine: http://www.cableorganizer.com/grommet/ The OMAR-2872 is a good fit.

Im happy with how it turned out. Its a tight fit on all dimensions, but thats what I was after. You will have to uninstall everything to get the grommets on. They have to slide over the small end of the grab handle. I found it a lot easier to slide the grab handle through the trim piece and then put the grommet over the grab handle. That way you can get better leverage on the grommet to get it through the hole in the trim piece.
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Thanks guys! Here's where I got mine: http://www.cableorganizer.com/grommet/ The OMAR-2872 is a good fit.

Im happy with how it turned out. Its a tight fit on all dimensions, but thats what I was after. You will have to uninstall everything to get the grommets on. They have to slide over the small end of the grab handle. I found it a lot easier to slide the grab handle through the trim piece and then put the grommet over the grab handle. That way you can get better leverage on the grommet to get it through the hole in the trim piece.
Thanks, ordered 4. Going to try and pretty up the rears too.
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Why don't you guys look at "Surprise Straps" made in Arizona, custom color combos, easy to install and flexible so you can't bang your head on them. I love mine. 2013 JKU Rubi
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Heres how mine ended up turning out with the grommets.
I know this is an old thread, but did you happen to make that template you were talking about? And what size hole saw did you use?

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I know this is an old thread, but did you happen to make that template you were talking about? And what size hole saw did you use?

Thanks.
I never did make any kind of template, I more or less just eyeballed it. I figured, worst case scenario, its a $25 piece of trim and I could replace it. What could go wrong?

I'm pretty sure it was a 1.5" hole. There are a couple of other pics here that might be helpful. Good luck, as much as a pain they are to get installed clean, I still love mine.
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Thanks man.
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Heres how mine ended up turning out with the grommets.
Did the same. The instructions call for a 1 3/8" hole saw; I used a 1 1/2" (cuz I had it) with a 1 3/8" OD grommet... The little bit of wiggle room made the grommet install much easier. Total install time was 1 hour, after 30 minutes of pondering...
Love the handles - clean, factory look, solid.
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Did the same. The instructions call for a 1 3/8" hole saw; I used a 1 1/2" (cuz I had it) with a 1 3/8" OD grommet... The little bit of wiggle room made the grommet install much easier. Total install time was 1 hour, after 30 minutes of pondering...
Love the handles - clean, factory look, solid.
Thanks for that info. How well did the 1 3/8 grommet cover the 1 1/2 hole? Any pics of it?
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Thanks for that info. How well did the 1 3/8 grommet cover the 1 1/2 hole? Any pics of it?
Altho I'm mechanical enough to drill, cut, & install things, I've not figured out how to add photos, yet!

I found the grommets doing a Google search; they were 7/8" i.d. ( I think - whatever the diameter of the handle is) by 1 3/8 o.d. The outer flange must be 1 3/4 or 1 7/8 as it covers the hole completely. The grommets were about $12, shipped, but well worth it for the finished look they give.

I agonized over the hole location for some time, then realized that, because of the size of the grommet, I had 1/8" or so error room; then just measured as closely as I could, and drilled it. Don't sweat the really small stuff... you'll love the look and function of these grab bars!!!

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These are the best handles out there, though cutting the trim pieces is the finicky part. They sit so far up and away and look OEM. They don't interfere with the visor and are the least likely to contact your noggin in case of an accident or rollover. I did the inverted U on the 2012 but like the hole/grommet idea. I used the Grabbars on my 2014, and they are not as nice but much easier to install. The angle of the Synergy is better and they don't interfere with the visors at all. With a slightly bend in the Grabars, that visor interference could be avoided but I guess it would be more expensive to produce.

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