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Old 07-15-2012, 12:20 AM   #1
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My new roll bar "padding"

I went to Harbor Freight for something, and ended up walking out with a lot of stuff I didn't need (as usual). Actually, I don't even remember what I went in for. Anyways, as I was waiting to check out, I saw this:



Hmmmm......what could I use 75 ft of rope that is the same color as my jeep for?

....and here's what I came up with.

My roll bars before:



...and (I'm not quite done yet) after:





More pictures and a write up to follow, probably tomorrow when I finish it. Stay tuned!

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Old 07-15-2012, 12:28 AM   #2
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Looks cool but i'm wondering if I would want to hit my head with it. Looking forward to what your going to do to finish it off.

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Old 07-15-2012, 12:38 AM   #3
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The fun part is- you can keep the foam padding underneath your canvas covers on there and wrap over it. Surprisingly, it's still pretty soft.
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:48 AM   #4
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Cool be looking forward to see it done.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
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So, here's how to do it:

You will need:

-Rope of your choice (I used about 250 feet of 3/8" rope)
-Scissors or a sharp knife (scissors leave a cleaner cut
-Two sided tape (not necessary, but helps hold the rope in place

First, make sure you know exactly where you want to put the wrap. If you are worried about clearance for the door seals, etc., make sure you leave room to put them on with the wrap on the roll bar. I used a green sharpie to mark where I would start and stop the wrap.

1. Take off your old roll bar padding, and either leave the actual black padding on, or take it off if you don't worry about hitting your head.

2. If you leave your padding on, take the time to cut the sections off that you won't wrap, so it leaves a clean line when you are done. Also, take some tape and tape the padding onto the roll bar as best you can. If it's slipping and sliding, it will be hard to keep the tension on the rope.

3. With the places for your wrap marked, lay down one or two strips of double sided tape.

4. Start the wrap by putting about 2 inches of rope pointing in the direction you are going to wrap.


5. Wrap the rope three or four times around the bar, OVER the 2 inch strand. Try to keep everything as snug as possible, pushing the loops to the end you started on.


6. Begin wrapping underneath the 2 inch strand, as tight as possible, pushing the loops towards the beginning.


7. When you near the end of the wrap, leave the last three or four loops loose, and bring the end back underneath those loops. It should look the same as the end you started.


8. Very carefully, take turns pulling each loose strand as if you were going to wrap it again, as hard as possible. You are tightening the loops, but also making the pressure that will hold the wrap together.

9. Cut the ends of the loose strands with scissors.


10. Burn the ends with a lighter. I took a sharpie to the ends to blend it with the rest of the wrap.

That's it! For about $20 and a few hours, I have a unique wrap for my roll bars. It all depends on the price of the rope, but I found mine at harbor freight for $6 for 75 feet.

And here's what it looks like finished:





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Old 07-16-2012, 12:51 PM   #6
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Nice tutorial!
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:01 PM   #7
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Thanks! I walked out to my car from work and decided that this may be my favorite cosmetic mod to my jeep. Time to get new wheels and tires!
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:24 PM   #8
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That's a great idea, especially if you are ever in an emergency situation when you need some rope.
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:24 PM   #9
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With over 250 feet of it, I have enough to build my own hammock. Or six.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:28 PM   #10
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That looks sick dude I love it.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:18 AM   #11
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pretty freaking awesome bro! next time my pads fade out im doing this!
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:52 PM   #12
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Thanks so much for this. I have most of mine wrapped now and it looks great.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:13 AM   #13
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What a great idea looks cool! Might do that to might soon!

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