|01-22-2015 10:14 PM|
I think they look great and can't wait to replace as many of the plastic parts as possible. Currently, I keep all the plastic molding coated in Back to Black and it always look great, but the first thing I did when I parked my 2014 JK unlimited in my garage was to replace the hood latches because the plastic and rubber just looked so low quality. To me the small mods make a huge difference. I think these handles will help achieve the upgrade look I am working toward.
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and lessons learned. I for one really appreciate your effort. I know it was a lot of effort to install these and you could have stopped there, but you chose to share with us mortals and I for one sincerely appreciate it.
|10-05-2013 04:52 PM|
|10-05-2013 04:43 PM|
|rensinger||Anyone have any issues with the old gaskets not fitting these Rampage handles very well? I bought one to 'test fly' on my tailgate and I'm not pleased with how poorly the factory gaskets fit. Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated.|
|02-05-2013 09:52 PM|
I can appreciate the mod. I think that if you do it right, a bunch of cool subtle modifications can really make a big impact when the overhaul is completed.
I busted my ass once to pull my bikes swingarm off just to flat black the damn thing!
I hope you didn't get those handles from China though. That painted aluminum fades worse than the plastic. Trust me on that one.
|10-22-2012 10:07 PM|
|RB-10rubicon||Very nice .i just came across these in qtech mag and was thinking about changing mine getting tired of the handles fading .i did see them cheaper in jc whitney for $43 bucks a peice|
|10-20-2012 01:21 AM|
|_3m||well done mate, nice add on and brill write up.|
|10-20-2012 12:45 AM|
|gr8fulKID||Very nice, detailed write up.|
|10-19-2012 11:01 PM|
|10-19-2012 08:39 PM|
I think they look great! Little work to replace the plastic handles that in time will start to fade i'm sure!
One ? do you notice the handles getting hot since they are metal?
I live in Florida and unfortunately I would love to have the black metals but figure it will be a scaldfest on a 100 degree day.
***I know I'll be running without doors anyway so who cares***
|10-19-2012 01:54 PM|
|TrueBlueJK||Looks cool but not worth the trouble IMO.|
|10-19-2012 12:34 PM|
|10-19-2012 10:26 AM|
|blw2000||I personally like the idea of replacing all the plastic on my JK with aluminum, but now that I see even inside the door card the mechanics are all plastic, I give up. Modern vehicles are so plasticky I can't imagine restoring one 25 years from now...|
|09-19-2012 03:39 PM|
|RampageProducts||Great write up! Thanks for sharing|
|09-17-2012 02:50 PM|
|09-17-2012 11:45 AM|
|GeckoJK||No offense but that doesnt look worth the expense, time or labor. The final product just doesnt look much different.|
|09-17-2012 01:26 AM|
|09-15-2012 10:45 AM|
|Moose5||Seems like a lot of money and work for such a slight cosmetic upgrade. Theyre ALOT better than those chrome handles though if you ask me. But they are nice|
|09-15-2012 10:27 AM|
In retrospect it's not too difficult but will add a fair bit of time to the install. My decision was based on future access. If I need I change or adjust the handles for any reason I can get access within 5 mins (5 bolts and pull off the liner).
To make it a cleaner install (ie, if I hadn't just charged ahead with the tools on hand... But that requires patience ) I'd use a dremel tool or something similar to cut the access holes. That way it'd look neat and be a bit easier then using the drill bit it all get covered up anyway so it's not a big deal.
|09-15-2012 03:38 AM|
|Deepjeep1371||I can't wait to see the Altitude decals that other op is working on that other thread.|
|09-15-2012 03:37 AM|
|Deepjeep1371||I'm digging it. One question. After doing all that would the removal of the interior panels been that tough you think? (In hindsight) I like classy mods that sets your shit from others. Altitudes rise!|
|09-15-2012 12:13 AM|
|09-14-2012 10:19 PM|
|lolpetewtf||All that for....that?|
|09-14-2012 10:11 PM|
Here are the after pictures
|09-14-2012 02:29 PM|
|09-14-2012 02:21 PM|
|09-14-2012 02:21 PM|
|09-14-2012 02:14 PM|
He went back...
I wonder how many will get this joke
|09-14-2012 01:33 PM|
|mps925||No after pictures??|
|09-14-2012 01:13 PM|
Rampage Door Handle Install notes for JK 2012
Hey everyone. I thought I'd post a really quick install guide for the Rampage Stainless Steel Door handle. I installed these on my 2012 Wrangler Unlimited Altitude (5 handles total) and I love the way it's really lifted the look of the exterior.
First off, the guide that it comes with is pretty lame, but the install is easy if you don't mind taking a shortcut or two.
Removing the door liner is simple. There are 5 bolts in total
- 2 on the edge of the door trim (location depends on front or back doors but they are very visible)
- 1 behind the inside door handle trim (reach in and pop pit the inside hatch with your fingers, it lifts right off for access)
- 2 behind the plastic trim in the arm rest. Just pull the trim directly outwards with needlenose pliers or a trim lifting tool
Inside door handle trim removed (1 screw)
Plastic arm rest trim removed showing 2 screws
At this point also remove the inner door handle trim, it lifts right out after the single bolt has been removed.
Once these have been removed start lifting the door liner up and towards you, away from the door frame. There are 7 or 8 trim fasteners that need to be pulled with force directly outwards. You will hear them pop as they release, be very careful as you do so that they don't snap off. I advise reaching in behind the trim and carefully guiding them out, it's fiddly but not hard.
Once the trim fasteners have released the entire door liner lifts up and out to release from the window guard. If you are working on a front door you will also need to detach the power lock at this point, leave that actual mechanism on the door liner, there is a quick release on the inside to detach the electrics.
Pulling off the door trim
Power lock quick release
Inside door panel
Here's where it gets fun, and a little unconventional. The purist would see the interior door panel and start removing that too, I started and decided it was too much work, so I created access points for the door handle fasteners. See the Rampage door handles are held on with only two nuts and there are no linkages or anything to reconnect, so all you need to do is remove the original nuts from the inside of the door, remove the OEM handle, and replace it with the Rampage handle (don't forget to transfer the interior handle gaskets).
OEM (left) and Rampage compared. Transfer the gaskets directly.
One nut can be found behind the rubber plug near the outside edge of the door. Unscrew it with a 8mm socket and extension bar.
Remove rubber plug
Rubber plug removed and first nut exposed
Once this is off use a light to shine through the door cavity and locate the second nut. Eyeball or measure up where it should be and carefully drill a couple of 1/2" hole into the interior door panel. It's only plastic and as long as you are careful there isn't anything that can be damaged (it goes without saying that the window should be UP at all times in this install )
Location of front door access hole
Access hole drilled (this one was a bit messy, and I'm a little embarrassed by the small scratches I made but it was the best photo I got showing the nut... be more careful then me )
With the new access hole drilled you should easily be able to use the same socket extension to remove the remaining nut from the OEM handle after which the entire handle can be removed from the door.
Door handle removed, exterior view
Install the new handle and simply install everything back in reverse order.
Lessons I learned...