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baytownbert 02-19-2013 05:18 PM

Synergy Suspension Jeep JK Grab Handles
 
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.

Rooster76 02-19-2013 05:37 PM

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.

baytownbert 02-19-2013 06:16 PM

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...

spieg 02-20-2013 05:20 AM

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?

the Kolector 02-20-2013 10:17 AM

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?

tabber02 02-20-2013 10:37 AM

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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. :whistling: all in all - i'm very happy with them though.

Rooster76 02-20-2013 12:44 PM

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 )

spieg 02-20-2013 12:46 PM

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.

tabber02 02-20-2013 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by spieg
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...

spieg 02-20-2013 04:41 PM

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.

spieg 02-28-2013 09:26 PM

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.

tiger3 02-28-2013 09:54 PM

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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.
https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/i...J7ZpMg4HrAgshg
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!

gr8fulKID 02-28-2013 10:05 PM

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.

SilverMiner 02-28-2013 10:18 PM

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Originally Posted by tiger3 (Post 3436024)
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.
https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/i...J7ZpMg4HrAgshg
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.
Attachment 215967Attachment 215969
Have to also trim the door surround too. I did this with a dremel tool.
Attachment 215968

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.

SilverMiner 02-28-2013 10:25 PM

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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.

spieg 03-02-2013 04:42 PM

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Heres how mine ended up turning out with the grommets.

SilverMiner 03-02-2013 10:07 PM

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Originally Posted by spieg (Post 3444634)
Heres how mine ended up turning out with the grommets.

Awesome, would have loved to have done that, would look even better.

tabber02 03-02-2013 10:36 PM

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Originally Posted by spieg (Post 3444634)
Heres how mine ended up turning out with the grommets.

yeah... that looks very clean!

appsol 03-02-2013 10:56 PM

Received the Welcome Distributing handles this week, installed with no issues in less that 15 minutes. Ken makes a quality product.

SilverMiner 03-02-2013 11:37 PM

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Originally Posted by spieg (Post 3435874)
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.

spieg 03-03-2013 10:44 AM

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.

SilverMiner 03-03-2013 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by spieg (Post 3448091)
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.

redfox 03-03-2013 02:12 PM

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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