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Old 03-24-2016, 09:26 PM
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04-06 TJ LJ Grabars install

Just got my new Grabars in. They are pretty awesome. Makes getting in and out of the jeep must easier. Should help quite a bit more once the higher lift goes on.

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I was wondering if you guys with the newer style 04-06 interior decided to cut your windshield trim or left it off totally? I cannot decide. On one side I don't want to cut my stock parts incase they ever go back. The other side I don't know if the exposed metal and screw holes bother me.

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That very issue is what is holding back from purchasing those things

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That very issue is what is holding back from purchasing those things
Popping the trim off is really easy. Takes 4 screws on each side. Earlier ones ddon't even have this trim so I may just leave them off and take off the center piece while I'm at it. I may just replace the screws into the bare metal so there are no holes. Since its all painted the same color I doubt I will notice it in a week. I think I'm leaning more towards leaving them off and not cutting them. I plan on keeping this a while and if I do ever sell I would like to have as much of it untouched as possible.
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I trimmed mine very easy to do, just follow the measuring instructions included, looks real good when your done
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I trimmed mine very easy to do, just follow the measuring instructions included, looks real good when your done
OK, my concern was having it look like it came that way from the factory and not a hogged out hole
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OK, my concern was having it look like it came that way from the factory and not a hogged out hole
I used a hole saw to make the hole as instructed, with a little work with sandpaper the hole looks very clean, the grabar then fills the hole nicely and looks factory. As long as the grabar remains installed there is no problem, I can't imagine a scenario where I would remove them even if I sold my jeep (not happening) I would sell them as installed.
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Here's mine


I used a hole saw. I'll see if I can get a pic of the actual hole in a minute.
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Here we go. Measure twenty, cut once. I don't know if they fixed the instructions on their site, but the documentation I got stated that we should drill our holes at the intersection of 1.5" and 2.75". When I did my test fitment based on 2.75" it seemed that the hole would be too far towards the center of the vehicle. In fact, it appeared that 2.25" would be much more appropriate. So, I took a chance and drilled my holes at 2.25" and the holes lined up perfectly.


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Just be sure to be very careful and follow the directions exactly. And as coco said above, use a hole saw. Here's mine.
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It might also be worth noting that my TJ is actually a 2003 Sahara. This is the second time I've seen reference to the plastic trim only being on 2004 and higher, so my measurements might be specific to my 2003 Sahara.
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These cost less work fine and require no mods to jeep

http://m.quadratec.com/products/?cn=...+Handles&c=254
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And they will not put a dent in your head in a crash
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And they will not put a dent in your head in a crash
Not sure how this contributes to the thread. The purchase has already been made by the OP and the thread was about modifying trim.
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Holes not yet drilled could still reconsider or are you just against different view points
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Holes not yet drilled could still reconsider or are you just against different view points
I don't mind the input.

I have that style now and honesty never grab them. Always grab the wheel and the top of the frame near the windshield.

My 4'11" wife does use the sport bar handles as she swears and clambers in.

Thanks for all the info fellas.
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I have those now, except they were from Mopar and they even came with a hook for the back seat area so you can hang something there. Those grab things look cool, but like someone else said, I don't use them much.
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they are cheap because they suck

they move, they hit your head when getting out, they are also not in good position for proper body mechanics. Worst part is they will eventually get loose and let go. Not fun pulling myself up into a lifted jeep only to have the strap give way and let me land flat on my ass. Ask me how I know. I would probably only consider ones from Bartact but they are nearly as much as these which are made in USA and solid steel.

I think the seat belt and air bag will keep me far far away from the bar. I am more likely to bash my head against the window or roll bar than hit the grabar.

having had both I would take the grabars any day.
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Gonna run mine without the trim. Couple days later I don't even notice it.
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I installed the in less than 10 min. Absolutely love them.
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I installed these handles last night as well. I used rubber grommets I purchased from Ebay to encase the hole in the plastic trim. 2 Very Large Rubber Grommets 1 1 4" Inner Diameter Fits 1 1 2" Panel Hole | eBay
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Rubber grommet for grabars

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Cool! I actually goofed up the hole on the driver's side (measured 2.75" instead of 2.25" -ugh) but it's still looks good. I just cut the rubber grommet and installed it on the visible edges. LOL
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Since it is a sloped edge, I don't understand specifically where to measure 2.75, or correctly, 2.25" from the Right side as in the picture. I wish they had measured from the Left side.

Can anyone point me in the right direction please? Thanks




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Here we go. Measure twenty, cut once. I don't know if they fixed the instructions on their site, but the documentation I got stated that we should drill our holes at the intersection of 1.5" and 2.75". When I did my test fitment based on 2.75" it seemed that the hole would be too far towards the center of the vehicle. In fact, it appeared that 2.25" would be much more appropriate. So, I took a chance and drilled my holes at 2.25" and the holes lined up perfectly.


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I don't have the measurement (would have to pull the rim out) but I know when I did mine I had a bear getting it just right or the grommet to fit.. Until,, one small dremel with a plastic cut bit run around after you install works wonders to center it.

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