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Old 06-09-2012, 11:49 PM
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"Since 1941" Handle Insert Issue

Hey guys, on my 2012 JKU, the "Since 1941" silver insert on the passenger handle is coming loose on the right side. Tightening the allen bolt does nothing, since it just spins in place. Anyone know of a fix or a cool replacement for that thing?

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Hey guys, on my 2012 JKU, the "Since 1941" silver insert on the passenger handle is coming loose on the right side. Tightening the allen bolt does nothing, since it just spins in place. Anyone know of a fix or a cool replacement for that thing?
"cheap quality components...since 1941" take it to the dealer for warranty!

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Agreed. The screw is probably stripped if its turning and nothing's tightening up, hence why it's loose and not holding. Try getting a replacement screw. If that doesn't do the trick, get a replacement handle. If that's still a problem, check out the aftermarket billet machined handles from Drake as they make high quality products, including shifters and other internal eye candy.
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The screws are fake, they don't thread into anything. The insert just pushes into the grab handle.
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my insert doesn't fit quite right. it moves in the middle. will probably just put a dab of hot glue under it.
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my insert doesn't fit quite right. it moves in the middle. will probably just put a dab of hot glue under it.
Its supposed to have some play in the center. Pull on the grab bar and pull back, you will notice the slack comes out. If there was no slack there is a chance it could pop off when pulling on the bar. If you dont use the bar, your hot glue will be fine. No one makes a insert that I know of yet. I have heard of a couple companies tooling up for the job recently.
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The screws are fake, they don't thread into anything. The insert just pushes into the grab handle.
Correct.
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"cheap quality components...since 1941" take it to the dealer for warranty!
Now way. I don't bring my vehicles to the dealer for minor stuff. They always manage to make things a little bit worse.
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Agreed. The screw is probably stripped if its turning and nothing's tightening up, hence why it's loose and not holding. Try getting a replacement screw. If that doesn't do the trick, get a replacement handle. If that's still a problem, check out the aftermarket billet machined handles from Drake as they make high quality products, including shifters and other internal eye candy.
I checked but I don't see anything for the 2012s.
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Same here noticed it before I drove off the lot but did not feel like waiting on diagnose it and replace anything as they might make it worse. I am afraid when I go in to have my radio replaced of what might happen. The darn display went out but they still have to trouble shoot the radio guess that means they need it half a day to make sure I just don’t have it turned off. Then they will order me a radio.
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Its supposed to have some play in the center. Pull on the grab bar and pull back, you will notice the slack comes out. If there was no slack there is a chance it could pop off when pulling on the bar. If you dont use the bar, your hot glue will be fine. No one makes a insert that I know of yet. I have heard of a couple companies tooling up for the job recently.
i've been in about 6 different wranglers and none of them had any play in the insert. immediately noticed it on mine before i drove it off the lot and when i was waiting for the service i checked some to make sure.
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Hey guys, on my 2012 JKU, the "Since 1941" silver insert on the passenger handle is coming loose on the right side. Tightening the allen bolt does nothing, since it just spins in place. Anyone know of a fix or a cool replacement for that thing?
I am bringing this old thread back up because the issue was never resolved and a friend of mine is having a problem with the insert on his 2016 where one end of the insert has popped out and will not stay in the handle.

A lot of JK/JKU's have been sold since this thread was started. Does anyone have experience on how to repair a loose-fitting insert?

BYW, the hex head bolts do have a function. They screw into a "ball joint" type fastener. That's what holds the insert into the handle. See the video below.

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So I haven’t fixed this problem myself but my thoughts on how to fix it. If it is a friction fit you might be able to take something and wrap around the nub that sticks out. To make it a little tighter. Something like string that you could wrap a few times and wrap more times if you need to or add later. Then push it back in to place. One thing I’ve done with a stripped out screw hole for wood working projects is to take tooth picks and place in the hole the break off to the right size before screwing back in. Not exactly the same thing but the string might work similarly.
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As seen on TV Flex glue it actually works.
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So I havenít fixed this problem myself but my thoughts on how to fix it. If it is a friction fit you might be able to take something and wrap around the nub that sticks out. To make it a little tighter. Something like string that you could wrap a few times and wrap more times if you need to or add later. Then push it back in to place. One thing Iíve done with a stripped out screw hole for wood working projects is to take tooth picks and place in the hole the break off to the right size before screwing back in. Not exactly the same thing but the string might work similarly.
I like this idea in case you ever want to pull it off again. Glue or the like would be a bitch to deal with if you wanted or need to remove in the future.

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