A couple months ago, I finally got tired of having to sick my figure in between the middle of the soft upper to close my door. I quickly discovered I was going to have to shell out 10 or so bucks for new handle, so I set out for an cheap(er) fix. This was technically free for me because I was given 50ft of paracord for Christmas- but you can get roughly 50 feet of it on ebay for 5 bucks. (way more than you will need for this project, just to put into perspective I made these two handles and two grab bars, with probably about 20 ft left over). The pictures are pretty self explanatory, if you've made a bracelet or anything before. The only difference is you have melt the ends of the center cord together to form a loop. I choice to butt weld/melt the ends together and then put it in the middle. I am not worried about strength being an issue but just to not add extra stress on the joint I choice to stick it in the middle- not sure if it'll help but it made sense at the time. After the photos will be the helpful links. So without farther-ado here's the photos.
I started with a single string twice the length of the stock handle (off my pas. side) then butt jointed them together to make a single loop.
From there I put end of the loop into one side of the stock retainer and then taped it down. WARNING: the tape will putt off any paint if yours are painted like mine.
You can see how it works now, with the door using the stock hardware for a clean look. Make sure to braid up the center as much as you can and get the braid as tight as possible.
Finished. I like to tuck mine into itself and then melt the ends together, then push the ends down so they stick to the braid.
Installed the day of
Three months later of everyday use (at least 4 times a day of closing) This is why you have to braid them extremely tight. In retrospect, I would have left the extra cord on there, typed it down, then put in a couple extra braids a few months down the road.
Ebay Paracord: 550 Paracord Mil Spec Type III Parachute Cord 10ft 20ft 50ft or 100ft | eBay
(lots of colors to choose from here)
How to do the cobra weave: How to do the cobra weave
'Pro tip' on the weave: Put a piece of tape on one of your 'weaving' ends (Step 4, part 2+ on the article). It's it much easier to keep track of what goes over/ under
If you have any questions just let me know and I will be happy to help out!