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What kind of grab handles are you using and would you recommend them? Are the fabric ones (Like These) really strong enough?
 

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What kind of grab handles are you using and would you recommend them? Are the fabric ones (Like These) really strong enough?
We have real GraBars. They are metal, really strong, and well made (in the USA). I do recommend them.
We originally used the fabric ones. They were strong enough, but their design and lack of rigidity made them less useful compared to the GraBars that replaced them.
The only thing I don't like about the GraBars design is they do interfere slightly with the visor. You can put the visor down but the handles stop you from swinging the visor all the way forwards. I do wish they bent the bars slightly different for more clearance. But they don't. In the end, it isn't a big deal to me. But it could be to someone else.
That, and their cost, are the only negatives in my opinion. And as to the cost, I am OK with paying more for an American made original. Some people aren't, and would rather buy a Chinese knockoff for less money. To each their own.
 

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While GraBars are definitely a good alternative, yes those fabric (cord) ones can be really strong. I just don't like where your example mounts. Again GraBars have nailed the most preferred location as far as I'm concerned and that's where my front cord ones are also mounted.

If you are a crafty type youtube has many examples of how to weave your own. Just be sure to get the proper strength cord
 
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We use a combination of Synergy metal grab handles and MasterCraft soft grab handles because the wife needs to use two hand to get in our jeeps. The Synergy handles don't interfere with the sun visors which is kinda a big thing here in The-Valley-Of-The-Sun.
 

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I have GraBar knockoffs. I had the fabric style that velcored to the roll bar on my previous Wrangler. I like the GraBars better as far as location. Makes getting in a lot easier and they feel sturdier since they bolt to the A pillar.
 

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I've had or currently have:
  • Factory straps: have served me ok for years. Have come loose before and let me down.
  • GraBars (the real ones): they were ok
  • Carolina Metal Masters: The best IMO, but also the most expensive. I like that I can attach mirrors for no door driving
  • Bartact paracord: Super strong, love them. Also fairly pricey
 

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I have Grabars as well. Really helps getting in and out of a lifted Jeep. I left my Mopar soft handles on the roll bar just because I like to grab onto something when I have the top off or windows down.
 

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I went with Bartact paracord at the same time I bought their seat covers. About a year later I got GraBars and have not used the Bartact since. My rear seat passengers have stated appreciation for the rear seat GraBars, not for getting in and out but for going around corners, and while off-roading.
 

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I tried some GraBar knock offs.......and after HOURS of trying, they would NOT line up. Struggled for a few days, but got a refund. I then tried the Smittybilt's. They went in in less than 5 min. per side using the same mounting location! No visor interference, sturdy, I'm good with them!

Lesson learned (again) on trying to save a buck..................:mad:
 

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I had the paracord ones and didn’t care for them. Recently went to Rough Country steel ones. Solid and they are situated perfectly for the boost up. Instructions are misleading. Struggled with install on one side. Finally figured out what the problem was and the the opposite side went in in 10 mins.
 

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I have the Smitybuilt handles that mount to the a-pillar. Very sturdy. I drilled out one of the holes and mount my Carolina Metal Masters mirrors there when my doors are off.
 

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I have Carolina Metal Masters. I’d buy them again without a doubt.
 

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I tried the paracord handles attached to the roll cage. They're strong, but not firm. They swing when you use them and I'd prefer them to be solid. I switched to Wild Boar. I think they are a Grab bar knockoff, but I can't say anything bad about them. They are absolutely rock solid.

 

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Hi,

I use Wild Board - they awesome and really easy to install - very heavy duty made. Also, I use GPCA Grab Handles - folding one ( www.gpca.us - they have bunch of cool thing for Jeep )
 

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I have the paracord ones on the roll bar in front and a set that hooks to the back of the head rest mounting rods for the back seat. I have no complaints with them.
 

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Cool thing about the Grab bar type handles, they are 1mm smaller than mountain bike handle bars. Why is this cool? Because you can go into any of your local bike shops and buy comfortable, color matching (or contrasting), lock on specific grips of your choice. Then, drink a beer and once done, cut up the can and use it as a shim to take up the 1mm slack. Looks awesome.

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Cool thing about the Grab bar type handles, they are 1mm smaller than mountain bike handle bars. Why is this cool? Because you can go into any of your local bike shops and buy comfortable, color matching (or contrasting), lock on specific grips of your choice. Then, drink a beer and once done, cut up the can and use it as a shim to take up the 1mm slack. Looks awesome.

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I don't know, man. Sounds like a lot of work. Might involve some trial and error to get it down.... :ROFLMAO:
 

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Cool thing about the Grab bar type handles, they are 1mm smaller than mountain bike handle bars. Why is this cool? Because you can go into any of your local bike shops and buy comfortable, color matching (or contrasting), lock on specific grips of your choice. Then, drink a beer and once done, cut up the can and use it as a shim to take up the 1mm slack. Looks awesome.

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Exactly what I did. I have the Wild Boar model (GraBar knock off) and used red Vans bike handles for mine. I had to trim the grips a bit to make them fit, but it works.

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Cool thing about the Grab bar type handles, they are 1mm smaller than mountain bike handle bars. Why is this cool? Because you can go into any of your local bike shops and buy comfortable, color matching (or contrasting), lock on specific grips of your choice. Then, drink a beer and once done, cut up the can and use it as a shim to take up the 1mm slack. Looks awesome.

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Great tip, thanks!
 
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