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Unread 11-22-2013, 01:10 AM   #1
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Winshield grab handle mount

Have a set of jk grab handles that I want to mount on the windshield frame but when I drilled self tapping screws in the frame they just came out since the frame isn't very thick. Does anyone have any suggestions on how else I can mount these handles to the windshield frame?

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Unread 11-22-2013, 04:56 AM   #2
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With the thin metal, pulling on the handles is gonna rip them out. You could try nutserts, but any force on the handle is still gonna pull it loose.
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Unread 11-22-2013, 08:16 AM   #3
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I worry that with the foldable windshield of a CJ, you might end up "warping" it when it's unsupported by a hard top. Even with a soft top I wonder if THAT is enough support for someone to put their weight into a grab handle.

If you go forward with this idea you may want to put that handle as low as practicable. Personally, I'd reconsider.
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Unread 11-22-2013, 08:28 AM   #4
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If your self-tapping screws pull out then you're using the wrong type for the job.

For thin metal you need a short fat screw that we usually called a 'stitch screw' or 'lap screw' when I put up metal buildings ...a regular self tapping screw will generally not grab or strip easily in thinner metal.
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Unread 11-22-2013, 08:31 AM   #5
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Something like this.

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Unread 11-22-2013, 03:19 PM   #6
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Thanks guys for the info... My ultimate goal is to be able to put spreader bars across from the windshield to the roll bar and just put a grab handle there but can't seem to find just spreader bars. Or find a complete tj roll bar and put it in!
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Unread 11-25-2013, 05:28 AM   #7
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Thanks guys for the info... My ultimate goal is to be able to put spreader bars across from the windshield to the roll bar and just put a grab handle there but can't seem to find just spreader bars. Or find a complete tj roll bar and put it in!
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Unread 11-25-2013, 06:22 AM   #8
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Put a full cage in and build grab handles into the cage. Kill 2 birds with one stone.

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