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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:33 pm    Post subject: A slight alteration that makes it easier to get in Syncro Reply with quote

I have a parts Vanagon, and since I have trouble getting up into it the Syncro, and was worried about grabbing the steering wheel each time I decided to pull the passenger side grab handle and install it in the Syncro. Here is the finished product.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So funny was looking at doing the same may the classifieds flood with spare handels
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caution - wires inside. Bentley 97.7.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So funny was looking at doing the same may the classifieds flood with spare handels


Good luck in finding them.....the install took all of ten minutes.
Just make sure to get the escutcheon that the handle screws into, screws and caps for the handle, so that they sit away from the pillar, which keep the handle away from the windshield.
Just a note. Be very careful drilling into the A pillar as there is a wiring harness going up it. I knew it was there, so the first hole was drilled very slowly. The I kept a dentist pick on it while drilling the last three holes to keep it away from the bit. Slow and sure is the best way. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Caution - wires inside. Bentley 97.7.


Wink Just mentioned that!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hate to say it, but you're not the first:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=394673
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=378022

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kamzcab86 wrote:
Hate to say it, but you're not the first:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=394673
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=378022

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That's cool Cool , just thought I would share....thank you for the links. I did not bother to search. Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another option

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine has both sides fitted from factory!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not a bad idea either. For me the placement on the A pillar is perfect. I might throw my back out reaching for this one. Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mine has both sides fitted from factory!


Aren't we special... Laughing Wink That is cool, I did not know they were an option or otherwise. I only realized I needed it and had one. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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GrindGarage wrote:
So funny was looking at doing the same may the classifieds flood with spare handels


Good luck in finding them...


http://www.gowesty.com/ec_view_details.php?id=2283&category_id=363&category_parent_id=

http://www.van-cafe.com/home/van/page_481_162/grab_handle.html

No wedgies though and no brown.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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peaceful warrior wrote:
GrindGarage wrote:
So funny was looking at doing the same may the classifieds flood with spare handels


Good luck in finding them...


http://www.gowesty.com/ec_view_details.php?id=2283&category_id=363&category_parent_id=

http://www.van-cafe.com/home/van/page_481_162/grab_handle.html

No wedgies though and no brown.


Neither of these have the escutcheon or riser, if you will to angle the handle towards the drivers. I don't think it is a good idea to have them flat on the A pillar, but thank you for pointing out the link. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might have some spare brown ones if anyone is interested. Let me know via p-mail.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I might have some spare brown ones if anyone is interested. Let me know via p-mail.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what ill affects are had by simply grabbing the steering wheel?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zeitgeist 13 wrote:
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Hey Casey,

Any more pics or details about this location?
I bought a spare handle, which came with both styles of risers, in order to do just this! My 5'3" wife wants an oh-sh!t handle above here head (can't reach the A-pillar handle while seated).

I'm not sure where the best place to mount would be(?). I don't want to disturb the trim piece, but it needs to be solid... i.e. wheres the beef up there?

thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That handle is from an early '90's Passat. It's not entirely evident, but there's a fair amount of metal that runs up behind the dome light on the drivers side. It's probably best to pop the light out and feel with your fingers to determine how far you can go, but I think it's something like another inch before you run out of metal. I don't use that handle as much for ingress/egress, as for adjusting my position while in the seat.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The driver's side A-pillar handle mod is one of the first things that I do to my vans, both 2wd and syncro.

The handle goes from convenience to requirement when the van is really off camber to the driver's side and you have to get back in by running, jumping then finally climbing your way back into the pilot's seat and the passenger's side is blocked(don't ask how I know Wink).
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The driver's side A-pillar handle mod is one of the first things that I do to my vans, both 2wd and syncro.

The handle goes from convenience to requirement when the van is really off camber to the driver's side and you have to get back in by running, jumping then finally climbing your way back into the pilot's seat and the passenger's side is blocked(don't ask how I know Wink).


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