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Aftermarket Passenger Grab Handle, "Oh Sh!t" Handle

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by yotapilot, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Dec 10, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    yotapilot [OP] Active Member

    Jul 20, 2012
    Corpus Christi
    2001 Double Cab TRD
    I have a 2001 Double Cab and the passenger side has no grab handle above the door like most vehicles have. It only has the handle on the A pillar.

    While driving offroad with my wife she was complaining that there is nothing for her to hold on to. She is too short to reach the A pillar handle while seat belted in, plus I don't think it would help much for bracing anyway.

    So my question is....does anyone know of, or has anyone ever installed an aftermarket grab handle above the door or in any other location in a first generation tacoma?

  2. Dec 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    SR5Stephen Member

    Nov 3, 2012
    First Name:
    352, FL
    03 PreRunner SR5 TRD
    Completely stock!
    Sounds like something you would have to custom fabricate. I hope you're familiar with drilling/tapping into metal. Welding knowledge/experience would also sound like a big help. The doors have handles, no?
  3. Dec 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Hillingdoner Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    Rio Rancho, NM
    95 LX xtracab 3.4L 4x4 5spd
    140 amp Cadillac alternator, Audio system in progress, 4Runner map light mirror conversion, foot well lamp addition, buckets and console from 99 Tacoma regular cab, big three, tint
    If you want to add a grab handle then as stated above, have a look at the metal behind the panels where you want to put one. I can't remember what it looked like above the door when I had the trim off, but typical is a boxed channel area to provide crash support/roof support.

    Double check what is behind where you want to put the handle (like any harnesses) and what sort of clearance you have between metal panels. If all a go then my suggestion would be to get a nut cert tool. Probably not the correct name, but what we always called it. The tool crushes a threaded barrel nut into the hole you drill so that you have a threaded nut cert to bolt the handle on with. You can crush the nut cert in place with a bolt, nuts and washers, but hey...anytime you can buy another tool has to be good right?

    Mounting this way will be close to factory.

    Handle wise you could just get another Toyota handle to match your interior or go to the junk yard and just find a bolt on that you like that will fit the area.
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