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Adding Grab Handles to 1997 - 2003 Econoline Van


Old 07-10-2018, 08:41 PM
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Adding Grab Handles to 1997 - 2003 Econoline Van

This should work for any van from this time period. Mine is a 2000 E150.

I have people complaining how hard it is to get in and out of my van. So I needed to add grab handles. I looked at different options and thought, hey maybe the 2003+ ones might fit. So I went to the junkyard and got both pillar trim pieces and handles for $10 total.

The trim piece clips fit perfectly into the existing mounts. The only thing you need to cut out is the top white bracket.

To locate the handle holes I just put the handle in place and marked the hole with a black marker. I drilled a tiny pilot hole, then the full size hole, then used the proper size tap for screws the handle used (I'll add the exact size bits later).

The thing is solid as a rock. Just be careful not to over-tighten the bolts.

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Old 07-13-2018, 02:10 AM
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Wow ….. good job!! I'm glad my 2003 already has them from the factory, because you're right, they are DEFINITELY NEEDED !!! I had to add a few grab handles/straps around the side doors also, to help ease entry/exit concerns, along with anti-slip industrial tape on the footwells all around the vehicle. Other than that, it has been a great highway cruiser …..
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