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Does anyone know if there is a grab handle for the drivers side available for the Dodge Rams? There are two on the passengers side, but none on the drivers side. The reason Im asking is because when I climb into my truck, I have to grab onto the steering wheel to pull myself in. Eventually, my steering wheel will become loose, and that means more money!!! Would it be possible to purchase the handle which usually mounts on the passengers side pillar, and install it on the drivers side pillar???
 

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I heard once that a guy bought a passenger side a-pillar handle and amde it work. Not sure of the specifics though.
 

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Tunis,

Have you thought about a set of the side bars like I have on my truck? They can make it much easier to get in. I dont need them on mine just yet but they look good and the ladies like having the step to help them in.
 

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Bill,

Yeah, I'm considering either a set of side steps/nerf bars or the Kodiak Sidewinder automatic side steps...but still undecided.
(so...when are you going to lift your truck?)
 

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Tunis,

I hope to lift mine early next year. I want to wear down the stock tires first and save up some more cash to pay for as much of it outright as I can so as not to charge it.
I am also trying to get things stable on my Mustang first so that I have something reliable to drive while the truck is worked on. How long does it normally take to get a full lift and tire and gears all installed?

I love driving my Mustang but driving a car with 500 rear wheel horse power to work every day is not a real smart thing to do. It tends to get you in trouble.
 

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You should be able to get nearly any lift kit installed in a day. A set of gears with lockers is another day (too difficult to get the two done the same day cuaz everyone would be getting in each others way)

Tires should go on with the lift since the originals need to be removed anyway.
 

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Bill,

My installation took 2 days...but that was just the lift, wheels, tires...no gears. It's a 10 hour job plus another hour for the alignment plus about another hour to test drive, make any final adjustments and retorque everything...
 

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I installed a grab handle on my drivers side. Not to hard of a job. I bought the pass side handle, bolts, retainers and a new drivers side pillar cover (just in case). Once you locate where you want the handle (i took measurments from the pass side and transposed them to the drivers pillar) you drill the holes thru the plastic and then mark the metal frame underneath. Remove the plastic cover and then drill the holes thru the frame where the marks are or as close to as possible so you get a good bite into the frame. Then you install the collapsable retainers using a nut and bolt just enough to hold them in place. Reinstall the plastic cover, and bolt the new handle in place. I'll see if I have pictures of my finished product. I did this several years ago so I dont know if I have any lying around.
 

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...if you have pictures, that would be great! I have the pillars with the built in tweeter pods and I also noticed that on the passengers side, where the handle is on the pillar, the surface where it is mounted is flat???...but on the drivers side, its rounded...

How has your handle been holding up? Is it pretty sturdy?

Thanks for the input...
 

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Haven't found any pictures yet...

Yeah on the drivers side it is round, but when you can bolt down the handle fine. Some other people I know put spacers behind the pillar to prevent the plastic from bending but I didnt and it looks fine. It is pretty sturdy and I use it almost everyday.
 
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