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May 03, 2021
Grab handles are the perfect accessory for anyone with a roof rack. They allow you to climb up and down with ease to access your rooftop tent or anything you keep stored on your roof rack.
The grab handles offered by Agency 6 are a great addition to anyone with a CNC roof rack who wants to add even more functionality. The best part is that they're universal and can be mounted anywhere on the side rail of your roof rack.
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Obviously, grab handles are designed as something you can grab onto to easily get access to your roof or roof rack. However, they do serve more than one purpose. Since the grab handles bolt directly to the rails on your CNC roof rack, they make excellent tie-down points. The grab handles from Agency 6 even come with preexisting holes where you could loop a tie-down strap through.
Being able to safely grab onto something to access your rooftop tent or roof storage may be an overlooked commodity. Rooftop tents are extremely nice to have and make setting up camp a breeze, but climbing up and down the side of your vehicle is a little cumbersome. If your tires or rock sliders are wet or muddy, now you risk slipping and falling backward. Grab handles on your roof rack make setting up and taking down your rooftop tent so much easier.
Storing gear on your roof.
A lot of us keep some kind of storage box on the roof to keep things from rattling around in the back of our trucks. With grab handles, getting your things down from the rooftop storage is no longer a chore. They ultimately make your life easier by eliminating the need for awkward finger grabs on your roofline or roof rack.
Recovery gear such as shovels is another piece of gear that is commonly stored on a roof rack. Grab handles are very handy when it comes to undoing the mounts or locks that secure the shovel or other equipment to the roof rack rail.
For starters having a grab handle is a bit of added safety if you're going to be climbing up and down from your roof. Grab handles are extremely sturdy since they mount directly to the side rails of your roof rack, which means no more slipping on wet tires or rock sliders.
They also make great additional tie-down points. While some roof racks come with tie-down points, others don't which is why grab handles are a great additional add-on. Even if your rack comes with tie-down points, you can never have too many.
The installation process is very simple for grab handles. If your rack has pre-drilled holes or slots, simply bolt the handle to that part of the rack. If it doesn't have any type of bolt hole or slot, simply drill two holes in your rack to accommodate the grab handle.
There are a couple of different styles of grab handles out there. They all save the same general purpose but have different characteristics.
Soft Grab Handles
Soft grab handles would be those made out of paracord or a similar material. While they offer a place to grab onto and pull yourself up to the roof, they aren't secured, meaning if you rely on the grab handle 100% to pull you up, it might move around a lot.
Hybrid Grab Handles
Hybrid grab handles are the handles we see on kyacks. They are a hard piece of plastic that has a rope or paracord going through both sides. This option is a bit more sturdy than a fully soft grab handle, but they will move a little bit since the handle portion is not bolted down.
Hard Grab Handles
An example of a hard grab handle would be the billet grab handles from Agency 6. These are the best, most sturdy option when it comes to grab handles. They bolt directly into the roof rack rail which guarantees that the handle is not going to move when you grab onto them.
A billet grab handle is usually the more expensive option out of all the grab handle options. This is because they are far stronger, and will outlast any other type of grab handle, and will provide a much more secure grabbing location.
Roof Rack Grab Handles
Some roof racks come with cut-outs designed to grab onto. These are nice to have as extra tie-down points, or if you don't have aftermarket grab handles. However these handles are the same thickness as the material of the rack, so it's pretty thin. After a while of climbing up and down while using the cutout grab handles, it will start to get uncomfortable on your hand due to the thinner material. This is why it's not a bad idea to get aftermarket handles like those from Agency 6.
The Agency 6 grab handles are the best on the market and they're made right here in the U.S. These billet aluminum handles are built to last and come with your choice of red or black powdercoat. They bolt directly to the roof rack rails on any CNC rack which makes them extremely safe and convenient to use.
All of Agency 6 grab handles come powdercoated, not anodized. This means that they will not fade due to harsh weather conditions. In a couple of years, your red grab handles will still be a brilliant red, not a sun-faded pink.
Agency 6 also has pre-existing holes on their grab handles to use as a tie-down point. If your rack didn't come with any sort of tie-down points, the grab handles are a great alternative and work perfectly with all sorts of bungees and straps.
Machined Billet Grab Handles Pictured on a CNC Roof Rack on Toyota 4Runner
If you have an aftermarket CNC roof rack, grab handles are a must-have. Not only are they a safe alternative for climbing up to your roof, but they can also be used as versatile tie-down points.
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A good pair of grab handles such as the ones made by Agency 6, make setting up your rooftop tent much easier than it already was. Plus you don't have to worry about slipping or falling off the side of your vehicle.
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