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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, How to re-install rear grab bar in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; The "grab bar" or "Oh Shit bar" over the rear driverside door that you can hang your dry cleaning from ...
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    How to re-install rear grab bar

    The "grab bar" or "Oh Shit bar" over the rear driverside door that you can hang your dry cleaning from has pulled loose on the one side - I messed with it but am having issues getting it reinstalled properly anyone have experience putting these back on?

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    Re: How to re-install rear grab bar

    That thing is a PITA to get re-installed, I had to re-install both of them after wrapping my headliner in suede. It's been a while since I did it, if I remember correctly you need to make sure the oh shit bar brackets are perfectly aligned in order to get the bolt in, if you have them off by just a little bit it won't snug up against the car which won't allow the bolt to reach to hole. Not sure if that's any help, I remember that I screwed around with it for a long time with no success until I figured out that the bracket was lined up properly.

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    Re: How to re-install rear grab bar

    For what it is worth, the attached shows how to replace it if it was not broken.

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    Re: How to re-install rear grab bar

    Both of mine pulled out from passengers holding onto them. After getting them off I had to use larger screws. Problem solved.
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    Re: How to re-install rear grab bar

    That .PDF helped greatly. Mine has been off for months now and never got around to putting it back up (I never sit back there, why do I need to fix that?) Pretty slow at work so just went out and screwed it back on in minutes!

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    Re: How to re-install rear grab bar

    I also got a bigger screw and screwed it back in. It got ripped out by a passenger while I was doing a lap of the ring.

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    Re: How to re-install rear grab bar

    ^ Jealous....

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    Re: How to re-install rear grab bar

    yeah, doesn't appear to be broken, just having issues getting the escutcheons to "snap" back into place and figured I was doing something wrong. What about the clip that these screw into? Mine sort of seems loose/floating around in there until I screw it in. I'll mess with it some more and see what I can do.

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    Re: How to re-install rear grab bar

    Quote Originally Posted by mstrjon32 View Post
    I also got a bigger screw and screwed it back in. It got ripped out by a passenger while I was doing a lap of the ring.
    I had mine ripped out by a passenger while I was doing a lap of the FDR, in NYC. LOL This guy is a longtime friend and golden glove boxer.
    Then few months later, I run into him again, he sits on the other side in the back seat, and manages to pull it out while I was just cruising along. I just shook my head at him and told him he should have known better. LOL

    Best way to put it back is to retap with a bit larger/thicker screw.

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    Re: How to re-install rear grab bar

    Thanks for the advice, but my issue is not that it is a stripped screw or stripped clip that can be solved with larger screw. I'll get some pics tonight & post up.
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