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How to Install Bestop Soft Top Quick Release Knuckles on your 1997-2017 Jeep Wrangler TJ, JK

Installation Time

30 minutes

Tools Required
  • T30 Torx Wrench
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Safety Glasses
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Parts List and Hardware Identification 


Lower Soft Top

Release the bows and lay the soft top down on the rear of the vehicle.


2 Remove Existing Bow Knuckles

Use a T30 Torx wrench to remove the bows from the bow mount brackets. Then use a phillips screwdriver to remove the screws that secure the existing bow knuckles in the ends of the bows. 


3 Install Quick Release Bow Knuckles

For 4 door vehicles: Slide the Quick Release Bow Knuckle into the end of the bow.

For 2 door vehicles: The outside bow is a larger diameter and will require that you use the Adapter Sleeves in the parts kit. Slide two Adapter Sleeve halves into the end of the bow and then insert the Quick Release Bow Knuckle. 


CAUTION: 

Failure to orient the Quick Release Bow Knuckle properly could result in damage to the bow system.

4 Orient Quick Release Bow Knuckle

Rotate the Quick Release Bow Knuckle into the position for your vehicle.

For 4 door vehicles: The spring handles are toward the inside of the vehicle for both bows.

For 2 door vehicles: The spring handle on the outside bow is toward the outside of the vehicle and the spring handle for the inside bow is toward the inside of the vehicle


5 Secure Quick Release Bow Knuckle to Bow Mount Bracket

Pull out on the spring handle on the Quick Release Bow Knuckle and slide the slot in the knuckle over the bow mount bracket. When the spring pin lines up with the hole in the bracket release the handle so that the pin catches in the hole.


6 Secure Quick Release Bow Knuckle to Bow

With the Quick Release Bow Knuckle secured to the bow mount bracket, check the alignment of the bow and make sure that the Quick Release Bow Knuckle and Adapter Sleeve are inserted completely into the bow tube. Use the holes in the bow as a guide to install #8 x 5/8" Self-Tapping Screws to secure the Quick Release Bow Knuckle to the bow. Do not over tighten the Self-Tapping Screws.
Repeat this procedure for the other Quick Release Bow Knuckles.


LIMITED WARRANTY

We warrant our product to be free from defects in material and workmanship, for the terms specified below, provided there has been normal use and proper maintenance. This warranty applies to the original purchaser only. All remedies under this warranty are limited to the repair or replacement of any item or items found by the factory to be defective within the time period specifi ed. If you have a warranty claim, first you must call our factory at the number below for instructions. You must retain proof of purchase and submit a copy with any items returned for warranty work. Upon completion of warranty work, if any, we will return the repaired or replaced item or items to you freight prepaid. Damage to our products caused by accidents, fire, vandalism, negligence, misinstallation, misuse, Acts of God, or by defective parts not manufactured by us, is not covered under this warranty.

THE WARRANTY TIME PERIOD IS AS FOLLOWS FOR REPLACE-A-TOP™, SAILCLOTH REPLACE-A-TOP™, SUPERTOP®, SUPERTOP® REPLACEMENT SKINS, SUNRIDER®, AND TIGERTOP®: TWO YEARS FROM DATE OF PURCHASE. THE WARRANTY TIME PERIOD IS AS FOLLOWS FOR ALL OTHER “SOFT GOODS” MANUFACTURED BY OUR COMPANY (USING PRIMARILY VINYLS, PLASTICS, AND/OR FOAM): ONE YEAR FROM DATE OF PURCHASE. THE WARRANTY TIME PERIOD IS AS FOLLOWS FOR ALL OTHER “HARD GOODS” MANUFACTURED BY OUR COMPANY (USING PRIMARILY METALS, PLASTICS, AND/OR FIBERGLASS): ONE YEAR FROM DATE OF PURCHASE. ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND/OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE CREATED HEREBY ARE LIMITED IN DURATION TO THE SAME DURATION AND SCOPE AS THE EXPRESS WRITTEN WARRANTY. OUR COMPANY SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGE.

Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

For further information or request for warranty work, please contact:
Bestop Inc. Customer Service
Toll-Free: (800) 845-3567
Main: (303)465-1755
E-mail: csbestop@Bestop.com
Website: www.Bestop.com