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Bestop Soft Top Quick Release Knuckles (97-18 Jeep Wrangler TJ & JK)

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    Features & Details

    • Feature Quick-Release Mechanism
    • Crafted from ABS Composite Material
    • No Tools or Torx to Fumble With
    • Nylon-Reinforced, Injected-Molded Construction
    • Include Self-Tapping Mounting Screws
    • Fits 1997-2018 Wrangler TJ and JK Models
    Simple Mechanism. Bestop Soft Top Quick Release Knuckles attach to factory hardware, so you can completely remove your vehicle's soft top without any additional tools. The quick release mechanism ensures fast removal of the soft top and bow stack. The included self-tapping mounting screws secure these Bestop Quick Release Bow Knuckles in bow ends for trouble-free removal.

    Sturdy Construction. Made from ABS composite material, they can withstand rugged use. With nylon-reinforced, injected-molded construction, these Jeep Wrangler knuckles are long lasting.

    Application. This Bestop Soft Top Quick Release Knuckles is designed to be used on the 1997-2018 Jeep Wrangler TJ and JK Models.

    Please Note. These Knuckles are not compatible for use on 2014+ Wranglers equipped with Factory Soft Tops and Lift Assist Bow Assembly.

    Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

    MPN# 51290-01

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

    What's in the Box
    • (4) Quick Release Knuckles
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Will it fit my Wrangler?
    • JK Rubicon 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • JK Rubicon 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • JK Wrangler 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • JK Wrangler 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • TJ Rubicon 2 Door - 03, 04, 05, 06
    • TJ Rubicon Unlimited 2 Door - 05, 06
    • TJ Wrangler 2 Door - 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
    • TJ Wrangler Unlimited 2 Door - 04, 05, 06

    Not Compatible w/ 2014+ Wranglers Equipped w/ Factory Soft Top and Lift Assist Bow Assembly

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        Questions & Answers (6)

        5 Top Rated Questions

        will these work on my 2001 wrangler?

        • As long as you still have your factory soft top, yes, these will work great on your 2001!

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        Will these work as a replacement on the Bestop Supertop NX?

        • These Bestop Soft Top Quick Release Knuckles will work with the Bestop Supertop NX.

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        I have a 2014 Rubicon Unlimited X,how do I know if it has a bow assembly assist?

        • The Bestop Soft Top Quick Release Knuckles will not be compatible with 2014 + models with the bow assist assembly. This can be identified by the grey plastic oval shaped portions on the soft top bow.

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        Will these work on my 2014 jeep wrangler sport!? It says 97-17, but it also says it won't work with 2014 soft tops??

        • The Bestop Soft Top Quick Release Knuckles will not work with the 2014+ OEM soft tops with the factory soft top and Lift Assist Bow Assembly.

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        Will this work for a 2016 JKU?

        • Hello, yes, you can use this on your 2016 JKU.

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          Ratings Summary

          4.3 out of 5 overall rating from 28 customers

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          • June 07, 2019

            5 2018 Wrangler - EricM

            Good Quality

            So these seem to be very good quality and they look great. They function as well as they look. Hopefully they will last for years to come.

            Helpful (0)
          • October 02, 2018

            5 2000 Wrangler - Hayden Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            They fit perfectly and they are way faster to take off the top with

            Helpful (5)
          • September 11, 2018

            5 2008 Wrangler - CarlosD Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Top Saver

            Replaced my original top on my 2008 JK and went with the Bestop Replace-a-Top and new knuckles because the originals had broken. The quick release is a GREAT feature. Worth replacing!

            Helpful (5)
          • June 14, 2018

            4 2006 Wrangler - rich Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Good replacements

            Makes top removal easier - no need to find or carry around a torx driver.

            Helpful (6)
          • May 14, 2018

            1 2011 Wrangler - MatC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Waste of Money

            Had these on my '11 JKU for less than a week and they already broke. Should have spent the money on something a little more sturdy. You live and learn I guess.

            Helpful (7)
          • May 07, 2018

            2 2017 Rubicon - RC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            They are convenient and cosmetically nice, but they are made of plastic in a pivot area that can have a fair amount of stress applied during folding/unfolding. Lots of stories about these breaking, including mine. I'm amazed that metal aftermarket versions aren't more popular for the JK. I had aluminum ones on my TJ and they were well worth the extra money.

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          • April 23, 2018

            5 1998 Wrangler - EdwardC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            So far, so good.

            These weren't very difficult to install at all. They did go in a little tighter than the factory ones came out, but no real surprise. Drilling a pilot hole for the screws made it much easier the complete than just trying to screw them into the hard plastic. Will see how well they hold up.

            Helpful (6)
          • November 27, 2017

            5 2011 Wrangler - DavidP

            quick solution

            Very easy to use and install. Top is off in seconds.

            Helpful (7)
          • November 07, 2017

            5 2010 Wrangler - ZeroMPG Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Quick release knuckles

            Super easy install, my factory knuckle broke off inside the tube, I screwed a self tapper into it, pulled it out, and was rolling again in 5 minutes.

            Helpful (7)
          • August 03, 2017

            3 2005 Wrangler - TimW Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            OK product

            Follow directions to the letter and the quick releases rattled while driving. If the windows were down it went away. Turns out the soft top was hitting the quick release knobs unless air pressure ballooned the top outward. I took the top releases off and turned them 180° and all was good. Someone should have caught this issue by now.

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          • July 13, 2017

            3 2010 Wrangler - Western Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Jeep top

            Directions not clear. Says use self tapping screws. It doesn't say anything thing about predrilling hole. If you don't predrill they will split.

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          • June 13, 2017

            5 2005 Wrangler - CC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Quick release should read easy release!

            These are great easy to install and simple to use if you are replacing your top then you should replace the knuckles with these. You wont regret it.

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          • May 19, 2017

            1 2012 Wrangler - RyanL


            I installed the quick release knuckles easily. However I I took my soft top off one time and one of the knuckles snapped. Luckily I still had the stock pieces to put back on so I could put my soft top back on.

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          • May 19, 2017

            5 2015 Wrangler - SteveT Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Just what the doctor ordered

            Because of directions that came with the soft top that weren't too clear, I ended up breaking one of these knukles. Remove one screw, wiggle the old out, slip the new one in and install the screw. Done! Piece of cake. Having the right parts makes installing and removing the top easy , plus the peace of mind know you have to correct parts to keep everything in place. The quality and look of the pieces is excellent. Mine broke because I was stupid and tried to make it work before I realized I was installing it incorrectly. I may buy another set of these just for that someday when I need to replace them from wear and tear over the years, but I think they may out last the Jeep itself.

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          • May 19, 2017

            4 2012 Rubicon - DougS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Good product, worth the price.

            I've put these on all of my Jeeps! I have two dogs that demand the top be down at all times, but they don't like trying to jump in the back and ducking below the folded top....... this inexpensive fix solves the issue! They are easy to install, with minimal tools. The directions are basically non-existent, but it isn't rocket surgery, so most Jeepers can figger it out easily enough. The only advice I'd give is to make sure you index the quick release onto the bracket EXACTLY before locking it in place with the screw, even being rotated just a little makes re-installation of the bows much more challenging.

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          • April 06, 2017

            5 2008 Wrangler - DonaldT Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            This will help make putting the roof down so much easier than ever.

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          • August 25, 2016

            5 1999 Wrangler - Hester88 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Quick release

            They work great soft top to hard top in 10 minutes!

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          • August 27, 2015

            5 1998 - MIghtyMouse22 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Perfect topless accessories

            Arrived quicker than expected and was a breeze to install. It allows you go totally topless in less then a minute. Highly recommend to everyone that has a soft top.

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          • August 27, 2015

            5 2007 - Twotrac Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Quick fix for the factory ends

            after one of the nuts stripped on my factory end I was looking for something that I could remove my top easier with. Found these and decided what the heck. Super easy install and much faster and easier then unbolting the hex heads every time. I'd recommend them to anyone who frequently likes to remove the entire top on a regular basis.

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          • August 21, 2015

            4 2011 - treborsbbod Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Getting topless was never easier

            taking the soft top down and trying to fold it over neatly never worked for me. i wanted to get a boot to keep if from looking jacked up, but after seeing at these, i never looked back. just take the whole thing off! easy off, easy on. this might be the best 30 bucks i've spent.

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