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    Am I the only one that hasn't heard of quick release soft top knuckles?

    Stumbled across these amazing things today, seems like a no brainer, and I can't believe I haven't heard of these before:

    Bestop 51290-01 Black Quick-Release Bow Knuckle Set

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    Allows you to unclick the knuckles for the soft top and remove and install it in seconds - wow!

    Anyone have theses? Any issues or are they as awesome as they seem?

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    These have been around back in the TJ days. I never understood the real use of them until I started wanting to remove the entire soft top more often. I. Couldnt justify the price so I got these small pins that slid in the holes instead of the bolts. I think I needed to drill out the nut that was in the original bracket
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    Yep you are the only one.
    @DFT has em

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    Realized they are only good on JK tops prior to 2013 due to the spring assist thing.... $%$#%$!

    That's really a bummer. What a great feature.

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    I made my own for YJ and ,TJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrXshun View Post
    Realized they are only good on JK tops prior to 2013 due to the spring assist thing.... $%$#%$!

    That's really a bummer. What a great feature.
    Someone has to make something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrXshun View Post
    Realized they are only good on JK tops prior to 2013 due to the spring assist thing.... $%$#%$!

    That's really a bummer. What a great feature.
    Whatchu talkin about willis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFT View Post
    Whatchu talkin about willis?

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    Nm, you've got those fancy hinge pods at the c pillar. Yeah that's poop cuz these quick release knuckles are kicka$$.

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    Them's the facts!

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    Actually @MrXshun You can make your own I think. Buy some bolts with the same thread as what is used to secure those hinges to the c-pillar mounts. Just make sure they're 1/2 inch longer than stock or a bolt with a hex end for an allen key. If it's just a bolt, thread it in to the pod checking the length. You would want at least 1/2 inch of threaded bolt exposed beyond the c-pillar bracket then cut the bolt head off and drill a hole big enough for a quick release pin to be slid through. If you can get your hands on a bolt with the allen socket machined in the end, it would be cleaner and easier to assemble/disassemble.

    Just make sure that the quick release pin hole is just beyond the C-pillar bracket for a snug fit and minimize any movement between the pod bracket and c-pillar bracket.

    I hope this all makes sense. I'm going off of memory of helping @AirbusDoc add/remove his softtop in the fall. IIRC the hinge pod has two bolt holes which are used to secure the pods to the c-pillar bracket after you have attached them via the keyed slot on the c-pillar bracket.

    Quick release pin
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