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Bestop Quick Release Bow Knuckles (Black) - 51290-01


  • Bestop | Part Number: BST51290-01
  • Fitment:Direct Fit


Provides an easy bow stack removal, Nylon-reinforced and injected-molded construction. Perfect add on for a duel top Jeep. No tools required, just pull the pin and remove. No drill application.


Just what I needed

Quick deliverey on a small replacement part produced large dividends.

from Fort Campbell |
great addition to any soft top

These bow knuckles are great. Instructions will tell you all that is needed for installation is a phillips screwdriver. This is false. I recently installed these on my 2005 TJ. The old knuckles pulled right out. I required a mallet to pound the new knuckles into the bows. You will want to line up the positioning of the knuckle before you pound it into the bow. It's a very snug fit and not very easy to rotate. This is good because once all four knuckles are installed, just reattach the connection points to make sure everything lines up. Now you will need a power drill. The new screws included are not self tapping as described. There is no good way to install the sheet metal screws included into the hardened plastic with a screwdriver as depicted in the enclosed instructions. Simply drill a guide hole into the knuckle and drive the screws in with a phillips bit. Install is a breeze if you use a mallet and a drill. I could see someone having a very difficult time if they enter this project armed only with a phillips screwdriver. Install took me 10 minutes.

from Beaver County, PA |
Intalled easily with extra tools.

Extra tools needed! Channel lock pliers to remove old nuckles. Mallet to install new nuckles. (Align with channel lock pliers) Drill w/small bit for scew guide hole in new nuckle. Believe me..... You' ll need these!

from Ludlow, VT |
Great Improvement For Your Soft Top

These are a great product to add to your soft top. These new bow knuckles allow you to use your soft top in a manner that is easier than "stock" bow knuckles. They are easy to install and add flexibility to the function of your soft top. The only issue that I had is with the hardware that was supplied with the new bow knuckles. I did not use the supplied screws and opted for 1/4 self tapping screws instead. The ease of install was greatly improved by doing that step.

from Bemidji, MN |

Question & Answers

2 Answered questions

I need to install a soft top on my TJ however, I don't have the frame or hardware. Can you help me? 2003 Jeep Wrangler TJ manual transmission Inca Gold color 4" Skyjacker lift 35" Super Swamper Radial Snorkel Borla Exhaust/headers Bushwacker Fender Flares

Asked by Blond-Jovi from Louisville, KY on

Hi Blond-Jovi, This Bestop Quick Release Bow Knuckles in Black is not the kit to install your soft top, however we do have the correct bow assembly bars and hardware to attach a soft top. Here it is, thanks for your inquiry.

Answered by Jim G Ext 4806 from Louisville, KY on

Are these knuckles still secured with a screw into the aluminum softtop frame (you can't tell from the illustration) ?

Asked by from on

Yes they do. I just pulled a set from the warehouse to double check.

Answered by Jason L from on


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