Soft Top Bow Knuckles - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Wrangler Forums > TJ Wrangler Technical Forum > Soft Top Bow Knuckles

FS: 2007-2013 Jeep Wrangler "HALO" Angel Eye KitFlowmaster's Force II Axle-back exhaust system for the 201FS: Wranger BRIGHT License Plate LED! Just $3! Great value

Reply
Unread 03-12-2010, 06:51 AM   #1
Rynoman27
Registered User
1997 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Temperance
Posts: 264
Soft Top Bow Knuckles

Well i put on the soft top last night and those darn nuts in the knuckles were stripped so i drilled them out and did a little handywork and got it together.
But now my issue lies in the fact that the knuckles look like they are going to break, they seem to be supporting to much downward force and are kinda bending/binding up. Does this make sense to anyone? Kinda hard to explain, shoulda taken a picture.
But, if anyone knows what i can do to solve this problem let me know.

Rynoman27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-12-2010, 07:42 AM   #2
Neil F.
Registered User
2003 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Marlton, NJ
Posts: 2,598
Yes the plastic ones bend but off hand I have not seen any posst about them breaking. When I got my TJ a couple years ago, I also was concerned about mine looking bent and I got billet replacements (may not have needed to though). You can get them on ebay and other vendors on the web. Just do a search for the best price. I believe the low end is 35. Quardatec wants 49 or so.
Neil F. is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-12-2010, 07:44 AM   #3
Wheelin98TJ
JEEP FREAK
 
Wheelin98TJ's Avatar
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: , Southeast MI
Posts: 24,162
I know exactly what you are talking about and many other people will too.

Billet aluminum soft top bow ends will solve your problem.

Like these:

Amazon.com: Rampage Products 596001 Billet soft top quick disconnects for 97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ & Unlimited, set of 4: Automotive


Here is a pic of the problem you have with your bows:


soft-top-ends.jpg
Wheelin98TJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-12-2010, 08:21 AM   #4
mrblaine
Wizard of Brakes
 
mrblaine's Avatar
1999 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Quail Valley, California
Posts: 25,576
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wheelin98TJ View Post
I know exactly what you are talking about and many other people will too.

Billet aluminum soft top bow ends will solve your problem.

Like these:

Amazon.com: Rampage Products 596001 Billet soft top quick disconnects for 97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ & Unlimited, set of 4: Automotive


Here is a pic of the problem you have with your bows:


Attachment 108530
Rampage copies another product? Say it ain't so?

Sun Performance developed those in 98.
__________________
I am Savvy
blackmagicbrakes.com
mrblaine is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-12-2010, 08:28 AM   #5
Wheelin98TJ
JEEP FREAK
 
Wheelin98TJ's Avatar
1998 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: , Southeast MI
Posts: 24,162
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrblaine View Post
Rampage copies another product? Say it ain't so?

Sun Performance developed those in 98.
That is what I have are the Sun Performance ones. I've had them forever and they work great.

I didn't even realize I posted a link to a knock off.
Wheelin98TJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-12-2010, 10:19 AM   #6
2000TJDad
Registered User
2000 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 28
Just installed the billet aluminum knuckles on our 2000.

I think Rugged Ridge made them. One of our OEM plastic knuckles broke when removing the top for NTD. Its also amazing how much the plastic ones will bend as well. Some of the ones we removed really had a bow to them.

Happy with the new ones so far.
2000TJDad is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-12-2010, 10:48 AM   #7
Brew461
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: DA UP
Posts: 1,055
Huh. Not only does Jeepforum help me fix problems, it also alerts me to other problems that I didn't know I've had. My knuckles are crooked, I'd never noticed that before.
__________________
Mine: 03 TJ
Hers: 01 XJ
Brew461 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 03-12-2010, 11:36 AM   #8
Skyryder
Registered User
1997 TJ Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Helena, Montana
Posts: 1,022
My fix for the stripped bolts.





__________________
Skyryder
'97 Black TJ - 4 banger - 5 speed
Proud user of the "K.I.S.S." Principle.
Black Jeep Society #264
Skyryder is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Suggested Threads





Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.