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Old 06-19-2011, 03:04 PM   #1
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What are "quick release knuckles" ?

Read a post elsewhere about these. Anyone ever use them? where do they go? It sounded like they make it easier to fold and unfold the soft top.

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Old 06-19-2011, 07:55 PM   #2
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Yep, they are pull pins instead of removing 4 bolts on the top spreader bars.
There's this style, and ones that use a pin with a hair pin clip that you remove to pull the pin.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:03 AM   #3
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They make it easier to pull the top completely off the Jeep, nothing to do with how it folds down or goes back up.
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I switched to the 'pin' and post style...and have been disappointed. Lost one of the 'clips' already and was not easy to find a substitute. And if you don't have the 'slot' lined up perfectly with the stud on the roll bar it doesn't go in-and not much room to get in there and whack it!
Anyone have feedback on the 'pullpin' type InfernoGirl shows? Is the 'slot' wider than the 'pin and post' type to make it easier to line it up?
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They make it easier to pull the top completely off the Jeep, nothing to do with how it folds down or goes back up.
Absolutely correct. Saves you the hassles of finding a #30 torx wrench, allows you to totally remove the top with no tools. Which is convenient.

But that's it. Will not allow the top to fold or go back up quicker.

Absolutely NOT essential, especially if you only completely remove your top once or twice a year. Just a convenience. (but buy them anyway. I get a bonus )
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I switched to the 'pin' and post style...and have been disappointed. Lost one of the 'clips' already and was not easy to find a substitute. And if you don't have the 'slot' lined up perfectly with the stud on the roll bar it doesn't go in-and not much room to get in there and whack it!
Anyone have feedback on the 'pullpin' type InfernoGirl shows? Is the 'slot' wider than the 'pin and post' type to make it easier to line it up?
I actually had the exact set IG was talking about. LOL As Geoff from best top said-not that big of a deal if you take them off and on once a year. The ones I had were from Quadratec/billet aluminum or something-they were just "okay" waste of money (expensive) looked nice, but no one saw them, they were inside the Jeep, when the top is on/up.

As said before only help to remove whole top from Jeep.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:57 AM   #7
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Thanks for the continuing education, everyone! I will skip the knuckles!

I am a very petite 47 y.o. (5' 1", 115 lbs) so I have been trying to find the best way to be able to lower and raise the soft top by myself. Yesterday, I was practicing and kept telling my brother not to help...I have to figure this out because most times I will not have assistance and I want to be able to do this anytime and as much as the weather will allow. I have been inside the back seat, inside the cargo area, etc. Trying to get leverage to raise it. Haven't figured it out yet, but I will! I have mastered taking it down so I have made progress. I know it is a height thing cause I am strong for my size. Maybe I should store a fold up step stool in my jeep??? I've tried climbing onto the back tire. I feel like the best angle for leverage is standing on the back bumper with one foot in the cargo area but it is still really tough to get the top up high enough to reach the snap in brackets.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:16 AM   #8
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Thanks for the continuing education, everyone! I will skip the knuckles!

I am a very petite 47 y.o. (5' 1", 115 lbs) so I have been trying to find the best way to be able to lower and raise the soft top by myself. Yesterday, I was practicing and kept telling my brother not to help...I have to figure this out because most times I will not have assistance and I want to be able to do this anytime and as much as the weather will allow. I have been inside the back seat, inside the cargo area, etc. Trying to get leverage to raise it. Haven't figured it out yet, but I will! I have mastered taking it down so I have made progress. I know it is a height thing cause I am strong for my size. Maybe I should store a fold up step stool in my jeep??? I've tried climbing onto the back tire. I feel like the best angle for leverage is standing on the back bumper with one foot in the cargo area but it is still really tough to get the top up high enough to reach the snap in brackets.
When working on the upper portion of my Jeep I have found it easier to step/stand on top of the back tire as than I am working at chest height or lower-don't know if this will help-if I need to work more to the front of the jeep I stand on the step or door sill. I can step from one to the other using roll bar for balance.

I am not small just old fat and lazy.LOL

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Old 06-20-2011, 07:31 PM   #9
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I have been trying both and use these places for leverage when putting the top down. Will try again for raising the top, too. Thanks for your post.
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Justdoit2, I open my tailgate and step up on my hitch or bumper to raise and lower my top.
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Justdoit2, I open my tailgate and step up on my hitch or bumper to raise and lower my top.
NJeepChic - that is the way I think I get the best footing and leverage but I still can't seem to raise it. I am fairly strong, too. I think it might be where I am grabbing hold of the top. Do you know where you are grabbing it specifically? You may be taller than me, too (5'1").

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Old 06-21-2011, 03:36 PM   #12
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i have a yj but to put my top up i stand on the seat and lift the top over my head and to the windshield.hope that helps.
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NJeepChic - that is the way I think I get the best footing and leverage but I still can't seem to raise it. I am fairly strong, too. I think it might be where I am grabbing hold of the top. Do you know where you are grabbing it specifically? You may be taller than me, too (5'1").

Thanks for the post!
To lower my top I grab the cross members of the frame rail and slowly guide it down.

To raise the top again using cross members of the frame I push forward and actually get up under the top, this helps getting the Sunrider to latch back into place..thats a whole 'nother story!!

It takes practice and patience. You have way more top than I do!!

(I'm 5'5")
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I read a post that suggested pushing the entire top forward, (get the top of the rear window over the back seat). This does make it easy to get the windshield latches hooked. Then pull down on the back of the soft top to attach the sail panels.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:36 AM   #15
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To lower my top I grab the cross members of the frame rail and slowly guide it down.

To raise the top again using cross members of the frame I push forward and actually get up under the top, this helps getting the Sunrider to latch back into place..thats a whole 'nother story!!

It takes practice and patience. You have way more top than I do!!

(I'm 5'5")
I dd it!!! All by myself! your tips helped me a lot, NJ (and others, too!)!

I also put my back seats down so that when I was standing in the cargo area I could walk forward with the top in tow behind me and get it latched. (left arm pulling the top from behind me and right arm steering the right side in front of me). Just have to duck under the roll bar(which is easy when you are only 5'1"). The rest is easy. Thanks everyone! Whole process took about 15 minutes. I am a happy camper!
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I dd it!!! All by myself! your tips helped me a lot, NJ (and others, too!)!

I also put my back seats down so that when I was standing in the cargo area I could walk forward with the top in tow behind me and get it latched. (left arm pulling the top from behind me and right arm steering the right side in front of me). Just have to duck under the roll bar(which is easy when you are only 5'1"). The rest is easy. Thanks everyone! Whole process took about 15 minutes. I am a happy camper!


Congrats!!
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I dd it!!! All by myself! your tips helped me a lot, NJ (and others, too!)!

I also put my back seats down so that when I was standing in the cargo area I could walk forward with the top in tow behind me and get it latched. (left arm pulling the top from behind me and right arm steering the right side in front of me). Just have to duck under the roll bar(which is easy when you are only 5'1"). The rest is easy. Thanks everyone! Whole process took about 15 minutes. I am a happy camper!
I should clarify that was 15 mins to get the whole roof completely done... 2 minutes to get the top up on top and clicked.

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