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2011 Smart fortwo Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plates

(381 reviews)


Code:   BX1987

Retail:$445.00

Price:$394.99


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2011 Smart fortwo - Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your Smart fortwo. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.


Features:

  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for tow bar
  • Hidden reinforcement means that less of the bracket shows
    • No crossbar support beam or large, protruding brackets
  • Base plate tabs remove easily for a completely inconspicuous look
  • Sturdy, dependable design
    • Spreads towing force evenly to minimize weight placed on suspension
    • Constructed of durable steel
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Bolts securely to your Smart fortwo chassis
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug or bracket (sold separately)
  • Instructions and necessary hardware included
  • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars with the Roadmaster Tow Bar Adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5; sold separately)
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 17"
    • Fits Blue Ox Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars
  • Bracket height: 12-1/2"
  • 3-Year warranty


BX1987 Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Tabs



BX1987 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BX1987 Installation instructions


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1987

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (381 Customer Reviews)


This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.


- BX1987

by: Geodog01/28/2013


The instructions (#23) tell you to align the support bracket 1/4" from the bumper. When we drilled the holes we discovered that a nut could not be installed due too the lack of clearence with the frame rail end. This measurement should be 1/2". Other than this clearence problem the installation went fine. Very pleased with the Base Plate. 64285



- BX1987

by: Jim R.07/09/2015


Self installed. Instructions are clear but if you're going to install yourself - - read read read you will still go back to the instructions again and again. It's a good days job with a helper for a first timer. That said it's a fun project if you take your time. And you'll save a lot of money.. 210441



- BX1689

by: Rick & Debbie03/31/2013

2012 Chevy Equinox

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


First we want to rate etrailer service- it was excellent! Items arrived on time. The video on the web was very helpful & Blue Ox sent good instructions in the box. The installation went well, completed in 3 days. Couple of points on the instructions/install; On the bumper fascia you will have to do a LOT of trimming, and it's a matter of trying to get it back on, numerous times. Also once you finally get it trimmed to fit with base plate installed, snapping in the fascia is not easy, it's push & shove to get it back on. The only other issue is getting those hex nuts screwed into the bolts, there is very little room to work & you have to get the nut lined up EXACTLY before the screw will fit. We painted the one side of it white to see it through the drilled holes better, you will also need someone to hold a flashlight while the other person tries to get it bolted on. Then you have to be ready to put the locktite on before the nut slips out of place. Patience, patience, patience!!! Luckily my husband has lots of it - he read & reread the instructions before he started-had all his tools lined up & then went to it - I just kept my mouth shut & held the flashlight & helped him with the bumper fascia. He is out in the garage now installing the wiring harness. We had to wait to order the receiver hitch (10") until the base plate was installed & we could line it up with our RV & figure the difference (2012 Chevy Equinox). We live in Prescott AZ & hope to leave for a trip to the Grand Canyon & Santa Fe New Mexico in about a week. 73518


Comments

Hi Patrick - thanks for the follow up....we are very satisfied with theitems we purchased from etrailer.com

comment by: Rick - 04/03/2014


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- BX2232

by: Baluga Bob07/17/2015

2003 Honda CR-V

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Baseplate Installation: I called several RV and trailer hitch centers. Parts and installation ranged from $2,050 to $2,200! Yikes! I read many installation reviews that concerned me about installing this tow bar myself on my 2003 Honda CRV. One reviewer took over 7 hours; some gave up. Yet, some reviewer didn't have difficulties. I view eTrailer's install video on a 2003 Honda Element, similar to the CRV; didn't seem all that difficult, but it's what you don't see that can be the problem. Received the tow bar before the expected delivery date! Read the instruction; watch the video again, and said, what the heck. Before I started, I purchased a new, high-quality 13/32" bit, Locktite (red), and six push rivets from Honda (I figured I break a few, and I did, and some were missing). Working slowly and reading the instructions, I had the front end off in 45 min (Steps 1-4). Removed the metal bumper, drilled and set frame support bolts, and removed the bumper flange in an hour (Steps 5-8). I did grind smooth and primer the removed flange area (photo). My 86 y.o. father-in-law help me with the baseplate attachment. Took our time; did a dry fit to see how the receivers fit through the grill; drilled, set bolts, and safety cable; all in less than an hour (Steps 9-11). I stood back and couldn't believe it was installed; what did I miss? Nothing. Reassembled the front end. Didn't have to cut the grill. I am most pleased. 212462


Comments

Perfectly!

Rebecca O - 07/16/2016

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- BX2514

by: Christopher S.08/23/2015

Mazda Miata

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The Blue Ox base plate fit perfectly. It was not what I would consider an "easy" installation, as it was a bit difficult to gain access to the OEM tie down bolts that hold this base plate in position. I have years of experience with Miatas and as such, was familiar with the underbody panels that needed to be removed and/or loosened to get to the bolts. Not sure that a "newbie" would know just what and where to go with it all. Overall a fine product, already towed the Miata with this baseplate and a Blue Ox Adventurer tow bar. Smooth and safe towing. Happy with the purchase, the price, and the quick shipping. If or when I need additional towing equipment, etrailer.com will be at the top of my list. Only point that I have a bit of an issue with is: When I ordered up this base plate, the tow bar, and the Roadmaster lighting kit, and spoke with a customer service rep, I asked if there was ANYTHING else I needed to order to be ready to tow. I was told "No, you've got it all." That is not the case. The safety cables in the base plate package are NOT to hook up the towed vehicle to the towing vehicle, rather to connect the base plate to some frame members on the towed vehicle. That was not made clear to me at all. I had to go out and source some safety cables/chains in order to hook up and go. I could have easily added those to my original order and saved a bit of trouble right at the last minute. Not a huge issue luckily at the time, but an inconvenience just when I needed less of such. Not enough of an issue to really downgrade my experience with etrailer.com, but somebody there needs to make their sales people aware of what the bits and pieces in the packages are for. 221247



- BX2258

by: Tall Paul09/16/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product. Well designed and easy to install. Only difficulties during the installation are those plastic fasteners on vehicle-- suggest buying about six to have on hand for re-installation, as no matter how careful you are ...plastic is plastic, if you know what I mean. Very informative installation video that will assist anyone thinking of buying or installing this unit. If you're handy with tools, go for it! Note: I took the text from the video and created a simple instruction "list" for buddy and I to follow along, to be ensure we didn't miss any steps as pictures on actual instructions were not too useful. Also, the baseplate comes with a nice step bracket for easy break-away switch mounting, which was a plus. 225837


Comments

ETrailer customer service rocks!Thank you for the follow-up.To date, base plate was installed using your VERY helpful tutorials andvideo clips, which saved me cost of installation.No towing as of yet... baseplate was installed as pre-plan to pendingretirement.Thanks

Tall P - 09/21/2016

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- BX1119

by: Mike08/04/2016

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Easy installation. Great product 279815



- BX2258

by: Tall Paul09/16/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product. Well designed and easy to install. Only difficulties during the installation are those plastic fasteners on vehicle-- suggest buying about six to have on hand for re-installation, as no matter how careful you are ...plastic is plastic, if you know what I mean. Very informative installation video that will assist anyone thinking of buying or installing this unit. If you're handy with tools, go for it! Note: I took the text from the video and created a simple instruction "list" for buddy and I to follow along, to be ensure we didn't miss any steps as pictures on actual instructions were not too useful. 225836


Comments

ETrailer customer service rocks!Thank you for the follow-up.To date, base plate was installed using your VERY helpful tutorials andvideo clips, which saved me cost of installation.No towing as of yet... baseplate was installed as pre-plan to pendingretirement.Thanks

Tall P - 09/21/2016

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- BX2628

by: Jim C12/25/2014

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Videos did a great job of educating me for this install. Have done this before on a different car. Product and service could not have been better. 166917



- BX1126

by: Chuck S.05/26/2012

2012 Jeep Wrangler

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great base plate - -super service from etrailer. Couple of hints, at least for install on a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited: 1) the phillips push pins that hold the belly pan on come out best with a light touch on the driver. I buggered up 2 figuring that out. 2) the plate seems to be too narrow to fit, but with a rubber mallet and some persuasion, it will. 3) Use a corded drill for the holes into the frame. My 19.2 volt didn't have the grunt to get it done even with swapping out batteries repeatedly. 4) Directions don' t say anything about how to level the plate after the first (lower) bolt is in, but probably best to have it level or even slightly angled down or away from the grill (gives better clearance for the electric connection below the license plate frame). Wish the electrical connection had black spring return for the cover and the screws to mount it were black. Also wish Blue Ox didn't put a white part number label and the orange warning label on the FRONT, visible section of the plate. Why not the back? I installed it myself. Took half a day and 2 scraped knuckles, but not to tough of a job with the right tools. My third or fourth purchase from etrailer and all have been quick, reasonably priced, marked by good communication and respectful. Works for me! Thanks etrailer! 41767



- BX2726

by: PatD09/01/2015

Kia Soul

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I purchased the Blue Ox tow plate and tow bar....a friend installed the tow plate and said he was impressed. I used it twice now and seems to work great and no issues. Nice one man operation. The light kit had no instructions for the KIA Soul that I purchased it for so I sent that back. I'm not sure why it stated it was for it and had instructions or call an 800 number neither of which were correct. I like the removable tubes. I wish the tow bar had come with a cover. I've seen some covered and it looks like it protects the bat while still attached to the tow vehicle. 223345


Comments

Great! A mechanic friend installed quickly and said it wasnt too bad and it works fantastic.

Patrick P - 09/01/2016

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- BX3613

by: Keith C.09/14/2015

Subaru

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great base plate, real solid construction, thick powder coat, and all aligned well. Biggest pain to expect at install is all the plastic pop-rivets on the Subaru front bumper. The alignment and hardware was all perfect otherwise. And best of all, you can barely see the connections inside the bumper with the attachment pins removed. Great product. 225392


Comments

Thanks for reaching out. We ended up selling the car, but the base plate worked perfect for us. I really like how the car towed, just did like how it drove !We are considering our next options, so we will definitely be back with etrailer to get our next plates and tow wiring.Thanks.

Keith C - 09/14/2016

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- BX1128

by: wayne l.09/12/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


installation on a 2011 jeep grand cherokee wasnt too bad. the instructions should have included a note on removal of the front fascia wheel well bolt clip. you have to pry the fascia over the bolt clip. it will not just pull off. i used a 90 degree drill attachment to drill the upper frame mounting plates. my jeep had the tow hooks from the factory. the base plates fit well. i had to trim the "opening" very little where the base plates come through the fascia. great customer support from bob and carla 99609


Comments

just used the base plates and tow bar about 2 weeks ago. jeep cherokee pulled great, no sway or problems

wayne l - 09/15/2014

6845

- BX2246

by: Dan Gentry10/29/2012

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


This installation obviously was not a Bolt in Ready unit, but still installed with little difficulty. The biggest obstacle was trying to figure out exactly how much to cut and where, then figure out exactly where to Base plate was to go for proper hole drilling. The illustration was less than adequate, however through process of elimnination it is on. 58299


Comments

It is still working great and I am confident I will many years of use from it. I have used etrailer for my towing needs ffor over 10 years and it has always been a good experience. I intend to use etrailer in the future.

dan g - 04/29/2014

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- BX1307

by: Paul K07/30/2016

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I want to let you all know that I’m not a happy camper. After much pushing, cutting, pushing & swearing, I finally got all the screws and pushpins back in place. I expected a better fit considering how much this baseplate cost. In reassembling, the front clip was distorted enough that parts of it popped apart and I had to drill into the bumper & add some screws to get it to look normal. Then the lower drivers side black grill popped in and there is no way to get the clips to hold it in place. If this were properly designed it would have fit better. I have no idea how long before some of those fasteners will last on our nasty highways but I guess stitching it back together forever will keep me occupied. I’m not just a weekend mechanic. I’ve worked for an auto dealership, rebuilt engine & transmissions, etc. This project took me & a helper almost 8 hours to complete with no helpful feedback from BlueOx despite several phone conversations Will it work to to my Mini? Yes, but be aware that cosmetically your Mini will never be the same. 277775



- BX1118

by: Art01/23/2014

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I received my order a day earlier than expected. Customer Service was great and they have fast shipping. The part fit just as described. I will update with pictures when I have the RV and Jeep hooked up and ready to tow. 114589


Comments

The Base Plate is working perfect on my 97 Jeep Wrangler TJ. We have used it a lot and getting ready to use it again in a few days.....heading South!!! Im glad I bought something I could trust and not just a cheaper off brand model. Blue Ox is Great quality and a good solid fit and Im still a Happy Camper!!! 5 Stars again!!!

Art - 01/23/2015

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- BX2639

by: Matt D.08/11/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Received the base plate from you in record time (helped prepare for trip). INSTALLED IT TODAY AND EVERYTHING WENT GREAT! 94450


Comments

Everything is working perfectly. Fast shipping and ease of installation with provided instructs was great.

Matt D - 08/11/2014

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Comments

did you install it yourself. How long did it take.What did you did you do for wiring harness

comment by: john - 10/01/2014


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Comments

I installed myself good instructions except for horn remou ting. Took about 5-6 hours total. Ran wire harness under car to back then up to tail lights where I installed separate bulbs with sockets from auto parts store. MattD

comment by: Matt D - 10/02/2014


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- BX1721

by: Floyd J.07/07/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The instruction are not exactly correct for the 2015 GMC Canyon. Step 6 shows two 10 mm bold to be loosened on the Chevrolet. These are not visible on the Canyon. I was still able to remove the facia without loosening them. When it came time to reinstall the facia, I had to separate the chrome grill from the painted facia to access the two screws to loosen them. I installed the painted facia first so I could tighten the two 10 mm screw and then snapped in the chrome grill 210020


Comments

I had no problems. With base plate.

Floyd J - 07/06/2016

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- BX1648

by: Albert C.07/02/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Received your product in good timing. I have it installed as the installation was not difficult. Will be using it during my vacation which is a trek across our province. 208904


Comments

This is our second year to use your product. Just got back from a three weekvacation and used your product and find it excellent. We passed informationalong to many friends we met during that time and gave them the name of yourcompany. Thank you for the excellent service and look forward to many yearsof using the tow package

Albert C - 08/23/2016

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- BX2630

by: road ranger09/11/2014

2014 Ford F-150

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


installed on 2014 f-150 king ranch. it took about 1 full day to complete. the hardest part is getting a drill in position to drill the required 8, 1/2 inch holes. (angle drill works best) I think the unit is over built considering each side is bolted on with 7, 1/2 inch diameter bolts. instructions aren't the best I've ever seen but if you study them you can get the job done. VERY HAPPY WITH THE SERVICE FROM etrailer.com 150666


Comments

works great. towed the truck several times with no problems

road r - 09/12/2015

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- BX1976

by: Vince L03/04/2015

2010 Jeep

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Rock solid hitch. I was impressed with its heaviness and structure. I agree it is surprisingly easy to install and should take 20 minutes after getting it out of the box and all the tools ready. Although I did it by myself, it really is a two person job since one needs to hold it in place while the other puts in the bolts. The color pictures made it a no-brainer as far as instructions go --- very nice touch that I wish other companies would do. Unfortunately, I ran into a big problem that I hadn't expected and everyone should anticipate. It added two hours to the job. After years of being exposed to the elements, the threaded bolt holes in my 2010 Jeep frame were very rusty. After using PB Blaster and a tiny wire brush, I was finally able to install the bolts with a whole lot of brute force and a 4' breaker bar! Of course, this does not reflect on the product in any way...it's really an impressive piece of hardware. By the way, no one beat etrailer's price. 176917



- BX1126

by: Steve S.05/24/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


received the plate installed it in less than three hours, have yet to hook it up though. Great , fast shipping! The only issue were the cheap plastic push pins on the shield of the Jeep. 81899


Comments

8000 miles and still tight! When we get there rest assured the frame will make it!

Steve S - 05/24/2014

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- BX1126

by: Cecil Clark11/25/2015

2013 Jeep Wrangler Unltd

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Etrailer had the right base plate for my 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the video was wonderfully helpful. Took about 3-4 hours but I was taking my time to be accurate. Cutting the belly pan is "high pucker" but measure twice cut once. I used a Dremel tool to cut and drew my cut lines on masking tape. 232541



- BX1710

by: Howard L12/22/2013

2008 Chevy Silverado

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The base plate installation was easy to install after getting everything removed that is necessary to get the existing tow hooks removed. I had a similar base plate on a 2008 Silverado that I had also installed so was almost the same. The photos in the Installation booklet could be a bit more clear. Had a hard time making out some of the details there so wnet to the Blue Ox website and opened the Instalation PDF there and photos were easier to see. Overall was what I was expecting and very satisfied 110844



- BX2233

by: Michael03/10/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Excellent, high-quality product, good instructions. Shipped fast. Had to trim and massage during the install a bit more than expected to get everything to fit back together, but end result was fine. Approx 4 hrs for install, with average mechanical ability. A helper makes the install MUCH easier. 69843



- BX1122

by: Robert L08/17/2016

2007 Jeep Liberty

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I am very pleased with the service, shipping and product quality of my recent purchase...a "Blue Ox" baseplate for out 2007 Jeep Liberty. The online installation video was instrumental in my self installation...it was much easier than I could have imagined. Final results look great and no doubt saved $$$$ doing it myself. As this will be towed behind our motorhome, I also purchased and installed the tow wiring harness. Again, the installation video made this very easy. Customer service was very helpful in making sure I ordered the correct products for our Jeep. Everything was shipped out the same day. From order to install took only 4 days. I would highly recommend eTrailer! 284853



- BX2802

by: Rex08/20/2014

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Delivered quickly. Very easy to install, replaces factory sub-bumper, and honestly about 3 times more rugged. spacers shown in picture are already there behind factory bumper. A lift or ramps are helpful, as car is very low to the ground. took about 1 1/2 hours total. Hint: after removing nose, remove grill separately if possible, then after installation, you can replace nose totally, then get better idea where to trim grill and snap it into place 147716



- BX2639

by: Reggie08/29/2016

2016 Ford C-Max

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I am happy with the quality of the base plate kit. Once installed, it is hardly noticeable. This is my second install of a Blue Ox base plate. This one on a Ford C-max and the last on a Saturn Vue. I did the install myself on both. The Saturn Vue was a much more complex install, but was better documented. I found that the detailed instructions assumed that you knew more about the vehicle than I did, which resulted in some difficulty in removing the front fascia. Also found that instructions to trim some plastic parts to refit the windshield washer tank would have resulted in removing the top support of that tank. Also, relocating the horn was difficult as it appears the 2016 horn is different than previous years. Other that that, I would still rate this as a moderately difficult install that a 'home' mechanic could do in a day. 288790



- BX1110

by: Gale S.07/12/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I am absolutely happy with the quick order response and quick delivery of this base plate kit. The base plate and hardware show excellent quality and workmanship. I'm pleased! 89232


Comments

The base plate has preformed flawlessly, we towed our Jeep Cherokee about 11,500 miles during a 5 month trip we experienced one Emergency Stop without a problem.

Gale S - 07/16/2014

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- BX1126

by: Alan B.12/30/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


My third Blue Ox Base Plate. Fit and function are perfect. Fits my existing (first) tow bar and the tab height is nearly exactly the same as my 12 year older Jeep so didn't even need to make any draw bar changes. 111481


Comments

Still attached and working perfectly. Continues to survive some rather intense back country trails with no complaints.

Alan B - 12/30/2014

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- BX1721

by: James A.06/01/2016

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I believe I found a really good deal with this company. What I liked best was how user-friendly the site was in narrowing down the parts that I needed. It was like the items were "tailored" for my vehicle. The FAQ was instrumental in showing me what I needed to purchase for my Motorhome to be able to flat tow my 2016 GMC truck. Their prices were competitive. Everything came as ordered. One suggestion is to give the customer a time-line that is a little more specific as to the time it actually takes to gather the parts and leaves for shipment rather than sending a general, vague initial email that order was going to the warehouse. That said, I was pleasantly surprised to receive the shipment in less time than expected. I would highly recommend this vendor, as they were referred to me by a friend. Thanks Etrailer! 255310



- BX1136

by: Ervin04/28/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product it needed to be modified as it was in the video. I hope they will correct that. That took some time to do the Mod. After MOD it fits nice and looks good also. 188661


Comments

This product is awesome and very well made. Etrailer is the best to deal with and they have the the best advice for most applications. Thank you

Ervin - 04/27/2016

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- BX2238

by: Wally B.02/18/2016

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Installation was pretty easy, I took my time, 5hrs, that includes going to the store to buy #8 bolts and nuts for them. I installed this base plate on a 2006 honda crv AWD and I saw no need for the nuts that they supply with the 14" wire attached to them. I just used regular nuts, the access to the nuts was not that bad and did not slow me down. If I had to do it again I could probably do it in 2hrs or so. 238049



- BX1636

by: Paul B05/14/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The base plate fit perfectly,however the instructions were a little ambigious(remove the bolt from the front tire?). Everything went well and overall I am very happy with the base plate. 192947


Comments

Awesome! I love the fact that it does not protrude out from the grill. Not too difficult to install and works flawlessly!

Paul B - 05/27/2016

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- BX1689

by: Chris H11/25/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


This baseplate is very well made and sturdy. I would rate it excellent but for 2 flaws: 1. My vehicle has a power steering cooler which the instructions say to relocate on the supplied brackets. Relocating as instructed puts excessive strain on the connecting hoses. I had to cut the pipes and add about 3 inches of rubber hose to the power steering cooler to make it fit comfortably. 2. Blue Ox do not provide any kind of support outside office hours. This type of product is typically installed by the user over a weekend and BO should provide support to their customers during this time. Overall, I would rate ease of install at 5 (out of 10) excluding the cooler issue. Hook up to the completed baseplate is a breeze. We have the Aventa II towbar which takes about 2 minutes to connect. 108372



- BX3619

by: Kevin Dullea06/29/2016

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The install went great, I have all the tools and expertise from past experience. Instructions were great. Didn't have to trim the shroud at all. Took about two hours. Can't wait to hour the road! 266170



- BX1656

by: Bryan S.05/17/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Installation was quick and very simple, the directions were very clear - it took me less than an hour and 1/2. The best part is that it's hardly even noticeable. 193820


Comments

Everything is working as it should, we are very happy with our Blue Ox Base Plate purchase. Its actually the 3rd different vehicles.

Bryan S - 06/17/2016

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- BX2335

by: Ron F.11/05/2013

2013 Hyundai Accent

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


We installed the base plate on our 2013 Hyundai Accent. It was reasonably easy, with good instructions. But we have a very well equipped garage with a lift and good tools so, even though we are not professionals, we are advanced amateurs and that made it relatively easy. The only problem was that the wires on the nut plates are too thick. You can hold the nuts with your finger but it was hard to hold them at right-angles to the fixing bolts to get them started. A bit of bending and adjusting was necessary. We took about 4 hours for the installation with time out for lunch. 106409



- BX1689

by: Gary04/18/2013

Chevy Equinox

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Received base plates in great condition and all the hardware intact. I previously installed base plates on my Ford escape in approx 4 hrs. It took me 8 hrs to inst on the chevy equinox much more involved. T he instructions where to the t. I will be using it to tow behind our motorcoach. I would not recommend the average Joe blow to try installing these which was stated on the box and inst.On page 6 of inst it stated fig 11A and 11B which should read 12A and 12B. The product works as advertised and I recommmend it to those in need. 76763



- BX2726

by: Ed A.07/12/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Good product at a good price. I needed about six to seven hours to installit, but I saved over $1,000. The best part of the experience was the service from e-trailer folks, like Tori B. 211241


Comments

After a year and @ 4000 miles, still five stars.

Ed A - 07/20/2016

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- BX1656

by: Tom McFry07/30/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great service, VERY polite people to deal with. Received everything exactly as described. Tom McFry 215454


Comments

Not too often that I can say that the a product has exceeded my expectations!!! Blue Ox and etrailer are worthy of my repeat business.

Tommie M - 07/29/2016

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- BX2635

by: Harlow L07/18/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Have used Blue Ox tow bar and base plates for 6 years. Good service from bot Blue Ox and etrailer.com. 90196


Comments

The base plate has now been over 15K miles and still good. The tow bar had over 45K miles on it and had to be replaced this year.

Harlow L - 01/16/2015

8646



- BX2253

by: Joe O 04/08/2016

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The good folks at eTrailer really help me understand what I needed to tow my 2010 Honda Fit behind our class motor home we purchased the summer before. being able to ask questions and review like FAQs from other customers assisted in insuring I ordered everything I needed to do the installation and get on the road. Installation instructions and videos were right on the mark and made my installation very easy to do myself. I have other items that I will want to add to my "toad" down the road, and I all ready know that eTrailer carries the items I need when the time come. Thank you for make what could have been an over whelming task into a planned installation project with support just a phone call or web page away! 243466



- BX2639

by: Earl D.06/02/2014

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


While the product was good, the installation manual needs to be updated and cover each step better. The put together after installation was weak. 133808


Comments

The product has performed as advertised Great!

Earl D - 06/02/2015

12259



- BX3783

by: Mike M.08/25/2016

Toyota Yaris

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Base plate is well built and fit like a glove, the removable arms save your shins and when removed you hardly notice it has the base plate. Instructions were good but I suggest taking a picture before disassembly to make assembly of body parts a little easier. Glad I found etrailer.com. 287367



- BX1126

by: Dennis W09/26/2011

Jeep Wrangler

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Installation on the Jeep Wrangler was very easy. All the directions were clear and accurate. I Remove the valance under the bumper, disconnect the Fog Lights, remove the 8 bolts under the bumper, and remove the front bumper. I used a 4' board and a floor jack to balance and lift the base place. the base plate was a very snug fit and need a little tap with a mallet to align and level. The Nuts with long wires welded to them were great in easing the installation. I spent more time looking for a 17/32 drill bit which I could not find that anything. A 1/2" worked find. The only help I need was marking the valance, I aligned and held in place while my wife mark both sides. 24574



- BX1118

by: Howard R09/03/2014

2002 Jeep Wrangler

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Perfect fit for my 02 Wrangler. A bit tricky getting the nuts into the frame after drilling the holes in the frame..More detailed instruction would be helpful. 149874


Comments

Still working great..

Howard R - 09/08/2015

14791



- BX1676

by: Ronald S.07/16/2014

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


great product,easy to install and looks great after installed on vehicle 141668


Comments

great product, easy to use and set up,would recomend this product to everyone with a tow vehicle.

Ronald S - 07/16/2015

13365



- BX1722

by: Darrell D.08/31/2015

Chevy Spark

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Ordered products on Monday and received on Thursday, installed on Friday. Excellent kit for Chevy Spark which fit without any problems. 223168


Comments

Still towing strong. No problems

Darrell D - 08/30/2016

20671



- BX1128

by: Chuck05/28/2015

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


This product is great but the instruction were lacking greatly. If it were not for youtube videos I may still be struggling to finish this job. After learning some tricks with the videos it took me 3 1/2 hours start to finish on my 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland. I am not a professional installer (first timer) but I am not a novice when it comes to autos and trucks by any means. I found this to be moderately difficult and not for the novice. The only negetive product comment I have is the need to trim the tow hook of the bumper cover for what could have been made to center in the opening without a need to cut the openings on one side. Sorry no pics. 198361

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  • Recommend Base Plate and Tow Bar For 2010 Smart For Two
  • For your 2010 Smart For Two, we have the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit, part # 52285-1, and the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, part # BX1987. Both the Roadmaster and Blue Ox base plate kits feature removable drawbars, so that the base plate kit is less visible when you are not towing the vehicle. Both the Roadmaster and Blue Ox base plate kit would be a good option for your 2010 Smart Car. In addition to a base plate kit, you will need a tow bar, safety cables, wiring or lighting, and a supplemental...
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  • Which Base Plate Installs Easily on a 2013 Smart ForTwo, Blue Ox # BX1987 or Roadmaster # 52285-1
  • Blue Ox rates the installation difficulty for their 2013 Smart ForTwo base plates, part # BX1987, such that an experienced professional installer will typically need 4 hours to complete the install. (First-time installers will usually take significantly longer to complete the process.) The installation of this product requires removal of the front bumper fascia, some trimming of the bumper and air dam and some drilling. The Roadmaster # 52285-1, Base Plates for the 2013 Smart fortwo,...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2009 Smart fortwo Passion
  • The first thing you will want to do is consult the vehicle owners manual to determine the proper towing procedure of the vehicle. From the research I did, the car should be flat towable as is but you will still want to confirm by checking the owners manual. For the 2009 Smart fortwo Passion model, there are 2 base plate options. Either kit fits all models of the Smart fortwo so that would include Passion models. First is the Roadmaster EZ kit, # 52285-1. And then we have the Blue Ox...
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  • Recommend Tow Bar To Flat-Tow My 2008 Smart Fortwo
  • The Blue Ox Aladdin Tow Bar, part # BX4325, actually has the lowest weight capacity of all the tow bars we have available. I can see how size of the tow bar could be a concern, but the tow bar only weighs 37 lbs and remains stored on the hitch of your RV when you are not towing. Another great feature about this tow bar is that it is non-binding, which allows for easier hookup and disconnecting. In addition to a tow bar, you will need a base plate kit, safety cables, wiring or lighting,...
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  • Base Plates, Tow Bar and Accessories to Flat Tow 2009 Smart ForTwo Passion
  • According to Blue Ox, there will be trimming and drilling required to install the Blue Ox base plate kit # BX1987 on your 2009 Smart fortwo Passion. Your ability to install the base plates will depend on your mechanical ability. Blue Ox rates the difficulty of install as a 4 out of 10. I will send you a copy of the install instructions in a separate email. You can examine them to see if the install is something you would feel comfortable taking on. I would recommend the Blue Ox Aventa...
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  • Approximate Installation Time for Blue Ox # BX1987 Base Plate Kit for 2010 Smart Car
  • According to Blue Ox, the BX1987 base plate kit for a Smart Car has an install rating of 4. This means that it will take a trained professional who has completed an installation of this type in the past approximately 4 hours to complete the installation.
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  • Grille Cut-Out Installation Instructions For BlueOx Baseplate # BX1987 On a 2012 Smart twofor
  • Yes, you will have to cut holes in your grille to make the baseplate extend out. My contact at Blue Ox told me that the way this is to be done is to hold the grille up to the area where the baseplates attach and mark the dimensions on the grille with a washable white paint and cut out from there. You will want to start off small and tweak from there so you do not over-cut. Blue Ox does not have a measurement specific diagram at this time.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2012 Smart fortwo Behind a Toyota Tacoma
  • To flat tow your 2012 Smart fortwo behind your Toyota Tacoma you will need base plates, a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. First, for base plates I recommend the Blue Ox model # BX1987 because they are generally easier to install and cost a little less than the competition. For a compatible tow bar there are a couple of ways to approach it. You could go with a tow bar that costs a little more and end up saving money on the braking system or you...
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  • Smart Fortwo Diesel 2011 Passion Towbar and Flat Towing Accessories
  • The Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar, part # BX7365 would be an excellent choice. The Alpha features a swiveling base that makes hooking up easy, even on uneven terrain. You would also need the # BX1987 base plate kit that is specifically designed for your Smart Fortwo. The # BX88133 adapter you mentioned would not be needed with the Alpha Tow bar and the # BX1987 base plate. In addition, you will also need to wire the vehicle so that the lights work in tandem with the taillights of the motorhome....
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  • Is a Spacer Plate Needed to Install Blue Ox Base Plate Kit on a 2015 Smart fortwo
  • I spoke with my contact at Blue Ox and she informed me that when they performed step 23 of the attached install instructions they ended up using a spacer plate when clamping the frame but that it is not a required step so it's not included with the kit. You would not need to use a spacer plate. She also informed me that this kit will work just fine on your 2015 Smart fortwo that does not have fog lights.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2015 Smart Fortwo Pure
  • All of the parts you mentioned are compatible for your 2015 Smart fortwo. Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar - Motor Home Mount - 6,500 lbs - BX7365 Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1987 Blue Ox AutoStop Supplemental Braking System w/ Breakaway - Alpha and Aladdin - Proportional - 7.5K - BX8893-3050 Blue Ox Tow Bar Wiring Kit - 4 Diodes - BX8848 I am not a huge fan of the AutoStop braking systems so I would recommend you go with a Blue OX Patriot part # BRK2012 instead. The easiest...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2008 Smart fortwo
  • Yes, the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1987 that you referenced is compatible with the Blue Ox Aventa Tow Bar part # BX7445. There's nothing wrong with having more capacity than you need so this tow bar should work well for you. There are several other components need to complete a flat towing setup. The Aventa comes with safety cables, you will need a lighting option though. For that I would recommend the Hopkins Universal Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles # HM55999. I attached...
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  • Tow Bar Base Plate Attachment Tab Assembly for Blue Ox # BX1987 Base Plate Kit on 2012 Smart ForTwo
  • Actually, Blue Ox carries four different lengths of Replacement Tow Bar Attachment Tab Assemblies. The reason for this is that the sockets that the tabs insert into are recessed past the front bumper of the vehicle at different distances depending on the vehicle. According to Blue Ox, the easiest way to determine the correct replacement is by providing the year, make and model of the vehicle that the tow bar is installed on. The list of which vehicle takes which Attachment Tab would...
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