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This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your Chevrolet HHR. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.
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Video of Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms
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Today in our 2011 Chevrolet HHR, we are going to be taking a look at, and also showing you how to install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms. Part number is the BX1692. Alright, here is what our base plate kit is going to look like installed; you can see we have got our removable arms in place here. It is a really clean look; most of it is hidden up behind the fascia area of the vehicle. To remove our arms, we will just pull out on the pin, rotate them, and slide them out. Then we have got protective caps that are going to slide in there, and keep the dirt and debris and stuff out of there.
As you can see, when removed, you are not going to see it. It is not going to be terribly noticeable, especially at a higher vantage point; it really hides nicely right under the bumper. There is no need for trimming the fascia to make room for it or anything, so it is a really nice system that is going to go in place, and allow us to carry our towed vehicles behind us safely. Our base plate comes with an attachment tab for our breakaway; the breakaway is going to come with your braking system. You can see an attachment point here and here: this is going to be for a 6-hole wiring, 4-hole wiring, whatever we have going on there. Then, we have got tabs that are going to come out here on the side: this is going to allow for easy attachment of our safety chains between our towed and our towing vehicle.
Having our tow bar setup properly is going to help take some of the weight off that front suspension as we haul down the road. You have the reinforcement bar that is going to go across the front between our two arms: that is going to give us good support, so as we pull we are not squeezing in on the front of our vehicle frame here. It is constructed using a heavy duty steel, offers a black powder coat finish, so we should not have to worry about rust and corrosion for a long time. To begin our installation, we are going to have two bolts located right here inside the lip, just inside from out headlight. We will need a 7 millimeter socket here, and we want to get them removed on both sides. We want to hang on to these, because we will be replacing them later.
Now, we are going to move into our wheel well area. We have got two push fasteners, these are like put Christmas tree fasteners we are going to go out. Right up here above, is another 7 millimeter headed bolt. Now we are going to do that over on the passenger side. Now we are going to come just in front of our tire, and we have got two more of those push fasteners here that we will need to remove: one here, and one here.
Alright, let's do that on our passenger side. Now, with an extra set of hands, we are going to start pulling from the corner here where our fascia meets our vendor. Just kind of pull down and out on it, you can will see our clips are going to start separating here. Come over here around the headlight housing, and we will have the same style clips. Now we just want to gently pull out a little bit, and we need to look here at our lights on the corner; there is going to be a little fastener here, we are going to get that unplugged. Also, here in the middle, we're going to have a temperature sensor; we are going to get that separated. Now we are ready to put our facial over out of the way and somewhere safe. Now we are ready to put our fascia over somewhere out of the way and safe. Now we are ready to the bumper beam out of the way, or the bumper brace here. 13 millimeter socket is what we are going to need, and we have got one, two, and three bolts on each side here to pull out. I'm just going to leave one loosely started there, so it will support this side while we take the bolts out of the other side. Then we can put this guy aside. Now, we want to bring our base plate in now, get it positioned. We want to bring it below the bumper supports there, and then we will raise it up. It is a good idea to have yourself an extra set of hands, so they can hold this in position for you while you get it clamped in place, and also get the side plates put in. The plate's going to go right down in our gap here, just like that - we want to put one on each side. Make sure we have got our holes aligned there, and now we are going to use a couple of clamps to just clamp that base plate into position. It is not terribly heavy, so we are not going to be holding up six hundred pounds or anything, you just want to have enough pressure on there to keep it in place. Now you will see here on the bottom of our base plate, we are here on the driver side, there is going to be two holes: one here, one here. Those are going to act as our lower attachment point on each side of the vehicle. We need to drill those out, but as you can see, the smalls panel is in the way a little bit. It is just a couple of push pin fasteners and one screw, so I am going to take this out on both sides. While that is not in the instructions, I feel like it will make our job a little bit easier here. We got our 7 millimeter screw there; with these, you just want to pull that center core out. Once we have got that out, the fastener will come with it. As you can see, that is already going to give us some wiggle room here. I have got one more of those push pin fasteners right up here, and then right in behind this panel. Then you see, that will give us some room, kind of flex it out of the way to get to those hole locations. Now, we went to grab our 13/32 drill bit, and we can get those taken care of. Now with our holes drilled out, it is time to grab one of our nut plates, you can see it is in a wire. I am going to feed that right up in the lower hole here, and I want to move that back so it is in-line, right above the hole that we have created here. On all the bolts and hardware that we put in, we are going to be using red Loctite, so be sure to have that. We will just get that aligned, and we are going to thread it in. Let's do the same thing for our other hole location there. Now you see we put bends in our wire, and what I do is I just kind of hold my nut plate up there, and I see where my opening is. I want my bend to be pretty close to that opening; that is going to allow me to get it up in, and place it over top. I always like to start with some level, like that. I usually put a bend down here in the bottom, just to give me something to hold onto. Then, that needs to go right up in the same spot there. Alright, now we are ready to get our bolts snug down; we will need a 9/16. Once we have got those snug, we will want to look in our instructions, find our torque specifications, and it torque them down appropriately. Now, what I like to do is grab my excess here with a pair of pliers, I am just going to push up and down on it. If we flex it enough, it will break and come out. Just like that. You can also tuck them up inside the frame, or you can cut them off, but that might promote rattling down the road. Now, we are going to get our three holes drilled on the inside section here, and we are going to be using a 13/32 drill bit. This one is going to be fairly straightforward to get to, the other two we are going to have to use a longer drill bit of the same size, and kind of drill in on an angle, so you want to keep that in mind. Alright, now with all of our holes drilled out, it is time for us to get our nut plates installed on here. Alright, now with them all started, we are going to snug them down, and then get these torqued as well. Now we will head to the passenger side, and do the same thing there. At this point with the fascia still off of the vehicle, it is an excellent time to get anything mounted that you are going to need for your braking system. In our case, we are going to be using a breakaway switch; we have got a monitor wire that we are going to be running out of the front, just so when we get our fascia back on, it is already going to be in place. Alright, now it is time to get our permanent safety cables installed. These are going to go up and around the main portion of our frame here. See, we are going to run it straight up. We want to make sure that we are not pinching any delicate wires, like over here is our horn; we certainly do not want it to interfere there, cause any issues there. Remember, this panel is going to be fit up right into this area, so we want it to have room there. Now, we want to take a click link, put it down through our attachment point there, and we will start threading it up. Now we just want to ensure that we are not going to have any issues with rubbing, or anything like that here in the area of that hose. We will get it zip-tied down here at the bottom, and then also up to this bracket up here. Alright, that should keep it pulled back out of the way, but still have a really good attachment for you. Now as we put this panel back up, of course we are going to have a little bit of interference here where that cable is. We can just snip out an area with a utility knife there to cut off that tab. Slide our panel back up into place, slide in our fastener. Then, we can just re-secure this with the attachment points we removed earlier. Now, we are ready to get our bumper put back into the position. I just like to get one bolt started on each side, hold it in place, and then we will get the rest of them in. Let's snug these down; that will keep it from coming off or coming out of position, and we can get these started. Alright, and we will just grab our 13 millimeter, get it in place for these; you will need an extension, 3 or 6 inch will work fine. Now, we can grab our breakaway switch bracket; we are going to mount this in here pretty close to our wiring so it is pretty easy to get to. I am going to go right about this area; we can use the provided self-tapping screw to get it secured. I am going to use this bracket so it steps towards the rear of the vehicle. We are going to be mounting bracket kind of in this area, so let's just mark that out. We use a center punch to get a nice area there for us to drill in. Now, we will just take a small drill bit and make a pilot hole there, make it easier for our self-tapper to go through. Alright, that will give us a nice secure spot to mount it. Alright, now we are ready to test fist the fascia here; let's just hold it up in position, kind of get an eyeball on everything. Take a look under here: looks like everything is going to fit in there pretty well. We will just want to pull out a little bit and connector our wiring harnesses. Alright, right at the top of our fascia where we did disconnect that temperature sensor, as you can see there is a small hole there. I removed the sensor, and what I need to do is bring my hole over this way just a little bit. That will allow us to relocate that out of the way of our removable arm socket. Then, we will just slide that in that new hole that we created, and get our fascia installed. Then, we will just kind of push in at our joints, get everything to click back into position there. Once we are happy with the way our fascia fits, we will get our screws put back in. The one with the larger washer will go on the top, the one with the smaller one goes on the bottom. We will do the same thing on the other side. We are going to put our 7 millimeter screw at the top, and then our push fasteners in. We will go over to the other side and do the same thing there. Now, we will get out two push fasteners put in the bottom here on each side. You have to kind of hold down, kind of give that one a wiggle as you do it. When we hook up to tow bar, we are going to want our removable arms in place. You can see it is designed to work with the three-tab arms here. You just want to slide that out until we get those holes lined up. Be sure that the up arrow is facing up, and we can secure it with either a pin, or these are locking pins, which are really nice, and really smart. It is a pretty good investment, and having that lock is going to prevent your tow bar from being removed from your removable arm, and also your remove arm from being removed from the vehicle. It is pretty nice there, do the same thing on the other side. Ready to get our wiring plugged down here: just lift up our cap, and get it slid in. Alright, now we cannot get forget about our breakaway switch. It is very important that our breakaway switch actually connect to either the hitch itself, or the frame. We do not want it connected to our safety cable, so we will connect it right there under our safety chain point connection point on the hitch. Finally, our safety cable is here; those with slide into the connection point on our base plate. Now, we are ready to place our vehicle in tow mode. Once we have it in tow mode, when we drive away, we want to make an S-shaped pattern, that way it is going to extend out our arms and lock them into the towed position. We start turning a little bit to the right; once we hear that lock-out, turn a little bit to the left. Once that is locked out, we are ready to hit the road. Now with our fascia back in place, that is going to complete the installation of the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms. Part number BX 1692 on our 2011 Chevrolet HHR.
Average Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 stars (4 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.
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