I want to attach the Blue Ox BX1987 base plate to my 2009 Smart Car Passion with fog lights. Would there be any cutting to be done and is it easy to install it myself? What would the total kit base plate, motorhome attached hitch, wiring kit, safety chains and whatever else is required for a complete installation cost me. Thanks
asked by: Gert S
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 kit, # BX1987, that you have referenced. On either kit, trimming of spoiler, air dam, grill or plastic fascia may be required on some models of this vehicle. Roadmaster and Blue Ox require a fair amount of mechanical aptitude for installation and they recommend having base plates professionally installed.
Either kit will work well for you but if cost is an issue, the Blue Ox kit is a little less than the Roadmaster kit. With a Blue Ox kit, though, the compatible tow bars run higher than the Roadmaster tow bars. I recommend going with the Roadmaster kit.
For a tow bar, since the Smart car is so small, you can use a lower capacity tow bar like the Tracker, # RM-020, and be sure to use quick release attachments, # RM-201, to allow the EZ base plate arms to be removable. I have included a link to the installation details for the tow bar.
You would then need safety cables. I recommend the coiled cables # RM-643 because the coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground.
For wiring, you have a couple of options. If you do not plan on flat towing the car often, I recommend using a magnetic kit like # C-ATL20A. If you will be towing the vehicle frequently, then it would be a good idea to install a more permanent solution like a diode kit, # RM-154. I have included a link to a video that shows how diodes install.
Most states now require a supplemental braking system on the vehicle being flat towed. The easiest system to set up and use is the Roadmaster Even Brake, # RM-9400. This is a proportional system that applies the vehicle brakes in proportion to how much the tow vehicle is braking. This is the safest way to stop and it reduces wear and tear on both vehicles.
I have included a link to our series of FAQ articles on flat towing for you.
expert reply by: Michael H
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