Today on this 2001 Honda CR-V we are going to be installing Roadmaster Base Plate Kit part number 1528-3. First thing we need to do is come underneath and locate front tie down plates on both the drivers and the passengers sides of the vehicle. The other thing that we are going to need located on the vehicle are the existing bolts that are mounting into the sub frame, follow rearward on the vehicle and we want to locate the tubular sway bar here directly behind that there are two bolts. We are going to be using the one that is center most on the vehicle as our attaching point to the sub frame, and we are going to do that on both the drivers and passengers sides of the vehicle, so we are going to want to remove this inboard side bolt. And we will just set those bolts off to the side for a minute; we are going to be reusing those bolts once we get our base plate attached.
Okay with the bolts removed from the sub frame we are going to go back to the tie down hooks at the front of the vehicle, and we are going to go ahead and start installing our base plate kit. We are going to take the main cross brace first, and this is going to set right in between the two tie down points here on the vehicle. We do want to know that the flat part of the angle iron here to be faced towards the front of the vehicle, and then on the bottom of it we will have the holes that are going to mount to the remaining portion of the base plate kit. Notice at the ends we do have square holes so we are going to be using carriage bolts to mount them to the tie down hooks and we will insert the large 3/4 inches carriage bolts, and in between of the tie down point and the main cross brace here we are going to add the 5/8 inches spacer. Now if the cross brace is a tight fit between the tie down point, you may not need this 5/8 inches spacer here, but on this particular vehicle we will. And we will follow up on the outboard side with the 1-3/8 inches block, along with lock washer and hex bolt, and were just going to repeat that setup for the other side of the vehicle. You want to leave these carriage bolts loose for the time being so that the mail cross brace could pivot back and forth until we get the main receiver tubes in place. From there we are going to take our half inch hardware, the hex bolts here and we are going to insert them in the cross brace here down through the holes in the bottom.
We are going to do that for all four hole locations. So now we will go ahead and take the receiver braces and put them into position. Now there is a drivers and a passengers side to the braces, so I want to point out the difference so it is a little easier for you to put them into place. If you look at the main receiver brace, if you follow towards the end its going to attach to the sub frame, and look and youll see there are two gussets welded on. Theres a shorter with a heavier angle, and then a longer one, and you want the longer one to face towards the inside of the vehicle, and that will help you line up the drivers and passengers side properly. Were going to take this section here, this is going to go over the sway bar, and mount to the bolt that we removed earlier. The other end of the mail receiver has the two bolts on the end of the plate here; these will mount to the two bolts that we just put into the main cross brace. Well go ahead and put the bolt back into the sub frame first. And I am going to go ahead and just hand tighten that for the time being.
Just going to snug it up just enough where it will hold it in place, but we can still kind of manipulate it around. Go ahead and repeat that for the drivers side main receiver as well, and well come back to the front side where the bolts are coming through and we are going to align those with the holes in our main receiver, and the reason we left the main cross brace loose is so that we can match up the angles of the cross brace with the angle on the receiver. Once you go ahead and get those setup, you can put the lock washer and hex nut on the bottom. Start by tightening the bolts on the sub frame first and then we will work our way forward. We want to verify with the directions each one of the torque ratings for each one of the bolts. You can see the end of the main cross brace has a square holes to attach to the front tie down plates. In those square holes we are going to be installing the 5/8 inches carriage bolt, and in between the cross brace and the front tie down points we are going to insert the 5/8 inches spacer block. Well be using the 1 inches by 3 inches block, lock washer, and hex nut. With the bolts torked down the base plate installation is complete, we want to make sure we go ahead and put our safety cables on. They are going to mount to the large hole on the main receivers using the provided cable length, and then we can go ahead and insert the front braces into the main receiver. Merge the two using the supplied penny clip.
And with that that will include the installation of the Roadmaster Base Plate Kit part number 1528-3 on a 2001 Honda CR-V. he hitch up into place we are going to go through and tighten each one of the bolts down. And then with all the bolts torked down if you had loosened your spare tire earlier you want to make sure you put it back up into place, and that will conclude the installation of Hidden Hitch part number 87522 on a 2003 Dodge Durango.