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Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Rugged Ridge XHD Bumpers

Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Rugged Ridge XHD Bumpers

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Use your Blue Ox tow bar with your Rugged Ridge XHD bumper. The triple-lug bracket design of these adapters provides a sturdy, secure connection. Call 800-298-1624 to order Blue Ox accessories and parts part number BX88301 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Rugged Ridge XHD Bumpers. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Blue Ox Accessories and Parts - BX88301

  • Base Plates
  • Tow Bar
  • Adapters
  • Blue Ox
  • Blue Ox to Rugged Ridge Bumper

Use your Blue Ox tow bar with your Rugged Ridge XHD bumper. The triple-lug bracket design of these adapters provides a sturdy, secure connection.


  • Lets you use your Blue Ox tow bar with your Rugged Ridge XHD bumper
  • Fits Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Ascent, and Aventa LX tow bars
  • Constructed with triple lugs for tighter, more secure connection than traditional single-lug models
  • Made in the USA


  • Quantity: 2 adapter brackets
  • 1-Year warranty

BX88301 Blue Ox Triple Lug Kit - Rugged Ridge XHD Bumper Adapter

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Video of Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Rugged Ridge XHD Bumpers

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets Installation - 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Today on our 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, we'll be installing a Blue Ox base plate adapter brackets for rugged ridge XHD bumpers, part number BX88301. Here's what our base plate looks like installed. The only thing that we're adding to the vehicle itself are these brackets here for our safety cables that are included with our tow bar to hook up to. We remove our D ring on our after market bumper for our pin that will secure our tow bar to the vehicle. The majority of this kit is installed on your tow bar. Here's what it looks like with our safety cables already attached. It gives us a nice place to hook up to in case we we're to be uncoupled from our RV somehow.

They're easy to remove. Lever, pull them out. When you're ready to unhook once you've arrived at your destination just pull your pin out. We kept our three washers on the pin so they're readily available for when we're ready to hook up to our RV again. This is a quick and easy way to hook up to your RV to be flat towed.

It doesn't add any excessive weight to the front of the vehicle. You don't want to do any modifications to your expensive after market bumper. Now that we've gone over some of the features of this kit we'll show you how to hook it up. We use the included pin and our plastic washers as needed to help take up some of the slack here in the bracket. We'll start on the outside here. We'll put two washers on.

Slide it in position. Then we'll come in with a third washer for the outside edge here. Tap the bracket in place. Okay, with those three washers in place now you can see how our bracket for our tow bar doesn't have any play in it anymore. Take our pin clip here, go down, make sure it locks in place like so, and now we're ready to hook up to our RV. All right, to begin our installation we're going to start off with our tow bar here on a table.

We're working with a Blue Ox Aventa LX. Part number BX7445. We'll remove our end links right here using a three quarter inch socket and a wrench. We'll discard the bolt and nut that we have. Now, pay attention to the angle right here where it spaces up. We'll want to orient our new piece in the same manner. We'll take out our two washers here, and grab two new washers that come with our base plate kit. Slide it in position, and we'll drop down a new bolt. All the hard work comes at the base plate. Take a new lock nut here. We'll tighten this down until it's tight, but our arm still moves freely. Okay, just like that will be good. We'll do the same for the other arm. Okay, they're both snugged up now. We have our tow bar made so it will attach to the D rings on our bumper. We can go over to the vehicle now and attach our bracket for our safety chain links. Okay, now we'll start out by removing our D ring. Use a 15/16 wrench and a socket to remove this. Okay. We'll repeat the same process for the other side. I will be installing our safety chain loops recognize here on the inside where our D ring brackets were. To do that we'll remove the two bolts here. We're using a 19 millimeter socket on the nut on the back side of the bumper, and an 18 millimeter to remove the bolt. This top bolt here on the driver's side is slightly different than the other ones. There's a chunk of the frame that's in the way, so we're able to come in from the top, and hold the nut in place. Now we'll take our bracket and our two new bolts. Push them through. Let it sit in place. Take one of our nuts, and we'll put some red lock tight on the threads on the inside. We're going to hold it onto our top bolt, and get the bolt started here. Place our socket onto it. Snug down our bolt now using a 19 millimeter socket on both these. I'll die the same for the bottom bolt. All right, now we'll torque all of our bolts down in the amount specified in the instructions. That completes our installation of the Blew Ox base plate adapter bracket rugged ridge XHD bumpers. Part number BX88301 on our 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

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Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Rugged Ridge XHD Bumpers - BX88301

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (5 Customer Reviews)

Use your Blue Ox tow bar with your Rugged Ridge XHD bumper. The triple-lug bracket design of these adapters provides a sturdy, secure connection.

- BX88301

Great Kit, everything installed easily and worked great with the Bumper on the jeep.

Towing the Jeep has been great, no issues.
Craig - 03/04/2021

- BX88301

I have to say this kit is exactly what I wanted for my XHD Bumper. Much easier that the bolt on kit I used to use for towing. It's clean, and integrated and you can still use the D-Rings Or remove them to tow. It's a little pricey for just some replacement ends on the tow bar and a saftey chain connector but still less than a traditional base plate.

Love this setup....a lot of people ask me about it when they see me towing from the D-Rings on the XHD bumper. Could not be happier. Only thing I would add is most people with a jeep and this setup will need a riser of some sort. Since you are raising the height of the tow connections from below the bumper to the bumperframe itself it will end up higher than the original under bumper Blue-Ox frame. I have a 2 lift kit as well so I needed a 10 10,000 pound riser from Road Master to add to the setup for level towing.
Chris C - 07/08/2016

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You have extremely fast service! My order was delivered two full days earlier than expected! You definitely have my future business!

- BX88301
2008 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Best place for hitches, receivers, electrical and accessories for towing. Won't shop anywhere else.

- BX88301
2019 Ford Ranger


Ask the Experts about this Blue Ox Accessories and Parts

  • Will Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter for Rugged Ridge Bumper Work With Roadmaster tow bar?
    The Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Rugged Ridge XHD Bumpers # BX88301 are not compatible with Roadmaster tow bars. The tow bars that will work with this adapter to flat tow your Jeep Wrangler with a Rugged Ridge bumper are: Blue Ox Alpha # BX7380 Blue Ox Allure # BX7460P I've included links to video reviews for for you to take a look at.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited With Rugged Ridge XHD Bumper
    You can absolutely flat tow your 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with a Rugged Ridge XHD bumper and you will not need a base plate kit. What you will need is the Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Rugged Ridge XHD Bumpers # BX88301, which will attach directly to the bumper, as you can see in the accompanying photo and linked installation video. This bracket will require the use of a Blue Ox tow bar and for that I highly recommend the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7380 because of its strong...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2016 Jeep Wrangler with Rugged Ridge XHD Bumper with Blue Ox Tow Bar
    The correct base plate kit for your 2016 Jeep Wrangler with the Rugged Ridge XHD bumper is the # BX88301 which will work great with your Blue Ox tow bar. The DUO part # SM99251 is the best braking kit to use as well as it's the easiest to install and best performing. I attached an install video for this kit on a similar 2016 Wrangler as yours as well. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice...
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  • Blue Ox Tow Bar Adapter for Jeep Tow Bumper
    There are a few choices for you. Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter # BX88301 -This is for attaching to Rugged Ridge XHD Bumpers. Blue Ox Aftermarket Bumper Adapter # BX88358 -Bumper tab thickness: 3/4", 7/8", and 1" -Pin Hole diameter: 1" Blue Ox Aftermarket Bumper Adapter # BX88357 -Bumper tab thickness: 5/8" - 1" -Pin Hole diameter: 7/8" If none of these match what you currently have please let me know what you have. There may be other options available for you. You will also...
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  • Recommended Accessories to Flat Tow 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Sahara Behind a Motorhome
    Your Wrangler is absolutely okay to flat tow behind a motorhome. In fact, it's one of the most popular vehicles used for that purpose! You'll want to consult your owner's manual for the exact procedure but in a nutshell, you'll need to -Place transmission in park -If manual transmission, leave in gear (not neutral) -Place transfer case in neutral -Switch ignition key to ACC position -NEVER tow vehicle in reverse. Severe damage to transfer case can result The full procedure...
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  • Base Plate Kit for 2004 Jeep Wrangler Compatible with Blue Ox 6,500 lb Tow Bar
    I believe the Blue Ox tow bar you are referring to is the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 rated for 6,500 lbs. There are a variety of base plate kits available for your 2004 Jeep Wrangler and the correct one all depends on what kind of bumper you have. Below is a list of the compatible base plate kits. Please note that the D-Ring options are for bumpers that have been rated for flat towing. Aftermarket Off-Road Bumper- 7/8" Pin # BX88357 Double Tube Bumper - # BX1120 (Fixed Tabs) OR...
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  • Adapter Recommendation for Attaching Tow Bar to Jeep With Rugged Ridge Bumper
    We have an adapter from Blue Ox that is designed for attaching their tow bars to a Rugged Ridge bumper like you have which is part # BX88301. This would be your best option as it was designed for your bumper. The other option is that Roadmaster makes a base plate kit that is designed specifically for the Rugged Ridge buper like you have which is part # 1437-3 which you could attach a Roadmaster tow bar like the Falcon 2 # RM-520 directly to.
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  • Blue Ox Tow Bar Adapter for Rugged Ridge XHD Aftermarket Bumper on 2014 Jeep Wrangler
    If you have a Rugged Ridge XHD aftermarket bumper on your 2014 Wrangler that you want to use with one of the compatible Blue Ox tow bars (those are the Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, and Aventa LX models) you will need the Rugged Ridge Adapter Brackets # BX88301. Please refer to the linked installation video.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2012 Jeep JK with Rugged Ridge XHD Off-Road Bumper with D-Ring Mounts
    In order to use the D-ring mounts on your bumper, those do need to be directly connected to your Jeep's frame, so thank you for confirming that to be the case. I recommend using the Roadmaster D-Ring Adapters # RM-035 (for 3/4" thick D-Ring mounts) or # RM-035-1 (for 1" thick D-Ring mounts) and the Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar - Motorhome Mount - 2" Hitch - 8K # RM-576 for a reliable and easy to install combination. The Sterling All-Terrain is non-binding, which...
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