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Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector

Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector

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Keep the front of your towed vehicle free of dirt and debris during travel with this protective shield. Polyethylene construction is flexible for a more aerodynamic towing experience. Call 800-298-8924 to order Blue Ox accessories and parts part number BX8870 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Blue Ox Accessories and Parts - BX8870

  • Tow Bar
  • Vehicle Guards
  • Blue Ox
  • Rock Guard
  • KarGard

Keep the front of your towed vehicle free of dirt and debris during travel with this protective shield. Polyethylene construction is flexible for a more aerodynamic towing experience.


Features:

  • Polyethylene shield protects front of towed vehicle from road debris
    • Extends beyond KarGard frame on the sides and flexes during turns for improved coverage and greater aerodynamic capability
    • Returns to original shape when laid flat
  • Lightweight aluminum frame is sturdy, durable and corrosion resistant
    • Mounts onto tow bar arms
    • Fits most Blue Ox tow bars
  • Simple, compact storage - shield folds in half
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Dimensions: 72" wide x 24-1/4" tall
  • 1-Year warranty


Notes:

  • This protector will not work with Blue Ox Acclaim tow bars.
  • Cannot be used with Blue Ox AutoStop braking systems (BX8893 or BX8893-3050).


BX8870 Blue Ox Car Guard Protective Shield

Installation Details BX8870 Installation instructions



Video of Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector

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




Video Transcript for Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector Installation - 2013 Ford C-Max

Today on this 2013 Ford C-Max, were going to install part number BX8870. This is the Blue Ox Kargard Towed Vehicle Protector. Now one thing to know about this install, were going to install this on a Blue Ox tow bar; this is the Aventa Tow Bar. First off were going to go ahead and install the brackets on top the tow bar itself, its called the tower base. Well go ahead and remove the original bolt thats in the tow bar, install a tower base on top, then well install the new bolt and nut in its place. Were going to snug them down but not tighten them down for good.

Next well go ahead and install the tower and well put it into place. Then well install two sets of tower clamps and also the L-brackets. Now the way to install these L-brackets, you want the L-shape one to be on the bottom and the inverse L would be on top. Well put them loosely together and slide them on the post. Now for the upper bracket well snug it down just enough to hold it in place.

When were done with one side lets go ahead and repeat the same process on the other side. Once we have both towers installed, well go ahead and take the car guard, unfold it, and well install the locking rod. Now well go ahead and install it on the towers. Well go head and line up with the holes and then set it into place. Now all these parts are loose so were going to have to set them in place and do some adjustments until we get it the way we want it.

Were going to start with the upper brackets first, make sure theyre even, set the car guard on top of that, and then raise the bottom L-brackets up to the frame on the car guard. Once we have everything setting the way we want it, well go ahead and tighten down all the bolts. Its a good idea to take this off and reinstall it to test it, to make some final adjustments to make it easy to install. Now it does seem like a good idea to have a little bit of tension on it when you put it together to keep it from rattling around. With that, that will finish it for our install of part number BX8870, the Blue Ox Kargard Towed Vehicle Protector on our 2013 Ford C-Max..


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector - BX8870

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (20 Customer Reviews)

Keep the front of your towed vehicle free of dirt and debris during travel with this protective shield. Polyethylene construction is flexible for a more aerodynamic towing experience.

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I give eTrailer 5 Stars and UPS 1.5 Stars. eTrailer never disappoints. Great installation videos and service after the sale. Extremely quick to ship. UPS on the other hand delivered the product in a box that was so destroyed, parts were laying on the porch outside the box (pictures attached). Notified eTrailer customer service. If any parts were missing, they were going to make things right. 663787



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Item received in advance of projected delivery date. Can't open and inspect as I broke my arm after ordering and will have to wait in that. I am very pleased with the way etrailer conducts their business and will keep them in mind any time I am in need of things. 594226



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I gave it a good because iv'e not tried it yet. It wasn't what i wanted but i'm gonna give it a try tomorrow on a 2100 mi. journey. i wanted the karguard two, because i heard it keeps the rear of the coach clean too.. 333159



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I ordered this item from etrailer after having several missed deliveries from Amazon and it arrived today as promised. I am very pleased with the Blueox Kardgard. Thank you etrailer for getting it to me on time. 297419


Comments
This product works as described. Keeps the front of my Jeep free from stones and other debris that gets kicked up from the motorhome.
TommyD - 09/21/2017

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Service was quick and notifications were very prompt. The Kargard and packaging were all in new and complete condition. 861358



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Overall this will do the job, I was looking for another product but it was out of stock from you with no idea of when you would be getting more. 856600



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Better than I thought it’d be. Easy install and removal. I did modify to lower it as truck was higher than car I was towing. Lowered it to get better coverage of frontend on truck. 713646



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Easy to install it was easy to put on really like it I would buy it again 697185



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Love the Blue OX KarGuard! I pull a Mini Cooper behind my Class A and haven’t experienced any stone chips since I started using it. Installation is easy and it folds away nicely for storage. 650748



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Still looks brand new!!! 647965



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Works Great! 637696



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easy to put together be sure to watch the video--directions are confusing 602028


Comments
No broken glass or dents as we traveled from Fl to Ca
Bruce - 02/03/2020

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We purchased the BLue Ox car guard BX8870. We are happy with the fast service from e-trailer however we are towing a Jeep and the towers were only 18” and to cover our 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara we need the towers to be at least 24” for this guard to protect our vehicle hood. It would work great on a car. 601686



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Just received and haven't installed yet. Product seems very high quality and assembly looks reasonable. 599421



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Haven't generally found it necessary to put on when towing. Would if I need to tow on gravel roads. 586145



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etrailer had the product that I was looking for and it was very easy to locate on their site. I placed my order, received immediate confirmation and ship notice and received my product a couple of days later. I will surely use etrailer again in the future. Thanks to you etrailer, you have an excellent site! 389868



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VERY fast shipping, well satisfied. 351607



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Works great just as described 273000



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Not a Nick, chip, or scratch on my tow vehicle after 15,000 miles of towing. Highly pleased. 242208



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The BX8870 Kargard was easy to install on my Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar. The instruction that came with the Kargard are very poor because they are written for many different applications. Once you determine what the instruction are trying to tell you, the installation went great. I haven't had the a chance to see how well the kargard will actually protect the toad, but it looks like it is going to do an excellent job. As usual, I was very happy with how quick I received my order from eTrailer. 183307



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Looks to be made very well. I've bought a lot of stuff from etrailer and always have been happy with the products and they always ship really fast. I will surely buy more from you in the future. 98464


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Ask the Experts about this Blue Ox Accessories and Parts

  • Will the Blue Ox KarGard Fit the Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar
    Yes, the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector part # BX8870 will work perfectly with the Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar part # BX7420. I have attached a diagram for you of the protector used with this exact tow bar.
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  • Does Blue Ox KarGard Stay on Towed Vehicle and Need Removed Each Time You Drive?
    The Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 does not attach to your vehicle but rather to the tow bar. You will simply disconnect your tow bar from your base plates and you will be able to drive your Focus without any other connections or disconnections needed. I've attached a photo to assist. You can leave the KarGard on the Tow Bar and head out with your Focus. The KarGard also folds in half so you can disconnect it easily with the pins leaving the mounting base and store...
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  • Mud Flaps to Protect Towed 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
    The Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 is compatible with their Aventa tow bar but I would take GM's warning to heart and use another solution to protect the truck from road debris, one that won't put the transmission at risk. Your tow bar can be equipped with Rock Tamers Heavy-Duty Adjustable Mud Flap System # ERT00108. This setup lets you customize the mud flaps to precisely fit the motorhome. The flaps can be trimmed to size if you like and their vertical height is adjustable....
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  • Will Blue Ox Karguard Prevent Rocks from Damaging Vehicle Windshield
    The height of the Blue Ox Kargard part # BX8870 is 24-1/4 inches. It's more designed for protecting the front end paint of a vehicle but it also helps protect windshields as well. I think in a lot of situations it would block rocks from making it to the windshield but it's hard to say if it would block every rock.
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  • Do Towers on Blue Ox KarGard Need to be Removed When Unhooking Tow Bar
    When removing the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 the towers will need to be removed from their bases, as you can see in the accompanying cut out of the linked manual. By removing the towers you will be able to fold your tow bar.
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  • Toad Vehicle Guard Recommendation for Blue Ox Tow Bar Setup
    Since you have a Blue Ox tow bar setup you would need a Blue Ox vehicle guard like the KarGard part # BX8870 as the Roadmaster kits would not fit. The dimensions of the screen are 72 inches wide by 24-1/4 inches tall. I attached an install video for this for you to check out as well.
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  • Will the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector Work with the Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar
    Yes, the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector part # BX8870 will work with the Blue Ox Avail Tow Bar part # BX7420. The center bolt that holds on the triple lug connector will be removed and then reinstalled with the bracket for the KarGard. It is very simple to do, just one bolt each side for the tow bar part. The KarGard does not have to be removed to remove your tow vehicle but you will more than likely want to when reattaching. It is not so much that it prohibits the vehicle...
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  • Which Blue Ox Kargard for Honda CRV Being Flat Towed to Protect Paint
    The Kargard part # BX8870 is a larger shield setup that if you were looking for just running one protector setup this would be the way to go. We've yet to have any issues with it cracking so I would not anticipate that being a problem for you unless it happened to be used to block a very large rock. Which in that case it would be better for the guard to crack than it hit the vehicle. The Kargard I and II cannot both be installed at the same time.
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  • Does Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector Work in Crosswinds
    The Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 will absolutely hold up in the Colorado crosswinds and there are a couple of reasons why. The first is that the KarGard is designed from what is called polyethylene, which is a thermoplastic that allows it to be flexible and thus more aerodynamic as you drive. The other reason is how securely it attaches to your tow bar. The KarGard # BX8870 secures to your tow bar with U-bolts and a locking rod that will keep it firmly in place. I...
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  • Front of Vehicle Protector Recommendation for 2017 Chevy Cruze
    There are protective devices designed to keep the front end of a vehicle free from scratching from road debris. The Kargard part # BX8870 is a great option if you are using a Blue Ox tow bar or if you have a Roadmaster tow bar the Guardian Rock Guard part # RM-4000 is a great option too.
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  • Dimensions of Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector BX8870 When Folded for Storage
    The Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 measures 72-inches x 24-1/4-inches and so when folded in half along its long dimension (as can be briefly seen in the linked video at the 1:20 mark) it will then measure approximately 36 x 24-1/4. In this folded state it will fit in the trunk or cargo area of the majority of contemporary vehicles.
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  • Can the Blue Ox KarGard # BX8870 be Used on a Motorhome with Rear Exhaust
    I spoke to my contact at Blue Ox and she informed me that the Blue Ox KarGard part # BX8870 that you referenced can work on vehicles with rear exhaust like what you have on your 2014 Thor Palazzo 33.2 Class A motorhome. Their Kargard II part # BX88255 can not be used with rear exhaust unless an exhaust turn down is used.
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  • Can a KarGard be Used on a 2015 GMC Canyon While Being Flat Towed
    It is important not to block the radiator of a vehicle that is being driven as the vehicle would overheat. But when a vehicle is being flat towed the motor isn't running so the radiator would not need air flow. You could use the KarGurd part # BX8870 while flat towing your 2015 GMC Canyon because of that. The Blue Ox Base Plates, part # BX1721 is designed to work with your Canyon if it is a 4WD. You will need some other items when flat-towing you Canyon. I recommend the Blue...
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  • Vehicle Protector Recommendation for Vehicle Flat Towed with Blue Ox Tow Bar
    If you have a Blue Ox tow bar we have rock guards that will fit but nothing from Roadmaster. We have the Blue Ox KarGard part # BX8870 that will work with your Blue Ox tow bar setup. I attached an install video for this as well.
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  • Will Blue Ox KarGard BX8870 Fit Blue Ox Aladdin Tow Bar and Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plates
    The Blue Ox KarGard # BX8870 attaches to the tow bar arms and it is compatible with the Aladdin tow bar even when using the Blue Ox tow bar to Roadmaster base plate adapter # BX88178. So you will be good to go!
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  • Will Blue Ox Kargard Fit with Readybrute Tow Bar and Blue Ox Baseplate
    Yes the Blue OX Karguard part # BX8870 will mount onto your Readybrute tow bar. Since the Karguard mounts to the tow bar arms, it does not matter which base plate you have. It will work with a variety of tow bars, but not with Blue Ox Acclaim tow bars. I have linked a video of how to assemble and install the Karguard for your reference.
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  • How Tight to Get Tower Bases of Blue Ox Kargard
    Blue Ox does not list an exact torque spec for the tower bases of the Kargard # BX8870 you referenced. They say to basically tighten it firmly but not too tight as that will cause difficulty in folding the tow bar and undertightening will cause looseness in the legs and tower. I wish I could be more specific but you'll just have to experiment with tightness till you find the best setting.
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  • Choosing between the Roadmaster Defender and Blue Ox Kargard Vehicle Protectors for Flat Towing
    Because the Roadmaster Tow Defender # RM-4750 will not be in the path of any of the exhaust on your RV it will be a great option to protect your 2018 Honda Fit Sport. This protector will fit when using both Blue Ox base plates and a Blue Ox tow bar together. But I do like that the Blue Ox Kargard # BX8870 is a hard, yet flexible, material that would not be subjected to tearing like a fabric type of system would. It is a bit larger but it folds up to make storing it easier. If it was...
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  • How to Protect a Toad from Chips or Scratches While in Tow
    The Snoblock Snow and Ice Windshield and Wiper Blade Cover part # 288-06603 is not designed to be used on a moving vehicle. If used in this fashion then the chances of it tearing would be increased therefore I cannot recommend this. However, we do still have multiple ways of protecting your toad while in tow and not just the windshield portion either. For this, I recommend taking a look at Sentry Deflector part # DM9523135 if you have a Demco Tow Bar, the Guardian Rock Guard part # RM-4000...
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  • Recommended Rock Guard or Screen for 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with D-Ring Attachments
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  • How to Protect Flat Towed Vehicles Windshield/Paint
    We have great products designed for exactly what you are looking for, but the Hopkins part # HM17529 that you referenced is only designed for snow and ice so it may not prevent damage from debris. Instead you'd need something like the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard part # RM-4000 which is designed to attach to a Roadmaster flat towing setup. If you could get back to me with the brand of flat towing setup you have I can check to see what the best solution would be for you. For example,...
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  • Will the Demco Sentry Deflector Adapter Kit Work With Blue Ox Ascent Tow Bar
    I do have an option but the Demco Sentry Deflector Adapter Kit part # DM9523061 won't work with the Blue Ox Ascent Tow Bar part # BX4370 because the Ascent uses a larger shaft. Therefore, you would instead need to use the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector part # BX8870.
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  • Will the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard Work With Blue Ox Tow Bars
    I do have a very similar vehicle guard option but the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard part # RM-4000 will not work with a Blue Ox Tow Bar as it is specific to Roadmaster Tow Bars. Instead, the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector part # BX8870 is what you will want to use and offers just as much protection as the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard.
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  • Rock Shield that Will Fit Roadmaster and Blue Ox Tow Bars
    The Blue Ox KarGard, # BX8870, is compatible with most Blue Ox and Roadmaster tow bars (does not work with Roadmaster Stowmaster tow bars). This would be the best option for you. I have included a link to a video of this guard for you to view.
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  • Can the Towed Vehicle Rock Guards Be Modified
    I do have a number of different options to help protect your toad from rock chips while in tow but none of them are designed to be cut of modified to an exact size and they are all designed for specific tow bar/base plate applications. For example, if you have a Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit then you can use the Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard part # RM-4000 which measures 26" tall x 71" wide. If you have a Blue Ox Tow Bar you can use the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector...
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    The parts to flat tow a 2016-2018 Ford Focus with adaptive cruise control are different than the parts needed to flat tow a 2016-2018 Ford Focus without adaptive cruise control. To flat tow a 2016-2018 Ford Focus with adaptive cruise control you'll need a base plate, a tow bar, safety cables, tow bar wiring, supplemental braking system and possibly a high low adapter to tow level. For the base plate I recommend Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BX2663 because of its removable bracket arms...
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    The Roadmaster Guardian Rock Guard # RM-4000 is designed to mount on any Roadmaster tow bar that has quick-disconnects. Since this item has not been tested with a Blue Ox tow bar I cannot guarantee compatibility. It might work but modifying it will void your warranty. I recommend using a Blue Ox product like their KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870. This will work with Blue Ox tow bars, excluding the Acclaim. It is also not compatible with the Blue Ox AutoStop braking systems....
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  • Will Tow Bar Cover fit Aventa II Tow Bar With KarGard Towers Installed
    I reached out to Blue Ox who told me that yes, the Blue Ox Tow Bar Cover # BX8875 will fit if you have the Blue Ox KarGard Towed Vehicle Protector # BX8870 with the tower bases permanently installed. They told me that it will fit, but it will "just be a tight fit" so it will work for you! I have added a link to a couple video reviews of the tow bar cover for you to take a look at as well.
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