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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms

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This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements and absence of a support beam provide a clean look when your car is not being towed. Call 800-298-8924 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1110 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 Kit - Fixed Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.


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Blue Ox Base Plates - BX1110

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements and absence of a support beam provide a clean look when your car is not being towed.


Features:

  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for tow bar
  • Hidden reinforcement means that less of the bracket shows
    • No crossbar support beam or large, protruding brackets
  • Sturdy, dependable design
    • Spreads towing force evenly to minimize weight placed on suspension
    • Constructed of durable steel
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Bolts securely to your vehicle chassis
  • Instructions and necessary hardware included
  • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars with the Roadmaster Tow Bar Adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5; sold separately)
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 24"
    • Fits Blue Ox Acclaim, Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars
  • Bracket height: 14"
  • 3-Year warranty


BX1110 Blue Ox Standard Base Plate Kit



BX1110 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BX1110 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1984 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee

1986 - 1992 Jeep Comanche

1984 - 1990 Jeep Wagoneer




Video of Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms


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




Video Transcript for Blue Ox Base Plate Installation - 1997 Jeep Cherokee

1997 Jeep Cherokee. Were going to install part number BX1110. Start off the front bumper needs to be removed for access to the frame. We got to remove some coverings first. Well go ahead and remove the screws in the plastic center grille and the plastic moldings around the headlights. Well go ahead and set those aside.

Go ahead and remove the two plastic pieces from each end of the metal bumper. Were going to go underneath the molding and use an extension in the cylinder metal socket, well remove the two bolts on the very bottom that hold the molding through the fenders. Then therell be two fasteners in front of the moldings down the very bottom. These are not in bolt assembly so you need a wrench on the backside of the bolt. Theres also a rivet at the very the bottom that we have to drill out.

Once we have these fasteners removed we can go ahead and remove the corner pieces in the bumper. Next, on the passenger side we need to remove the vacuum canister. To do this, well remove these two fasteners here. Now I can remove the bumper. There will be four T50 torque poles that secure the bumper.

There will be two on top and two in the bottom. I can remove the bumper and set it aside for reinstallation later. This vehicle had skid plate that needs to be removed. Were going to remove that part next. Set this aside.

In certain situations there are skids you can be trimmed and reinstalled. In this case were going to leave it off. The bumper removed, you can see there are two black triangle brackets on each side of the frame. There are three bolts each side. Go ahead and remove the bolts for each side of the bracket. Theres also metal nut clips towards the front. Go ahead and remove those and the base plate well have a new hardware for that location. The bolt going towards the back of vehicle will be reinstalled. At this point, we can go ahead and start installing the base plate. Go back two set of hands, well going to hold it up and well install the original factory hardware going towards front. Black triangle brackets will actually be stacked on the top of the base plate. We can install the new hardware and the triangle bracket and base plate. Well have two bolts, two flat washers, a plate and on backside will be a flat washer and nut. Were going to put everything loosen together to show how it goes, and then well take one part at a time, add some Loctite then tight it down and torque it down as specified in the instructions. Well do it on both sides of the frame. Were using Red Loctite part number LT37420. Theres a fastener that goes on the very bottom frame as well. On some vehicles that will be a hole that had to be drilled out. However in this case, your existing factory hole that well use. Theres a gap between the base plate and the frame, so lets paste it out with washers as needed. Well install a new bolt and a lock washer, then well run it to the handle nut going to the inside of the frame. With that installed well go ahead and tight it down and torque it down as specified in the instructions. We now need to install our safety cable. Well hook up one end to the quick link. Attach the quick link to the frame and run the other end around the frame and then back up to the quick link. We have one free side of the base plate. At this point we can go ahead and put our bumper back in the place. Now the base in the bottom will interfere tabs on the base plate, so well hold it up there and mark an area out to locate our holes that we need to drill out for our tabs. Well find the center outline, and then drill them out. Well flip the bumper over and use our hole saw to finish making our openings for the base plate. Go ahead for a test fit and you can see how the tabs go through the holes. This point we can go ahead and reinstall the bumper and its hardware and also the bumper covers on the end. At this point, well go ahead and reinstall the grill and the trim pieces for the headlights. The bumper and the other components reinstalled were finished with our reinstall. That will finish it. Its part number BX1110 Blue Ox or 1997 Jeep Cherokee. .


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms - BX1110

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (807 Customer Reviews)

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements and absence of a support beam provide a clean look when your car is not being towed.

- BX1110
by:

Works well. Fits good. A little fiddle to put on due to disassembly needed and chance of rusted bolts on midwestern vehicle. Need to cut holes in front lower facia area. 440583



- BX1110
by:

Received the tow bar and base plate 2 days prior to the estimated arrival date! The products look great! Michelle was amazing and walked me through the process answering all my question accurately! Will definitely be doing business with these folks for my next purchase. Thanks, Jim 383892



- BX1110
by:

simple installation and works great ! 292129



- BX1110
by:
2001 Jeep Cherokee

Nice fit, works well. 249401


Comments

Products from etrailer are always great. I’m about to purchase another Base Plate.

Bud - 01/30/2018

34027

- BX1110
by:
1998 Jeep Cherokee

The base plate delivery came quick & looks good. Installed it myself it was not to hard to install, took good portion of the day. 174659



- BX1110
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1992 Jeep Cherokee

I am absolutely happy with the quick order response and quick delivery of this base plate kit. The base plate and hardware show excellent quality and workmanship. I'm pleased! 89232


Comments

The base plate has preformed flawlessly, we towed our Jeep Cherokee about 11,500 miles during a 5 month trip we experienced one Emergency Stop without a problem.

Gale S - 07/16/2014

5682

- BX1110
by:
2000 Jeep Cherokee

Etrailer.com shipped the item quickly. The baseplate arrived on time. Installation was easy and all the parts fit perfectly. We towed our Cherokee the very next day to Arizona from California. Everything worked perfect. 75554



- BX1110
by:

As with all Blue Ox product I have purchased over the last 12 years this is a quality piece of equipment. Also, etrailer.com provided great service. 28097



- BX2412
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Arrived earlier than expected and was exactly what I had ordered, fit like a glove. Service could not have been better. The salesperson really knew their product. I really saved quite a bit of money ordering through them. They emailed and called several times to make sure everything was as I had ordered. A great company to deal with. 615380



- BX1976
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I've bought at least one other product from etrailer in addition to the base plate for my 2008 Jeep Liberty. The plate and appurtenances fit like a glove and work great. etrailer had the best price and, as before, kept me informed about when the product would be delivered and delivered on time. Great company. 486224



- BX1708
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


George, just finished install of blue ox base plate on my 2015 Buick enclave not for the faint of hand to install but all is well if u are good take your time some caution when drilling lower frame holes as inner holes are close but excellent fit and finish thanks for a great product 312252


Comments

Blue ox base plate is still great just a note for users you may need to lube the inside of the holes where the aluminum adapters for the tow bar connection is as one time I could not turn it to lock in for towing this solved the problem

Ed B - 10/27/2017

30108

- BX1139
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Good fit. Instructions mis leading somewhat. 2018 Jeep JL does not have 7 metal screws holding bumper shields but plastic screws that need special tool to unscrew. I pulled them out and replaced with metal screws in reinstallation. After tow bar installation the lower plastic shield will require cutting to reinstall. I left this off and did not reinstall. Looks fine and save if towbar is removed later. Did by me self and took about 2.5 hours. 602635



- BX1731
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Installation pic 411274



- BX2668
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Product was not in stock had to wait about 3 weeks ??But they sent me 2 e mails when it came it was on the date they it would arrive I installed the base plate the next day the time it took was about 7hrs total fit very nice the only problem I had I did not understand the directions on cutting the tabs on the back of the grill they hit the base plate when I try to reinstall the grill but I figured in out then it all came together looks great 3 screws in bottom of lower valance that screw to bottom of radiator I had to drill new holes body part hit base plate very close fit but great product 373334



- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great base plate - -super service from etrailer. Couple of hints, at least for install on a 2012 Wrangler Unlimited: 1) the phillips push pins that hold the belly pan on come out best with a light touch on the driver. I buggered up 2 figuring that out. 2) the plate seems to be too narrow to fit, but with a rubber mallet and some persuasion, it will. 3) Use a corded drill for the holes into the frame. My 19.2 volt didn't have the grunt to get it done even with swapping out batteries repeatedly. 4) Directions don' t say anything about how to level the plate after the first (lower) bolt is in, but probably best to have it level or even slightly angled down or away from the grill (gives better clearance for the electric connection below the license plate frame). Wish the electrical connection had black spring return for the cover and the screws to mount it were black. Also wish Blue Ox didn't put a white part number label and the orange warning label on the FRONT, visible section of the plate. Why not the back? I installed it myself. Took half a day and 2 scraped knuckles, but not to tough of a job with the right tools. My third or fourth purchase from etrailer and all have been quick, reasonably priced, marked by good communication and respectful. Works for me! Thanks etrailer! 41767



- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


received the plate installed it in less than three hours, have yet to hook it up though. Great , fast shipping! The only issue were the cheap plastic push pins on the shield of the Jeep. 81899


Comments

8000 miles and still tight! When we get there rest assured the frame will make it!

Steve S - 05/24/2014

4408

- BX3788
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I really like the way the baseplate hides in the grill. The car tows great I have to say that it took three shipments from blue Ox to get the right part but then it went on very easily on my 2017 Corolla Directions are mostly correct There is one other bolted on part that needs to be removed prior to fitment but not mentioned in the directions . At all times everyone was very nice to me. I was a little frustrated and checked with roadmaster because their site said their baseplate would not fit my car because of the adaptive cruise etc. I called them with my new found knowledge about location of the electronics and they checked and confirmed their base plate fits my car so this is another option if you feel like shifting a Toyota 499810



- BX2246
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I like the design and relatively easy install - I did it myself on a Honda CRV after I watched the great etrailer videos online. These walked me thru the install steps. Very helpful. 574165



- BX2195
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great Product... fit as subscribed on 2011 Ford Ranger,easy to follow instructions. There was no communication from e-trailer. After 8 days of nothing I had to call, product at that time had not even been shipped. Very Disappointing. Not so sure I'll buy from them again. 281955



- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The base plate was phone ordered on Wednesday and received the following Monday. Wife and I installed it Tuesday on a 2015 Jeep Rubicon. The most difficult part was cutting the belly pan to fit over it. (It always is it seems. Everything else was routine. Thanks for your help in getting the correct part number straight for us. Joe and Joyce 172278



- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


My third Blue Ox Base Plate. Fit and function are perfect. Fits my existing (first) tow bar and the tab height is nearly exactly the same as my 12 year older Jeep so didn't even need to make any draw bar changes. 111481


Comments

Still attached and working perfectly. Continues to survive some rather intense back country trails with no complaints.

Alan B - 12/30/2014

8281

- BX1648
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Received your product in good timing. I have it installed as the installation was not difficult. Will be using it during my vacation which is a trek across our province. 208904


Comments

This is our second year to use your product. Just got back from a three weekvacation and used your product and find it excellent. We passed informationalong to many friends we met during that time and gave them the name of yourcompany. Thank you for the excellent service and look forward to many yearsof using the tow package

Albert C - 08/23/2016

20510

- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I have now installed the following on my 2017 Wrangler: Brake light relay kit . Hopkins Towed vehicle Tail Light wiring kit. Blue Ox base plate. Blue Ox Patriot Portable RF Braking System. All of this has taken about 3 days of work spread out over a week or so. Overall it went well. Not too many surprises. Crawling around under a car at 71 is a bit of a strain but I'll get over it. I must say that Donna P. has been a wonderful source of great information and has stayed right on top of the process. eTrailer has been a great source for this project. I would recommend you all with no hesitation. 396395


Comments

I am still in love with the products. My only issue is having enough time to use them more.

John M - 06/15/2018

39803

- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Installation on the Jeep Wrangler was very easy. All the directions were clear and accurate. I Remove the valance under the bumper, disconnect the Fog Lights, remove the 8 bolts under the bumper, and remove the front bumper. I used a 4' board and a floor jack to balance and lift the base place. the base plate was a very snug fit and need a little tap with a mallet to align and level. The Nuts with long wires welded to them were great in easing the installation. I spent more time looking for a 17/32 drill bit which I could not find that anything. A 1/2" worked find. The only help I need was marking the valance, I aligned and held in place while my wife mark both sides. 24574



- BX1138
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


After checking around for prices, I found etrailer to have what I needed and along with their expert advice and install videos, was very easy to get installed. Shipping was free and very fast. This was for a 2018 Jeep Cherokee 4x4 for flat towing behind my RV. Looking at their site now for some accessories for my RV. 469890



- BX1689
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


This baseplate is very well made and sturdy. I would rate it excellent but for 2 flaws: 1. My vehicle has a power steering cooler which the instructions say to relocate on the supplied brackets. Relocating as instructed puts excessive strain on the connecting hoses. I had to cut the pipes and add about 3 inches of rubber hose to the power steering cooler to make it fit comfortably. 2. Blue Ox do not provide any kind of support outside office hours. This type of product is typically installed by the user over a weekend and BO should provide support to their customers during this time. Overall, I would rate ease of install at 5 (out of 10) excluding the cooler issue. Hook up to the completed baseplate is a breeze. We have the Aventa II towbar which takes about 2 minutes to connect. 108372



- BX1675
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product and fast service. 16425



- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


fast friendly service and price matched when I found it cheaper plus 10%. Its not that hard to install even for a old guy who is a jack of all trades and master of none. 433567



- BX3613
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great base plate, real solid construction, thick powder coat, and all aligned well. Biggest pain to expect at install is all the plastic pop-rivets on the Subaru front bumper. The alignment and hardware was all perfect otherwise. And best of all, you can barely see the connections inside the bumper with the attachment pins removed. Great product. 225392


Comments

Thanks for reaching out. We ended up selling the car, but the base plate worked perfect for us. I really like how the car towed, just did like how it drove !We are considering our next options, so we will definitely be back with etrailer to get our next plates and tow wiring.Thanks.

Keith C - 09/14/2016

21003

- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I ordered the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar, base plate and curt trailer hitch for my 08 Wrangler on Tuesday and it arrived on Friday. The installation for the base plate and trailer hitch went without a problem. The instructions were well written. Total installation time for both was less than 4 hours. Etrailer readily made good on their low price pledge and reimbursed me the price difference plus 10% when I found the base plate at a lower price than etrailer advertised. On my tow bar the dust boots were not properly attached and Judy at etrailer immediately ordered new zip ties and boots from Blue Ox. I will do business with these folks again. 344869



- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Although I am commenting on this product, I actually would like to comment on the following products. I purchased a brake system, tow bar, base plates and wire harness from etrailer. All of my orders were filled in a timely manner. When I reached out for technical assistance, the advisors were readily accessible. All of the products were installed by me. All of the products were very easy to install by using the video and instructions. 337852



- BX2238
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I am sending some pictures of my installation of the base plate and the wiring harness (TM783130) and the blue ox tow bar on my 2005 Honda CRV. It worked out OK although the instruction for the base plate ( BX2238) installation instructions could be improved some. Everything is installed and operational. Have towed the Honda 150 miles satisfactorily. Thanks for your interest. 468877



- BX2663
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


etrailer is 5 stars all the way. I ordered before noon on monday and the parts show up before noon on wednesday. I wasn't even ready for them yet! I ordered the rm-155 tail light kit and it installed easily the next day. I'm still working on the baseplate but it looks well made and all parts are there. There is no install with the tow bar but again it looks well made and all the parts are there. I will try and update after it's completed but life is getting in the way with family, again. I wish all e retailers were this good. 422711


Comments

After several thousand miles on this baseplate, there have been no issues. I am now to the point where I can hook up the car myself in under 5 minutes start to finish. The install was easier than I expected but I do have a 2 post lift in my garage. Fit and finish of the baseplate is very good and has gone through snow and rain also salt on the road. Would I use etrailer again? Absolutely!

Dave L - 08/18/2018

42533

- BX2246
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Have yet to tow with the recently installed base plate. Comments on install instructions: While the base plate is still off the vehicle, verify the self-tapping screws that secure the wiring receptacle snugly fit and will tighten. In my case, the provided self-tapping screws were too small and would not tighten to hold the electrical connector in place. I ended up using a 1/4-20 tap to cut threads into the bracket. Regretfully I didn't notice this until after the base plate was installed, while finishing up the wiring. There is little room to work a tap once everything is back in place! When removing the windshield washer reservoir, there is a connector securing the filler spout inside the engine compartment that the installation instructions & installation video neglect to tell you to remove prior to pulling the reservoir down & out. Base plate mounting plates were bowed inward by nearly 3/8" making it extremely difficult to slide into position to drill mounting holes; suggest verifying the clear spacing between the plate at the crossbar and then again at the edge furthest away from the cross bar. If short, use a hydraulic jack and some timber spacers to spread out to proper width. Finished install looks great, I'll supplement my review after towing. 522349



- BX2258
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Product and installation video was quite helpful. The video made it seem simple and straight foward some of the details on the hard to reach components in the vehicle could have been more detailed. I was missing 2 of the 8.8 bolts and had to go the hardware store to pick it up. Other than that, I am satisfied with the product. 572292



- BX1139
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Wanted to share a positive experience with one of your service reps. Diana was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the product and application. I purchased the baseplate from ETrailer because of her support. I found it cheaper eleswhere online but Diana and, your organization were outstanding! 572584



- BX2232
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Baseplate Installation: I called several RV and trailer hitch centers. Parts and installation ranged from $2,050 to $2,200! Yikes! I read many installation reviews that concerned me about installing this tow bar myself on my 2003 Honda CRV. One reviewer took over 7 hours; some gave up. Yet, some reviewer didn't have difficulties. I view eTrailer's install video on a 2003 Honda Element, similar to the CRV; didn't seem all that difficult, but it's what you don't see that can be the problem. Received the tow bar before the expected delivery date! Read the instruction; watch the video again, and said, what the heck. Before I started, I purchased a new, high-quality 13/32" bit, Locktite (red), and six push rivets from Honda (I figured I break a few, and I did, and some were missing). Working slowly and reading the instructions, I had the front end off in 45 min (Steps 1-4). Removed the metal bumper, drilled and set frame support bolts, and removed the bumper flange in an hour (Steps 5-8). I did grind smooth and primer the removed flange area (photo). My 86 y.o. father-in-law help me with the baseplate attachment. Took our time; did a dry fit to see how the receivers fit through the grill; drilled, set bolts, and safety cable; all in less than an hour (Steps 9-11). I stood back and couldn't believe it was installed; what did I miss? Nothing. Reassembled the front end. Didn't have to cut the grill. I am most pleased. 212462


Comments

Perfectly!

Rebecca O - 07/16/2016

19449

- BX2258
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product. Well designed and easy to install. Only difficulties during the installation are those plastic fasteners on vehicle-- suggest buying about six to have on hand for re-installation, as no matter how careful you are ...plastic is plastic, if you know what I mean. Very informative installation video that will assist anyone thinking of buying or installing this unit. If you're handy with tools, go for it! Note: I took the text from the video and created a simple instruction "list" for buddy and I to follow along, to be ensure we didn't miss any steps as pictures on actual instructions were not too useful. 225836


Comments

ETrailer customer service rocks!Thank you for the follow-up.To date, base plate was installed using your VERY helpful tutorials andvideo clips, which saved me cost of installation.No towing as of yet... baseplate was installed as pre-plan to pendingretirement.Thanks

Tall P - 09/21/2016

21116

- BX2514
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The Blue Ox base plate fit perfectly. It was not what I would consider an "easy" installation, as it was a bit difficult to gain access to the OEM tie down bolts that hold this base plate in position. I have years of experience with Miatas and as such, was familiar with the underbody panels that needed to be removed and/or loosened to get to the bolts. Not sure that a "newbie" would know just what and where to go with it all. Overall a fine product, already towed the Miata with this baseplate and a Blue Ox Adventurer tow bar. Smooth and safe towing. Happy with the purchase, the price, and the quick shipping. If or when I need additional towing equipment, etrailer.com will be at the top of my list. Only point that I have a bit of an issue with is: When I ordered up this base plate, the tow bar, and the Roadmaster lighting kit, and spoke with a customer service rep, I asked if there was ANYTHING else I needed to order to be ready to tow. I was told "No, you've got it all." That is not the case. The safety cables in the base plate package are NOT to hook up the towed vehicle to the towing vehicle, rather to connect the base plate to some frame members on the towed vehicle. That was not made clear to me at all. I had to go out and source some safety cables/chains in order to hook up and go. I could have easily added those to my original order and saved a bit of trouble right at the last minute. Not a huge issue luckily at the time, but an inconvenience just when I needed less of such. Not enough of an issue to really downgrade my experience with etrailer.com, but somebody there needs to make their sales people aware of what the bits and pieces in the packages are for. 221247



- BX1126
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Overall, the Blue Ox system has worked out great. I had read a lot of reviews, mostly positive, but some who had some difficulty with the installation, but in my case I had no real difficulty at all. The base plate lined up good, I did use a pry bar to spring it a bit, but nothing major. Ok, so this review if for the entire Blue Ox base plate, Blue Ox Alpha, Patriot II and Hopkings light kit package. I deviated a bit from the base plate installation procedure. I never used the vice grips, I simply installed the 5/8" bolts, leveled the plate and torqued them up after applying red Locktite. I was able to wedge/slip the spacer bars into position and then I drilled the frame using the base plate/spacer bar combination to keep the drill perfectly aligned. I did not have a 17/32 drill so I simply used a 1/2" drill to start each hole. I then swapped down to a 1/4" drill to punch through the frame and progressively drilled the hole larger until I got to the 1/2" bit. I have a Drill Doctor to keep my bits very sharp so they do not drift or wander. Great tool for your shop if you do not have one. I also drilled the hole toward the rear first. Once that was complete, I installed the rear most 1/2" bolt, Locktite and torqued that bolt. I then started a 1/2" hole using the base plate, swapped to the smaller bit and again progressively drill to 1/2" using the spacer as a guide and installed the front 1/2" bolt with Locktite and then torqued. I can see where if you installed the front bolt first, it would be difficult to reach the rear to get the nut started. I rechecked the torque on all the bolts once installed. Word of caution, the nuts have some "teeth" to bite into the frame when installed. These kind of nuts do not want to be tightened and loosened repeatedly. You want to install them once and go right to tightness. Less risk of breaking the wire that is welded to the nuts because the teeth are initially sharp and will bite into the frame. If you tighten and loosen these nuts the teeth get duller and will not grab very well. The purpose of the wire is only to align the nut with the bolt. I did slightly "kink" the wires on the bolts so the nuts started easily on the threads of the bolt. To refit the air dam underneath, I simply measured the distance between the left and right side of the base plate and transferred that dimension to the plastic dam. Rather than cut with a knife, I drilled a 1/2" hole in the plastic dam at the bottom end, used masking tape to mark my cut lines and then finished with a fine tooth jigsaw cutting 1/2" slots. Since the base plate is 1/4" thick the 1/2" slots give me a bit of play and look nice and even. I did not take photos yet, but if I can get back here I'll post a few of the finished product. Among the things I really like about this is how up tight and close the base plate connections are to my bumper. You really do not notice the base plate when you look at the front of the Jeep which to me gives it a nice clean look. I got a Patriot II remote braking system. It took me longer to route the "break away wire" and switch than to set up the remote control. The Hopkins brake light package was easy to install and directions were clear. Spent most of my time deciding how to route the wires from rear to front. 563983



- BX2805
by:

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Delivered quickly. Very easy to install, replaces factory sub-bumper, and honestly about 3 times more rugged. spacers shown in picture are already there behind factory bumper. A lift or ramps are helpful, as car is very low to the ground. took about 1 1/2 hours total. Hint: after removing nose, remove grill separately if possible, then after installation, you can replace nose totally, then get better idea where to trim grill and snap it into place 147716



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Easy installation. Great product 279815



- BX4104
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I thought price was a little high, but they worked very well. Fit perfectly and looked good. Came with clear installation instructions. The nuts on steel wires made it possible to slide them deep inside the frame where the support plates bolted on without any trouble. 425142



- BX2258
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Great product. Well designed and easy to install. Only difficulties during the installation are those plastic fasteners on vehicle-- suggest buying about six to have on hand for re-installation, as no matter how careful you are ...plastic is plastic, if you know what I mean. Very informative installation video that will assist anyone thinking of buying or installing this unit. If you're handy with tools, go for it! Note: I took the text from the video and created a simple instruction "list" for buddy and I to follow along, to be ensure we didn't miss any steps as pictures on actual instructions were not too useful. Also, the baseplate comes with a nice step bracket for easy break-away switch mounting, which was a plus. 225837


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ETrailer customer service rocks!Thank you for the follow-up.To date, base plate was installed using your VERY helpful tutorials andvideo clips, which saved me cost of installation.No towing as of yet... baseplate was installed as pre-plan to pendingretirement.Thanks

Tall P - 09/21/2016

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- BX1674
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Nice equipment. Took me 3 hours to put on. Had to cut the bumper with a torch it went across the holes. Other than that it was pretty simple. Should work great. Planning on traveling and pulling our truck 4 down with our motorhome. 491940



- BX2414
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This was pretty straightforward install. When you’re removing the 3 bolts in the fender wells, you might as well remove the other 2 and just remove the plastic fender well liner. The instructions say to remove both bolts holding the tow hooks in place, but only one bolt can actually be removed. The bolts with the rubber grommets cannot be removed. The picture with the baseplate installed shows the OEM bolt in place. I did have to remove a little more of the metal bracket than indicated in the instructions for reinstalling the front clip to clear the base plates. 545887



- BX2258
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This heavy kit was packaged very well and arrived in great condition. I appreciated how this was mostly a bolt-on affair; the only "major" issue that I had to take care of was some factory holes in the bumper support tubes that didn't line up with the base plate, but that was easily and quickly taken care of with a 1/2" drill bit. Do yourselves a favor and watch etrailer's installation video multiple times if you plan on doing the installation yourself. The installation manual that came with the base plate isn't as clear as I would've liked. Note the torque specs for the particular fasteners and compare the packing list with what you received. Otherwise, go off of etrailer's video. If you're not towing the car the base plate all but disappears once you remove the tabs. I ended up spray painting the two bolts that fasten the 6-pole connector to the base plate black so it blends in even more. After about 2,100 miles of flat towing the CR-V over the course of 2 weeks in the Western US with a whole bunch of climbs and curves I can comfortably say that this base plate is solid. 402888



- BX1136
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I ordered all the parts required to safely flat tow out 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk from ETrailer.com. The only part they didn't have was the Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement kit Jeep requires to flat tow this model. Ordering from them was great, the website is easy to use and I was able to locate all the pieces compatible with my specific vehicle. The expert recommendations help my decision choosing the right parts. I ordered from ETrailer even though I found some of the parts on other websites a little cheaper. I chose to pay a little more because of all the effort ETrailer has put into installation videos and guides. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn from ETrailer that they have a price match guarantee! So my equipment consisted of the following Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement Kit (from Jeep) Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit for Towed Vehicles Mighty Cord 7-Way RV Style Trailer Connector - Trailer End WesBarg 7-Way, RV-Style Connector w/ 6' Long Coiled Cable Trailer End Pollak Black Plastic, 7-Pole, RV Blade-Style Trailer Socket - Vehicle End Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar - Motor Home Mount - 6,500 lbs Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms Blue Ox Tow Bar Cover - Aladdin, Aventa LX, Aventa II The installation videos are great but not all inclusive. Take the time to read the instructions that come with the parts. This is a major project, I took about 30 hrs over a full week but as you'll see in the pictures I took s few extra steps to make a cleaner look. Some of those extra steps: The base plate install requires the bumper be modified cutting off a flange on each side, I spray painted this to prevent corrosion. In the install video of the baseplate on the drivers side they use an extra quick link (not included) to run the safety cable around the wiper fluid reservoir. I took the time to remove it and run the safety cable behind it. I didn't want our nice new vehicle to look like it can be towed so I played the brake away switch and 7 way trailer plug behind the license plate, so when not being towed our vehicle looks great! Some things to be aware of. The Brake air cylinder that mounts to the brake pedal with four bolts may need longer bolts, it did on our Jeep. Spend the money for weather tight heat shrink crimp fittings. The Hopkins wire harness was about 1.5 feet short to get to my plug location. Buy extra zip ties, electrical tape and split loom. I recommend reading all the various installation manuals and watching all the videos because the various components integrate together and if you install one at a time you'll be doing a bunch of extra work. The brake light relay is a real pain in the butt, not because of the hardware but because of the location of the brake light switch which is very hard to get to. Overall I am very happy with the products and how the installation looks. We haven't towed it yet but do not expect any problems. 410274


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Still very happy with our purchase. We’ve towed over 10k miles and have had zero issues with our tow setup. I’ve shared my experience with several other RVrs and recommended your company for their needs. Thank you,

Roy - 07/30/2018

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- BX1725
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I recently bought a Spark to use as a toad for my toyhauler. The next step was to select a baseplate, towbar, light system, etc. I wanted a baseplate that would be as inocuous as possible when not in use and be simple to connect and detatch. The Blue Ox 1725 seemed to fit the bill. I combined it with the Curt towbar and a Blue Ox adapter, which resulted in a nice clean and simple system. The staff at Etrailer went out of their way to answer my questions and to insure that my order was delivered quickly. Great service as always. The install went smoothly thanks to the great instalkation video. I am very happy with the way that it turned out. 560621



- BX1689
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This is the fourth base plate my brother and I have installed, and probably most complex as it involved making cuts to the vehicle . As always, we received the products ordered from etrailer very promptly. The install was successful, just as we age a little more difficult. 470774


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  • To connect a Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain tow bar # RM-576 to a set of Blue Ox # BX1110 base plates you are correct that you will need RoadMaster Sterling Tow Bars to Blue Ox Brackets Adapter # RM-031-5. This kit will work as long as your tow bar serial number is above 14,501. The tow bar and base plates are just two of the components needed for safe and legal flat towing. The linked article covers these and the other items required, which include a wiring/lighting solution and a...
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  • Since your Sterling tow bar has a serial number above 14,501 you can use Roadmaster adapter # RM-031-5 to attach to the Blue Ox base plates # BX2218 on your 1997 Honda CR-V. The Blue Ox base plates cannot be fitted with quick disconnects or the keeper for the EZ Hook safety cables. So I recommend using straight safety cables # RM-649.
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