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 BX1118 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 - BX1118

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
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug or bracket (sold separately)
  • 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: 15"
  • 3-Year warranty


BX1118 Blue Ox Standard Base Plate Kit



BX1118 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BX1118 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1997 - 2002 Jeep TJ standard bumper

1997 - 2002 Jeep Wrangler standard bumper





Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms - BX1118

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (864 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.

- BX1118
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Jeep

Great product easy to put on. I have a 2000 Jeep Sahara. Plate went on real easy. I didn't have to remove my bumper. My jeep has a 4 inch lift plate took about 21/2 hours I was by myself and took my time. 501360



- BX1118
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1998 Jeep Wrangler

Great customer service. Came quickly, packaged well. Great on everything! 440314



- BX1118
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1997 Jeep TJ

The installation on my 97 Jeep TJ was easy, the fit to the frame was exact - really designed to fit perfectly. Component and extras were all inclusive with detailed instruction sheets. 162367



- BX1118
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2002 Jeep Wrangler

Perfect fit for my 02 Wrangler. A bit tricky getting the nuts into the frame after drilling the holes in the frame..More detailed instruction would be helpful. 149874


Comments

Still working great..

Howard R - 09/08/2015

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- BX1118
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Jeep

I received my order a day earlier than expected. Customer Service was great and they have fast shipping. The part fit just as described. I will update with pictures when I have the RV and Jeep hooked up and ready to tow. 114589


Comments

The Base Plate is working perfect on my 97 Jeep Wrangler TJ. We have used it a lot and getting ready to use it again in a few days.....heading South!!! Im glad I bought something I could trust and not just a cheaper off brand model. Blue Ox is Great quality and a good solid fit and Im still a Happy Camper!!! 5 Stars again!!!

Art - 01/23/2015

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- BX1118
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2000 Jeep Wrangler

Base plate kit is what I wanted and it fits my jeep wrangler really good and was easy to put on one man job. Thank you Rich E 70611



- BX1118
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2001 Jeep Wrangler

Easy installation. well-made product. 60506



- BX1118
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Excellent follow up and Customer support by Etrailer! 51528



- BX1118
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2001 Jeep Wrangler

Just as advertised. Quick shipping for free. I'll be a repeat customer. thanks Charlie 41481



- BX2258
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The base plate was fairly easy to install on our 2013 Honda C-RV. The videos on etrailer are very helpful, giving us the confidence to do the job in our own garage. The only problem with installation was that the holes didn't quite line up after removing the bumper. I think that was noted in the instructions. The removable arms work well and we have had no issues. We have been using this product towing our car behind our motor home for over 15K miles in the last year without incident. I recommend this product. 352325



- BX2412
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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
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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

- BX2258
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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. Also, the baseplate comes with a nice step bracket for easy break-away switch mounting, which was a plus. 225837


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

21117

- BX1126
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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

- BX1721
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product, great company. They work to keep their customers and show appreciation for same. 610362



- 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



- BX2195
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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
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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

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- BX1126
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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



- BX1139
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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
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Installation pic 411274



- BX1721
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


2017 Chevrolet Colorado Removal of all parts and pieces was pretty easy. TRICKIEST part was reinstalling front of truck by my self, but i got installed with a little bit of patience. The installation video on youtube was a GREAT HELP!!! 486260



- BX1721
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I am a pretty good do it your selfer. This was the second base plate i have installed by myself. The first one was on a 2010 Honda Fit. This job took me about 8hrs. by myself. The instructions were first rate. Plus the BIGGEST help was the instructional video about this particular car. OUT STANDING!!! The only problem i had was getting the front plastic cap back on by my self, took awhile but i got it done. Then the second install was on my 2017 Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 pickup. I watched etrailers instructional video about 10 times. By the time i was ready to install the base plate, i pretty much knew what to expect and what to do. The truck job took me about 5 hrs. My best advice i can give is to WATCH their videos, not once, not twice but 4 or 5 times, or more, then the job goes along alot better. And it will be alot easier if you have some help to lift the front plastic cap off, and to reinstall. The rest can be done with no help. 586022



- BX1731
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product. I received the BX1731 base plate and followed the directions given to install on my 2018 Chevy High Country. Install went smoothly and took about 3 hours and that was taking my time. 619643



- BX1119
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Easy installation. Great product 279815



- BX1126
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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

- BX2246
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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



- BX1126
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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



- BX3613
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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

- BX1648
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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

- BX3788
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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



- BX1138
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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



- BX1675
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Great product and fast service. 16425



- BX1126
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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
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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



- BX1126
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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



- BX1689
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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



- BX2238
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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



- BX2232
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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

- BX1126
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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



- BX2246
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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



- BX1136
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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


Comments

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

41669

- BX2258
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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
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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



- BX2663
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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


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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

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- BX2258
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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



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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



- BX1139
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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



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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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  • Blue Ox Base Plate Kit to Fit 2002 Jeep TJ Wrangler with Blue Ox Tow Bar
  • For your 2002 Jeep TJ Wranger with a Blue Ox tow bar we have the base plate kit part # BX1118 which will work great as it fits basically all of the standard Blue Ox tow bars: Acclaim, Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars.
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  • 4-Way Trailer Connector for Use with Blue Ox Base Plate Kit
  • If you just need the round 4-way trailer connector then you can use the Replacement 4-Wire Plug part # 294-0805. However, you will still need the bracket part 299-0685 which is number 10 in the attached parts list in order to attach the 4-way to the two posts on the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BX1118. If you do need the part 299-0685 then this would be something you would need to contact Blue OX to replace as we do not offer this part as a replacement at this time.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
  • Yes, the Demco Commander tow bar # DM9511010 will work to flat tow your 1999 Jeep Wrangler. You need several other items to complete your towing setup though. The first thing you will need is a base plate kit. If you have a double tube bumper you want the part # DM9517046, if you have a U-channel bumper you would want part # DM9519045. Check out the pictures I attached to see the differences between the two bumper styles. For lighting you can use the bulb and socket kit, # RM-155, and...
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  • Recommended Wiring Kit and Other Parts to Flat Tow a 2005 Jeep Wrangler
  • Instead of using the # BX8848 wiring kit and adding a connector and umbilical cord between the Wrangler and RV I would use the # RM-15267 kit which includes everything. It will make the installation much easier and have a cleaner look once installed. I've attached an installation video on a 2007 Wrangler Unlimited which will be very similar process to yours. In reference to your other choices, the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 is an excellent choice and includes the safety cables....
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2001 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Blue Ox Adventurer Tow Bar, # BX7322, fits tow bar spreads of 16 inches apart to 34 inches apart on center. But without knowing the brand of base plates you have I cannot say whether or not it is compatible. If you determine that you need base plates, use # BX1118 if your Wrangler has a U-channel bumper, or use # BX1120 for a double tube bumper. In order to flat tow a vehicle there are 5 things you need. In addition to base plates and a tow bar, you will also need safety cables,...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 1998 Jeep TJ Behind Motorhome
  • To flat tow your 1998 Jeep TJ behind your motorhome you will need a number of items, and all are outlined in the linked article on flat towing. These include a tow bar, safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit, and base plates and a braking system for the towed Jeep. Price for each item is shown on its individual page. For base plates you can use the linked page; this will allow you to select the type of front bumper you have on the Jeep as this affects the fit of base plates. For a u-channel...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1999 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 would work to flat tow your 1999 Jeep Wrangler. You will need several other items to complete your towing setup though. The first thing you will need is a base plate kit. If you have a double tube bumper you would want the part # BX1120, if you have a U-channel bumper you would want part # BX1118. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight...
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  • Recommended Base Plate Fit for 2005 Jeep Wrangler with U-Channel Bumper
  • The correct Blue Ox base plate for a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with a u-channel type front bumper is their kit # BX1118. Their kit # BX1124 only fits right-hand-drive models with a double-tube bumper. Flat towing also requires a number of other component parts, including the tow bar, safety cables, a wiring/lighting kit of some kind, a high/low hitch adapter and a supplementary braking system for the towed vehicle. All of these items are covered in the linked articles on flat towing. The...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1998 Jeep Wrangler Behind an RV
  • Your 1998 Jeep Wrangler has the factory U-channel bumper so for Blue Ox base plates # BX1118 is the correct model for your Jeep. While we do not have a video showing installation I have included a link to the detailed instructions that explain the installation. For a compatible tow bar I recommend the Alpha, # BX7365. The Alpha is rated for 6,500 pounds and it comes with safety cables so you will not have to purchase any separately. For lighting I recommend the bulb and socket kit...
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  • How to Flat Tow 1997 Jeep Wrangler with Curt Tow Bar
  • The only base plate kit solution we have that will work with your Curt tow bar part # C19745 is going to be if you use a Blue Ox base plate kit like the # BX1118 with the Blue Ox adapter # BX8833. We don't have any other adapter solutions that will work with your Curt tow bar.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Behind Motorhome
  • Safe and legal flat towing behind a motorhome requires a few components which include the tow bar, safety cables, a wiring/lighting solution, a high/low hitch adapter and base plates and a braking system for the towed car. Each of these items is covered in the linked article on the basics of flat towing and other articles are included too. Base plate fits for the Jeep vary depending on your bumper type. The Blue Ox kit # BX1118 is correct if you have a U-channel front bumper. The Acclaim...
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  • Blue Ox Base Plates for 2002 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Roadmaster Base Plate to Blue Ox Tow Bar Adapter, part # RM-033 is not included with the Blue Ox Acclaim Tow Bar. You would only need the adapter if your Jeep is already equipped with the Roadmaster Base Plates. If you do not yet have the base plates for your Jeep, we now carry Blue Ox base plates. For a C-channel bumper, use base plate part # BX1118, or # BX1120 for a double-tube bumper. When possible, it is best to use a tow bar and base plate from the same manufacturer. To...
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  • Is an Adapter Available for a Stowmaster 5000 Tow Bar to Blue Ox Base Plate on a 1997 Jeep Wrangler
  • Unfortunately, there is not an adapter available that will allow you to use the Stowmaster 5000 tow bar with a set of Blue Ox base plates. This means that you also would not be able to use the Roadmaster Guardian 2nd Vehicle Kit, # RM-4000-1, that you referenced. You have two options. First, if you want stay with your Stowmaster tow bar you could go with a set of Roadmaster base plates on your 1997 Jeep Wrangler. You would need part # RM-521424-4 if your Jeep has a double tube bumper....
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  • Blue Ox Flat Towing Parts Needed for a 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ
  • We have exactly what you are looking for. First you will need to check out the pictures I attached to determine which bumper style you have on your 2002 Jeep Wrangler though. If you have the U-channel bumper you would need the part # BX1118 and if you have the double tube bumper you would need the part # BX1120. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. The most popular compatible...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1997 Jeep Wrangler Behind an RV Using a Ready Brute Elite Tow Bar
  • First, the Blue Ox base plates for your 1997 Jeep Wrangler with factory U-Channel bumper, # BX1118, do mount below the bumper. The measurement of 15 inches you mentioned is from the ground to the center of the tabs which is the part that attaches to the tow bar. This is assuming stock tire sizes. So you would add half the height difference to bring it to 16 inches so you are correct there. The height difference between the center of the receiver opening on the RV and the center of the...
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  • Base Plate Kit Recommendation for a 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport Automatic and a Remco Tow Bar
  • Based on my research, your Remco tow bar should be compatible with all Blue Ox base plates, so for your 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sport, I would recommend the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, # BX1118. I would also recommend verifying that your tow bar is compatible with Blue Ox base plates. This base plate kit is compatible with the U-channel or double tube bumper. Before you install a base plate kit, I recommend checking your vehicle owners manual for flat tow compatibility. There may be certain...
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  • Blue Ox Base Plate BX1118 Compatibility with Alpha Tow Bar BX7365
  • The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1118 fits the 2004 Jeep Wrangler with a u-channel type front bumper. Since there are many oem/aftermarket bumper options for Jeeps the base plate makers like Blue Ox and Roadmaster produce many kits to ensure compatibility with the different configurations that are out on the road. With this base plate kit installed you can use any of several Blue Ox tow bars including their Acclaim, Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Avail, Aventa LX, and Trion tow bars....
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2000 Jeep Wrangler TJ
  • Those are weldnut plates with 14 inches of wire behind them. These are used to provide a nut for a bolt that threads through the base plate kit and then through the frame. The nut plate gets inserted into the frame and gets aligned so that the installation bolt that secures the base plate kit to the frame has something to tighten onto. I attached the installation instructions for this base plate kit to give you more installation info. There are several other components needed to flat...
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  • Recommended Base Plates Wiring and Supplemental Braking System for 2000 Jeep Wrangler
  • You should be able to tow the Wrangler, but as a first step you'll want to look in the owner's manual in the Towing or Recreational Towing section for any procedures or recommendations from Jeep. My research indicates that your Wrangler can be flat towed without modification, but I'd urge you to confirm this for yourself. If you find your Wrangler can be towed on all 4 wheels, you'll need a # BX1120 base plate if your Jeep has the OEM double tube bumper or # BX1118 for the U-channel...
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  • Purpose of Loops on Ends of Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BX1118
  • The loops on the outside edges of the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1118 are for attaching the safety cables of the tow bar to.
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  • Can Blue Ox Acclaim Tow Bar be Used with Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1118 on 2002 Jeep Wrangler
  • I spoke with my contact at Blue Ox and you can use your Acclaim Tow Bar, # BX4330, with Base Plate Kit, # BX1118, for your 2002 Jeep Wrangler. In addition to the base plates and tow bar, you may still need a lighting solution and in most states, a supplemental braking system. I am including a couple recommendations for you. MaxxTow Magnetic Tow Lights, # MT70097, which provide the emergency flashers and signal lights required for towing without having to tap into existing wiring. Blue...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 1999 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 would work to flat tow your 1999 Jeep Wrangler. You will need several other items to complete your towing setup though. The first thing you will need is a base plate kit. If you have a double tube bumper you would want the part # BX1120, if you have a U-channel bumper you would want part # BX1118. For lighting you can use the diode kit, # RM-15267, and not have to worry about cutting into the taillight housing. This will splice into your taillight...
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  • Needing Flat Towing Base Plate for a 1997 Jeep Wrangler to Work With a Blue OX Adventurer Tow Bar
  • I have found the base plates that will work for you. The Blue Ox Base Plate, # BX1118, are a confirmed fit on a 1997 Jeep Wrangler with the U-channel bumper. The Blue Ox base plate are custom-fit and will require no welding when installing on your Jeep. This Blue Ox base plate is also compatible with the Blue Ox Adventurer Tow Bar, # BX7322, that you already have for your flat towing set-up.
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