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 BX1120 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 - BX1120

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 Adventurer, Aventa, Aladdin, Alpha and Allure tow bars
  • 3-Year warranty


BX1120 Blue Ox Standard Base Plate Kit



BX1120 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BX1120 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

1997 - 2006 Jeep TJ Double tube bumper

1997 - 2006 Jeep Wrangler Double tube bumper

1997 - 2006 Jeep TJ standard bumper

1997 - 2006 Jeep Wrangler standard bumper




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 Plates - Fixed Draw Bars - BX1120 Review

Speaker 1: Today, we're taking a look at a Blue Ox base plate kit. This product fits certain years and models of the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler TJ. To ensure that it is a fit for your vehicle, you could always use the vehicle guide, located at etrailer.com.This is a custom-fit base plate that provides attachment points for your tow bar. That way, you can easily tow your vehicle behind your motor home. The unit does feature a hidden reinforcement design, so that means that less of the bracket actually shows, once it's installed. You won't have that crossbar support beam or large, protruding brackets.It's a sturdy, dependable design.

This unit's designed to really help spread out the towing force evenly, which really minimizes the amount of weight placed on the suspension. It's constructed of a durable steel, and it features a really nice black, powder-coated finish on it to resist rust and corrosion.Pretty simple installation. It's straightforward. There's no welding required. It bolts securely to your vehicle frame or chassis.

It comes with all the necessary hardware for the installation. It even has integrated mounting points that let you easily attach an electrical connector, plug, or a bracket. It does come with this bracket for general connectors, as well as attachment hardware.Instructions are included, as well, and it comes with permanent baseplate safety cables and quick links. Now, these cables connect from the baseplate to the frame rail or cross-member of the vehicle frame. These cables prevent the towed vehicle from breaking loose in the event the connection between the frame of the towed vehicle and the baseplate fails or becomes disconnected.The unit is adaptable for use with the Roadmaster tow bars with the Roadmaster tow bar adapter, part number RM-031 or RM-031-5.

Both of those items are sold separately and available at etrailer.com. This product is made in the USA. The distance between the brackets on center . That separation is 24 inches. This is designed to work with the Blue Ox Adventurer, Aventa, Aladdin, Alpha, and Allure tow bars.That's going to do it for today's look at the Blue Ox baseplate kit..


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Fixed Arms - BX1120

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (862 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.

- BX1120
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1999 Jeep Wrangler

I had a simple ball hitch setup for my 1999 Jeep Wrangler for towing behind our RV. Our first trip out with it, the bolts that attached the bar connectors to the front of the Jeep came loose. I was fortunate that they didn't come out completely and cause a major accident. I was able to tighten them again, and we had no additional issues on our trip. Of course, this made me extremely nervous with my 'budget' route to tow the Jeep so I began looking for a better, more reliable solution. Blue Ox was the name that kept coming up so I purchased the BX1120. The build quality is outstanding, it's extremely solid and very durable. Installation time was about an hour and a half once I had the right tools, couldn't find my 1/2 inch socket set! I'm using the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar with this setup. I will say that having a second set of hands to install is valuable, my son had to come help me get the drivers side bolts in while I held the steering housing in place. All in all, I'm very pleased with the product. It went in easy and should save my nerves on our next road trip! 1999 Jeep Wrangler Sport After market front bumper (Plenty of clearance with this specific mount) 568411



- BX1120
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Perfect fit, well built of high quality materials. In my mind you just can't get much better than Blue Ox. The only issue is that the BX1120 doesn't have removable twist lock tabs. The fixed draw bar mounting tabs are at just the right height and position to play havoc with your shins when the draw bar is not installed. I solved that problem with a shin guard I made of 2 inch schedule 40 PVC. (see photo) Fits perfectly, guards the breakaway switch and lighting connector when not in use, and solves the shin interference problem. 627745



- BX1120
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2003 Jeep Wrangler

Thank you Dan, etrailer, and Blue Ox !! Everything went well just followed directions. 496534



- BX1120
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2005 Jeep Wrangler

E-Trailer was very helpful, fast & delivered on time. Lowest price with free shipping. 491847



- BX1120
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2006 Jeep Wrangler

Exactly what I ordered , On time delivery, Perfect fit 462139



- BX1120
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Fit very well. Had a good time flat towing this past year. Much easier than I thought it would be. 353668



- BX1120
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Good price. Works as expected. Excellent customer service 324057



- BX1120
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No issues. 301442



- BX1120
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Great service and great product 287444



- BX1120
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1998 Jeep Wrangler

Easy to install. Photos and video on ETrailer's site were quite helpful. 239199



- BX1120
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I was extremely impressed with the help I received in selecting this tow bar bracket. When mounted, everything lined up perfectly. Excellent product 223303



- BX1120
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You have to have a right angle drill to drill two of the holes in the frame. It would have been nice to know that. It is also tricky to fish the bolts though the frame slot with the nuts attached to long bendable wires, to get them in place to hold the bolts. Other than that. It is great. 165752



- BX1120
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I have not opened the box, the camper store will install it next week, hope everything does well. Thanks for your service, very prompt. 121560



- BX1120
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Wow, great service! Shipped very fast and perfect fit when I installed the item. I am a happy camper. 105872



- BX1120
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Good quality.. Instructions complete.. Installed by myself in about 4 hrs [ most time was drilling into the frame ] 91915



- 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

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- 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



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


Installation pic 411274



- 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



- 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



- 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

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


Easy installation. Great product 279815



- 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



- 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



- 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


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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,

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  • Blue Ox Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2006 Jeep Wrangler Behind RV
  • We can help you with choosing the components needed for safe and legal flat towing of your 2006 Jeep Wrangler behind your RV. A good starting point is the linked article that covers the essentials of flat towing. Additional articles on specific items, wiring kits, high/low adapters and braking systems, are also included. Our installers do tend to prefer the Blue Ox flat towing items for their consistently clean installation. We can start with the base plates needed for the Wrangler. Blue...
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  • Base Plate Kit for 2004 Jeep Wrangler Compatible with Blue Ox 6,500 lb Tow Bar
  • I believe the Blue Ox tow bar you are referring to is the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 rated for 6,500 lbs. There are a variety of base plate kits available for your 2004 Jeep Wrangler and the correct one all depends on what kind of bumper you have. Below is a list of the compatible base plate kits. Please note that the D-Ring options are for bumpers that have been rated for flat towing. Off-Road Bumper with 1 inch D-Ring Bumper Mounts - # BX88296 Double Tube Bumper - # BX1120 (Fixed...
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  • Is Blue Ox Fixed Arm Base Plate kit for 2004 Jeep Wrangler Compatible with Ascent Tow Bar
  • I reached out to my contact at Blue Ox who confirmed that the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1120 is compatible with your (discontinued) Ascent Tow Bar BX4370. I recommend just sticking with the same brand for tow bar and base plate kit. Please make sure that you also have safety cables like part # BX88196 as well. The Stay-IN-Play DUO # SM99251 is an excellent option when it comes to a braking system. You will need to install the Relay # RM-88400 if you plan on using something other than...
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  • Can the ReadyBrake ReadyBrute Elite/Hercules Tow Bar Be Used with D-Rings
  • I do have an option for you but the Adapters for Jeep D-Ring Bumper Mounts part # RM-035 are only compatible with RoadMaster tow bars therefore will not work with a ReadyBrake ReadyBrute Elite or Hercules tow bar. It also doesn't look like ReadyBrake offers an adapter for the d-rings therefore you have two options. You can install a standard base plate kit like the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit part # BX1120 with the Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Ready Brute Elite Tow Bars part # BX88297...
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  • Blue Ox Components Needed to Flat Tow 2006 Jeep Wranger
  • Blue Ox does make great flat towing components that are easy to use. Easiest way would be to go with a Blue Ox Base Plate kit and Tow Bar so that you don't have to use any adapters. For that you'd want the Blue Ox Base Plate part # BX1120 a tow bar like part # BX7365 which installs in the hitch like you wanted and is very easy to use. A few other components that you will need to flat tow your Jeep are a tail light kit, like part # MT70097, and a supplemental braking system like the...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2003 Jeep Wrangler Behind an RV
  • If you want to go with a Blue Ox tow bar then first you will need Blue Ox base plates for your 2003 Jeep Wrangler. If your Jeep has the factory double tube bumper you can use # BX1120 for fixed arms or # BX1124 which has removable arms. Both of these base plates will also work with Rugged Ridge aftermarket bumpers. If your Jeep has the factory single tube bumper then you can use # BX1124. All of these base plates are compatible with the Adventurer tow bar # BX7322. For safety cables...
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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 Tow Bar for Blue Ox Base Plate Kit on a 2006 Jeep Wrangler
  • Typically I would recommend a Blue Ox tow bar for the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1120 on your 2006 Jeep Wrangler but we actually carry the Demco Commander II # DM9511012-BX which comes with adapters for a Blue Ox base plate kit and is what I recommend going with. Reason being that the Blue Ox equivalent, the Alpha # BX7365, is more of a standard tow bar whereas the Commander has an adjustable head unit, a self-aligning design, arms that can be folded multiple different ways for storage,...
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  • Base Plate and Tow Bar Compatibility for 2005 Jeep Wrangler with Double Tube Bumper
  • For your 2005 Jeep Wrangler with double tube bumper, the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1124 is a confirmed fit as is the Blue Ox # BX1120 with fixed arms. I recommend you go with one of these options instead of the Roadmaster EZ4 # RM-521424-4 which will not be compatible with the Blue Ox Removable Arms you currently have. If you do go with the EZ4 # RM-521424-4, then there are some Blue Ox Tow Bars that will work if you use an adapter. The majority of Blue Ox towbars will work with...
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  • Difference Between the Blue Ox # BX1120 & BX1126 and will Both Fit a 2003 Jeep Wrangler X Model
  • You are correct that the Blue Ox # BX1120 is confirmed for your 2003 Jeep Wrangler X model, as long as it has the double tube bumper. The Blue Ox # BX1126 is confirmed for 2007 - 2014 Jeep Wrangler, and Wrangler Unlimited without aftermarket bumpers, winches or guards. So the # BX1126 will not fit your 2003 Wrangler X Model. I have included a photo of these two base plate kits side by side so that it is easier to see the differences. The primary difference is the mounting plate design,...
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  • Recommended Blue Ox Base Plates and Tow Bar for Flat-Towing 2005 Jeep Wrangler
  • First, for base plates you can use the linked page to see all options for your 2005 Jeep Wrangler. It is generally easiest to stay with one brand for both base plates and tow bars (to avoid the need for adapters) so if you have either a u-channel or double tube bumper you'll use Blue Ox base plate kit # BX1120. You can then use the Blue Ox Alpha tow bar # BX7365 which includes the required safety cables. Other items needed to flat tow include a wiring/lighting kit and a supplementary...
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  • Recommended Base Plates to Connect to Blue Ox Tow Bar on 2001 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
  • We do have what you need to attach your 2001 Jeep Wrangler Sahara to your existing Blue Ox Aventa Tow Bar, however the Base Plate Kit # BX1717 that you referenced will not fit your vehicle. These particular base plates are designed to bolt onto the chassis of certain model year Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. If you have the standard factory bumper on your Jeep Wrangler you will need the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1120 that bolts to the Jeep's frame and is compatible with your...
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  • Can the Roadmaster to Blue Ox and Demco Tow Bar Adapter Mount to Flat Bumper on a 2006 Jeep Wrangler
  • The Roadmaster Base Plate to Blue Ox and Demco Tow Bars Adapter, # RM-033, that you referenced must be attached to base plates. The bumper on your 2006 Jeep Wrangler is not rated for towing. I pulled the adapter from my warehouse and found that this adapter measures 33 inches wide x 2 inches tall. For your Jeep you can use the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, # BX1120, without having to use an adapter for your Blue Ox tow bar. I verified with Blue Ox that these base plates will fit your Jeep...
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  • Blue Ox Base Plate Tow Bar Compatibility and Parts Needed To Flat Tow 2005 Jeep Wrangler
  • I have a few tow bar options for you, but I do not think the Blue Ox base plates will work with the tow bar you referenced. I spoke with my contact at Blue Ox and he was unable to confirm if the # BX1120 will work with the tow bar you referenced. I was able to find out that the Blue Ox base plates and tow bars use a 1/2 inch pin to secure the tow bar and base plate. Based on the differences in pin diameter, I do not believe that they will be compatible. The # BX1120 base plate is compatible...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2001 Jeep Wrangler Using Blue Ox Base Plates and Tow Bar
  • It sounds like you have the base plates, tow bar, and safety cables covered. The only items left are lighting and supplemental braking along with any incidentals that may be required. For lighting the most popular option is a diode kit # RM-154. This kit has a 4-Way flat connector that will be at the front of the Jeep. You mentioned the tow bar has a wiring umbilical that goes from the RV to the Jeep but what kind of connector does that wiring require on the Jeep side? You may also...
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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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  • Troubleshooting Front Tire Damage When Flat Towing 2005 Jeep Wrangler Sport
  • I reviewed an online edition of the owner's manual for the 2005 Jeep Wrangler and on pages 232-234 it provides the following preparation procedure for recreational towing behind a motorhome: 1. Depress brake pedal. 2. Shift automatic transmission into N (Neutral) or depress clutch pedal on manual transmission. 3. Shift transfer case lever into N (Neutral). 4. Start engine. 5. Shift automatic transmission into D (Drive) or manual transmission into gear. 6. Release brake pedal and...
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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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  • Parts needed to Flat Tow a 2003 Jeep Wrangler with a Suburban or Chevy Pickup.
  • To flat tow your 2003 Jeep Wrangler you will need a set of base plates. the Roadmaster EZ4 Base Plate Kit, item # RM-521424-4, work for your vehicle. A receiver hitch mounted tow bar would be the easiest to use with a Chevy Suburban or Pickup with a 2 inch receiver hitch. With the Roadmaster base plate kit, the RoadMaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar, item # RM-520, would be a good choice. Along with the Falcon 2, you will need safety cables, item # RM-643. For lighting that utilizes the...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Setup for a 2006 Jeep TJ
  • If you have the stock bumper on your 2006 Jeep TJ and you have a Blue Ox Tow Bar then you will want to install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1120 which is compatible with Blue Ox Adventurer # BX7322, Avail # BX7420, Alpha # BX7365 and Allure # BX7460P tow bars. This option does not have the removable arms, but it does keep you from having to install an adapter so that it is compatible with your Blue Ox Tow Bar. Since most RVs have a 7-Way connector at the rear bumper I recommend installing...
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  • Recommended Base Plates for Flat Towing 2005 Jeep Wrangler
  • It sounds like you already have a flat towing set-up and you're looking to get base plates for a second vehicle, your 2005 Jeep Wrangler. We can help. Jeep base plate fits are shown on the linked page. Just select the type of bumper you have using the drop-down menu tool at the top of the page. I suggest you try to use base plates from the same maker as your tow bar since this will reduce the complexity and cost for the set-up; if you stay with one brand you'll not need adapters to join...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2005 Jeep Wrangler with a 2014 Silverado 1500
  • If you already have Roadmaster base plates installed on your 2005 Jeep Wrangler then the RoadMaster Base Plate to Blue Ox and Demco Tow Bars Adapter # RM-033 and the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 are a great selection. If you don't already have a base plate kit installed then you will need to choose one from the linked selection as they are bumper specific. If you are unsure what you have just send me a photo and I can identify what you have. Since the Blue Ox Alpha comes with safety...
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  • Blue Ox Flat Towing Parts for a 2005 Jeep Wrangler
  • I can piece together a Blue Ox towing kit for your 2005 Jeep Wrangler, but Blue Ox does not offer one complete kit with base plates for any specific vehicle. For your Wrangler, I recommend the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, # BX1120, the Alpha Tow Bar, # BX7365, and the Blue Ox Towing Accessory Kit, # BX88229. These three items include 4 of the 5 basic flat towing components that you will need to flat tow your Jeep. The last item that you will need is a supplemental braking system, which...
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  • Tow Bar, Base Plates and Other Flat Towing Equipment for 2005 Jeep Wrangler
  • To flat tow a vehicle, you'd need a tow bar, base plates, safety cables, wiring and a supplemental braking system. My research indicates that your Wrangler is capable of being flat towed without modification, but I would urge you to confirm this for yourself by consulting your owner's manual or with your Jeep dealer. As long as your Jeep has the OEM C-Channel or Double-Tube bumper, you can use the # BX1120 base plates and the Blue Ox Adventurer tow bar, part # BX7322. The tow bar doesn't...
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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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  • Blue Ox Base Plate Kit for 2001 Jeep TJ to Connect with ReadyBrute Tow Bar
  • I do have a couple of options for you, however I checked with my contact at Blue Ox and unfortunately there isn't a way to use the Adapter Lugs # BX88296 for your 2001 Jeep TJ Off-Road Bumper with a ReadyBrute Tow Bar. If you already have the ReadyBrute then your best option will be to go with a standard base plate kit like the Blue Ox # BX1120. With this installed you could then add the Base Plate Adapter # BX88297 to make them compatible with the ReadyBrute. The other option is...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ Behind an RV
  • There are several main parts needed to flat tow your 2005 Jeep Wrangler (TJ); base plates, tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking. Since you like the Blue Ox tow bars we can start with Blue Ox base plates, # BX1120, which fit models that have the stock double tube or U-channel front bumpers. Then for a compatible tow bar I recommend the Alpha, # BX7365. It is rated for up to 6,500 pounds and comes with safety cables so you will not have to buy any separately. With...
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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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