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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed. Call 800-298-1624 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1137 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 - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Blue Ox Base Plates - BX1137

  • Blue Ox
  • Removable Drawbars
  • Twist Lock Attachment

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.


  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for tow bar
  • Hidden reinforcement means that less of the bracket shows
  • Base plate tabs remove easily for a completely inconspicuous look
  • 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


  • Distance between brackets: 24"
    • Fits Blue Ox Acclaim, Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Ambassador, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars
  • Bracket height: 17"
  • 3-Year warranty

BX1137 Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Tabs

Installation Details BX1137 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

  • 1987 - 1995 Jeep Wrangler with standard factory bumper
  • 1987 - 1995 Jeep YJ with standard factory bumper

Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1137

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1458 Customer Reviews)

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.

- BX1137
1994 Jeep YJ

The only issue I had was there was supposed to be two 7/16" X 6" bolts and there was only one. I had trouble find another one here where I live. But there was a 5/16" X 5" bolt that went to nothing.

- BX1137
1994 Jeep Wrangler

haven't installed Base plate tow bracket on the jeep yet, held it up make sure it would work looks good well made , saved 100.00 on purchase over dealer well packaged received in excellent condition. will buy from etrailer.com again thanks Ray. also liked that it had removable arms

- BX1137
1993 Jeep Wrangler

Good product had to modify one of the bolt spacers on the left side about an 1/8” and even got it to clear the old smittybilt tube bumper with a little trimming on the corner. One of the steering box bolts supplied in the kit is too short, so we will replace it with a 6.5” minimum 7/16” coarse thread bolt when we get a chance Additionally the over all product come out a lot better with some grade 8 flat washers and lock washer

- BX1137
1995 Jeep Wrangler

- BX1139

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

Just what I needed to flat tow my Jeep Wrangler. When I first received the base plate I was thinking about having it installed, but after watching the etrailer.com installation video I decided to do it myself. Couldn't have asked for a smoother install. The permanent base plate safety cables concerned me a little. I came up with a figure-8 over the frame that I think will work ok and I did secure it with some cable ties in a couple of spots. Thanks to Nick at etrailer for the help and to the folks that made the installation video giving me the confidence to do-it-myself.

The base plate still works great and looks good too. No issues.
Joseph - 03/04/2021

- BX3224

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

This is a really solid base plate. Installation for the Pontiac Vibe was is definitely more involved that installing the alternative (Road Master). The Road Master base plate just bolts through existing bumper holes and an engine mount. This base plate is bolted directly to the frame just behind the bumper, with four 3/8" grade 5 bolts in holes you have to drill after clamping the base plate in place. I found it easy to get the required height (3/4" below bumper) but simply using a 1x3 piece of lumber. You also have drill a 1.25"hole in the frame to gain access to the inside of the frame. Tricky part of this install is getting the nuts, which are welded to a 1" plate and a ~14" steel rods, into place to be line up with the holes. It is a little hard to see. I also recommend making sure the bolts actually thread easily on to the nuts before putting the nuts in the the frame. I had the misfortune of one of the either cross threading or jamming, and I ended up having to cut the bolt head off with a sawsall using a metal blade. The bolt had not gone very far into the nut before it jammed so I was just able to get the sawsall blade behind the head, and cut it off, holding the head with a pair of vice grips. If that hadn't worked I would have had to take the car to a shop with oxy-acetaline torch to have it cut off. I was able to fish the cut of bolt out for the frame with a bent coat hanger. The first photo is of the base plate after I cut off the bolt. Blue Ox support was GREAT! I sent them and email explaining that I needed new nuts and bolts, and they sent the needed parts (at no charge!). I just had to put my install on hold for several days. The second problem I had was in attaching the electrical harness recepticle to the tubes on the to bar. One of the self tapping screws twisted off as I was tighting it. I ended up cutting of 1/2" of the tubes (with the sawsall) and then tapping the tubes with 1/4x20 threads, and regaining the length cut off with the bolt. My recommendation to blue ox, is that they tap these tubes with to 1/4x20, and provide regular bolts to attach the recepticle. The second picture showes the result. When I showed the 3rd and 4th pictures to my mechanic, he was impressed and said, "That looks really solid!" The last picture shows the front of the car after I have started to assemble it (with the styrofoam padding on the bumper, and the draw bars in place. The solidity of the Blue Ox engineering and the FABULOUS customer support has totally turned my into a Blue Ox fan. I'm glad my RV dealer suggested that I go with Blue Ox instead of the slightly cheaper solution, that would have been much less solid.

- BX2199

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

I ordered a Blue Ox Base Plate for my Ford Focus. Blue Ox said they were out of stock, and would have to make one, six or more weeks? I Order the Blue Ox Base Plate from etrailer, and it was delivered to my house in three days. Getting ready to install it, directions look very well detailed. Look forward to towing our Ford Focus this summer, with our Motorhome, on our camping trips

- BX1987

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

The baseplate arrived on time and well packaged. The instructions were easy and working by myself I was able to complete this in about 8 hours. I was taking my time and also learning the car which is quirky. I selected the Blue Ox due to the light weight tow tabs. My RV at the time had a very light towing capacity. After pulling my Smart Fortwo on a 1600 mile trip I have to say everything worked well and with the car so light @ 1800lbs it did not affect my mileage at all. Thanks etrailer for coming through again and thanks to Rebecca N for all your help.

- BX2800

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

I have bought a few base plates over the years for my work vehicles and all have been the highest quality. This one by far was the easiest to install. It took about 5 hours from start to finish and anyone with basic mechanical skills and can follow directions can install this plate themselves.

No problems. All the hardware is still tight and secure. No stressing or or issues seen. I use this for work and tow approximately 70,000 miles a year
Jason p - 10/30/2020

- BX1133

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

Easy installation for this baseplate...took me about 30 minutes (10 planning & prep with only about 20 minutes for installation.) Perfect fit. Fast delivery. Very happy camper...literally!

- BX1719

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Installed this on a 2014 Chevy Express 3500 15 passenger van. Install was time consuming, as holes needed to be drilled (went through 2 drill bits) and the nuts must be fished through the frame, then "caught" by the bolt. I think there were 12 of them! Instructions were clear, though, and I've safely towed without incident over 7,000 miles in the past year. Definitely rock solid! Paired up with a Blue Ox Aventa 7,500 lb tow bar.

- BX1120

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

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.

After a year of occasional use I am still very happy with the BX1120 baseplate. Its a joy to use high quality products from a high quality supplier. Ive always gotten the highest quality support from the folks at Etrailer. Thanks folks.
Alan C - 04/13/2020

- BX1122

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

Everything was outstanding. I received the base plate on time and everything was there that was suppose to be. You folks are tops in my book. Thank You.

- BX2628

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I would give it 5 stars, if not for the adjustments i had to make to the top bolt holes so the frame side bolt holes would line up. This took me several hours more to get the base plate mounted. It looked like the base plate drivers side upper flange was off about 3 degrees and this little bit of mis-alignment drove me nuts. So after 4 hrs i have it mounted and cables installed. I still have to run all the electrical, so the car is still blown apart. I WAS pleasantly surprised at how easy the front fascia came off the car. HATS OFF to the etrailer videos, I watched them a few times and it gave me a great deal of confidence. I also was able to install the side frame bolts without drilling the large holes in the outer frame rail. I simply used a ratchet and inserted it through the front of the frame enlarged cut out

zero problems i do keep them in a canvas bag when not in use
Robert S - 02/22/2020

- BX1726

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This is probably the best engineered product I have ever had the pleasure to install! It is not hard. They say 3 hours to install. Well...maybe if you do it for a living but for the common home garage mechanic, it takes a bit longer (2 days) Looked great when finished and I am SOOOO happy to not have to use a dolly anymore.

Still working great! So great, I installed one on my friends Equinox as well.
Jim H - 01/02/2021

- BX3764

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Good price and great service (delivered when stated). :-) Install on my 2004 Echo went well. If I may suggest, bigger pictures in instruction booklet would help old eyes. :-)

Continues to work great
Michael H - 04/11/2021

- BX2265

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Installed fairly easy. Had to take front end off a two week old car.( That made me a little nervous) Instructions were pretty clear. We had one bolt strip out and had to retap it. I think it looks ok installed, used it a couple of times to tow behind motor home Worked great

I have used it for over 5000 miles works great.
Daniel M - 08/06/2020

- BX1730

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

Good product Installation instructions and the video greatly helped with the installation. Working by myself I blocked the base plate as close to the position as possible and then installed ratchet straps to both sides and raised the base plate into position. Wiring kit was everything needed and worked great. Base plate and wiring kit was on a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

- BX2340

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Great Blue Ox Base Plate, installed it my self good instructions came with it. Installed it on a 2018 Hyundai Elantra. This is the second Blue Ox Base Plate that I installed on our tow car. The normal time that it takes to connect the Blue Ox to our tow car is less than 5 minutes.

It was still a great decision to go with a Blue Ox base plate. We decided to purchase a KIA Soul and purchased another Blue Ox base plate of which again I installed it myself and the installation went as smooth as it did on the previous tow vehicle
Riley s - 03/10/2020

- BX1126

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

Product arrived on time and went on just as it should. Thank goodness for the YouTube installation videos, that made it super easy. It went on my 2013 Jeep Wrangler, which just so happened to be the video as well. My local RV dealer wanted $300 to put it on. Me and my neighbor had it done in 3 hours and saved all that money, except for the six pack I owed my neighbor. I was fortunate he had a lift as it made it much easier, but it could have been done with a jack or creeper. I've ordered a lot from etrailer and will continue to be a loyal customer

- BX2265

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

My 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback baseplate has worked great, no "0" issues. I've towed my car over 4,000 miles and the baseplate is as tight as the day I put it on. Great product......

Ive gone 10,000 miles no issues.
Duane S - 02/27/2020

- BX1989

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

etrailer had the best price and carried the other options that I needed with this adapter plate for my 2018 Dodge Cummings Ram. The instructions were pretty good, but I did watch a [installation] video that helped a lot. I am 65 years old and did this by myself, however, it took me a while. The parts all fit perfectly. I did have to cut two small pieces of plastic, but that's the only modification to the truck that I had to do. I have since towed this truck with a 40' Newmar diesel engine motorcoach over 3,500 miles without any issues at all.

- BX1636

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

Easy to order shipped fast and easy to install the product fit fine. The pin on the passenger side did not fit well had to use hammer to get it in will not come out

- BX2258

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

The Blue Ox Base plate kit is outstanding. With the connection pins removed it's not even noticeable that our vehicle is ready to tow. The equipment is perfect for towing our 2014 CR-v. Very safe and reliable!

- BX1126

Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

I must admit the only way that understanding the instructions and installing the BX1126 Base Plate on my 2014 Jeep Wrangler could have been any easier. Would be if there would have been a mechanic in the box to install it for me. The videos on etrailer are great and will answer any questions that you might have.

In a word Great. Have about 2000 miles on it towing our Jeep with no problems at all!
Tom F - 01/12/2020

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Ask the Experts about this Blue Ox Base Plates

  • Recommendation for Flat Towing a 1991 Jeep Wrangler with U-Channel Bumper
    For you to flat tow your 1991 Jeep Wrangler you will need base plate, tow bar, wiring kit, and a supplemental braking system. For the base plates, I recommend the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit w/ Removable Arms , # BX1137. The Blue Ox base plate is custom-fit for the 1991 Jeep Wrangler with U-channel bumper. The removable tabs will allow your Jeep to maintain its OEM look when your not in tow. The Blue Ox Avial Tow Bar, # BX7420, that you referenced will work perfectly with the Blue Ox...
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  • Flat Tow Set-up for 1995 Jeep Wrangler
    It's hard to do flat towing setups on the cheap, but there are a few ways to help save money. The Acclaim tow bar part # BX4330 that you referenced would be a great solution for a tow bar that's not overly expensive. Then for a base plate kit you'd want the # BX1137. For lighting you can't beat the price of a magnetic kit like the Optronics part # TL21RK. The braking system are all around the same price so it's pretty hard to avoid paying a decent amount for a setup like the SMI...
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  • Recommended Base Plate Kit for a 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ
    The Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter Brackets for Smittybuilt XRC Atlas Bumpers # BX88357 that you referenced are custom fit for 2007-2017 Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Jeeps that have the Smittybuilt XRC Atlas bumper. It should not be modified to use with the tube-style bumper on your 1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ. I have attached a picture with the dimensions that you asked for, but with that being said, it is better that you go with a setup that was designed to be used either with a U-channel...
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  • How to Pick Out Base Plate Kit for 1994 Jeep Wrangler
    You'll need a base plate kit installed on your 1994 Jeep Wrangler to be able to flat tow it with your tow bar like the Roadmaster Falcon 2 part # RM-520 but tow bar and base plate kit fits are not universal your best option would be to let me know what brand and model tow bar you have so I can get you the best base plate solution. For example, if you had a Roadmaster Falcon like the # RM-520 (or any other Roadmaster tow bar) you'd want a Roadmaster base plate kit like the # 1409-3....
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