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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 800-298-8924 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX1138 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 - BX1138

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.


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
  • 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


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 34"
    • Fits Blue Ox Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars
  • Bracket height: 19"
  • 3-Year warranty


BX1138 Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Tabs

Replaces BX1135



BX1138 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BX1138 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2014 - 2018 Jeep Cherokee 4WD - excluding Trailhawk




Video of Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms


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




Video Transcript for Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2017 Jeep Cherokee

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Jeep Cherokee we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number BX1138. Here's what our base plate looks like once we have it fully installed. Now this is gonna allow us to hook up to our motor home on our tow bar and safely tow our Cherokee down the road.Our base plate has removable arms so when we're not towing our Cherokee we can pull on this pin here, rotate it, and then pull the arm out and it's very unnoticeable because it's gonna be hidden behind the grill and it's gonna have this nice black powder coat finish that blends in nicely. After you remove the arm they come with these plastic caps so we can put it inside the baseplate so it'll be nice and protected and keep any kind of debris from getting inside.The distance between our two brackets is gonna be 34 inches and the brackets themselves are gonna be 19 inches off the ground, which is a good measurement to know because you're gonna want to make sure that you're towing your Cherokee nice and flat when you're going down the road.Our Blue Ox base plate is gonna work with a wide variety of Blue Ox tow bars as well as some Roadmaster tow bars with an adapter that is sold separately. Our base plate is gonna be custom designed for our Cherokee so there's gonna be very minimal cutting or any kind of drilling that we're gonna have to do. Compared to the Roadmaster base plate our Blue Ox is gonna be a lot simpler of an installation with a lot less cutting and drilling involved.

It's gonna come with all the necessary hardware to get it installed. You will have to cut our a section of the grill here so that the arms can come through. They're gonna feature a safety chain connection point right next to our removable arms making it really easy to hook up your safety chains right here.Now that we've seen what it looks like and gone over some of the features let's show you how to get it installed. To begin our installation we're gonna need to remove this plastic cover that's over our radiator. Now there's gonna be several push pin fasteners holding it in place so you're gonna want to grab a flat head screwdriver or a trim panel tool to remove them.

Now there's a small notch in the push pins, if you come underneath that notch you're gonna pop out the center section of the push pin first, that'll take some of the tension off, and then we can remove the rest of it. There's gonna be a total of 12 of those push pins and once you have them all removed go ahead and pull that cover off and set it aside.On the front side of our fender here we're gonna have three bolts that we're gonna need to remove. You want to grab an eight millimeter socket and pull those bolts out. Then we'll remove the other three from the other side too. Now if we pull back the liner just to give ourselves a little bit of working room right here at the trim piece where it meets our fascia we're gonna have a seven millimeter bolt that's going up, you're gonna want to grab a seven millimeter socket and remove that bolt and we'll remove the other side as well.On the backside where our fender meets our fascia we're gonna have two bolts at the very corner here that we're gonna need to remove and if we look straight down right below that bracket there's gonna be another bolt that we're gonna need to remove, we're gonna be using a 10 millimeter socket to pull those out.

We'll go ahead and remove the other three on the other side as well. Now if we pull that liner back some more we're gonna come to the very corner where our fender meets our fascia and there's gonna be a bolt that's up in the wheel well behind the trim here. You're gonna want to grab a 10 millimeter socket and we can pull it out. We'll remove the other side as well.Now underneath the front of our vehicle we're gonna have this skid plate, we're not gonna need to remove it fully but we are gonna need to loosen it so it can come down enough so that the bolts we do need to remove come out all the way. We're gonna grab a 13 millimeter socket and just gonna loosen up these front bolts.

Then we come to the backside of the skid plate and there's gonna be four more bolts holding it in place and again we just need to loosen them, we don't want to take it all the way out. Now along the top edge here where the underbelly of the fascia is we're gonna be removing the silver head bolts that have the washers on them, there's gonna be two in the middle and then one on each side towards the outside. We're gonna be using a 10 millimeter socket to remove those bolts.Now at the front of where our wheel well this little deflector piece we're gonna have two plastic rivets that are in there, we're gonna need to drill those out. I grabbed a quarter inch drill bit, just gonna drill right in the center of those rivets. Now if the tip breaks off you're gonna want to reach behind there to get the rest of it out. Now if you're having trouble getting it out you can always just drill the rest of it out, get a pair of pliers, and pull it out. We're gonna need to drill both of them on each side.We come back to where our trim piece meets our fender and fascia we're gonna start at the very bottom, you're gonna want to reach behind it and now these are just held in by some plastic clips so you're gonna want to pull away, releasing the clips, and you're just gonna want to work your way up so that we can get behind the fascia and fender here. Once you have it pulled away on one side you can go ahead and do that on the other side as well. Now if we start right at the corner of our fascia here you're gonna want to kind of pull down and out, that'll release the clips here, and then we're gonna start working our way towards the center. It's not a bad idea to have an extra set of hands that way they can help you hold the fascia while we disconnect all of our fog lights and any other electronics.Now on the drivers side here we're gonna have this rather large plug. If we push on this black tab at the end it should be able to disconnect it and then we'll just need to remove this wire clip here holding it in place. Then we can set our fascia aside and make sure it doesn't get damaged.Now behind the fascia right below our bumper beam we're gonna have these frame extensions, there's gonna be three bolts that are holding it in place so we're gonna grab a 15 millimeter socket and we can remove those. There's gonna be one 10 millimeter head bolt that we're gonna have to remove as well. With that removed we'll go ahead and remove the other side as well. We're also gonna have to remove the two bolts on the bottom side of our bumper beam, again we're gonna be using a 15 millimeter socket. We'll go ahead and remove the other side as well.We can grab our main receiver brace, you want to make sure that that tab right here is facing towards the center of the vehicle. We're gonna line up the holes, the top two holes should line up with the bottom of the bumper beam, and the three existing holes that we removed the bolts should line up as well. We can take our factory bolts that we removed in the lower section we can go and get those in hand tight just so we don't have to worry about the main receiver brace falling down.We're gonna be replacing the two top bolts that go in the lower section of our bumper beam. We're gonna take one of bolts from our kit, followed by a lock washer, and then a flat washer. Before we install any of the bolts we're gonna take a little bit of Loctite, just gonna put a thin line on the threads and then we can thread it in. We'll line up the holes and then just loosely thread in the bolt then we can get the other one in as well. Once you get both of them started we're gonna come back with a 17 millimeter socket and we're gonna snug them up. We'll go ahead and repeat that on the other side.We're gonna have this support plate, that's gonna go on top of our bumper beam. We're gonna drop the bolts down through the top, we're gonna line them up with the main support brace so that they come down through the holes on either side of the bumper beam. Don't forget to put your red Loctite on your bolts. Then on the bottom we're gonna have some locknuts that we're gonna thread in place. We'll go ahead and do this on the other side as well. We're gonna reinstall the 10 millimeter nut and we'll do that for the other side as well.With all of our hardware in place I'm gonna come back with that 15 millimeter socket and snug up the factory extension bolts. Now with a 17 millimeter socket I'll come snug up the two bolts at the top of our bumper beam. We'll do that on both sides. I'm gonna come back with a torque wrench and I'm gonna torque down all my hardware and we're gonna find this specification in our instructions. You're gonna want to repeat that for all of your remaining hardware.Our base plate is gonna come with some permanent safety cables. Now the key to this is you want to make sure that your wrap it around the base plate but you also wrap it around the frame of the vehicle. I'm gonna go on top of my bumper right here and have it come down right here and then go over and across the bumper and we can hook our two ends together using the supplied inaudible 00:10:37. You're gonna want to hook one end on and you can slide the other end in place, just want to make sure you leave yourself enough room that you can tighten everything up. For now I'm just gonna tighten this by hand and then we can get the other side in place. Once you have them both attached you want to come back with a three-quarter inch wrench and you want to give it a good turn so it locks it in place and you don't have to worry about it coming loose. We'll do that for both of our links.Now on the back of our fascia we're gonna have this plastic cover right here on each end of our grill. There's gonna be two bolts holding it in place so we're gonna grab a seven millimeter socket and we're gonna pull those out. There's also gonna be a little plastic tab holding it in place, just take a flat head screw driver, gonna push in on the middle section there, we're gonna release the tab a little bit, and we can pull it out. Once you have the tab removed we can pull the entire plastic cover off. We'll do that for both sides.Now right here in the honeycomb section of the grill that's where our base plate is gonna be coming out on each side. We can either trim out the section that's gonna interfere with our base plate or we can just take out this entire honeycomb section itself, make it a little bit more uniform, that's what we're gonna do and I'm gonna be using a rotary tool. I'm just gonna go around the edge and cut out each little line so I can have just the honeycomb come out. Now once we have this section pulled out we can go ahead and clean up around the edges and cut the other side out as well. Our base plate kit is gonna come with a breakaway switch bracket which we chose to mount right here on our bumper beam with a bolt and nut holding it in place.We can go ahead and put our fascia back in place, just don't forget to plug in your electrical over on the drivers side. You may have to maneuver it a little bit and work around the base plate and make sure that it's coming out in the right spot. Now with our fascia back in place we can start work on getting all the hardware back in. Since we did drill out those rivets earlier our kit is gonna come with some replacement plastic rivets. You want to make sure that you drill out the hole large enough that you can get the whole rivet in place, you may have to reach behind the panel to line everything up and you're gonna want to use a plastic rivet gun. Once you have it set if you keep working at it should break but if it doesn't you can take a pair of cutters and cut the end of that off. We'll repeat that for the other three remaining holes. We'll put all our push pins and our radiator cover back in place.Now we can take our removable arms and we're gonna go ahead and insert it into our base plate. Now this little pull tab here you want to push in until it completely retracts, then you can rotate it, and you'll hear it lock into place. We'll go ahead and put the other one on. Now we're ready to hook up to our motor home and hit the road.That'll finish up your look at the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number BX1138 on our 2017 Jeep Cherokee.


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1138

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (816 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.

- BX1138
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2018 Jeep Cherokee

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



- BX1138
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2010 Jeep Cherokee

Extremely easy to install myself and the total job cost 1/2 of what the shop wanted to do the installation for. Pulled my Cherokee at least 10,000 miles since the installation and couldn't be happier! 600456



- BX1138
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2015 Jeep Cherokee

Have not installed yet. Everything seems to be as advertised. Quick delivery and awesome customer service follow up. 576913



- BX1138
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very easy to install, have had no problems at all 472952



- BX1138
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Easy installation once you get the front fascia off. The instructions make no reference on how or where to mount the electrical connector bracket. 286733



- bx1138
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Looks good will not be able to say how easy it is to install because it will be about a month before I can take the time to do it. Fast shipping. 188351



- bx1138
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Ordering to shipping was excellent! I just wish you would have Advised better choices of wiring with base plate offer. Cheaper Is not always best idea. 128278



- bx1138
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Not installed yet but all looks good. Speedy delivery. 126367



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BEST PEOPLE TO DEAL WITH AND THE PRICE ARE JUST GREAT 122790


Comments

Did you installed it your self and how did you make out? Are you satisfied with this product?

-- comment by: Claudette - 09/25/2014

6990

- 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

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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



- 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



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


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



- BX1126
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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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- 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



- 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



- 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


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



- BX1126
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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

- 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

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- 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

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- BX1126
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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



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


Great product and fast service. 16425



- 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



- 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



- 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

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- 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



- 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



- 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



- BX2663
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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


Comments

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

Dave L - 08/18/2018

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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



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


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



- 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


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Perfectly!

Rebecca O - 07/16/2016

19449

- BX2514
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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



- 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



- BX2258
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Great product. Well designed and easy to install. Only difficulties during the installation are those plastic fasteners on vehicle-- suggest buying about six to have on hand for re-installation, as no matter how careful you are ...plastic is plastic, if you know what I mean. Very informative installation video that will assist anyone thinking of buying or installing this unit. If you're handy with tools, go for it! Note: I took the text from the video and created a simple instruction "list" for buddy and I to follow along, to be ensure we didn't miss any steps as pictures on actual instructions were not too useful. 225836


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

Tall P - 09/21/2016

21116

- BX1126
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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



- BX1119
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Easy installation. Great product 279815



- BX2805
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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



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


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

Tall P - 09/21/2016

21117

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



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



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



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



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


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

Roy - 07/30/2018

41669

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



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


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  • Does Loctite Get Used on All Hardware Used to Install Blue Ox Base Plates on a 2018 Jeep Cherokee
  • I checked the instructions for Blue Ox base plates # BX1138 and have linked them below for reference. The instructions, under step 8, state to use the Red Loctite on all bolt threads. Since it does say all threads that would mean that any bolt used to install the base plates should have the Loctite.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Behind an RV
  • I will be happy to list out all of the flat towing parts you will need to flat tow your 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk behind an RV. First you will need base plates for the Jeep. If your Trailhawk is a 2-wheel drive model use base plates # BX1136. If it is a 4x4 use # BX1138. Next you will need a tow bar. I recommend the Alpha, # BX7365, because it has plenty of capacity and it is easy to use. It also comes with another item you will need, safety cables, so you won't have to get any...
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  • 2016 Jeep Cherokee Limited Blue Ox Flat Towing Setup Recomendation
  • For your 2016 Jeep Cherokee Limited the correct base plate kit is the part # BX1138 which is a confirmed fit. The install is pretty involved but it's not overly difficult. If you have the time, space, and tools for the job it would be fine for you. For a base plate kit you would want the Alpha part # BX7365 which comes with coiled safety cables. 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...
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  • Adapting Roadmaster Blackhawk Tow Bar to Blue Ox Base Plates for Flat Towing 2016 Jeep Cherokee
  • I'm not certain which adapter you used, but the # RM-031 adapter would install at the end of the tow bar arms and allow you to attach to the Blue Ox base plate on your Jeep Cherokee. To complete your towing system, you'll need safety cables like # RM-643, a wiring harness like part # RM-154, a wiring umbilical like part # RM-164-7 and a supplemental braking system like the Delta Force part # SM99242. The Delta Force is a portable unit that will take only moments to install and remove. When...
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  • Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Recommendation for 2017 Jeep Cherokee Limited
  • The Jeep Wranglers and Cherokees are very different vehicles so you'd need a new base plate kit like the Blue Ox part # BX1138 since your Limited is not a Trailhawk. The Trailhawk models need the part # BX1136 instead.
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  • Base Plate, Tow Bar and Flat Towing Equipment for 2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude
  • For your 2014 Cherokee Latitude, you'd want to use the Blue Ox # BX1138 base plate kit in conjunction with the Blue Ox Alpha # BX7365 tow bar you referenced. The BX1128 and the 1427-3 are a fit for the Grand Cherokee only, and wouldn't work for your vehicle. You'll also need a taillight wiring and a supplemental braking system. The simplest wiring solution is the Roadmaster Magnetic Tow Lamps, part # RM-2120. A magnetic tow lamp system will remain completely independent of the wiring...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
  • As long as your 2014 Jeep Cherokee is a 4WD with the 2-speed power transfer unit (which it should since it is a Trailhawk) then I recommend the following parts to flat tow it: Base Plate Kit - # BX1136 (Trailhawk) Base Plate Kit - # BX1138 (4WD excluding Trailhawk) Tow Bar/Safety Cables - # BX7365 Flexo-Coil Wiring Kit - # RM-15267 Braking System - # SM99251 (for motorhome with hydraulic brakes) Please note that Jeep issued a tech bulletin to install wiring kit 68321424AB when...
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