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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 BX1703 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 - BX1703

  • 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.


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: 18"
    • Fits Blue Ox Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars
  • Bracket height: 13-1/2"
  • 3-Year warranty


BX1703 Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Tabs

Installation Details BX1703 Installation instructions

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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1703

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1056 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.

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Had to move outside air temperature sensor before it would fit my 2017 Sonic 793290



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Works and fitted as it should...one note: they do not need the nut on wire,(very difficult to install) ,,all that is needed is drill holes completely thru and use longer bolts thru frame. 770706



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I installed this on my car myself It wasn’t too bad. Everything is exactly like it said. It works great. If ever change vehicles I will perches from them again. 693476



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2019 Chevrolet Sonic

Excellent service, quality product, no reason to complain, etrailer made my new 2019 Sonic a real dingy. RV flat towable. 666819



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Great service with speedy delivery even during holidays . Used Blue Ox on last tow vehicle so purchased another, very solid product 586351



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2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Great product for the money would recommend to my friends 491571



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2017 Chevrolet Sonic

I installed this myself with the help of my wife. We were a bit apprehensive about doing it ourselves but after watching the etrailer.com video instructions we decided to undertake the installation ourselves. The video was of a 2016 Chevy Sonic and we have a 2017 model so a few things were different than the video but nothing major. Just follow the video instructions and it is easy. The written instructions are good but the video of the technician doing the installation is fantastic and easier to comprehend than the written instructions. We took our time, had the correct tools to do the job, followed the video instructions and all went perfect. Highly recommend this product, it is a very non intrusive looking installation to the front of our car. 418667


Comments
Thanks for the follow up. Everything is working just fine, no problems, nothing but good performance.
EdP - 08/15/2018

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Received in excellent condition and has quality look and feel. I sure I will be happy when I get it installed. (Waiting on Car) 374696



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2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Very nice. heavy duty. works great. no problems. Towed a car behind RV all around the country. Makes it easy to connect and disconnect on inclines or odd angles. Installing the associated connections to the front of the Chevy Sonic wasn't bad, took about 3 hours; medium screwdriver/drill/wrench skillz needed. I got the associated fuse kill switch also, makes it all look real nice. The folks at etrailer walked me through all the ordering and needs and were very helpful. Highly recommend them and this product. 320185



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A bit of work to install but fits well and works great 309026


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Great Product bit hard to install but works well
Bill M - 11/09/2017

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2015 Chevrolet Sonic

Baseplate fit my Chevy Sonic perfectly. 284140



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Chevrolet Sonic

Hey Etrailer, your service was great the delivery was super fast !!!! The blueox baseplate fit like a glove, it took me about 3 hours to install. The only hard part was installing the nuts inside the chassis tube, the nuts were attached to stiff wires so you had to twist and bend the wires so that they line up with the holes that you must drill into the tube, this took the longest over any other part of the job!!! The bolts could be about an extra 1/2 inch longer also. No other complaints or problems. Looks great on my Chevy Sonic. Thanks. B.D. 172977



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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...... 608460


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

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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



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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


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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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Watched on-line video of installation on the same vehicle I was going to install the base plate on. Installation was easy. 508638



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2019 F150 - Perfect fit. Quick and simple installation . I was surprised how quickly I got this parts - next day . 747095



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I purchased this unit for our 2014 Ford Flex and it had performed perfectly. I installed it myself and was impressed with how easily it went together and how strong of a unit it is. We have hauled the Flex about 12k miles on both line NH and short runs and absolutely no problems. And it loooks good too even when we're towing. 365552



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Product arrived in good time and well packaged. Etrailer was most helpful in helping me get what I needed. I have bought from Etrailer before and will again. 555582



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QUICK DELIVERY ....EXCELLENT SERVICE EX PERIENCE 556032



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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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The product is what I wanted and it came with great instructions. Afoot it quickly and I can’t wait to start towing my Jeep behind the motorhome 605479



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Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates


Product arrive promptly. I installed it today. Followed the install video exactly. Worked out excellent. All the parts fit well and are very sturdy. Took about three hours start to finish. Very pleased. 602077



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Review from a similar 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



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Review from a similar 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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