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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 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 BX1989 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 - BX1989

  • Blue Ox
  • Removable Drawbars
  • Twist Lock Attachment

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your vehicle. The hidden reinforcements and absence of a support beam provide a clean look when your car is not being towed.


Features:

  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for tow bar
  • Hidden reinforcement means that less of the bracket shows
    • No crossbar support beam or large, protruding brackets
  • Sturdy, dependable design
    • Spreads towing force evenly to minimize weight placed on suspension
    • Constructed of durable steel
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Bolts securely to your vehicle chassis
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug or bracket (sold separately)
  • Instructions and necessary hardware included
  • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars with the Roadmaster Tow Bar Adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5; sold separately)
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 24"
    • Fits Blue Ox Acclaim, Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Ambassador, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars
  • Bracket height: 25-1/2"
  • 3-Year warranty


BX1989 Blue Ox Standard Base Plate Kit



BX1989 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details BX1989 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2010 - 2018 Ram 3500

2010 - 2014 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - excluding Power Wagon

2003 - 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - with tow hooks

2005 - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - with tow hooks - excluding Power Wagon

2003 - 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - without tow hooks

2005 - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 2500 - without tow hooks - excluding Power Wagon

2010 - 2014 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500

2003 - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 - with tow hooks

2003 - 2009 Dodge Ram Pickup 3500 - without tow hooks

2010 - 2018 Ram 2500 excluding Power Wagon




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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 - 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup

Today at our 2005 Dodge Ram 2500, we're going to be taking a look at and installing the blue ox 00:00:06 base plate kit with fixed arms, part number BX1989. When you're ready to tow, remove these rubber plugs which are going to keep dirt and grime out of your base plate. Put them in, rotate it until it locks and that's secure, and then we do the same thing on the other side. You're ready to hook up your tow bar. As you can see, we have a nice big area for our safety chains, it comes from our coach and we'll have room to mount our wiring. We can simply mount our six or seven pole connector, or four flat if that's what you're going to be using. They'll simply screw into those two there.

You can see see, you still have use of your factory tow hooks so it's not going to bother any of that. When we're ready to take them off, pull it out, twist it, and they slide out. You just reinstall the plastic cap to keep all the dirt and grime out. As you can see, it fits into the opening of your factory bumper so there's nothing to trim. First thing you're going to want to do to install the space plate as we're going to have to remove this front bumper. If your vehicle is equipped with fog lamps which ours is, we're going to start by disconnecting the fog lamp wires. Simply, I'm going to pop it out.

There's a red lock clip, slide that up with a flat blade screw driver or a panel tool, whichever you have. After you have it slid up, take your thumb and press in the center there. You'll hear it unsnap and you're going to separate the wires and you're going to set it to the side. There are six bolts that hold on your bumper. There's two on the bottom, they're 18mm and there's one on the top. We'll take out the four on the bottom first, and then we'll go to the top and we'll get somebody to help us and we can lift the bumper off.

These do fit into a hole in the back so sometimes you have to hold them in place to get them to spin freely. Save this hardware because we're going to use this to reinstall our bumper when we're all done. Now, repeat on the other side. Now we're at the top side. There's one nut on the driver's side and there's the same thing on the passenger side. Go ahead and take those nuts loose, and we'll repeat that on the other side, and we'll have somebody help us and we'll lift the bumper off. Now that we have our bumper removed, we're going to go ahead and remove the tow hooks.

These are 13mm head and a 15 on the backside. Some of the vehicles actually will use a tarps 00:02:59, but this one happens to have 13mm head bolts. We'll go ahead and remove those. Keep in mind these are kind of heavy, so you don't want to drop on your foot because they are cast. We have set the tow hooks aside, we're going to reinstall those, but we're not going to use this hardware. Then we're going to repeat the same thing on the other side. Now we're going to set our base plate on. If you're doing this by yourself, it's good that you start one bolt, one of the old bolts and nuts on one side and then you can come to the other side and take our tow hook, 7/16ths by 2 inch bolt and flat washer. If your vehicle does not have the factory tow hooks, you're going to use the 7/16ths by 1 and 1/2 inch bolt. Blue ox 00:03:56 recommends that you use a sufficient amount of red lock tight 00:04:00 just on the threads at the end. We'll just place that in there. It is a snug fit to go through the frame but it will go on there. That's your log washer and your nylon lock. Place it on from the back side. We're going to repeat that process for all bolts that we're going to be installing on a blue ox 00:04:25 base plate kit. Going to go ahead and put all four bolts in and then we can go to the other side and do the same thing. Now, if your vehicle is a diesel and it's got the inaudible 00:04:34 here, it's going to make it kind of difficult to get to the nuts and the backside. You just take your fingers and you can start it back on there. Once we have our base plate installed, you want to center it up so it's equal on both sides. Then we go ahead and run down our bolts, now repeat that process on the passenger side. We can torque in with our torque wrench to manufacturer's specification. We'll just torque down the other side of the bolts. Before we put our bumper back on, it's going to be necessary to install our permanent base plate safety cables. These are going to stay on your vehicles at all times. You need to find a way to route them back around your frame rail, and we're going to end up coming right back to these hooks right here. With one, we're going to go ahead and put it through. We're going to wrap it around the body mount on the frame and we'll reattach it to the bottom of the cable. This one might actually make it, we can just hook them both to the same one. If it not, it comes with four of these so you can use two on each side. Just depends on how you want to route your cable. You just want to make sure it's not going to be where it's going to chafe any wiring or tubing so you don't cause any damage to your vehicle. If it's not long enough to reach, you're going to take one, go around it, wrap it around your cable and then come back up and put it on your loop. Then we'll tighten these down with a crescent wrench. You just need to snug these down so they won't come loose, then you want to double check just to make sure you're not making any contact with any wiring or break lines. Then we're going to repeat the same thing on the other side. Now with the help of a friend, you can slip your bumper back on. I'm going to install the last four nuts, you may feel on the driver side and feel on the passenger side. May be necessary to reach up from behind, you just hold it in position. Really be sure to put them back in the same spot they we're in, that way your bumper remains lined up. Once you have them run back down, go ahead and secure them in place. We'll do all four at the bottom and while we're down here, we can go ahead and reconnect our fog lamps. Just going to push it in, listen for the snap, slide your lock down, place it back in the holder. Now we can secure our last two nuts. That's going to be all the bolts we'll have to tighten down. That's going to do it for our look at and install of the blue ox 00:08:15 base plate kit with fixed arms, part number BX1989 on our 2005 Dodge Ram 2500.


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1989

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (928 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.

- BX1989
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2018 Ram 3500

everything was just as listed and came as promised ...install was easy.. 616475



- BX1989
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2010 Ram 3500

Just what the description says. Great product and service. 509452



- BX1989
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I love Blue Ox products they are well built and easy step by step instructions. Also if I have any questions etrailer is there to answer them. Thanks everyone, Frank 406872



- BX1989
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Very good quality great craftsmanship fit perfectly looks good when installed I have towed the truck behind my motor home with out any problems. 336530



- 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


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The base plate has worked out great. No problems at all since the install.
Anthony c - 11/29/2019

63574

- BX2671
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


This is so much easier to install then I thought it would be. Watch the gal in the video, do as he says, and you’ll be done in an hour and a half max 707951



- BX2645
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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



- BX1689
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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



- BX1689
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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



- 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


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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

20510

- BX1139
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Review from a similar Blue Ox 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



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


QUICK DELIVERY ....EXCELLENT SERVICE EX PERIENCE 556032



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


Easy ordering process and fast shipping. Produce was exactly as described and is a perfect fit. 427886


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The vehicle the base plate was installed on has been towed severral thousand miles and has performed flawlessly.
Edgar S - 09/01/2018

43062

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


Easy to install, super strong, this is a great set up for towing a full size truck...plan on at least 4 to 6 hours to install brackets, light kit and air brake set up...i would also recommend the roadmaster brakemaster air set up as well, simple to install, I prefer this setup over the SMI air force one, it is a much simpler setup, less likely to fail and no worries of vacuum leaks... 698172



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


The instructional video was very helpful. The installation went very well, taking about 3 hours. Have not towed the vehicle yet, but there are no hesitations or concerns. I will definitely use etrailer in the future. 613326



- 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



- 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



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


Fit was good instructions were for most part able to be followed. Only problem was short parts in hardware bag. 1/2-13 bolt and nut missing and couple other small pcs, but bought at hardware store and on we went. Thanks Greg for all your help on getting order to me. 607482



- 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



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


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



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


Very good quality and it didn't take long to receive the base plate kit. Had it installed on our new 2016 Chev., so we can tow it behind our motor home. 290900



- 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



- 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



- 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

- BX1731
by:

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


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