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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT - Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

  • Blue Ox
  • Removable Drawbars
  • Twist Lock Attachment

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your Cadillac Escalade EXT. 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: up to 31-1/4"
    • Fits Blue Ox Acclaim, Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars
  • Bracket height: 17-1/4"
  • 3-Year warranty


Note: Tow bars rated for 5,000 lbs may not be able to handle the weight of your vehicle. Confirm that the weight of your vehicle fits within the capacity listed for your chosen tow bar.



BX1676 Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Tabs

Installation Details BX1676 Installation instructions

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 - 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche, we're going to be installing the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms - Part number BX1676. To begin with, we're going to need to raise the hood of the vehicle. With our hood raised, we're going to need to remove three screws. To remove the screws, we're just using a 10mm socket. With these three screws removed, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Next, we're going to need to go up underneath the vehicle. Again, we're going to start over here on the passenger side. We're going to need to remove these three screws next.

To remove these three screws, we'll be using a 7mm socket. We'll then go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Next, we're going to need to move into the fender well. Again, we'll start here on the passenger side. We're going to need to remove a total of five fasteners: two screws and three push fasteners. We'll then move over to the driver's side and we'll repeat the same process. Next, we're going to need to remove the front fascia.

We'll come here to each of the fender wells. We'll need to gently pull outward, releasing the clips here, the fender and the front fascia. Now as you're removing the front fascia, you want to make sure that you undo any electrical connections. As you can see here, here's one of the fog lights we're going to need to disconnect. This is the passenger side.

To do that, you simply squeeze in on the locking tab and pull outward. You'll need to do this over on the driver's side as well. You can then set the front fascia aside for now. Next, we're going to need to remove the tow hooks. The tow hooks right here. We'll need to remove the bolt and the nut and this bolt right here.

We'll be using an 18mm socket and wrench to do that. We're going to start over here on the passenger side. We'll then go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Now the tow hooks and the hardware that we just removed will not be reinstalled. Next, we're going to start over here on the passenger side. We're going to need to remove the bolt that holds the bumper in place and add four flat washers that come with the kit underneath the head of the bolt. This will shim the bolt up high enough that we have clearance underneath for our base plate kit to be installed. To remove the bolt, we'll be using a 21mm socket. With our bolt loose, we'll go ahead and pull it out, slide four of our washers over it like that, then we'll reinstall the bolt and tighten it back down. Now, as you can see, we've taken out the extra section of bolt that was hanging down, giving us clearance to install our base plate. Go ahead and repeat this same process over on the driver's side. Next, we're going to go ahead and start over here on the passenger side with installing our base plate. This right here is the section that will go into the vehicle's frame. You'll notice how there's two holes that lines up with our holes here in the frame. Go ahead and install it here. We're then going to take one of the bolts that come with the kit. We're going to install it in the front hole. It goes all the way through. We'll then put a half-inch nut on the other side to hold the base plate secure while we drill through the rear mounting location all the way through. Next, we're going to temporarily tighten down the forward mounting location here, to hold our base plate in position while we drill out the rear hole. Now that we have the base plate secured with the front mounting bolt, go ahead and take our drill bit per the instructions and we'll drill out the rear mounting location the rest of the way. Now that we have the rear mounting location drilled out, we can go ahead and remove the nut from the front bolt that we installed. We'll go ahead and take the second half-inch bolt, line it up with the rear mounting location. We'll install it like that. With the bolts pushed through, go ahead and take the plate that ties in with our safety cables - one for here; the other hole will be up here. We have two holes that go over the bolts. It will be installed so that it looks like that. The remaining hardware that will go on each of these is a half-inch slip washer or a lock washer. And again, we'll be re-installing the half-inch nylon lock nut. When installing the hardware, you want to make sure that you use red loctite on all of the hardware before tightening it down. The loctite that we'll be using today is Loctite Threadlocker 262, part number LT37420. Once we have our loctite installed, we can go ahead and install the half-inch lock nut, get everything lined up and we'll go ahead and tighten it down. Then torque it to the manufacturer's specification. Next, we're going to go ahead and take the removable arm. We're going to do a quick test fit into the base plate. We'll line up the grooves here, twist it into place. If some reason this ear here or the tab would hit on the bottom portion of the frame and not allow it to twist in properly, we may need to take a hammer and bend the lower piece of the frame up a little bit to give a little bit of clearance. On our particular vehicle here today, you can see we will not need to do that, because everything seems to clear just fine. With our passenger side complete, we'll go ahead and move over and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Next, we're going to need to install the safety cable using the quick link to this location right here. We'll take our safety cable, go around the frame, take our quick link and we'll go through the bracket and through both ends of the safety cable. Then go ahead and tighten down the quick link. With that done, we'll go ahead and repeat the same process over on the driver's side. Next, we're going to need to do some trimming on our fascia. Right here is where the old tow hook used to be. We're going to need to trim out this whole section here to allow room for our base plate. So I'm just going to briefly mark out the areas that you'll need to trim. Once you have that area marked out, we'll go ahead and just use a razor knife to trim out our excess plastic and open up the pocket here to allow our base plate to slide through. We will be repeating the same process on both the driver and the passenger side. Before you re-install the front fascia, it's a good idea if you're planning on doing any break-away switches or wiring or anything, to go ahead and plan this out now, because it may be easier to install them before the front fascia goes back on. Now in our case today, we're not going to be installing any of those items. We're ready to go ahead and put the front fascia back on. It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you re-install the front fascia. Now even after all of our trimming here on this piece that used to go around the tow hook, we still found when we put the front fascia back on that it was really putting it into a bind. We went ahead and removed the remaining piece of trim from the tow hook hole and the front fascia fits much better now. Depending on your vehicle, you may or may not need to completely remove this. We found that everything lines up much better once we removed the piece. We did this for both the driver and the passenger side. Once you have your fascia pushed back up into position, don't forget to plug in any fog lights or any other accessories that you may have had to unplug to remove the fascia. Now that we have the fascia back in place, we'll go ahead and re-install the hardware in the reverse order that we removed it. Now that we have the fascia re-installed, let's go over how the removable arms are installed in each of the base plates. You'll notice how there's a tab that's sort of cut to fit. It lines up with the groove in the base plate itself. There's a spring-loaded locking mechanism. We'll line it up. Twist so that it locks into one of the tabs right there. When not using the removable arms or your tow bar, it does come with these little rubber plugs or plastic plugs that can be inserted into the base plate to help keep dirt and debris from getting in there, making it difficult to re-install the arms later. In addition to the base plate itself, you do get a couple of additional brackets. This bracket here can be used to install a breakaway switch. Depending on your exact model of vehicle, you'll have to choose the location to mount that. It does come with some hardware as well, some nuts and bolts, to install that. And you'll also get this bracket here to help you install your lighting or your wiring going back from the towed vehicle. It also does come with a little bit of hardware to help you mount it. And you will need to choose your location depending on your exact model and the type of wiring that you're using. And that will do it for our installation of the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms - Part number BX1676 on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche. .


Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1676

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (939 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.

- BX1676
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2011 GMC Yukon

Very good product great service given by etrailer. 406107



- BX1676
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Product came quickly and instructions are easy to follow. Installs well and is hardly noticeable. Service from etrailer was great as always 226389



- BX1676
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Great products and great service 184044



- BX1676
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great product,easy to install and looks great after installed on vehicle 141668


Comments
great product, easy to use and set up,would recomend this product to everyone with a tow vehicle.
Ronald S - 07/16/2015

13365

- BX1676
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2009 Cadillac Escalade

Have yet to install this base plate on my Cadillac Escalade. It looks like it will install easily, all parts are included and I like that it appears it will fit nicely with the styling of my truck. No protruding cross bars etc. I look forward to trying it out. 132870



- BX1676
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2009 Chevrolet Avalanche

Had very useful instructions with it. 54858



- BX1676
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2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

Looks great as figured tomorrow I will start installing it I will see for sure after thats complete. 30113



- 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


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

63574

- BX1730
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Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The baseplate fit perfectly and was fairly easy to install. What really helps are the videos that this company provides. I wouldn't even attempt an install without them. Saved a bunch of money and I know it is done right. 713926



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


QUICK DELIVERY ....EXCELLENT SERVICE EX PERIENCE 556032



- 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

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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


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



- 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



- 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



- 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



- 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



- 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



- 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



- 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



- 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



- 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



- 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


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

43062

- 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



- 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


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    Since you already have a Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7365 for towing your 2017 Buick Enclave you just need the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit # BX1676 for your 2012 Chevy Avalanche. I checked the online version of the owner's manual for your Avalanche and it did state that you can only tow your vehicle is it have the two speed automatic transfer case. Please note that you will also need vehicle tow bar wiring, a supplemental braking system, and possibly a high-low adapter to complete your towing...
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