Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Roadmaster's crossbar-style brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and simple to remove. Brackets install on your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar. Call 800-298-8924 to order Roadmaster base plates part number RM-524459-4 or order online at Free expert support on all Roadmaster products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.

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Roadmaster Base Plates - RM-524459-4

Roadmaster's crossbar-style brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and simple to remove. Brackets install on your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar.


  • Hidden bracket design provides improved aesthetics compared with standard brackets
    • Crossbar-style brackets sit far back for a supremely clean look
  • Drawbars attach and remove quickly and easily
    • Arms click to lock in place in brackets
    • Built-in pull rings let you unlock arms so you can twist and remove them
  • Computer-cut, all-steel construction provides exceptional strength
  • Black powder coat finish is durable and corrosion resistant
  • Simple installation - no welding required
    • Custom base plates ensure a perfect fit for your vehicle
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug or bracket (sold separately)
  • Compatible with Quick Disconnects and all Roadmaster tow bars
  • Instructions and mounting hardware included
  • Made in the USA

The drawbars, or front arms, on the crossbar-style series base plate kit are supremely easy to mount and remove. Just insert them into the brackets and twist to lock them in place. To remove, simply twist the arms back and pull them out. Once the drawbars have been removed, the remaining brackets are virtually invisible. On most automobiles, the brackets are mounted within the grille, where they remain not only unseen, but protected from scrapes and scuffs, as well.

524459-4 Road Master EZ4 Base Plate Kit

RM-524459-4 Installation InstructionsInstallation Details RM-524459-4 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

2019 - 2019 Ford Ranger

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

Video Transcript for Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit Installation - 2019 Ford Ranger

Ryan: Hey everybody, Ryan here Today on our 2019 Ford Ranger, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Roadmaster crossbar style baseplate kit. Now many of our customers are relatively new to the flat tow world, and they can feel a little overwhelmed on which components to get. Now it's actually relatively simple. There's going to be five main components for the Ranger. You're going to need a base plate, a diode wiring kit, a braking system, a tow bar, and safety cables.Now the reason you're going to want this face light kit is, once it's installed, it's going to allow us to connect to a tow bar, which in turn will allow us to flat tow our Ford Ranger down the road.

And that's going to be nice, because that way when we're going out of town, we can flat tow our Ford and not have to worry about finding another person to drive it separately. Now compared to some of the other base plates available. This one is going to be right on par, as far as the quality construction and appearance goes.One of my favorite things about this is it's going to retain that factory look since our base plate will just replace our tow hooks. And I also liked the fact too that we have quite a large opening here, which will make connecting and disconnecting very easy. To connect our arms, you simply push them in and spin it a quarter turn, and our panel will lock into place and that's all there is to it.

Now this base plate is going to be compatible with all quick disconnects and Roadmaster tow bars.Now if you don't have a Roadmaster tow bar, it's not a huge deal because there are adapters available that will allow the two to pair together correctly. Now our base plate does have a black powder coat finish, which will help protect it from the elements and keep it looking good. To begin our installation we're going to come to the front of the truck. We're going to have five bolts along the bottom of the bumper, we're going to need to take out. To do that and we'll use a 10 millimeter socket.Now, up to the license plate frame, if your truck has one, we're going to need to remove the two 10 millimeter bolts on the bottom.

We need to remove five plastic push pin style fasteners along this bottom edge. Now to do that, take a flathead screwdriver and kind of pry underneath the head. Pop that center down and just pull it out like that. Now, in this crack between the bottom of our grill and our bumper, there's going to be two plastic tabs that come back from our plate frame, that kind of just rest in the bumper. We're going to need to lift those up, and that way we can completely remove our plate frame.

I'm going to grab a small flat head, just kind of pry, pry up, like that. I do the same thing on the other side.You want to hold your license plate frame while you're doing this, that way it doesn't come flying down when we get these released. Once we pop them both out, kind of just pull it away and we'll set it off to the side. Now we can grab our lower fascia and remove it. So to do that I started prying on the sides and working it from side to side. And there'll be a few clips that's holding it in place. And just be careful when you do this, if you have to, once you peel it back a little bit, you can kind of use a flat head or a trim panel tool to kind of help work it out. You get it from side to side.And then once we pull it back, we're going to have a couple of sensors that we're going to need to disconnect. And to disconnect these, it'll be a small tab in the center. Push down on it, and pull it back. I would like to point out the tabs on the fascia, that's kind of holding it in place, might have to carefully work them out. These style of tabs are going to rest in the holders like this. Once he had the fascia off, we'll send it off to the side. Now on each one of our tow hooks, we're going to have these little rubber covers that we're going to have to take off. These are really easy. Just grab them, kind of peel them down and work it. Work it down a little bit, and towards you, and they'll just slide right off.Once we have them off we'll set them off to the side. Now on each side of our bumper we're going to have three 21 millimeter nuts that we're going to have to remove. Now, what I like to do, since these are the only thing supporting our bumper, is take one of our nuts and just put it back over the stud hand tight while we work on the other side. That way when all the nuts are removed, our bumper doesn't fly off.Now before we pull our bumper off, we're going to remove our rack guard, and that way we just have a little bit more room to work. That's going to be held in place by four 15 millimeter bolts. Now, if your truck has these mud flaps here in front, we're going to need to remove this bolt to separate it from the frame and the bumper. I'm going to use an eight millimeter socket to do that. Now with an extra set of hands, we can remove those hand tight nuts. Carefully pull outward on the bumper. And up here on the driver's side we're going to have a electrical connector that we're going to need to disconnect.Now if you grab that connector and kind of just pull down, it'll separate itself. And to remove it, push down on the center tab and separate the two. And closer to the center of the truck, we'll have another connector, and we'll use that same method to disconnect it, push down on the center and separate them. Now we can pull the bumper away from the truck and set it off to the side. With our bumper out of the way, and we can now remove our tow hooks. Now these are going to be held in place by two 15 millimeter bolts. We'll set these to the side, and repeat the same process.Now on each side of our frame rail, there's going to be a factory hole drilled right here, real close to our bumper support. Now from the outside in, we're going to enlarge this hole to the size indicated in our instructions. The other side is going to be set up the exact same way, so just repeat that process. With both of our holes drilled, we'll come over here to the driver's side and install our bracket. Now these are side specific, and you can find a diagram in the instructions. But one way to tell right off the bat is you're going to want this tab for your safety cable to face towards the outside of the truck.What we're going to do is slide this up and over the frame. And this notch here should sit in nicely with the end of our frame. And then on the bottom side we're going to take one of our small brackets, and this bracket is going to set like this. And then we're going to take one of the factory bolts from our tow hook, put it through the bracket. Through our main bracket. And just thread it into the frame hand tight for now.Now before we put our hardware in the side of the frame, what we're going to have to do is take one of the included pipe spacers. And what we're going to do with this is we're going to put it in through the front of the frame, and line up the hole in the pipe spacer. With our holes here, we're going to have to hold that steady, lined up and run our bolts through it. So here's where we're going to run our pipe spacer through. I found it just a little bit easier if you just grab a pair of needle nose pliers, kind of start at the top, turn it sideways. And that'll make it a little easier to hold it in place and get everything lined up.So with our spacer lined up, we're going to take one of our large bolts and a flat washer, and you just feed that through. And here on the inside of our frame, this is where the other end of our bolt came through. And before we put our washers and our nut on it, I like to use a little bit of red Loctite, and put it on the threads. Once we have that on there, put over a flat washer, a split lock washer and finally a nut. And once we get it started, you just get it hand tight for now.Now since the other bolt is holding our bracket in place, I'm going to loosen this factory one up a little bit and put some Loctite on it, and get it back hand tight. And now keep in mind, any of the hardware that we're using to secure our base plate is going to get Loctite from here on out. Now the passenger side bracketry is set up the exact same way, so I just went ahead and repeated that same process, as the driver's side to get this one installed. Now once we have both of them installed, we can tighten all the hardware down, and I'm going to use a 3/4 to tighten these bolts up here, and a 15 millimeter for this bottom factory bolt.Now once we have then snugged down, we can use a torque wrench to torque them down to the proper specifications. And you can find that torq spec in your instructions. With our base plate torqued down, if you have any other flat two components such as a braking system or diode wiring to hook up, now would be a great time to do that. Since we have all this extra room to work. If not, just carry on to the next step.Now with a extra set of hands, we can put our bumper back into place. Don't forget to connect any of your electrical connectors that we unplugged. And once we line our bumper back up over the studs, just put a couple nuts on it, hand tight for now on each side, that way it stays in place while we work on getting it completely secured. Now one thing I do want to point out, if you're going to use your bracket to hold your 6-pole connector, what you do is on the driver's side, put it on this top inside stud that our bumper sits over and re-secure it using the nut.Once your bumper's tightened down, we can grab our grill, and plug our sensors in. We'll just line our tabs up, and push it into place. With our grill in, we can now pop our license plate back on, same way we took it off, just make sure that our top tabs pop in to the top of the bumper. Now I went ahead and held up our rock shield, which this one is a metal version, and it's just really close from not being able to bolt up flat, because it's actually interfering with our base plate arm. And so what we're going to do is just mark a small area and trim it out.That way our rock guard can sit up nice and flat. Now I'm going to use a dremel tool to make that cut and trim that out, so it'll fit nice and flat. And here's what our rock guard looks like once it has been trimmed and re-installed. And that'll do it for our look at, and our installation of the Roadmaster crossbar style baseplate kit on our 2019 Ford Ranger.

Customer Reviews

Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - RM-524459-4

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (1 Customer Reviews)

Roadmaster's crossbar-style brackets are virtually invisible, easy to mount and simple to remove. Brackets install on your vehicle's frame to provide attachment points for your tow bar.

- RM-524459-4

Followed directions and completed job in a little over 4 hours. had trouble reinserting some pins in difficult locations. Later in the month I installed the wiring tow package. Goofed up and crossed a wire and it took me two days to get back under the truck and rewire. all is working great according to directions...……. I will use etrailer again, good service, great service representatives...……..jt 663671


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