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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Call etrailer.com at 800-298-8924 for expert service. We are your Smart base plates experts, and offer a lowest price guarantee. etrailer.com carries a complete line of Blue Ox products for your Smart fortwo 2011. Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms part BX1987 from Blue Ox can be ordered online at etrailer.com. Complete base plates installation instructions and technical support.



2011 Smart fortwo - Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your Smart fortwo. 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 Smart fortwo 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: 17"
    • Fits Blue Ox Adventurer, Aladdin, Allure, Alpha, Avail, Aventa, and Trion tow bars
  • Bracket height: 12-1/2"
  • 3-Year warranty


BX1987 Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Tabs



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Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX1987

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (557 Customer Reviews)

This strong and durable base plate kit is custom designed to fit your Smart fortwo. The hidden reinforcements, along with the removable bracket arms, provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed.

- BX1987

by: Geodog01/28/2013


The instructions (#23) tell you to align the support bracket 1/4" from the bumper. When we drilled the holes we discovered that a nut could not be installed due too the lack of clearence with the frame rail end. This measurement should be 1/2". Other than this clearence problem the installation went fine. Very pleased with the Base Plate. 64285



- BX1987

by: Jim R.07/09/2015


Self installed. Instructions are clear but if you're going to install yourself - - read read read you will still go back to the instructions again and again. It's a good days job with a helper for a first timer. That said it's a fun project if you take your time. And you'll save a lot of money.. 210441



- BX1987

by: Juanita B.01/05/2017


It was exactly what I needed and it fit great! Would recommend to others! 330119



- BX1136

by: Roy07/24/2017

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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



- BX1689

by: Rick & Debbie03/31/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


First we want to rate etrailer service- it was excellent! Items arrived on time. The video on the web was very helpful & Blue Ox sent good instructions in the box. The installation went well, completed in 3 days. Couple of points on the instructions/install; On the bumper fascia you will have to do a LOT of trimming, and it's a matter of trying to get it back on, numerous times. Also once you finally get it trimmed to fit with base plate installed, snapping in the fascia is not easy, it's push & shove to get it back on. The only other issue is getting those hex nuts screwed into the bolts, there is very little room to work & you have to get the nut lined up EXACTLY before the screw will fit. We painted the one side of it white to see it through the drilled holes better, you will also need someone to hold a flashlight while the other person tries to get it bolted on. Then you have to be ready to put the locktite on before the nut slips out of place. Patience, patience, patience!!! Luckily my husband has lots of it - he read & reread the instructions before he started-had all his tools lined up & then went to it - I just kept my mouth shut & held the flashlight & helped him with the bumper fascia. He is out in the garage now installing the wiring harness. We had to wait to order the receiver hitch (10") until the base plate was installed & we could line it up with our RV & figure the difference (2012 Chevy Equinox). We live in Prescott AZ & hope to leave for a trip to the Grand Canyon & Santa Fe New Mexico in about a week. 73518


Comments

Hi Patrick - thanks for the follow up....we are very satisfied with theitems we purchased from etrailer.com

-- comment by: Rick - 04/03/2014

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- BX2258

by: Carl V.07/08/2017

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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



- BX2232

by: Baluga Bob07/17/2015

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


Comments

Perfectly!

Rebecca O - 07/16/2016

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- BX2514

by: Christopher S.08/23/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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



- BX2258

by: Tall Paul09/16/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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


Comments

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

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- BX1119

by: Mike08/04/2016

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Easy installation. Great product 279815



- BX2258

by: Tall Paul09/16/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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


Comments

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

- BX2628

by: Jim C12/25/2014

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Videos did a great job of educating me for this install. Have done this before on a different car. Product and service could not have been better. 166917



- BX1126

by: Chuck S.05/26/2012

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



- BX2726

by: PatD09/01/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I purchased the Blue Ox tow plate and tow bar....a friend installed the tow plate and said he was impressed. I used it twice now and seems to work great and no issues. Nice one man operation. The light kit had no instructions for the KIA Soul that I purchased it for so I sent that back. I'm not sure why it stated it was for it and had instructions or call an 800 number neither of which were correct. I like the removable tubes. I wish the tow bar had come with a cover. I've seen some covered and it looks like it protects the bat while still attached to the tow vehicle. 223345


Comments

Great! A mechanic friend installed quickly and said it wasnt too bad and it works fantastic.

Patrick P - 09/01/2016

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- BX3613

by: Keith C.09/14/2015

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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- BX2246

by: Dan Gentry10/29/2012

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


This installation obviously was not a Bolt in Ready unit, but still installed with little difficulty. The biggest obstacle was trying to figure out exactly how much to cut and where, then figure out exactly where to Base plate was to go for proper hole drilling. The illustration was less than adequate, however through process of elimnination it is on. 58299


Comments

It is still working great and I am confident I will many years of use from it. I have used etrailer for my towing needs ffor over 10 years and it has always been a good experience. I intend to use etrailer in the future.

dan g - 04/29/2014

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- BX4104

by: Randy M08/25/2017

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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



- BX2605

by: Rod S12/10/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Thank you e trailor for the excellent service. The item I ordered was out of stock but I got a phone call the same day that I ordered it saying that I could get it shipped from the factory if I wanted to speed up the shipping. Idecided to wait and did receive it about a week later which wqs OK. I picked up yesterday and had it installed yesterday. Thank you again. Rod 233524


Comments

I have used the tow vehicle with the blue ox base plate and tow bar for a year and is so easy to hitch on and off so take the vehicle even though we sometimes think we might not use the tow vehicle.

Rod S - 12/09/2016

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- BX1307

by: Paul K07/30/2016

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I want to let you all know that I’m not a happy camper. After much pushing, cutting, pushing & swearing, I finally got all the screws and pushpins back in place. I expected a better fit considering how much this baseplate cost. In reassembling, the front clip was distorted enough that parts of it popped apart and I had to drill into the bumper & add some screws to get it to look normal. Then the lower drivers side black grill popped in and there is no way to get the clips to hold it in place. If this were properly designed it would have fit better. I have no idea how long before some of those fasteners will last on our nasty highways but I guess stitching it back together forever will keep me occupied. I’m not just a weekend mechanic. I’ve worked for an auto dealership, rebuilt engine & transmissions, etc. This project took me & a helper almost 8 hours to complete with no helpful feedback from BlueOx despite several phone conversations Will it work to to my Mini? Yes, but be aware that cosmetically your Mini will never be the same. 277775



- BX1118

by: Art01/23/2014

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I received my order a day earlier than expected. Customer Service was great and they have fast shipping. The part fit just as described. I will update with pictures when I have the RV and Jeep hooked up and ready to tow. 114589


Comments

The Base Plate is working perfect on my 97 Jeep Wrangler TJ. We have used it a lot and getting ready to use it again in a few days.....heading South!!! Im glad I bought something I could trust and not just a cheaper off brand model. Blue Ox is Great quality and a good solid fit and Im still a Happy Camper!!! 5 Stars again!!!

Art - 01/23/2015

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- BX2639

by: Matt D.08/11/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Received the base plate from you in record time (helped prepare for trip). INSTALLED IT TODAY AND EVERYTHING WENT GREAT! 94450


Comments

Everything is working perfectly. Fast shipping and ease of installation with provided instructs was great.

Matt D - 08/11/2014

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Comments

did you install it yourself. How long did it take.What did you did you do for wiring harness

-- comment by: john - 10/01/2014

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Comments

I installed myself good instructions except for horn remou ting. Took about 5-6 hours total. Ran wire harness under car to back then up to tail lights where I installed separate bulbs with sockets from auto parts store. MattD

-- comment by: Matt D - 10/02/2014

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- BX1721

by: Floyd J.07/07/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The instruction are not exactly correct for the 2015 GMC Canyon. Step 6 shows two 10 mm bold to be loosened on the Chevrolet. These are not visible on the Canyon. I was still able to remove the facia without loosening them. When it came time to reinstall the facia, I had to separate the chrome grill from the painted facia to access the two screws to loosen them. I installed the painted facia first so I could tighten the two 10 mm screw and then snapped in the chrome grill 210020


Comments

I had no problems. With base plate.

Floyd J - 07/06/2016

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- BX1126

by: John M06/15/2017

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



- BX1648

by: Albert C.07/02/2015

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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- BX2630

by: road ranger09/11/2014

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


installed on 2014 f-150 king ranch. it took about 1 full day to complete. the hardest part is getting a drill in position to drill the required 8, 1/2 inch holes. (angle drill works best) I think the unit is over built considering each side is bolted on with 7, 1/2 inch diameter bolts. instructions aren't the best I've ever seen but if you study them you can get the job done. VERY HAPPY WITH THE SERVICE FROM etrailer.com 150666


Comments

works great. towed the truck several times with no problems

road r - 09/12/2015

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- BX1976

by: Vince L03/04/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Rock solid hitch. I was impressed with its heaviness and structure. I agree it is surprisingly easy to install and should take 20 minutes after getting it out of the box and all the tools ready. Although I did it by myself, it really is a two person job since one needs to hold it in place while the other puts in the bolts. The color pictures made it a no-brainer as far as instructions go --- very nice touch that I wish other companies would do. Unfortunately, I ran into a big problem that I hadn't expected and everyone should anticipate. It added two hours to the job. After years of being exposed to the elements, the threaded bolt holes in my 2010 Jeep frame were very rusty. After using PB Blaster and a tiny wire brush, I was finally able to install the bolts with a whole lot of brute force and a 4' breaker bar! Of course, this does not reflect on the product in any way...it's really an impressive piece of hardware. By the way, no one beat etrailer's price. 176917



- BX1126

by: Steve S.05/24/2013

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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- BX2635

by: Lew Lane03/27/2017

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I ordered the BX2635 for my 2016 Ford F-150 4X4. The product arrived as expected, with all of the items needed to attach the base to the Truck, including safety cables. Once installed, the Blue Ox base and tow bar system worked flawlessly. I just took it on a 600 mile test run out to California and back (to Phoenix) with no issues. (I also used the Blue Ox Patriot Braking System). Be sure to pay attention to the height of your tow vehicle receiver, and your towed vehicle (dinghy) hook height. The heights must match within 3 inches. I needed to buy a step down, that lowered my RV's receiver by 10 inches. Installation was exactly as described in eTrailer's video. The videos that eTrailer provides are first rate, and are extremely helpful for do-it-yourselfers. The eTrailer installation videos are one more reason why I'm a loyal eTrailer customer. My 5-star rating applies to both the Blue Ox system and the eTrailer customer service. 359286



- BX1706

by: Rick06/19/2017

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Installed base plate , the video was very helpfull and the job took me eight hours . I took my time . Seems good ,will test run soon. 396376



- BX2656

by: Keith N01/31/2017

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Ok, after researching many available tow plates I found this one as it had videos on how to install it on my vehicle. My installation took a little longer only because I did it by myself and didn't have the advantage of a hydraulic lift to maneuver my car up and down and I still had it on properly within 6 hours(I think they took 3 1/2 in the video). Just gather ALL the things you need before you start and you can have pretty clear sailing. A good power drill is a must, cordless just don't have the torque you'll need. The installations instructions are clear and concise and just follow them or do what i did and take your laptop out to the garage and play the video step by step. This product has been on for a year and I have no regrets or problems, the only thing I can think of is where the tow pins insert the holes have some rust around them but it is only surface contact. It works the way it is supposed to. 337184



- BX1126

by: Cecil Clark11/25/2015

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Etrailer had the right base plate for my 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the video was wonderfully helpful. Took about 3-4 hours but I was taking my time to be accurate. Cutting the belly pan is "high pucker" but measure twice cut once. I used a Dremel tool to cut and drew my cut lines on masking tape. 232541



- BX1710

by: Howard L12/22/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


The base plate installation was easy to install after getting everything removed that is necessary to get the existing tow hooks removed. I had a similar base plate on a 2008 Silverado that I had also installed so was almost the same. The photos in the Installation booklet could be a bit more clear. Had a hard time making out some of the details there so wnet to the Blue Ox website and opened the Instalation PDF there and photos were easier to see. Overall was what I was expecting and very satisfied 110844



- BX2233

by: Michael03/10/2013

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


Excellent, high-quality product, good instructions. Shipped fast. Had to trim and massage during the install a bit more than expected to get everything to fit back together, but end result was fine. Approx 4 hrs for install, with average mechanical ability. A helper makes the install MUCH easier. 69843



- BX1122

by: Robert L08/17/2016

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


I am very pleased with the service, shipping and product quality of my recent purchase...a "Blue Ox" baseplate for out 2007 Jeep Liberty. The online installation video was instrumental in my self installation...it was much easier than I could have imagined. Final results look great and no doubt saved $$$$ doing it myself. As this will be towed behind our motorhome, I also purchased and installed the tow wiring harness. Again, the installation video made this very easy. Customer service was very helpful in making sure I ordered the correct products for our Jeep. Everything was shipped out the same day. From order to install took only 4 days. I would highly recommend eTrailer! 284853


Comments

Base plates performing well. Tows behind our motorhome with ease. Thanks for the follow-up!

Robert L - 11/03/2017

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- BX2636

by: JIMMY C.09/04/2017

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


My first buying from etrailer was grate fast service and was delivered earlier than expected it was necessary to make some adjustment that was not in the direction. It was necessary to spread apart the arms 3/4 in to make them fit my 2013 ford flex every thing else work grate 428646



- BX2805

by: Rex08/20/2014

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


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



- BX2198

by: Joe S09/22/2017

Review from a similar Blue Ox Standard in Base Plates


This base plate is a very good product with easy to follow installation instructions. I did run into minor difficulties installing, but overcame them with ease. These included the removal of the front fascia. There were more pushpins than were identified, plus I had a problem removing the fascia from the wheel-well once all the tabs were removed. I ended up removing the headlights for a better view of the problem and removal of the two tabs on both sides, as the fascia did not want to easily pull away from the fastener as in the instructions. It turned out that some dirt and grime was not letting it pull apart as expected. This would have been between steps 5 & 6. A person with some basic mechanical experience can easily install this base-plate. Looking forward to using this product to tow my small truck behind our RV in the coming months! 435487



- BX2639

by: Reggie08/29/2016

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I am happy with the quality of the base plate kit. Once installed, it is hardly noticeable. This is my second install of a Blue Ox base plate. This one on a Ford C-max and the last on a Saturn Vue. I did the install myself on both. The Saturn Vue was a much more complex install, but was better documented. I found that the detailed instructions assumed that you knew more about the vehicle than I did, which resulted in some difficulty in removing the front fascia. Also found that instructions to trim some plastic parts to refit the windshield washer tank would have resulted in removing the top support of that tank. Also, relocating the horn was difficult as it appears the 2016 horn is different than previous years. Other that that, I would still rate this as a moderately difficult install that a 'home' mechanic could do in a day. 288790



- BX1110

by: Gale S.07/12/2013

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I am absolutely happy with the quick order response and quick delivery of this base plate kit. The base plate and hardware show excellent quality and workmanship. I'm pleased! 89232


Comments

The base plate has preformed flawlessly, we towed our Jeep Cherokee about 11,500 miles during a 5 month trip we experienced one Emergency Stop without a problem.

Gale S - 07/16/2014

5682

- BX1126

by: Alan B.12/30/2013

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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


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Still attached and working perfectly. Continues to survive some rather intense back country trails with no complaints.

Alan B - 12/30/2014

8281

- BX1721

by: James A.06/01/2016

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I believe I found a really good deal with this company. What I liked best was how user-friendly the site was in narrowing down the parts that I needed. It was like the items were "tailored" for my vehicle. The FAQ was instrumental in showing me what I needed to purchase for my Motorhome to be able to flat tow my 2016 GMC truck. Their prices were competitive. Everything came as ordered. One suggestion is to give the customer a time-line that is a little more specific as to the time it actually takes to gather the parts and leaves for shipment rather than sending a general, vague initial email that order was going to the warehouse. That said, I was pleasantly surprised to receive the shipment in less time than expected. I would highly recommend this vendor, as they were referred to me by a friend. Thanks Etrailer! 255310



- BX1136

by: Ervin04/28/2015

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Great product it needed to be modified as it was in the video. I hope they will correct that. That took some time to do the Mod. After MOD it fits nice and looks good also. 188661


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This product is awesome and very well made. Etrailer is the best to deal with and they have the the best advice for most applications. Thank you

Ervin - 04/27/2016

17619

- BX2238

by: Wally B.02/18/2016

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Installation was pretty easy, I took my time, 5hrs, that includes going to the store to buy #8 bolts and nuts for them. I installed this base plate on a 2006 honda crv AWD and I saw no need for the nuts that they supply with the 14" wire attached to them. I just used regular nuts, the access to the nuts was not that bad and did not slow me down. If I had to do it again I could probably do it in 2hrs or so. 238049



- BX1636

by: Paul B05/14/2015

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The base plate fit perfectly,however the instructions were a little ambigious(remove the bolt from the front tire?). Everything went well and overall I am very happy with the base plate. 192947


Comments

Awesome! I love the fact that it does not protrude out from the grill. Not too difficult to install and works flawlessly!

Paul B - 05/27/2016

18057

- BX1689

by: Chris H11/25/2013

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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



- BX3619

by: Kevin Dullea06/29/2016

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The install went great, I have all the tools and expertise from past experience. Instructions were great. Didn't have to trim the shroud at all. Took about two hours. Can't wait to hour the road! 266170



- BX1656

by: Bryan S.05/17/2015

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Installation was quick and very simple, the directions were very clear - it took me less than an hour and 1/2. The best part is that it's hardly even noticeable. 193820


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Everything is working as it should, we are very happy with our Blue Ox Base Plate purchase. Its actually the 3rd different vehicles.

Bryan S - 06/17/2016

18684

- BX2335

by: Ron F.11/05/2013

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We installed the base plate on our 2013 Hyundai Accent. It was reasonably easy, with good instructions. But we have a very well equipped garage with a lift and good tools so, even though we are not professionals, we are advanced amateurs and that made it relatively easy. The only problem was that the wires on the nut plates are too thick. You can hold the nuts with your finger but it was hard to hold them at right-angles to the fixing bolts to get them started. A bit of bending and adjusting was necessary. We took about 4 hours for the installation with time out for lunch. 106409



- BX1703

by: EdP08/10/2017

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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



- BX1689

by: Gary04/18/2013

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Received base plates in great condition and all the hardware intact. I previously installed base plates on my Ford escape in approx 4 hrs. It took me 8 hrs to inst on the chevy equinox much more involved. T he instructions where to the t. I will be using it to tow behind our motorcoach. I would not recommend the average Joe blow to try installing these which was stated on the box and inst.On page 6 of inst it stated fig 11A and 11B which should read 12A and 12B. The product works as advertised and I recommmend it to those in need. 76763


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