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etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

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Get a clean, factory look for your car when it's not being towed by using these invisible base plates. Tabs remain on tow bar arms and easily secure to base plate receivers with a quick turn. Simple, bolt-on installation with included hardware. 1-833-496-1390 to order etrailer base plates part number e98946 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all etrailer products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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  • Removable Drawbars
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  • Twist Lock Attachment

Get a clean, factory look for your car when it's not being towed by using these invisible base plates. Tabs remain on tow bar arms and easily secure to base plate receivers with a quick turn. Simple, bolt-on installation with included hardware.


Features:

  • Custom-fit base plates provide attachment points for your tow bar
  • Invisible design creates seamless, clean look
    • No obtrusive crossbar or protruding brackets
    • Covers keep dirt and debris out of base plate receivers when you're not towing
  • Included tabs connect directly to your tow bar arms
    • Just insert the tab into the base plate and secure with the included safety pin
    • No need to remove, and possibly misplace, drawbar arms
  • 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's chassis
  • Electrical bracket lets you easily mount a round electrical connector plug
  • Instructions and necessary hardware included
  • Compatible with all etrailer, Demco, and Blue Ox tow bars
    • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars (adapters sold separately)
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at etrailer.com
  • Made in the USA


Specs:

  • Distance between brackets: 24"
  • Bracket height: 16-3/4"
  • 1-Year limited warranty


Simple, Invisible Design

Setting up these invisible base plates for use with your etrailer tow bar is fast and easy. They easily bolt onto the ends of your tow bar. And because the tabs remain on your tow bar at all times instead of protruding from your vehicle , your car maintains a clean look when it's not being towed.


Easy Hookup and Disconnect

Demco Base Plate Tabless Hookup

Using the etrailer invisible base plates to attach and remove your tow bar couldn't be easier. With the base plate tabs attached to your tow bar arms, simply insert the tabs into the receivers on your vehicle and twist to lock them in place. Insert the included pull pins to add an extra layer of security, ensuring the tabs stay put. To remove each arm, simply tug the pull pin to disengage the lock, twist the tow bar arm, and pull the tab out of the bracket.


Receiver Covers

Keep dirt and debris out of the base plate receivers with the included covers. These high-density polyethylene covers easily snap into place over each pull point when your tow bar is not attached. Limiting internal corrosion makes it easier to slide the tabs in and out and helps to prevent seizing so that the tabs don't get stuck.


Tow Bar Adapters

If you have a tow bar from a different manufacturer, an adapter may be available. etrailer offers adapters for use with other tow bars so that you don't have to go through the added hassle and expense of replacing your tow bar when outfitting your new towed car with base plates.


Type of Tow Bar Adapter
Roadmaster Tracker, Falcon 2, Falcon All Terrain, Blackhawk, Blackhawk All Terrain, Sterling tow bars with serial numbers up to 14,500 e98983
Roadmaster Nighthawk, Sterling All Terrain, Sterling tow bars with serial numbers 14,501 e98984
Roadmaster Eagle, Eagle 8000 e98979
Roadmaster Falcon 5250 e98981
Blue Ox No adapter needed
Demco Kwik-Tow No adapter needed
Curt Rambler No adapter needed

etrailer Technical Support

At etrailer, we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your base plates. The technicians at etrailer perform flat tow installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.



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Installation Details E98946 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

  • 1997 - 2006 Jeep TJ with standard factory bumper
  • 1997 - 2006 Jeep Wrangler with standard factory bumper




Customer Reviews

etrailer Invisible Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - e98946

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (134 Customer Reviews)

Get a clean, factory look for your car when it's not being towed by using these invisible base plates. Tabs remain on tow bar arms and easily secure to base plate receivers with a quick turn. Simple, bolt-on installation with included hardware.

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I ordered the invisible bass plate because I have a smittie built after market rock bumper. It is not approved for using for towing. So I hoped I could do modifications on the bumper to make this work. To My surprise it worked without any changes. I towed My 2005 Jeep with it and it works great with my blue ox towbar. Thanks etrailer.




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2000 Jeep TJ

The base plate and hardware arrived yesterday and I am in the process of installing. Looks great and looks like it will fit. Only issue is there are 4 nuts and washers missing. I can get them from local hardware and I should bein good shape.


Comments
I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/21/2022


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1999 Jeep Wrangler

Products were as described and easy to install!




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2004 Jeep Wrangler

Looks good so far. A bit of confusion with the instructions. I had to loosen the first two bolts going into the bumper quite a bit before the holes on the radiator attachment piece would line up to the bar. Eventually it all worked out.




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2003 Jeep Wrangler

All went very good, have dealt with etrailer many times and are very pleased




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2003 Jeep Wrangler

Installation was smooth!




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Super easy to mount. Works great!




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1999 Jeep Wrangler

One of the easiest installations I have ever done. Product was true to description arrived on time.




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2004 Jeep TJ




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Had looked at other ones So glad we went through E trailer Much easier to install. My advice would be don't follow the temp plates in the directions. Your better off measuring it yourself.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


It is so easy to work with eTrailer!! A couple of phone calls and all your questions are answered. Their videos are also spot on and helped me tremendously when the place that installed the base plate said that they wouldn't install the BRK2505 brake breakaway kit. A simple view of their video and i was confident I would be able to tackle this portion of the install. thanks eTrailer, GREAT JOB!!




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Even though the box was damaged in transport, all parts were there and none were damaged due to the good packing that was done!




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Super simple install and stealthy look once installed. This looks way better than any other baseplate on the market. A+




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Installation was a bit involved. The toughest part was dissembling and reassembling the front of the vehicle to complete the installation of the base plate. Also, it was somewhat difficult to complete the connections on some of the blind holes, this was very time consuming and a bit frustrating. Before attempting any connections make sure that you clean the power coating out of the threaded parts. Further, I did have to trim some of the facia around the driver’s side to clear the base plate. I have used this setup to tow over 13k miles and it has been performed without any problems. I am happy with this base plate and I would purchase it again.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


I like it best when you get what you need the first time and it everything it’s suppose to be and the order is correct.
Top marks to etrailer!!




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Haven't installed yet, but etrailer Hasn't let me down yet!!!


Comments
Works awesome
Steve - 07/07/2022


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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Easy installation, quick unhook and hookup. A much cleaner installation.


Comments
Easy quick connect and disconnect, easy to install
Jay - 07/23/2022


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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Using on a 2020 Gladiator with an aftermarket bumper. I did make some modifications to the bumper for this to work. Fits like a glove, even tighter. Installation kicked my butt a little at first but was to my own fault and stubbornness and not product or installation instructions. Spoke with customer service rep, Michael, and he assured me product would fit. Great product. Performed test run on 8-26 and worked as advertised. Highly recommend!


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Great
Ronald - 02/02/2022


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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Had to have it drop shiped at our campground. Lucky i had the tools with me to install. For the most part it was pretty straightforward,but the passenger side bracket had about a half inch gap so i had to leave the lockwasher out so that i had enough threads to get the bolt to start. Once it was started it pulled up tight. I give it 4 stars due to the two tab nuts not being long enough. If the tabs were an inch longer you could actually hold it in place and it would install much easier. Cant thank etrailer enough for doing everything they could to help me get back on the road 1100 miles from home.




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


The installation instructions and video were misleading. Much more difficult to install then portrayed. Getting the base plate bracket holes to line up with the existing bumper bracket holes was very difficult. 1-2 hours spent trying to align holes.

Instructions describe how to cut holes in plastic under bumper cover. Instructions say nothing about how difficult it is to reinstall and fit around existing bumper, brackets, and base plate.


Comments
I recommend viewing the video install that we have on a 2021 Jeep Wrangler. The installation starts at mark 1:17. One trick that we have is to tape the washers into place before lifting the base plate to the frame as shown at mark 4:11. When installing the hardware the base plate you will want to hand tighten the hardware down on both sides as shown at mark 4:55 and then torque the hardware down per manual specifications. Our installer Clayton shows a good technique at mark 6:26 on how to cut out the fascia when installing the bottom fascia back around the base plate.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 12/09/2021


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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


This is the part that I needed. It arrived on-time and in good condition. (The card board shipping box was damaged, and had been repaired with clear tape, but nothing was missing and all of the contents were in good shape.)




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


First off let me say this is not my first order from etrailer. Previous orders have been very smooth with timely delivery and quality product with excellent customer service from available Technicians to help out with issues pertaining to installation. This current order arrived with the major component missing (baseplate). etrailer has stepped up and is currently doing battle with UPS. Thanks to Nicole R. for all of your attention to this matter. I will continue to do business with this upstanding company in the future. Merry Christmas!




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Review from a similar etrailer Tabless in Base Plates


Quick delivery, product quality very good. Installation went very well, would recommend this product to anyone that has a similar application.



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