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Roadmaster Base Plate Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

Today, we're going to work on a 2012 Chevy Malibu. We're going to be installing the Roadmaster Base Plates, part number 523145-5. For the easy installation, we've gone ahead and jacked up the vehicle, removed the front wheels and opened the hood. Our first step is going to be removing the upper plastic piece that covers the radiator and core support. We've got some bolts to remove and plastic fasteners. I'll start with my plastic fasteners.

Base Plate Wiring Harness Installation - 2012 Chevrolet Malibu

Today in this 2012 Chevy Malibu, well be using a 6-Pole Round Pin Connector, part number PK11609 and Diode Kit, part number 38955. Were going to install our 6-Pole Connector here in this space, so first Ill need to remove the lower panels so I can start routing my wire. When routing our wire, we're going to be careful to stay away from pinch points such as the suspension or steering, or extensive heat such as exhaust. Im going to use a piece of air line or pull wire to help me thread it through the frame here of the vehicle. We got our wire run to the back of the vehicle, now we need to get up into the trunk area so that we can attach it to the manufacturers wiring. To do that, were going to need to pull apart some of the rear interior.

Roadmaster Base Plate Installation - 2007 Chevrolet Malibu

Today on this 2007 Chevrolet Malibu we are going to install part number 523120-1 from Roadmaster, the EZ Base Plate Kit. The first thing we need to do is open up the hood and get some fasteners so we can take off the front bumper cover. There will be some fasteners on the top and the bottom. With the rivets we just have to unscrew the top part of them and we will pop up the bottom half. When it does not unscrew very easily, pull up on the plastic a little to bind it up and that might help back out the screw. Now we are underneath the vehicle starting over on the driver side. We are going to take out these 7 millimeter fasteners and work our way all the way around the edge of the bumper. There is also four plastic rivets we need to remove along the way too. Lets remove this plastic part here with these two rivets and then we will go back to the original rivets we were going to take out before. Now that you can see the plastic rivets remove these four too. Next we are going to remove these two little panels right here, these little rivets and that will give us a more room to take off the bumper cover easier. 01:38

Chevrolet Malibu Tow Bars Questions

  • The Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar part # RM-520 would be a great choice for a new tow bar. This is one of our most popular tow bars that would work great with the Roadmaster base plate kit you have installed on your 2015 Chevy Malibu, part # RM-523178-4.
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  • I assume you are talking about the Falcon 2, # RM-520, and the Falcon All-Terrain, # RM-522, since the original Falcon tow bar has been discontinued for a while. If you find yourself in situations where you can't bet lined up straight with the toad or the ground isn't level (which is almost all camp grounds) then it is absolutely worth it to go with the Falcon All-Terrain. If you are rarely off of paved roads where you have plenty of space then the Falcon 2 will work great....
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  • When flat towing a vehicle, there are 5 main components that are needed. Starting with base plates, for a 2011 Chevy Malibu you can use Roadmaster EZ base plates # 523145-5. The base plates provide a safe and secure attachment point for a tow bar. When choosing a tow bar, you will need one that is compatible with EZ base plates. I recommend the Roadmaster Stowmaster tow bar, part # RM-501. I have included a link to the installation details and a link to a video review for you...
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  • I contacted our representative at Roadmaster and he confirmed that the RoadMaster StowMaster Car-Mounted Tow Bar, part # RM-501, will fold up while still mounted to the front of your 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. Part # RM-501 will work great with the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit, part # 523145-5. In addition to a tow bar and base plate kit, you will also need safety cables and wiring for lights or towing lights. For safety cables, I recommend RoadMaster 68 Inch Single Hook, Coiled...
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  • Technically no, you should not need diodes, though it will depend on the wiring harness you are using. Many wiring harnesses have built-in diodes. If you are using a TrailerMate wiring harness you may need to install additional diodes. We have had trouble with their built-in diodes giving out. If you are using a Bulb and Socket Set for Tail Light Wiring Kits like # RM-155-2, or a magnetic tow lights like # TL21RK, you won't have to worry about diodes because there won't...
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  • We do indeed carry the stoplight switch for a 2004 Chevy Malibu w/ the adjustable pedals. The part number is # RM-751210.
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  • We offer a Roadmaster base plate, part # 194-3 that's compatible with your 2003 Chevy Malibu. To use the 194-3 base plate with the # 63180 tow bar you mentioned, you'll need an adapter, part # RM-025. FYI, the # 63180 tow bar you referred to is only rated for 45 mph. My research indicates that your Malibu is capable of being flat towed, but there are specific procedures listed in the owner's manual that need to be followed closely. GM doesn't recommend towing at speeds greater...
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  • The RM-520, Roadmaster Falcon 2 would be a great choice. You will also need the 'invisible' base plates for your Malibu, part number 194-3, which you can see by clicking the link I've included below.
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