Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2018 Ford F-150

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How to Install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit on a 2018 Ford F-150

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Ford F150, we're gonna be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Blue Ox baseplate kit with removal arms, part number BX2671. This baseplate is gonna allow us to tow our Ford safely down the road behind our RV while we're traveling. It's gonna spread towing force between two brackets, minimizing the weight placed on the suspension. This is gonna be one of five main components in a flat two setup. Along with this, there's wiring, the braking system, safety cables, and your tow bar. This is what our baseplate looks like when it's installed.

It's gonna be custom fit baseplate. As you can see, it's not gonna stick out past the edge of the bumper fascia. So you're gonna maintain that nice, clean look for your Ford. This baseplate is adaptable with a lot of different tow bars, which include the Road Master tow bar with the Road Master tow bar adapter, part number RM-031 or RM-031-5, which are sold separately. This is gonna be constructed of a durable steel with a black powder coat finish to help resist any corrosion.The distance between our two brackets, center to center, is 35".

This is gonna have safety cable hookups, which is this plate here with this large hole and it's also gonna come with removable arms. To install them, you simply push them into place, turn them until they lock in. To remove them, you pull the spring loaded pen and then twist out. Your kit is gonna come with two caps. When your arms are removed or not being used, the caps gonna fit right inside of the base plate.

It's gonna help keep any grime or anything from getting inside the hole and causing an issue later on. Now that we've gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get it installed. To start off our installation, we're gonna have to nuts on the other side of our bumper that we need to remove and they're gonna around the outside of the frame. We'll be using a 21 millimeter socket and we're gonna remove this nut on both sides of the vehicle. Next thing we want to do is we're gonna remove this cap and this cap on the center of our bumper.We're just gonna reach back and we're gonna pry out and pop it out of place.

We want to make sure that these metal clips, we pull these back out and put them back on the cover itself. Just push them into place and if you just push on these two tabs, you'll be able to slide it right out. You want to gain access to these two nuts right here. Now we're gonna repeat the same process on the passenger side. Now with our 21 millimeter socket, we'll remove the two nuts inside the bumper. I'm gonna leave my nuts loosely installed on there until I get an extra set of hands to help me pull the bumper off. One thing to keep in mind, when you pull our bumper off, if you have fog lights, you're have those hooked up. You might want to see if you might have a some push pin fasteners up in here that are a little hard to get to while it's on that you might have to remove. There. You can see there. No push pin fasteners. We'll just set this aside to be reinstalled later on.Next, we're gonna slide this little plastic and rubber cover off. We're just gonna pull down, slide it out over our tow hooks. We will not be reinstalling those. Next, we'll take a 15 millimeter socket and remove our tow hooks. We're gonna repeat that same process on the other side. Once we get our tow hooks removed, you're gonna have a plate like this inside with two welded on nuts. We want to make sure we keep that because we're gonna be putting our new hardware into those nuts. Now if you have two hooks on your vehicle like this one, you're gonna use the existing hardware that you removed. If your vehicle does not have the tow hooks, you're gonna use a hardware that comes in a kit. We're gonna take a little bit of Loctite, put it on the thread of our bolts and we're gonna take one side and you want to make sure that this bracket that has this edge on it is going up to the outside of the frame. So this is gonna be our driver's side. We'll install one of our bolts that's gonna be removed.Once we get one end, hold our baseplate in place. We're gonna reinstall our other one. We'll tighten it down. You want to make sure before you tighten it and torque with that this plate is against the frame and we'll torque to the specifications in the instructions. You're gonna do the same thing to the inaudible 00:05:29. Next, we're gonna use our baseplate as a template. Now we're gonna drill two holes in the side of our frame. First, we're gonna use a hole punch and mark the center of each hole or as close as we can get. Then we're gonna take a small drill bit and drill a pilot hole. Then you're gonna repeat that process for the three remaining holes. Next, we're gonna open up our holes to the size specified in the instructions. I'm gonna use a step bit. You can use a step bit or a 1764 drill bit is what they're calling for this hole to be.So what I did on my step bit is I just marked it and what I'm gonna do is because this doesn't have a 1764 spot on it, I'm gonna go up to 1/2" and then open it up as I need to to get my bolt to fit. Now we'll test fit one of our bolts. So we got plenty of room. Then we'll do that same process for the remaining three holes. So the next hole we're gonna do is take some paint or clear coat, whatever it is you have and you want to spray the inside of that bare metal and cover that bare metal up to kind of help resist any corrosion later on down the road. So we'll just spray it and let that dry for a minute. We can put in our hardware. Next, we'll take our 1/2" bolt that comes in our kit with a lock washer. Again, we're gonna make sure we use Loctite, red Loctite, use it into one of our holes and then we're gonna take our nut plate on the inside and attach it to our bolt.We're gonna do the same thing with the front hole, same combination. Then we'll tighten them down with a 3/4" socket. Once we tighten them down, we'll torque them down to the specifications in the instructions. Now we're gonna take some tin snips and we're gonna cut off our wires here, the wires that are going to our nuts on the inside of the frame. Once you've got that process done, you're gonna repeat the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. Next, we're gonna install our safety cable. We're gonna start with our clamp here. We're gonna put it in this small hole down on the bottom of our baseplate that we installed. Then we're gonna take one end of our cable. We're gonna come up. You see this body mount here, we're gonna come up on the inside of the frame. We're gonna go behind it just lik this. Tighten it down and we'll take our 3/4" wrench. Go ahead and tighten it. Turn it on there a couple of time until it's tight and you're gonna repeat that same thing on the other side of the vehicle.Now with an extra set of hands, we'll put our bumper back into place. Remember, you'll have a bolt plate back here. Make sure that's inserted. You can install one of your nuts on each side to hold your bumper in place so you can install the remaining hardware. Next we're gonna take our bumper. You're gonna push it up. We're gonna go ahead and get one tightened down to make sure it stays flush with the bottom the fascia and you want to do that same thing on the other side of the vehicle just to make sure that you're straight before you tighten down the remaining hardware. Once you get that done, you can tighten down your remaining hardware. Next, we'll reinstall the two nuts on the inside of our bumper. We'll go back through and torque all of our hardware to the specifications in the instructions. Next, we'll reinstall our caps and you're ready to hit the road. Speaker 2: To complete this flat tow setup, we used a baseplate, part number BX2671, Road Master wiring, part number RM-15267. If you have an RV with air brakes, you'll want to use SMI Airforce One, part number SM99243 and if your RV does not have air brakes, SMI Stay In Plate Duo, part number SM99251. You're also gonna need a tow bar. We used a Blue Ox avail tow bar, part number BX7420, which comes with safety cables. If your tow bar doesn't have safety cables, you're gonna want some to safely tow your vehicle. You can find some here at Speaker 1: And that'll do it for the look at and installation on the Blue Ox baseplate kit with removal arms, part number BX2671 on our 2018 Ford F150.

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