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Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit Installation - 2015 Smart fortwo

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How to Install the Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit on a 2015 Smart fortwo


Speaker 1: Today, on our 2015 smart fortwo, you're going to be taking a look at and I'm going to show you how to install the Roadmaster EZ base plate kit with removable arms, part number 52285-1. This is what our base plate looks like when it's installed. This is going to be a custom-fit base plate. It's going to attach directly to the frame and it's going to allow you to safely flat tow your vehicle behind your RV while you're traveling. This is going to be one of five main components in a flat-tow setup. This base plate's going to have a black, powder-coated finish, so it's going to last a long time.This is going to be a custom-fit base plate and it's going to be compatible with quick disconnects and all the Roadmaster tow bars.

It's also going to have removable arms. Simply slide them, twist, locked into place. When not in use, you can pull them out. This base plate has a low-profile design. You see it's not going to stick out too far from the front of the fascia.

Sits there nice, tucked in, even with the fascia. It gives it a nice, streamlined look.As I mentioned before, this is going to be a custom-fit base plate. There is going to be no welding required. A little bit of drilling and a little bit of trimming around the fascia. Other than that, it's a pretty straightforward installation.

Now that we've gone over some of the features, let me show you how to get it installed.What we need to do to begin our installation is we need to do a little prep work on the car. We're going to have to take off the front wheels to get the front body of the car off. In order to do that, we have to start with this panel. We have to get our front end up off the ground. The spot where we need to put our jack stand, this body panel right here covers it, so we need to take this body panel off before we can jack the car up.

How we're going to do that: right back here, there's two pushpin fasteners. You take a flathead screwdriver trim panel tool like this, we're going to pull out the center, and then we're going to pull out the whole thing. It looks like that.Go ahead and do that on the other side of the vehicle. This panel is actually . There's little clips underneath, so what we're going to do is we're just going to pull down on it like this. We'll work our way to the back. Once we get those off, there's actually plastic clips inside of here. The reason we have to take this off is, to get this off, there's actually a bolt right here underneath this panel. That bolt right there. Pull out like that, and then we'll set this aside. If you're clip happens to come off, you can just stick it back on there, just like that.The next thing I want to do is I want to jack the car up. I just need to get this front end high enough to get my jack in, or my stand. One thing to keep in mind: you want to make sure you're using jack stands, you have your emergency brake set, and you're using wheel chocks. Next thing we're going to do is remove our hood. There's two little panels on each side of our grill with little clips. Going to turn them like that, and you're going to rotate them like this, and you can see how our hood lifts up. Just going to pick it up and pull it off. We're going to have a torx bit 00:03:22 right here holding the strap on that holds our hood in place.We'll be using a T25 Torx bit, going to remove our strap, and then we'll set our hood aside to be reinstalled later. Next, we're going to have two more Torx bit bolts that we're going to have remove. Going to have one here and one here. Same Torx bit, T25. Then we're going to have two pushpin fasteners. We're going to have one here and you're going to have one, same spot, but directly on the other side of the vehicle. Again, we're going to pull out the center and then the whole fastener. Do that same thing over here.Now, in between the headlight, or the top corner of the headlight and the bottom corner of the window, we're going to have another Torx bit bolt we need to take out, or screw. Same bit. We're going to do the same thing on the other side of the car. Next, remove our antennae. We're going to spin it counterclockwise right down here in this long part of the antennae, or bottom part. Just like that, we'll just unscrew it. We'll set it aside to be reinstalled later.Now, inside of our doorjamb, right where our antennae was, this little, small panel, we're going to have a Torx bit screw there. This is just a plastic screw. We're going to use the same Torx bit and we can just do this one by hand. You don't need to put any pressure on it. Go ahead and pull that out and then this center piece we're actually going to have to take out also. If you can't get it out with the screw, you can use a small flathead screwdriver or your trim panel tool. Pull it out like that.Next, we'll take a trim panel tool, we're going to pull up on it and out. You can see, it's going to slide in the top here and this is going to fit right down inside there. Same doorjamb, toward the center of our fender, we're going to have a pushpin fastener. We're going to remove it like we did the others. We're going to do the same thing on the other side of the vehicle. We're going to have two T25 Torx bit bolts that are here at the top that we're underneath our panel. Go ahead and remove those. Then we're going to have one down here at the bottom. Just like that, go ahead and do that same thing on the other side.Next, we'll take a 15-millimeter socket, we're going to remove the three bolts that are holding our wheel on. Keep in mind, these are inaudible 00:06:09 bolts, so when you're removing the last one, make sure you have ahold of the wheel so it doesn't fall. Go ahead and repeat that on the other side, and then we'll set these aside to be reinstalled later. Now we need to release the lower part of our fascia from the underside of our vehicle. We're going to have two clips like this. All we're doing is we're pushing back on the fascia, pulling down on this panel here. We'll have one on each side, just like that.Next, we need to remove our ABS wiring harness from the plastic clip and then remove the clip. To do that, we're going to pull out on the harness where it's attached to the clip, like that, and then we're going to turn our clip counterclockwise. We'll do the same thing on the other side. Next, we're going to have a pushpin fastener inside our wheel well, towards the front of the vehicle and towards the bottom. Go ahead and remove that like we did all of our other ones. We're going to do the same thing on the other side of the vehicle.Next, we're going to remove our front fascia. Keep in mind, when we pull of the side, we're going to have marker lights that we need to unplug. We're just going to pull out and we're just going to twist the bulb out. We'll set our fascia aside for now. Next, we need to remove our airbag censors. It's going to be these two bolts right here. We're going to use a T25 Torx bit. Before doing that, you want to make sure that we don't unplug the airbag censors and we want to make sure that the key is not in the ignition, so that the vehicle's not turned on, or else it will trip the censors. We'll go ahead and remove the two Torx bits that are holding it in place. We're going to take these two plastic clips off like this. We're just going to let our censor hang.Next, we're going to take a 10-millimeter socket. We're going to have three of these star bolts we need to remove, so make sure the 10-millimeter socket you are using is going to grip onto that. We're going to have one up here that's holding our horn in place. We're going to have one here, and then we're going to have one on the bottom side of our bumper core. We'll start with the one here on the horn. We're just going to take our horn, we're going to set it aside like that. We're going to take one and just going to hand-thread it in there while I take my bottom one off.We'll do the same thing on the other side. Going to go ahead and remove those, pull our bumper core off. The same idea is get a couple of clamps. We're going to take our bumper core. It was on the car like this. We're going to flip in upside down and we're going to slide it in like this. We want to make sure that this edge is flat against here. What we're going to do is we're going to take one of our clamps, we want to lift just a little bit, we want to clamp onto our bumper core there, like that. We're going to put a clamp on the other side.Next, we're going to take it and we're going to flip it back on its side, like this. This is the top of our bracket, the top of our bumper core. You notice, there's about a half-inch gap there. That's what we want. We want that on both sides. Now we're going to flip it back over the other way, to these holes right here. We're going to have one on each side. Next, I'm going to take hole-punch, I'm going to try to center it inside the hole on our base plate. I'm going to flip it back up and go ahead and remove our clamp. We're going to remove the base plate. Next, I'm going to take a small drill bit, I'm going to drill through that spot that I punched. Once you have your hole drilled, you want to make sure that you're going straight down, because we're going to drill all the way through to the other side. We're going to do that same thing on the other side.Next, we want to finish drilling those holes to the size of a half-inch. Going to repeat that on the other side. Next thing I'm going to do, because I have bare metal there, I'm going take some spray paint, clear coat, anything to cover up the bare metal. Kind of help resist any rust or corrosion later on down the road. Make sure you do that on both sides. We'll get our base plate set back onto our bumper core. Just like that. These holes are going to be on the bottom, so you want to make sure, just like I had mentioned before, this part of this bracket or base plate is up towards this part of our bumper core. This is actually the top of our core.Next, you're going to have a spacer block like this, going go through the middle. You're going to take a five-inch by half-inch bolt, we're going to go through our base plate, through the holes we drilled. Going to take this and slide it inside of our bumper beam, line it up, inaudible 00:12:01 our bolt all the way through. We're going to do that on both sides. Next, I'm going to take some red Loctite. We're going to use this on all of our hardware. Put that in place, like that. We're going to take a brace like this and fit right over the top. You're going to have a spacer that looks like this. It's thicker on one side, thinner on the other. Set that in place. You're going to take a lock washer and you're going to make sure the split side is on the smaller side of that spacer. Put the nut on. Do the same thing on the other side.Next, we're going to take three-eighths by half-inch bolt, lock washer, and nut. Again, use some Loctite. I'm going to come right up through the brace like this. Put on your lock nut and your bolt. We're going to repeat that for this hole and both of these. Next, I'm going to take a three-quarter-inch socket and wrench. I'm going to tighten down the five-inch bolt, or half-in by five-inch bolt that's going through the center of my base plate and my bumper core. We'll do that on both sides and then we're going to torque it to the specifications in the instructions.Next, we'll use a nine-sixteenths socket wrench. We want to tighten all of our other ones and then torque them to the specifications in the instructions. Next, we're going to go ahead and remove this tape. Access nut hole. We're going to do that on both sides of the vehicle. Next, we're going to take two more fasteners off of the inside of our fender well. You're going to have one here. We're just going to remove these like we did all the other ones. Next, we'll take a 10-millimeter socket, remove that bolt right there. We need to remove our rubber plug here. This is going to be underneath your fender liner.Next, we're going to need a small nut plate like this, just going to set it like this for now. Make sure it doesn't fall down in that hole, because you'll need a magnet to get it out. You're going to take one of your plates like this, we're going to go up and out like that. This back hole, right here, should line up with the hole where the rubber plug was, like that. Feed that in there like this. We'll take our nut plate and we're going to thread them together. Once you've repeated this step on the other side of the vehicle, then we're going to need to trim out our air deflector. We're going to out like this and I'm just going to use a utility knife. We want it to look just like that.Next, we're going to set our bumper core back into place. We're going to go ahead and thread in our top bolt. Go ahead and get one threaded in on both sides. If you notice, in our hole here, the two holes are not lining up between the plate that we have on our frame rail and this section on our base plate. What we're going to have to do is we're going to have to loosen all these bolts that our directions tell us to tighten. We're going to loosen them, get our hardware in these two holes. We'll come back and tighten these and torque them again.Next, we'll take a half-inch bolt, Loctite, we're going to have to lift on our bumper core just a little bit. We're going to go from the inside out, just like that. We're going to put on a lock washer inaudible 00:16:08 place and we'll do the same thing with the hole in the back. Once you have these loosened, you have your two bolts in here lined up, repeat the same process on the other side. Next, we're going to drill a hole through here, but it's going to go all the way through the frame rail. I'm going to start with the small drill bit and drill a pilot hole first, then we're going to open it up to a half-inch. We're going to repeat that same thing on the other side.Take a four-and-a-half-inch bolt and you're going to need this square plate here, a lock washer, and a nut. We're going to go through the bottom hole and through the hole that goes through the frame rail. Now, you're not going to be able to see it, but what we're going to do is I'm going to reach up right back through here, and you can see I'm moving the . Put on the plate first, then we're going to put on a lock washer, then we're going to put on a nut. We're going to do that same thing to the other side. We're going to drill our half-inch hole here. Again, we'll start with a smaller bit. We're just going to go through this one side, though. We're not going to go all the way through the frame rail. We only want to go into the center.Now, we'll have to remove our bumper core again, so we're going to remove these two bolts on both sides. Go ahead and remove our bumper core again, so we'll take another half-inch bolt, lock washer. Go through a hole like this. We'll take another one of our nut plates and we'll match it up, thread it into place, then we'll go ahead and tighten all of our hardware down. Once you have everything tightened, you'll come back and torque it to the specification in the instructions.Next, we're going to take some tin snips, wire cutters, whatever. We're going to cut off our wires here. Then we're going to repeat that process on the other side of the vehicle. Next, we'll reinstall our bumper core. We're going to loosely install our lower two bumper core bolts on this side, because we're going to have to put our horn back into place. Before we put this in place, we're going to have to put the two bolts that go in that are attaching our brace on our frame to our bumper core brace. Now, in the instructions, you know that's the way I had them in before. I have the nut side over here. In the instructions, they don't tell you which way to put them in. I don't know if it really makes a difference. The picture looks like, to me, they're showing the nut on this side. However, when you torque them, you always torque on the nut side, and there's no way you're going to get a torque wrench in between here, I spun the bolt around so that the nut is on this side.Once we have our two bolts tightened and torqued to the specifications in the instructions, we're going to do the same thing on the other side. Here on our driver's side, we're going to go ahead and put in the top the upper bolt that holds our bumper core in place. Don't forget to put your horn in place with it. Once you have that one tightened down, you can go ahead and start reinstalling the rest of them. Once you have your bumper core back in place, you have all of your bolts on your side plates tightened up and torqued to the specifications in the instructions, don't forget to make sure you check these and tighten and torque them back to the specifications if you haven't done it already.Now, before we put our fascia back in place, we need to cut out for our base plate. Per our instructions, we're going to come over three, halfway through the middle of the third, and then come down. We're going to go down one full one, two full one. We're going to go to the bottom. Here, in the center, we're going to go one, two, three, which is halfway through the center of this third one. Come all the way over to this ridge, up, and then back along the top. I'm just going to take some cutters like this. I'm going to snip these out of the way. Now I'm going to cut out this section. I'm just going to use my utility knife. Just follow my lines, there.Now you can see we've test-fitted our fascia to make sure we don't have to do any additional trimming. Now we can reinstall our fascia in reverse order from the way we took it off. Keep in mind, if you're doing any additional wiring, now's the time you want to do that while your fascia is off. We're going to attach our Q-links to this large hole in the back of our base plate, then our safety cable. We'll go ahead and tighten those into place. You're going to repeat the same process for the passenger side. That will do it for our look at an installation on the Roadmaster EZ base plate kit with removable arms, part number 52285-1, on our 2015 smart fortwo.


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