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Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit Installation - 2015 Jeep Cherokee

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How to Install the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit on a 2015 Jeep Cherokee

Today on our 2015 Jeep Cherokee we're going to be taking a look at and installing the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Kit with Removable Arms, part number RM-521446-5. It's got a nice black powder coated finish that's going to help with rust and corrosion. They fit back nice and flush against the bumper. The only protrusion's going to be your safety chain loop. Very minimal cutting around the outside edges just so you can slide it back. This is a complete bolt on design, it doesn't require any drilling, uses factory holes.

When you're ready to put in your tow bar you put your removable arms into place, push them in, turn them, now it's locked. A nice large release clip here, pull that out, twist it back up, and you can remove it. Now we'll show you how to install this kit. To begin our install we're going to need to remove this plastic panel that goes across the front of our radiator. Take a panel tool or a flat bladed screw driver and pop up our clips. It will be in 2 pieces.

We'll set those aside for reassembly. It's going to be a total of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 clips. There's a little notch that you can get into right there. Once we have all of our clips out take this and set it aside for reassembly later. Now we're going to remove the 3 10mm bolts.

There's 1 here, 1 here, and 1 that comes in from the back side. We'll take all 3 of those out and we'll do the same thing on both sides. Now we'll need to remove, there's 3 screws on the inside of each fender well. We're going to take those out. Those are 8mm.

Now we can repeat this process on the other side as well. Now we're going to need to remove the skid plate bolts. There's 3 across the front, 4 across the back. We're going to set the skid plate out of the way. Now we're going to remove, there's 4 10mm bolts with large washers built onto them that are silver. We're not going to take out the black ones. We're going to take out the 4 10mm, hold the fascia to the bottom of the car. Now there are 2 plastic rivets, 1 on each side to hold the fascia to the inner fender well. We're going to drill those out with a 1/4 inch drill. We'll repeat that on the other side. Now it's going to be necessary to push our fender liner out of the way. Pull it out of the way here. There's 1 10mm bolt up in here that goes at an angle this way to hold our fascia to our fender. We're going to take that 10mm bolt out, just work it out with your socket and your hand. It's a fairly long bolt so it takes a little bit to get out. Once we have our bolt on the top the last thing we're going to disconnect is this purple insert on this big plug here. You'll squeeze in on this tab, slide it back. Make sure you that don't turn your ignition on or have your vehicle key in the runner accessory position while this is off, because it can set off your check engine light with this disconnected. One tech tip, there is the bolt we took out earlier that holds the fascia to the fender. We're going to go ahead and take out this one also because it'll give you a little bit of wiggle room to slide the end of your bumper cover from the fender. It's also necessary to take out this bottom bolt. To allow it to move forward enough, slide the bumper cover up off of these 2 tabs. We're going to grab the fender, just pull up firmly and we'll set this someplace where it'll be safe. Now that we have our fascia off we're going to go ahead and remove the corner plates behind the bumper. This is where your Roadmaster bars are going to tie in. We'll take a 15, take out these 3 bolts. We're going to save these bolts until the installation of our base plate. There's a 10mm bolt here, or nut, you're going to take off. inaudible 00:05:37 Now it'll be necessary to cut this stud off with a grinder or a hack saw. We're going to bend this alignment tab flat back into the hole there. You just want to make it so it's flat against the area so we can mount our plate. Now we'll take our grinder and we can remove that stud. Once you have it nice and smooth take a little bit of paint and we're going to cover up that area so we don't get any rust or corrosion. Now it's going to be necessary to remove these tow hooks if your vehicle is a trail hawk and is equipped with those. There's 2 16mm bolts here that go into the bumper. The back side is a 30 inch mm nut. You can take a crescent wrench and we'll just loosen it up a little bit. You should be able to just walk the nut off of it's stud. Now we'll take our 16 socket and take out these 2 bolts. We're not going to reuse these bolts or the tow hook, so we'll set them aside and give them back to our customer. Once we have our area cleaned up and ready to go we're going to take the flat bracket that comes with our kit, it's going to fit up on there like so. We're going to take these 2 1/2 inch bolts and drop those through. Then we'll take this 10mm bolt that is supplied with our kit, lock washer and fly washer. We're going to put some Loctite. It's recommended you use red Loctite in any of the bolts that you're using for the base plate. It's available on our website, part number LT37420. Put some on there. We're going to put it to the inside bolt. We'll run that one up. Now that we've got this one run up we're going to temporarily set this one in here to keep our bracket lined up where it needs to be. We're going to torque this bolt down, just the one on the inside because it's going to fit inside a pocket and you won't be able to torque it down afterwards. You want to follow the torque that's in your instructions. Once we have that torqued we'll take this back down. Set this in place. We'll put that bolt with our red Loctite up into the outside here. We'll run this one up. We'll take those 3 bolts we removed earlier with some red Loctite, place them into the body. We'll run the 3 of those back down. Now we'll take our 1/2 inch nut and lock washer with some red Loctite inside that as well. Now we'll run down these bolts to snug them up. Once these are tight then we can tighten the back plate. This one here is going to be a 17. The other 2 bolts and nuts are going to be a 19. We'll take our 15 and we can run these down. Now we're ready to set the torque to the proper setting as listed in your instructions. We'll take our 15mm bolts. We'll repeat the same process for the other side. This is what your base plate will look like before we put the fascia on. It fits nicely up against the bottom of the bumper. Now it's going to be necessary to do a little bit of trimming on our fascia where it comes through the bottom of the grill. We're going to set it up there and see what we need to trim off before we start cutting anything. We can take our fascia and just set it into place so we can get an idea of what we're going to have to trim off. As you can see, most of our bumper cover is going to be perfect where it's at. We have to notch off a little bit of excess right in that area. We're going to take this on this edge and just follow it around to enlarge it to fit past there. We'll just take a rotary tool and we'll just cut that away. That will allow our bumper to push back into place where it belongs. Now we can take our rotary tool and we'll just cut out. Pull that out of there. We'll take our knife and clean up our edges. If you don't have a rotary tool you can actually do this with a nice sharp knife, you do have to be really careful. Once we have our edges cleaned up we can continue reassembling our bumper. Now we'll be ready to plug this purple plug we unplugged earlier back into the factory harness. Listen for it to snap. Then we'll take that 10mm bolt that goes this way on the inside. We'll place that back into position and we'll tighten it back down. Now as you're tightening this up you want to make sure that your lines all come together nicely. This one does. Once we have that tight we can take our liner and we'll push it back into position. We can take our 3 8mm headed bolts, we'll place them back into the fender well and re-secure those. Now that we have these tight we can repeat that same process on the other side. Now we can reinstall the 2 10mm headed bolts to the top and the one that goes down to the bottom. We'll snug these back down that we loosened up earlier. Now we can take the last bolt that's going to go up into the fender well. That's going to secure our fascia back to the front of our fender. We'll repeat that process for the other side. Now that we have all our bolts secured, put our cover back over top. We'll reinstall it with the clips. Snap them into position. Now we'll replace the 4 silver headed screws with the large washers that we removed earlier. Now all I have left to do is put the skid plate back on. Our skid plate is notched in the front so we can start the bolt in a couple of threads. That will give something for our skid plate to hang on while we're attaching the rear bolts. You see the notches, we're just going to line those up with the bolts. Slip it into position and we'll reinstall the rear bolts. Once you have them all started we can re-secure the skid plate. Now our last step is to take our plastic rivets and we're going to reinstall them into the bottom side of our bumper. Once we have our rivet into place take our plastic rivet gun and we'll secure it. We can do the same thing on the other side. Now with our car reassembled we can snap in our removable bracket arm, press it in, turn it, it locks. Now we're ready to put our tow bar on and go camping. That's going to do it for our look at and install of the Roadmaster EZ5 Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms, part number RM-521446-5 on our 2015 Jeep Cherokee.

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