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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Item # BX2673
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Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required. 1-800-940-8924 to order Blue Ox base plates part number BX2673 or order online at Free expert support on all Blue Ox products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms. Base Plates reviews from real customers.
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Blue Ox Base Plates - BX2673

  • Removable Drawbars
  • Blue Ox
  • Twist Lock Attachment

Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required.


  • Custom-fit base plate provides attachment points for your tow bar when flat towing
  • Hidden design provides a clean, seamless look
    • Arms remove with a simple twist when not in use
    • Brackets won't protrude past the front of your vehicle
  • Sturdy design spreads towing force evenly to prevent stress on your vehicle's suspension
  • Integrated mounting points let you easily attach an electrical connector plug with bracket (sold separately)
  • Receiver covers keep dirt and debris out of the base plate when arms are removed and provide a finished look
  • Durable steel construction is powder coated to resist rust and corrosion
  • Straightforward installation - no welding required
    • Base plate bolts securely to your vehicle's chassis with included mounting hardware
  • Sturdy lugs pair with Blue Ox tow bars to form a secure and reliable connection
    • Adaptable for use with Roadmaster tow bars - adapter (RM-031 or RM-031-5) sold separately
    • Adaptable for use with Demco tow bars - adapter (BX88310) sold separately
  • Made in the USA


  • Distance between brackets: 35-1/4"
  • Bracket height: 16"
  • 3-Year warranty

Simple, Hidden Design

Blue Ox Base Plate With Arms AttachedBlue Ox Base Plate Arms Removed

This base plate's hidden design creates a clean and seamless look. The bracket arms are easily removable, creating a slick appearance when you're not flat towing. Because the arms can be removed, you also won't have to worry about banging your leg into any protruding arms when you walk by.

Blue Ox Base Plate Removable Arms

Attaching and removing the bracket arms is a breeze. To attach the arms to the base plate, simply insert them into the receivers and rotate them until they lock into place. Once you're finished towing and want to remove the arms, pull the pin to disengage the lock, rotate the arms, and remove them from the receivers. Finally, plug up the now empty receivers with the included receiver covers to help keep dirt and debris out of the base plate and provide a finished look.

Guide to Flat Towing

Flat towing your vehicle is much more convenient than using a trailer or a tow dolly. These other options take up much more storage space, leaving you less room both at home and at the campsite. In addition, securing your vehicle to a trailer or tow dolly can be a hassle and more time consuming than hooking up with a tow bar.

There are 5 basic components needed when flat towing a vehicle: a tow bar, a base plate kit, a safety cable set, tow bar wiring, and a supplemental braking system.

Towing Basics

The tow bar links your towed car to your motorhome. It attaches to the custom-fit base plates that install on the frame of your towed car. Safety cables ensure that your towed car does not separate from your motorhome in the event that your tow bar becomes detached. Tow bar wiring allows your towed vehicle's signal lights to sync up with your motorhome's tail lights, which is required by law in most states. Finally, the supplemental braking system - also required in most states - brakes your towed car when the brakes in your motorhome are activated, preventing wear on the motorhome and decreasing braking distance for your entire setup.

BX2673 Blue Ox Baseplate - Removable Tabs

Replaces BX2659

Installation Details BX2673 Installation instructions

This Product Fits The Following Vehicles

  • 2015 - 2018 Ford Edge Sport
  • 2016 - 2018 Lincoln MKX EcoBoost - with Adaptive Cruise Control
  • 2016 - 2018 Lincoln MKX EcoBoost - without Adaptive Cruise Control
  • 2016 - 2018 Lincoln MKX non-EcoBoost - with Adaptive Cruise Control
  • 2016 - 2018 Lincoln MKX non-EcoBoost - without Adaptive Cruise Control

Customer Reviews

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms - BX2673

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (1930 Customer Reviews)

Custom designed to fit your vehicle so it can be safely towed behind your RV, this base plate has easily removable arms that offer a seamless look when you're not flat towing. Base plate bolts directly to your chassis, so no welding is required.

2016 Lincoln MKX

Great product, seems to pull vehicle well. The only thing that probably needs to be noted is the statement "provide a clean, unobtrusive look when your car is not being towed." , is not quite true. The tabs for the chain attachment stick out as well as electrical attachment points. (Light harness not attached in photo) These are not unobtrusive, but what can you do other the dolly tow. I would buy again.


The videos and instructions were a great assistance for this install. Trimming the front grill took several tries to get the holes drilled in the right places since templates were a little off. I used a dremel tool to make the final adjustments in the hole diameter and shape.


I do not like the placement of the holes in the grill area.. Sure wish it could have been within the black area. this is most likely due to changes made by ford since the pictures showed it differently.


Good product bad customer service.


2018 Lincoln MKX


Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

I ordered a Blue Ox Base Plate for my Ford Focus. Blue Ox said they were out of stock, and would have to make one, six or more weeks? I Order the Blue Ox Base Plate from etrailer, and it was delivered to my house in three days. Getting ready to install it, directions look very well detailed. Look forward to towing our Ford Focus this summer, with our Motorhome, on our camping trips

It is working fine, have not had any issues. I installed it, fit as described.
Louis - 02/07/2022


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Build quality is excellent. No issues what-so-ever regarding the integrity and the strength of the design.

Installation was not without issues. Some self-inflicted wounds like when I lost lock on all the fasteners for the bumper and frontend. I bet there were over 50 screws and clips each of which had their own location. I wish I would have put them in separate baggies and labeled everything. Also, suggest you use masking or painters’ tape to line everything up before you take the front bumper and cowling off. That would have saved time.

BlueOx recommends using a 1.25in hole saw. NOT for me. No way you can get the hole saw to bite. Much better is a tapered drill. Available for about the same price as a hole saw, far more versatile, and a LOT EASIER to control.

I’ll admit to not being the sharpest spoon in the drawer and I am a bit retentive, but I spent probably 20 hours on the install. The issue I had was not with the baseplate perse, but rather with taking everything apart and then figuring out how to put it back together again with no leftover parts.

There are two criticisms I would levy at BlueOx. ONE: They provide a helper to install an otherwise inaccessible nut. Well that’s fine, but the threads were fouled and need to be cleaned. That should have been prior to shipment. And TWO: They were explicit in their measurements, which I followed, and messed-up. By the time I found the issue, I would have had to take the bumper off – so I improvised a work-around.


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2017 jk unlimited with quadratec qrc full bumper/ winch. BX1134 is the one you need for this install .Install went well only had to make a couple notches in bumper. Photos attached.cables had to be attached to base plate rear rings no room between bumper and base plate to go around.If you don't want rattles just wire tie rings to baseplate once they are secure trough plate holes it'll thighten thinks up. Very well made product.

Working great very happy with this product. Made well holding up in different weather conditions.still looking like the day I installed it , I would recommend this product.
Nicholas - 08/23/2021


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Just what I needed to flat tow my Jeep Wrangler. When I first received the base plate I was thinking about having it installed, but after watching the installation video I decided to do it myself. Couldn't have asked for a smoother install. The permanent base plate safety cables concerned me a little. I came up with a figure-8 over the frame that I think will work ok and I did secure it with some cable ties in a couple of spots.
Thanks to Nick at etrailer for the help and to the folks that made the installation video giving me the confidence to do-it-myself.

The base plate still works great and looks good too. No issues.
Joseph - 03/04/2021


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My Blue Ox Tow bar and Break Buddy System perform as advertised. I tow my Buick Enclave behind my 30’ class C with confidence.


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This is a really solid base plate. Installation for the Pontiac Vibe was is definitely more involved that installing the alternative (Road Master). The Road Master base plate just bolts through existing bumper holes and an engine mount. This base plate is bolted directly to the frame just behind the bumper, with four 3/8" grade 5 bolts in holes you have to drill after clamping the base plate in place. I found it easy to get the required height (3/4" below bumper) but simply using a 1x3 piece of lumber. You also have drill a 1.25"hole in the frame to gain access to the inside of the frame. Tricky part of this install is getting the nuts, which are welded to a 1" plate and a ~14" steel rods, into place to be line up with the holes. It is a little hard to see. I also recommend making sure the bolts actually thread easily on to the nuts before putting the nuts in the the frame. I had the misfortune of one of the either cross threading or jamming, and I ended up having to cut the bolt head off with a sawsall using a metal blade. The bolt had not gone very far into the nut before it jammed so I was just able to get the sawsall blade behind the head, and cut it off, holding the head with a pair of vice grips. If that hadn't worked I would have had to take the car to a shop with oxy-acetaline torch to have it cut off. I was able to fish the cut of bolt out for the frame with a bent coat hanger. The first photo is of the base plate after I cut off the bolt.
Blue Ox support was GREAT! I sent them and email explaining that I needed new nuts and bolts, and they sent the needed parts (at no charge!). I just had to put my install on hold for several days.

The second problem I had was in attaching the electrical harness recepticle to the tubes on the to bar. One of the self tapping screws twisted off as I was tighting it. I ended up cutting of 1/2" of the tubes (with the sawsall) and then tapping the tubes with 1/4x20 threads, and regaining the length cut off with the bolt. My recommendation to blue ox, is that they tap these tubes with to 1/4x20, and provide regular bolts to attach the recepticle. The second picture showes the result.

When I showed the 3rd and 4th pictures to my mechanic, he was impressed and said, "That looks really solid!" The last picture shows the front of the car after I have started to assemble it (with the styrofoam padding on the bumper, and the draw bars in place.

The solidity of the Blue Ox engineering and the FABULOUS customer support has totally turned my into a Blue Ox fan. I'm glad my RV dealer suggested that I go with Blue Ox instead of the slightly cheaper solution, that would have been much less solid.


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Arrived very quickly. This item has some weight to it and installed exactly per the instructions. You can hardly see the base plate. I feel that we made a great purchase and the Jeep will travel very safely behind the motorhome!


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Blue Ox could use some product improvement. Photos in the instructions were nearly impossible to see. Why not post color instructions online?. Several parts listed in instructions were missing. Apparently blue Ox doesn't realize that not every model is the same. For instance, I have a factory oil cooler to deal with and my frame had no holes where the instructions say they are. Why not include a template for drilling holes? That would make installation so much easier. Installation was not easy. As usual though, etrailer is awesome. Great Customer service.

The instructions for this item are located on our product page. Photo #9 shows the drilling of access holes, but I know that it does not mention your oil cooler. It is recommended to find a professional Blue Ox installer because this process involves having to work around oil coolers and AC lines as mentioned at the bottom of the instructions.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 05/05/2022


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Installing this baseplate on my 2019 Honda SI was almost easy. As long as I took my time. Instructions were clear & photos accurate. Did most of the work myself, but wife helped at critical points. We are in our seventies, so we spread moving pad over layers of cardboard on concrete to cushion our old bones. Only slight cutting needed on plastic grill. Everything blended into the grill nicely.

After a year, we have towed the Civic over 5K mi. Everything is still tight, but I check it periodically just to make sure.
Rob F - 07/05/2021


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item received for my 2004 ram 1500 just as described. fit perfectly, only problem was with Blue ox packaging the bolts sent with base plate were the wrong size. had to run out and purchase the proper bolts. other than that greatly pleased with purchase. bolts sent were 1/2in grade 5 the truck called for a m10 class 10.9 bolt.

It is recommended to use the bolts that come with the baseplate. Using other bolts may void the warranty.
-- Etrailer Expert Sierra K - 05/12/2022


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etrailer helped me out with a misorder (my responsibility) and quickly shipped the correct base plate. Arrived perfectly and gave me all of the info. to ship back the incorrectly ordered base plate. As to the base plate itself, I am almost done installing this on my Fiat 500C and it has been 100% perfect.

Great! Fit perfectly, no issues, watched the [online] video for installing it myself.
Jon - 05/16/2022


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This base plate is ideal for our use, it was a relatively easy installation but you will need patience. Probably removing the right amount of Styrofoam at the right locations was the most tedious as you will not get the front body work back on. This was money well spent and the technical assistance from etrailer was invaluable.


Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

Entire order and delivery process was fast, efficient and user friendly.
Product received on time. Blue Ox base plate was of high quality, very impressed. I wouldn't call it an easy install but doable. Excellent installation instructions were very helpful. I would wholeheartedly recommend this product as well as etrailer.


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I’ve used many of the Blue Ox base plates and tow bars over the years. I have never had any problems with any of their products. I would highly recommend Blue Ox products to anyone looking to flat tow your vehicle. Hook up and release has never been easier.


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I ordered all the parts required to safely flat tow out 2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk from The only part they didn't have was the Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement kit Jeep requires to flat tow this model.

Ordering from them was great, the website is easy to use and I was able to locate all the pieces compatible with my specific vehicle. The expert recommendations help my decision choosing the right parts. I ordered from ETrailer even though I found some of the parts on other websites a little cheaper. I chose to pay a little more because of all the effort ETrailer has put into installation videos and guides. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn from ETrailer that they have a price match guarantee!

So my equipment consisted of the following

Mopar Flat Tow Enhancement Kit (from Jeep)

Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit for Towed Vehicles

Mighty Cord 7-Way RV Style Trailer Connector - Trailer End

WesBarg 7-Way, RV-Style Connector w/ 6' Long Coiled Cable Trailer End

Pollak Black Plastic, 7-Pole, RV Blade-Style Trailer Socket - Vehicle End

Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles

SMI Stay-IN-Play DUO Supplemental Braking System

Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles

Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar - Motor Home Mount - 6,500 lbs

Blue Ox Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms

Blue Ox Tow Bar Cover - Aladdin, Aventa LX, Aventa II

The installation videos are great but not all inclusive. Take the time to read the instructions that come with the parts. This is a major project, I took about 30 hrs over a full week but as you'll see in the pictures I took s few extra steps to make a cleaner look.

Some of those extra steps:

The base plate install requires the bumper be modified cutting off a flange on each side, I spray painted this to prevent corrosion.

In the install video of the baseplate on the drivers side they use an extra quick link (not included) to run the safety cable around the wiper fluid reservoir. I took the time to remove it and run the safety cable behind it.

I didn't want our nice new vehicle to look like it can be towed so I played the brake away switch and 7 way trailer plug behind the license plate, so when not being towed our vehicle looks great!

Some things to be aware of. The Brake air cylinder that mounts to the brake pedal with four bolts may need longer bolts, it did on our Jeep. Spend the money for weather tight heat shrink crimp fittings. The Hopkins wire harness was about 1.5 feet short to get to my plug location. Buy extra zip ties, electrical tape and split loom.

I recommend reading all the various installation manuals and watching all the videos because the various components integrate together and if you install one at a time you'll be doing a bunch of extra work.

The brake light relay is a real pain in the butt, not because of the hardware but because of the location of the brake light switch which is very hard to get to.

Overall I am very happy with the products and how the installation looks. We haven't towed it yet but do not expect any problems.

Still very happy with our purchase. We’ve towed over 10k miles and have had zero issues with our tow setup. I’ve shared my experience with several other RVrs and recommended your company for their needs. Thank you,
Roy - 07/30/2018


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VEry Good base plate, engineering could be more exact as some spacers were required and the lin-up on the frame with the vehicle - Ford-250 4X4 Super Duty diesel was a bit problematic - some instructions were not appropriate for this vehicle - cross member was factory welded and not removable requiring a full bumper removal and reinstall. Spacers should be included but not all frames have this problem. THIS IS NOT AN etailer issue. Customer Service (Bailey) was very helpful in getting this order completed as we requested a price match (coupon use). She had great communication with us and followed up as needed.


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Poor alignment of bolt holes on my 08 Ford Edge, both side. Required a lot of work to shape alignment to get interior bolts to go through. It's not cheaply made. It's substantial. No doubt it will handle the load. Just wish it aligned better. If I wasn't committed to a Blue Ox Tow Bar, I'd probably have sent it back and went with a different brand/different bolt on design.


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After receiving a defective removable tab/pin as part of the Blue Ox base plate I contacted Etrailer for a replacement part. Alex cut thru the red tape and was able to send me a new set of pins very quickly as I was getting ready for a trip and was running out of time.


Review from a similar Standard in Base Plates

The Blue Ox Base Plate Kit w/removable arms arrived quickly and installed onto my 2016 Jeep Patriot 5 speed just as the instructions indicated. The photos included in the installation instructions were a big plus in helping me stay on track.
The base plate is well made and will provide many years of service being towed behind my 2021 FR3 motor home.
All components required by law for towing are installed and tested. We can't wait for our first trip in July to take our dinghy with us.
Thank you eTrailer

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    For the 2020 Lincoln Nautilus the Blue Ox base plate kit you need is the part # BX2680. The # BX2673 while similar in appearance would not fit your vehicle and there's no amount of modification we could guarantee would be safe. I attached an install video for this kit on a similar Nautilus for you to check out as well.
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  • Base Plate Kit and Flat Tow 2018 Ford Edge Sport with Adaptive Cruise Control & Shutters
    Yes, the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, # BX2673 is a confirmed fit for the 2018 Ford Edge Sport equipped with adaptive cruise control and shutters, but not the 2.0L EcoBoost. To flat tow your 2018 Ford Edge Sport in addition to the base plate kit # BX2673, you will need some wiring items. I suggest the Blue Ox Tow Bar Wiring Kit with 4 Diodes, # BX8848. This connects your RV's tail, brake and turn signal lights to Ford Edge lighting system. The diodes prevent electrical...
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    I am happy to help you with the flat towing components needed to complete the setup for your 2018 Lincoln MKX. I linked an overview article on flat towing that covers everything from A to Z. Starting with base plates the item from Blue Ox that you referenced, # BX2673, is an excellent choice and what I would have recommended. This base plate will work well with your Aventa LX tow bar. If you need replacement safety cables you can use kit # RM-643. For a wiring/lighting kit you have many...
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  • Compatibility of Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar with Blue Ox Base Plates on 2016 Lincoln MKX
    The Blue Ox base plate kit, part # BX2673 is a fit for a 2016 Lincoln MKX with or without the EcoBoost engine. If you use the Roadmaster to Blue Ox Base Plate Adapter, part # RM-031, you could indeed use your Falcon 2 tow bar with the Blue Ox # BX2673 base plates. If you don't already have them, you'll also need safety cables like # RM-643, a lighting solution like the Roadmaster Magnetic Mount Towing Lights, part # RM-2120 and a supplemental braking system like the Stay-IN-Play DUO #...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2017 Lincoln MKX EcoBoost with Adaptive Cruise Control
    The Blue Ox base plate kit that you will need to use is part # BX2673 for your 2017 Lincoln MKX EcoBoost with Adaptive Cruise Control. If you don't already have a tow bar and safety cables then I highly recommend the Blue Ox Alpha Tow Bar # BX7380which comes with safety cables rated for 6,500 lbs. For a supplemental braking system the Air Force One # SM99243 is the best for you since your 2013 Tiffin Phaeton has air brakes. You will also need to use the Relay # RM-88400 unless you plan...
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