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Base Plate Kit, Tow Bar, Safety Cables, and Light Kit to Flat Tow a 2000 Ford F-150

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What do you need to install #63180 on a 2000 Ford F-150

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To flat tow a 2000 Ford F-150 with a tow bar like the Tow Ready Adjustable Tow Bar, # 63180, you will first need a base plate kit. If you have 4-wheel drive, use base plate kit # 456-15 (will not work with a diesel). If you have 2-wheel drive, use base plate kit # 492-1 (will not work with Lightning models). You would then need to add Roadmaster Base Plate to Tow Ready Tow Bar Adapter, # RM-025, to be able to use the Tow Ready tow bar # 63180. Keep in mind that this tow bar is rated for speeds of 45 miles per hour or less.

Next, you will need safety cables as required by law. I recommend the RoadMaster 68 inch Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables, # RM-643. You will also need a lighting kit. For a temporary lighting solution, use the Magnetic Towing Light Kit, # RM-2120. These are magnetic and plug into a 4-Way on the tow vehicle. For a more permanent solution, use Tail Light Isolating Diode System with Wiring Harness, # 38955. I have included two videos that show a demonstration and installation of this diode kit.

Finally, you will need to check with the manufacturer for instructions on the proper procedure for towing your vehicle because some vehicles must be equipped with a transmission lube pump, an axle disconnect, drive line disconnect, or free-wheeling hubs before they can be towed.

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