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Does Installation of Blue Ox Base Plate Kit on a 2014 Ford Explorer Require the Bumper to be Removed

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The installation instructions step 10, say to remove the metal bumper and it will NOT be reinstalled. In the Q and A it states This base plate kit does not require you to permanently remove the bumper of your vehicle. Which is correct?

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The Blue Ox base plate kit, part # BX2632, does require the bumper to be removed from a 2014 Ford Explorer. If you're looking for a kit that doesn't remove the bumper we have two from Roadmaster, the XL kit part # 4427-1A and the MX kit part # 4427-3A, that keep the bumper. They fit the 2014 Explorer as long as you don't have the 2.0L EcoBoost engine.

If you need to connect the base plate kit to a Blue Ox tow bar we carry adapters for that. Use part # BX88178 with the XL kit or part # BX88185 for the MX kit.

If your Explorer has the 2.0L EcoBoost then the Blue Ox kit is the only confirmed fit.

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