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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2013 Jeep Wrangler

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How to Install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler

Speaker 1: Today on our 2013 Jeep Wrangler we're gonna take a look at and also show you how to install the Blue Ox baseplate kit with removable arm. Part number is BX1126. Here's what your baseplate's gonna look like once you get it installed. As you can see, when not in use, it doesn't change the front end look of your Wrangler too much. Of course, you're adding a draw bar across there, but it kinda blends in with the bumper. I like the looks of it.

Now, this of course has been designed to haul your Wrangler behind your motor home. You've got the black caps here that we're gonna pull out. That keeps dirt and debris from getting in there and building up. Then you can se we'll put our arms in and rotate those to lock them in position. It's gonna give us a very quick and convenient point to attach our tow bar.Now with this being a custom-based plate, it's designed specifically for your Wrangler.

Unlike some of the universal styles that you just kinda gotta find a way to fit on, this is gonna give you the upmost confidence that you're properly hauling your Jeep. It's gonna connect into the frame on both sides, give us a really nice, solid mounting point, and really you don't have to worry about it too much. You'll connect your tow bar here. We've got safety chain connection points that are designed here on both sides. You can easily connect those.

And underneath the vehicle we've got cables that wrap around the frame and connect to the baseplate, so everything's gonna be nice and solid.Something else I like about this one is that we do have attachment arms here for our wiring. If you're gonna be doing a basic setup with a four-pole round, they provide the bracket for that that would just screw right in there. If you're gonna be doing an upgrade, maybe you wanna do a six-round or something like that. Those are designed where you can just screw them right in. They're gonna be about as wide as this bracket with holes similar to this and you can just mount that right to the front without any extra plates or brackets or having to engineer something to make it work.Typically, things required for a complete flat tow setup are gonna be your baseplate, that's what your tow bar will attach to; you're gonna need your tow bar; you're gonna need some sort of vehicle wiring kit; and also a braking system.Now, to begin our installation there's a few parts we're gonna remove here on the front of the vehicle.

We'll start by taking off the plastic cover that we've got here. It uses four push pin fasteners. We've got one, two, three, and four, and that's gonna be on the outside. Then right where these little rectangles are, they've got a keeper in there. The top of those there's gonna be two more. Your regular push-pin fastener, and you'll pull the outside out, and then the whole thing will come out. Usually a little flat blade or trim panel tool will be what you need. Get that last one out of the inside here.Now that your Wrangler is equipped with fog lights, we're also gonna remove the plugs in the back side of those. Basically the orange part that's gonna come off. You can see there's a little tab on that side. Just press in on that tab and slide it out. Now if you follow that wire along, it also has a few push pin fasteners that hold it to the bumper. When we remove the bumper we'll wanna separate those.Now we're gonna start pulling the nuts off the bolts on the back side of our bumper. This will be our driver's side and this is gonna be just in behind where we just took that cover off. We come straight up, we'll look on the backside here. We've got two, one here and one here. We're gonna remove both of these. You wanna use an 18 millimeter socket for it. Then what I like to do is just take one and thread it on two or three turns. Now it's gonna do the same thing on our passenger side.Now if we go from the outside of the frame rail where we just took those nuts off to the inside, we're gonna have two more. These are also gonna be on both sides. I wanna get those taken out. Now with the help of an extra set of hands we'll remove those two nuts we we're using to hold our bumper in place. Gently bring that out, and then you can see that wire loom we we're talking about. It's gonna have four fasteners holding it in place. Now set this aside somewhere where it won't be damaged.Now we're gonna bring our baseplate up until our side plate's here. Use the larger of the bolts and that's gonna go through the center hole here on the side of the frame. Now using those as kind of our pivot point, we wanna get our baseplate leveled out and we're gonna clamp it in position. We're now gonna take the larger of our handle nuts and we'll put red Loctite on it, move it right up in this gap, bring it up, line it up with our bolt, and we'll get them threaded together.Now while holding on to our handle we wanna snug our bolts down. It's gonna draw that plate right in against the frame. With those secure we'll get our clamps pulled out of the way. Now we're gonna use our 24 millimeter. We wanna torque these down to the specifications you'll find in your instructions.Now we're gonna use our hitch as a template for our 17 32nd bit. We're gonna drill out both of the upper holes here on the driver's side and also on the passenger's side. Now with our holes drilled out we've got our spacer block that's gonna go in between the side plate of the baseplate and the frame. The holes are gonna match up the holes that we just drilled. Get it lined up there, pass that one through. Remember red Loctite on all of our hardware here. Just be sure you've got a lock washer on there as well, and now we can take the two smaller handle nuts just like this one and we'll get those threaded on the back of those. It's gonna go through this hole. Now we'll use a 19 millimeter, we'll snug down both of those, head over to the passenger side, and do the same thing there. We'll grab our torque wrench and a 19 millimeter socket this time and get the two here on the driver's side torqued down as well as the ones on the passenger side.Now for the wires that are attached, we can cut these off and just kinda tuck them in the frame, or if you'll put a little bit of a bend in it like that, you should be able to take a pair of pliers and just kinda push in and pull out on that and just break the wire off of the nut like that. Now by completely removing these rather than leaving them in there, you're just reducing the risk that they're gonna rattle around down the road.Now with the help of an extra set of hands, we're gonna get our bumper put back on. Just wanna put our push pin fasteners back in there. You might have to rotate the bumper kinda up to get them in. We'll line our bolts back up with our brackets, and on the back side we wanna put in the spacers. These fell off when you took your bumper off. The wider part is gonna go down. Place those on, and then we'll just use a nut on both sides, thread it on three or four good turns to hold it in place, that'll allow us to get the rest of our hardware in.Once we get our nuts all started we're gonna get our fog lights plugged back in here. Now we'll just tighten down the four on each side. Now the last thing we'll connect will be our safety cables here. We want these to go around around the frame. Your vehicle might be a little bit different, it might be just the same as this one, but you wanna avoid any moving parts, anything that this might rub up against or anything like that. Right up and around. Your sway bar's here so you wanna go underneath that, and there's an attachment point here right here on the back of the baseplate. We're gonna use one of the provided quick links to secure our cable to. Tighten that down so it's secured, then I like to use zip ties, just kind of bundle this together. That'll hold it and keep it from moving around too much.All right, now we're gonna mach up our cover here. We need to make a couple of slits. You're gonna do one on each side here just so the side plates of our baseplate will go down through. This will be optional. You can leave this cover off if you want. If you wanna maintain more of a factory look, just hold it up here. You'll make a mark on each side of the plate. That'll give you a good idea of where to cut. Then I'm gonna go down from this edge about 3 1/2 inches. We can always take more off if we don't cut enough. We can't always add some back, so cut it a little bit narrow and if it doesn't work we can always trim out a little bit more.We're gonna start trimming. You can either use a razor knife here. If you do that you'll have to score it a couple times and just slowly work your way through. Or you can use some snips. The razor knife, I think, is gonna be a little bit easier for us down here, but up in this area the snips seem to work really well.Once we get our notches cut on each side, bring it up and rotate it in position. We can replace our push pin fasteners. And that'll complete our installation of the Blue Ox baseplate kit with removable arms, part number BX1126 on our 2013 Jeep Wrangler.

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