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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Spark

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How to Install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit on a 2017 Chevrolet Spark


Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Spark we're gonna take a look at and show you how to install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms. Part number is BX1725. Now, here's what your baseplate's gonna look like installed. As you can see with the removable arms we're able to really camouflage it, it doesn't add a whole lot of difference in the look quality of the front of your vehicle.What you'll have exposed is gonna be the pocket, and where you'll add your removable arms. You'll see they provide dust caps to keep dirt and debris out. You just want to slide your arm in.

And rotate it into it's locked position. Gonna have your safety chain connection point here right beside it. Very east to attach to attach a quick link there.The base plates also gonna have two bars that come out. That's for attaching a bracket two if you want to use a sick full rounder 00:00:47 for a full round. As you can see, our customer has opted for a four flat.

So, we'll just let that hang there. It offers an attachment point for your breakaway switch, which is typically gonna be required for any braking system. And again, over here, safety chain connection point and our other removable arm attachment point location.Now, to remove the arms you're simply gonna pull on the pin, rotate and remove. Then of course you always wanna put your caps back in just to keep dirt and debris from building up inside. Now our installation's gonna begin here with the hood open.

We're gonna have a 10 millimeter bolt and a pushpin fastener to remove on both sides.So, we've got those here and also here. Now the socket we'll use is gonna be 10 millimeters, it's not a large 10 millimeter bolt. You just wanna get that removed. Then on our push pin fastener here we want to pull out the center section of it, you can use a little screwdriver.You can see you're just using a pick here. And then once that's up, even if it separates, that's fine.

Then we'll just pop out the inside of it.Now, on both of our wheel wells we're gonna have pushpin fasteners here that hold the fender liner to the fascia. We want to take both of those out. We'll do that on both sides.Now if we pull back that fender liner, just kind of push in on it, right here there's a 7 millimeter headed screw that we need to remove. It's the screw that holds the fascia to the fender well here. It's gonna be right there.We'll do that on our passenger side as well. Now we'll come to the underside of the fascia, right around this area. All the way across we've got eight screws here that we're gonna be removing. Now, if you have this little lip that runs around the bottom edge, we want to avoid the ones that are actually holding that on, so like, this one here. We're gonna avoid that one, we want to remove these. We've got one here.For all these we'll use a 7 millimeter socket. We're gonna have the one here. This'll be our third one on the driver's side. Then we'll have the three here on our passenger side to take out.Now, if your vehicle's equipped with fog lights, you want to pull back and down on our fender liner there, reach right up inside, and you can see the maroon plug here on the back side of the light. And on the top there's a small lock. So, you pull back on that. Then you'll press down on the tab, just wiggle it to separate.You see there's that little gray lock. Just slide that back. And then you'll just press down on that tab. Now with the help of an extra set of hands we're gonna get our fascia pulled off. You're gonna start right at the intersection of the fascia and the fender well here. So, you just very gently pull out, work your way all the way up the seam there.Then we'll get it set aside somewhere safe. You can use the paper inside of your Blue Ox kit, kind of lay that and let it rest on top if you'd like. Now we're gonna trim out the plastic panel that comes down here on each side of the vehicle. We want to measure down from the bumper about 3.5 inches, and make a mark.Now, we're gonna trim all the way around that line at the 3.5 inch mark and we're gonna be removing this upper section. Now, we're gonna use a pair of aviation snips here to cut. You might have to clean it up a little bit with a razor knife if you can't cut all the way through.There's a little wire on the back here for your sensor. You want to avoid cutting that, of course. Now, right here where you can see this Christmas tree fastener come through, from the backside is that sensor wire. So we're gonna pull that out. And then right here on the bottom side of the bumper there's a pushpin fastener. We'll also remove that.And we're gonna remove this, do the same thing on the other side, and of course we'll still need to clean up that edge a little. Now, across the top of the bumper beam here we've got four push pin fasteners that we want to remove.Take the four of those out. You want to grab our 13 millimeter socket. We're gonna remove the four bolts that hold our bumper beam on on each side. The first one I remove I always thread it back in a little bit, just to hold it. Just give that one or two turns, that'll hold our beam in place while we're over working on the other side.Now, here on the passenger side, these are the four locations where that bumper beam was held in place. We want to come right down the frame here to the second hole, you can see it here. You need to get that enlarged to 3/8ths of an inch. You have to be very careful of your line here. You don't want to do any damage to that.Now we're gonna use a little rust preventative spray paint, just go over that hole lightly, just to prevent any rusting down the road. Now we're gonna grab our base plate. We want to grab a couple of our 3/8ths bolts here. And the rear hole on our base plate's gonna align with the hole we just drilled out.Now, the passenger side is the only one that was, required drilling. Just slide it up and in here. Once you get your hole lined up . So, slide your bolt through there, that'll hold it in position for us. Just like that. We can use one of those on each side just to hold it for now. Now we're gonna use Red Loctite on all of our bolts. Don't need a bunch, just enough to cover the threads well.Then we'll take our handle nut, that's gonna fit inside of the frame. Then we want to thread it right on to the bolt we put in. You'll notice as we put it on we want to have our lock washer in place as well. Now we'll just repeat that process for our driver's side as well.Now we'll get our baseplate leveled out. Now, once you've leveled the vehicle and the base plate, or at least got your level to match both of them, we're ready to get those bolts we just installed snug down and torqued to specification.Now, they're 3/8ths bolts. So you'll want to use a 9/16ths socket. Now, we'll take the handle off of our handle nut here. I like to pry out on it, right up by the nut plate. You put a little bend in it then you should just be able to move it back and forth. And it'll break off.Now, we can use the two remaining holes in our baseplate on each side of the vehicle, and drill holes out to 3/8ths of an inch there. Now we'll take our handle nuts here, place bolts through, remember Red Loctite on. And we'll get these threaded in, get them started.Now we'll get those snugged down and torqued to specification. Now we'll head over to our driver's side and we'll repeat that same process there. Should just be able bend our wires back and forth here, break them loose, get them out of the way. Now we'll get our bumper beam put back in position here.Gonna do that, just gonna line up the four holes and put our factory hardware back in. Now we're gonna realign the bumper and tighten our bolts down. You'll notice the marks where the washers we're previously. You can see it underneath there. To get your bumper back in line just make sure you have those lined up when you tighten it down.Now, we'll do the same thing over on the other side. And our bumper should be right back in line. Now we want to go through and torque down all eight of our fasteners. Now we want to install our permanent safety cables. They're gonna be attaching to this large hole in the base plate. Just want to go around some larger pieces of steel, so we're gonna go around the frame here and also the lower bumper structure there. Go right over, grab that, you just want to bring that loop down.Bring both ends right back up. Get them attached right there. You want to be sure this isn't rubbing up against any moving parts or anything that it might damage. Place a quick link through, attach our cables. Thread that down. With the 15 millimeter just gonna give it a little torque.Now we can head over to the passenger side and do the same thing. If you'd like to you can use a zip tie just to bunch up your excess right down here. Now as part of our kit you're also gonna get a breakaway switch mount. That's designed for you to mount right here on the front side of the bumper. You can do it with the tab out, or with the tab back. Really, it's gonna depend on your breakaway switch.This one happens to be a longer breakaway switch, so we'll be mounting ours this way. That's just gonna help us keep it even with the front of our wiring bars here. Like I said, if you need to, you've got a shorter breakaway switch, you can flip that around and get it out a little further.We'll just one of the provided self-tapping screws to get that mounted in location. Then we're gonna center our breakaway switch between our safety cable connection point here, and our wiring mount there. You can pick a location that you like anywhere in here.We use that as the center point. Once we have that mounted where we want it we use our self-tapping screw here. Just to start the middle of the hole. So we can enlarge it.Now, we'll just get our brackets secure. Now we're just gonna use a couple of zip ties to go around our base plate, and secure our breakaway switch wiring, and any other wiring we might need for our tow system to work. Get those snipped off.Now we're gonna test fit our fascia back on the vehicle. And you can see here, our breakaway switch, it's the first thing to make contact with the back of the fascia. So we're gonna mark that. And trim out an area. Gonna go through there.Start by taking out the area we have in yellow, test it again and see how it fits. I'm gonna use side cutters to make my initial rough cuts. Then we can clean them up with our razor knife. Next area we'll trim is gonna be for our safety cable connection points there. And we're just gonna test it and cut, trim until we have room to get our fascia slid into position. Once that area's cleared out we'll start making room for our removable arms attachment point.Now we'll go back across our bumper beam, we want to push those four push pin fasteners back in place. Now with our fascia back on our vehicle loosely installed, you'll kind of see how everything's gonna look. All of our tabs have clearance, so they can come out here, readily accessible. If you're staying with four pole wiring you can run it right through one of the slots there.Then you just want to gently put everything back on, and then we just want to reverse the process we used for removing the fascia to get it back in place. Now, once you get your fascia back in place, don't forget to reconnect your fog lights. You can do it by reaching in right here, or up from the bottom like we did before.Now, with all of our fasteners back in place that's gonna complete our installation of the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms, part number BX1725 on our 2017 Chevrolet Spark.


Al P.

2/7/2019

I was told you can not dinghy tow a spark. is that true?

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Rachael H.

2/8/2019

We always recommend checking the owner's manual for the specifics regarding flat towing your vehicle.

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