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Blue Ox Base Plate Kit Installation - 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500

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How to Install the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit on a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500


Today on our 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD, we'll be installing the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number BX1724. Here's what out base plate looks like once it's been installed. As you can see, a very minimal amount sticks out of the bumper. Just this point right here, for where the safety cables of your towing vehicle or RV will attach to. It almost looks just like the factory installation there, where the tow hooks were. You don't have to worry about too much sticking out. Nice clean installation. The removable arms make it really compact, for when you need to park your vehicle, when you don't need to worry about running into your garage door or anything like that. You insert them at a 90 degree angle, where the tip is horizontal.

Push in, twist, and it's locked in place. Do the same on both sides, just like that. That gives you your nice secure connection point for your tow bars. When you want to remove them, just pull the pin, twist 90 degrees, and pull it straight out. When you're not using the tow bar arms, just put the included dust cap in, to keep any dirt, debris, moisture, and corrosion from forming in there.

It'll make it really easy to slide the removable arms in the next time you need to use them. Here's what our base plate kit consists of. We have our brackets here, with removable arms. You can take the arms out when they're not in use. These brackets here will replace the tow hooks on our vehicle. We have some mounting hardware here, to help attach our brackets.

Our safety cables, which go over the bracket, and around our vehicle frame. Our hooks to attach those. Then the various mounting hardware here, that we'll need to install them. Right here are some plastic caps, which go into our base plate arms here, to keep the dirt and debris out of them, when the removable arms are not in place. Now that we've gone over the features of our Blue Ox Base Plate Kit, we'll show you how to install it. The first thing we need to do is remove our factory tow hooks.

They're held in place with two 18 millimeter bolts. There's one going horizontal, at the base of the tow hook, and there's another one in the bottom that goes up vertical. I'll use an 18 millimeter wrench on either side of this top one here to remove it. Once we have it loosened up a bit by hand, we can use our electric ratchet, and get it off the rest of the way. We're going to knock the bolt out with a hammer. With that done, we can pull our tow hook out, and we'll repeat the same process for the other side. On the inside of our frame rail right here, we need to drill out this hole to a 25, 30 seconds diameter, so we can slide our frame crush pin in, that holds our base plate to the frame rail. To do that, I'm using a step bit here. I'll go ahead and get it in position. I had it marked where this yellow is right here, to know where I've gone deep enough. I'll slide this into position. You may want to wear long sleeve shirts while doing this, and definitely have safety glasses on, and gloves, because these metal shavings get really hot when they come out, and they can burn you. We're at our mark. Let's see if our plate will slide through there. Our guide pin slides in there now. It's still a little tight though, so I'm going to take a little bit more off, so it slide in easily. Now that we have that hole drilled, we'll do the same exact process on the other side. Now it's time to install our base plate. This longer part here goes toward the bottom of our frame rail, and this part here, where our safety chains will attach to, goes toward the inside of the vehicle. This will go toward the engine, this side here faces out toward the tire. We'll slide it into position, and we'll do the same for the other side, just like that. Now we can start bolting it in place. Here's a tech tip for you. On our bottom of our base plate here, where our bolts go to secure it, you may want to run a tap through it, a half inch by 13 thread pitch tap, to help clean up the threads. Because they powder coated the base plate after they already cut the threads into it, so the threads a a bit dirty. If you don't have access to a tap, you can run the bolt into it, in and out really quickly with with an impact a few times, after you are sure that it is straight into position. Otherwise, you will damage the threads on it. Take one of our inch and a half bolts here with a lock washer, put some red Loctite on it, available separately on our website. Take the spacer plate here. The large hole will go toward the back. We'll get it started off the front hole, like so. Now we can start with the back hardware. The back is a little bit different. We'll take our lock washer, our flat washer, and the spacer washer here, and we'll still use the red Loctite on it. Get our bolt started, and then we'll start to tighten them down. I'm using a three quarter inch wrench for this, by the way. We'll snug these up, and then we'll torque them to the specified amount found in the instructions. We'll repeat the same process for the other side. Now we can install our frame sleeve here. We'll take our long bolt here, put a lock washer on it, and insert our bolt. Now we'll take our flat washer here, now that our bolt is all the way through. Stick it in the other side, and put our nylon lock net on, with the thread lock on it, and get it started. We'll take a three quarter inch wrench, stick it on the nut, and use a three quarter inch ratchet on the other side, to start to tighten down. Now with our bolt tightened down a little bit, we can torque it to the specified amount fount in the instructions. Now we can repeat this process for the other side. Now we need to mound our included safety cables. We'll go around the frame horn here, where the front body mount is. Making sure we don't pinch any wires or brake lines or anything like that. Come down and around, pull our cables over here, take a quick link, take one end of the cable, put it on. Take the other one, do the same, and we'll tighten our quick link down. Now we'll grab a wrench and tighten it the rest of the way. We'll repeat the same process for the other side. That completes our installation of the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit with removable arms, part number BX1724, on our 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD.