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Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit Installation - 2010 Ford Explorer

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How to Install the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit on a 2010 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2010 Ford Explorer, we're going to take a look at, and show you how to install, the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit with the removable arms. The part number is 4405-1. Here's what the base plate looks like once we get it installed. As you can see, it's going to give us our mounting location right up front here whether we're using a quick disconnect or a direct bolt-on tow bar. We'll have those here to where we can get to them when we need them. The nice thing about this is, it does have the detachable arm, so we can remove these when not in use. With this application, we did leave that little lower lip on.

That's an option. You can take that off completely. We trimmed out around it as evenly as we could there on both sides to give it a little bit cleaner look. Again, that's optional for you. When it comes time to remove our arms, just remove that inaudible 00:49. We let those hang down.

We'll pull the clip out of our 5/8-pin and be able to slide that right off the end. Now, we could just bring our safety cables over and zip-tie them up, or we've got the quick disconnect there where we can just remove them completely. That part's up to you. Now, first things first. We're going to remove the six fasteners right over top of the grill here to connect it on to the vehicle. We'll use a Philips screwdriver.

What we want to do is unthread the middle section. With that out, we should also be able to pull out that base section right there. All right. Once we have these out, we'll grab our 10mm socket, and we'll start on our headlights. Let's start up here at the top. We're going to get the easy ones first.

We'll back these out all the way and hang onto them so we can reinstall them later. Now, we'll grab a long extension. We're going to go to the one that's right down there on top of the frame rail there. Right there. Now, just pull forward on our light there, make sure it doesn't get hung up. Now, on the backside, we're going to have three connectors. You got one right here in the middle. You're going to push in that tab right there by my thumb. Wiggle that one loose. It'll be the one here on the outside. That one pushes in and pulls off. Then, the large tan one down here on he bottom, it's got a tab we got to push in right there on the top section, just like that. Now, we'll do the same thing on the passenger side here and get it out of the way. All right. Perfect. Next, if we look in front of each tire, right where the lower fascia meets the side of the fender well here, right inside we'll see a black screw right there. It's going to be a Philips. Let's take that out. You got one of these on both sides. All right. Perfect. Now, right here inside of our fender well . Again, here's our tire. The screw we just removed was up here. We're going to come right down to the bottom, just behind that front lip. We've got these big push pin fasteners we want to pull out of here. All right. We got the driver's side done. Let's go get the passenger side up. You'll see here, just underneath the front edge of the vehicle, we're going to have two 10mm bolts. These also need to come out. Now, if equipped with fog lights, we need to get those removed. We just have a little plug here on the bottom of the bolt socket. Get that separated. Now you can see, just inside . This is the metal edge of the fender. This is our fascia. We're going to have two plastic tabs. They're just black tabs that stick up and through. What we want to do is push those in and pull down at the same time. You can see we can start to separate that edge. All right. With this side out, let's go over and take care of the other side. What we're going to do is just wiggle from the middle here a little bit. Make sure everything comes apart nice and easy. Then, we're going to set this aside somewhere safe. We don't want to scratch it up or anything. Just get it set aside, and we'll put it back on later. Right here where the main front cone on that bumper comes out, there's going to be a bolt on each side. We're going to remove these here on the driver's side and passenger side. All right. Off she comes. Now, we can take our backing plate that's got the nut attached to it with the wire. We're going to go right in the end of the frame rail. We're going to line it up right here at the slotted hole. There'll be a hole right underneath. We'll be able to feel it come in, get it lined up, just like that. It'll be right underneath that oblong hole. We can take our driver's side bracket. We're going to put our 1/2-inch by 6 1/2-inch bolt right up through it. See, it's just long enough to come out of the top there. Then, we'll thread it into the bottom of the bracket we put . Or the backing plate we just put in. I'm going to just let that be. We're not going to be tightening that down at this point. We can take our larger 4 1/2-inch by 5/8 bolt. It's going to go right up through the top here, out the other side. We're going thread on the hex blot along with the locking washer. Now, I'm going to put just a little bit of Loctite on my bolt up here. We want to keep in mind, we're going to be doing that to all the bolts that we add on with our kit. As you see, we've got this nice large backing plate. That's going to go over our bolt like that. Then, we'll put on our lock washer and our nut. We can take one of our 5 1/2-inch bolts, Loctite it up. We're going to slide it right through the hole that's behind the bracket there. It'll come out all the way on the other side of this cross-brace. Now, we'll take the backing plate that's got the nut welded on without the wire, place it behind there, and thread it on in. All right. On that first bolt I put in, I'm going to pull it back out, Loctite it up just like our others, and we'll get it put right back there. With both sides on, we'll bring in our cross-brace. We're going to use the shortest of the 1/2-inch bolts that we've got. Put on a split-ring lock washer and one of our hexes. We'll have two hole locations on each side to take care of. We'll start tightening down our fasteners. We're going to do the four up front here first. Once we have these snug down, we're going to want to refer to our instructions. We'll set them to the torque specifications listed inside. We can use some wire cutters, or . I'm just going to use a little cut-off wheel. We're going to trim off our handles here on our nuts. We'll grab our bumper core and put it back into place here. I'm just going to start one here on each side just to hold it. Now it's time to trim up the rear inaudible 09:53. We can just take the six fasteners off and remove this, but what will probably look better is to just trim up where those two poles are going to come out of the back side. Pulling that out, and we'll do the same on the other side. Let's guide our fascia back up into place, and just work it on slowly here, get it lined up. We can take the arm. We're going to slide it right into the end of the bracket there. We want the main part of the arm to be on the outside. See how there's two holes here It's offset to the inside, so to know which side's which, we want that offset to be in. We're going to take one of the provided pins, slide it right through, and secure it with one of the clips. Let's take one of our quick disconnects. We're going to connect it right onto that hole that's on the side of the bracket. Just like that. Bring one of our safety chains down over it, our safety cables, I suppose, you'd call that. Tighten that down just a touch. We can bring it up here. We'll just zip-tie that off until we need it. All right. With everything in place, that's going to complete today's installation of the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit with the removable arms. Part #4405-1 on our 2010 Ford Explorer.

Questions and Comments about this Video

Darrell W.
we where told you could not tow a 2008 ford explorer , do you have to disconnect anything on this car, to be able to tow it?
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Reply from Rachael H.

The information about how to and what precautions or procedures to follow while flat towing is available in the vehicle owner's manual.

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