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Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit Installation - 2011 Chevrolet HHR

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How to Install the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit on a 2011 Chevrolet HHR


Today on our 2011 Chevrolet HHR we're going to be taking a look at and also showing you how to install the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit With Removable Arms. Part number is 3141-1. We can grab our removable arms. We're going to get these slid into position. It's offset, we want that offset to be facing out, and the small locking tab here on the bottom to line up with the locking tab on the base plate. Then we're just going to take one of our supplied 5/8th pins, slide right through the hole in the arm, and then we secure it on the other side with the clip.

Once we've got this on, we're ready to attach our favorite tow bar and maybe our quick disconnect system and hook up to our RV, and we'll be able to hit the road. To begin our installation we're going to be pulling the fascia off of the vehicle here. It's just really a series of fasteners. They're all pretty easy to get to. We want to start right up here on the inside of the headlights. There's a 7 millimeter bolt located at the bottom and the top on each side.

We just want to get these pulled out, and you want to hang on to all the fasteners and stuff you remove. We're going to need them to go back on later. I'm just going to remove those same two on the other side. Right up here at the top of each fender well, you can see this is our driver's side here, we're going to have another 7 millimeter bolt to remove. Then there are 2 push fasteners here you can see from the outside.

I'm going to go in behind those with a screw driver and maybe a trim panel tool, just pull out to separate. If we come around to the bottom corner here, we got two more of those push-style fasteners we're going to be taking out. Over here on the driver's side we're going to have a temperature sensor. This is the opening that comes in from the front of the car. It's got a push fastener on it. We need to get it removed, and it's also the time that we'll disconnect any fog lights or anything like that that might be connected from our car to the fascia.

All right. We'll just position that up here and out of the way for now. We'll start at the corner here in our wheel well, and we're going to start gently pulling out. We'll get these tabs separated, just continue working around to our middle section here. On the edge you can see our side marker light. It's got a small tab there, so we want to pull up on that to get that separated. We'll set this aside somewhere safe until we're ready to reinstall it. Now we're ready to take off our splash guards. That's going to be the little angled pieces that come up. They attach to the fender liner here and also to a few points of the vehicle. We've got 1 screw here still the same size socket 7 millimeter, going to pull that out. Then you can see here we've got the centered push pin-style fastener, so you just want to pull the inside of that out, and then the outside should come with it. I have one there, one right up underneath the front. Once we get here on the inside, we've got a push pin fastener, a bolt, and then above it 1 more push pin fastener you can see. Now we just head over to the passenger side, and we'll want to take that panel down from there as well. With our subframe right here across the front properly supported, we want to remove the 2 large subframe bolts here on the outside edge. We got one on the driver side and one on our passenger side. For these a 21 millimeter works. With an extra set of hands, we're going to get our base plate put up in position. We're going to put the bolts through the holes in our base plate arms here and then right back up into the existing holes. You can see we've added some Red Loctite here to be sure that our bolts stay in there. You don't have to worry about them coming back out. If just just hold up on your base plate, you'll snug these bolts back down. We want to look at the back of our instructions there and find our torque specifications and get our bolts all torqued down properly here. We need to use the 2 pre-drilled holes with the 2 square holes here and here to drill into our bumper core. What we'll do is just bring a little bit of extra support up. We want to get those up as close as we can to the bottom of the bumper there. That way we get our holes as close to in a perfect position as possible. We'll go right in the middle of that, half-inch drill bit. I'm going to use that to mark my center location. Once you're happy with where those marks are, we'll just use a step-bit procedure, start with a little bit smaller one and work our way on up. Once we've got the first couple of holes drilled out there, we'll step up to the half-inch bit and go ahead and make our hole all the way through there. All right. With that one drilled out, now we'll just get the other one taken care of on our other tab. We want to grab 2 of our carriage bolts and put Loctite on them. We're going to do Loctite on all of the hardware that comes with our base plate kit. We don't have to do it on our fascia hardware, but we definitely want to do it on our base plate hardware. We'll take that, and it's going to go right up through the tab in the base plate and then through the hole that we drilled in our bumper. On top of that we want to put one of the large round hole spacers. Once our spacer is in place, we're going to put a lock washer on top and then one of our hex nuts. We want to do this for both locations. We've got the tab that comes back from the corner of the base plate here, and it's going to be right on the side of the frame. Behind that, there's going to be a hole that already exists, so we don't have to drill anything out. We want to take our fish wire, we want to go through the base plate and through that hole, and then we want it to come out right down here on the bottom of the frame. Once we have that through, we'll slide on our square hole spacer block, and we want to thread on one of our carriage bolts. We'll put our spacer block in the frame, stick our bolt up in, and then we'll be able to pull it out through the side here. We're going to pull that through. We want to take our fish wire off now. While we hold it in from the inside of the frame there, we want to get some Loctite added. Then we can add on a flat washer, follow that up with our lock washer, and then we'll put on our nut. I'll go over and do the same thing on our passenger side. All right. Now we're ready to go through, and we're going to snug down all of our hardware. Then we're going to torque it to the specifications listed at the end of our instructions. We've got our fascia up here just to test it. It tells us that we need to cut about three-quarters of an inch right out around this corner for our main receiver brace here. Just want to verify what they say to make sure we're not going to be cutting out too much. Now that we've got that figured out, we can go ahead and make that trim. We're going to go right to that little corner, and then I'm just going to use tape to mark my line. That's going to be the easiest way to keep a semi-straight line going around there. Let's just mark the edge of that, and that's where we'll be trimming it off. If we need to, we can always trim off more, but that'll give us a good spot to start. I like to use a high-speed kind of a rotatory-cutting tool. You could use a razor knife and just score it around there. Whatever you've got handy will work, but this seems to work pretty well. We'll do the same thing over on the other side. All right. Let's get our panels put back into position up here. We'll get the passenger side and driver side put back in. We don't have to make any modifications to them, just make sure we get out fasteners back in in the right spots. Then our fender well was attached with the little 7 millimeter head and screws or bolts. All right. We'll get our fascia slid up into position here. We'll just get it lined back up and pop those clips back in and start putting our hardware back in place. Remember, we had our little maker lights here on the outside. We want to be sure that we get the plugs put back in there, and we'll get our screws put back in the top side here. It's going to be the one with the larger washer on top, and the one with the slightly smaller washer is going to go on the bottom location. We're going to get these put in on both sides. For the sensor that was plugged into the top part of that fascia panel, we're now going to attach that to our base plate with a zip tie. We want to keep it as close to it's original position as we can. We'll come around to the underside here, and we want to attach our splash guards to that front fascia lip using those Christmas tree fasteners. We'll push our fasteners back into the wheel well here, and then we'll get that screw put in right up here at the top. Once we've got that done, our fascia is back on and attached. Now we're going to take one of the convenience links. You can see we've got an attachment point right there, put on our 12 inch safety chain connection here, and then we can just get these secured down. I don't like to over-tighten these. Just a little bit of torque is really all you need there. Same thing on our other side here. Put those on. It's also a good time to put in our removable arms. That'll complete our installation of the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit with Removable Arms, part number 3141-1 on our 2011 Chevrolet HHR.


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