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Old 07-31-2010, 08:31 AM   #1
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Base Plate problem

I purchased an Advanta tow bar package and while installing the base plate on my 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup I noticed that the base plate is farther out by 3/4" on the passenger side than the Drivers side, will this be a problem in hookup or towing. ( I purchesed the Dakota in 2004,a clean truck but while doing this installation I noticed that the front frame under the raditor is crashed and was in some sort of accident I did run a car fax before I purchased but nothing ever came up now I know that this vehicle was in a crash.
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It shouldn't be a problem hooking up, but I think it may be a problem towing. It would cause the truck to pull to the left, or drivers side. Watch for excessive wear on the left front tire.
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I'm thinking this is going to make it tow "crooked" and will wear your tires very quickly. The best thing might be to have a body shop pull the frame into the correct position. Another option might just be to match to the correct side and redrill some mounting holes. Last option... trade it in on one without frame damage.

But I wouldn't tow it in it's current state.

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get your money back from carfax too.

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Thanks for the input I think I will have a bracked made or a spacer to move out the one side buy some grade 8 or 10 bolts and see how it works, thabks for the info.
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It shouldn't effect it at all !!
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It seems to me that would make it tow crooked. I would take it back to where you had it installed and have them fix it. Any reputable place would recognize the problems and fix it free of charge.
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The baseplate is designed to fit a new vehicle, so if the frame is bent
that most likely is why it is fitting crooked. If you have the vehicle
fixed then it should fit correctly.
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