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Old 01-08-2015, 01:03 PM   #1
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Baseplate for 2015 Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock

We just purchased a 2015 Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock (used to be the "X"). It appears that the baseplate from either Blue Ox or Roadmaster will be rather visible - mounting below the OEM bumper. (see pic below from Roadmaster's web site).

I'm not thrilled about how visible the baseplate is so I was wondering if anyone was aware of other options. Thanks in advance.

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Replace the original equipment with a custom built bumper (Smittybuilt for example) and the towbar contact points are part of the bumper. Sell the original bumper and recover part of your money
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Check out Currie Industries base plate good looking.
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I went with blue ox. It is not that noticeable with the silver inserts out.
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I have a Hanson bumper and I use the shackle mount for my tow bar.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:57 AM   #6
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With the help of many posters suggestions from this site we went with a Rockhard bumper that brought the available Blue Ox or other makers mounting point brackets (offered as accessories by the bumper mfr.) up high enough that we would be less likely to bend them on an obstacle. The bumper allowed us to have the tow bar connector brackets through bolted to the frame, and still have separate shackle mounting points. The bumper also allows use of the factory fog lamps. It is available in aluminum if you want to conserve weight. We had a winch installed at the same time as the bumper was mounted. We bought a 6" riser tow bar insert so our Blue Ox Aventa II tow bar would mount at the right height, and use a Blue Ox KarGuard II fabric screen to reduce stone chip damage. We had the front of the Jeep (grill, fender and hood fronts, windshield surround) protected with clear rock protecter film as well. We installed an Air Force One braking system.
Best of luck in your choices. Hope you have plenty of fun with your new toys.
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Aftermarket bumper. Connect tow bar to the D-ring loops, or Blue Ox makes brackets that bolt to the face of the bumper. I have done it both ways. Works great and nothing to see, hang down, get snagged when off road.
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We just purchased a 2015 Wrangler Rubicon Hard Rock (used to be the "X"). It appears that the baseplate from either Blue Ox or Roadmaster will be rather visible - mounting below the OEM bumper. (see pic below from Roadmaster's web site).

I'm not thrilled about how visible the baseplate is so I was wondering if anyone was aware of other options. Thanks in advance.

The currie baseplate is the way to go if you want to retain the factory bumper.

It replaces the factory Air Dam underneath.

Works well with blue ox towbars.
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We installed the Blue Ox on our '15 Willys Wheeler edition with stock bumper and I don't think it looks bad. With the silver things out no one seem to notice it. I would post a picture but DW is off on an excursion with it right now.
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Check out Currie Industries base plate good looking.
I use this on my 2014 Rubicon. Works great.
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