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Old 10-13-2010, 08:12 PM   #1
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Honda CRV Blue Ox Baseplate Install

I'm thinking of doing this myself as two local dealers are asking too much and way too much for the install.

Anyone else done an install?

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Old 10-13-2010, 08:51 PM   #2
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I have installed Blue Ox baseplates on two Honda CR-Vs - a 1999 and a 2007. The first was a simple and quick bolt on. The second was a 5 1/2 hour job. If you are handy with tools and have a spare day - go for it and you will know it was installed correctly.

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Old 10-14-2010, 09:03 AM   #3
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Blue Ox has the instructions for each model of baseplate is available on their web site. For example, you can see the instructions for the 2010 CRV HERE. Check out the instructions for your particular model and decide if you are up to the task.

I installed the baseplate on our Vue myself. It looks similar to the CRV installation. I had to remove the entire front fascia. It's not hard, but it's a little scary doing that to a brand new vehicle. You have to be very careful not to scratch anything.

The only thing that is a bit technical is making sure you torque the bolts properly and use Loc-Tite on the threads per the instructions.
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:34 AM   #4
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I installed the RoadMaster base plate on my new Honda CR-V myself. The RoadMaster was a piece of cake to install. Did it in my driveway, no lift or jacking and it took me 3.5 hours. Best part was that this base plate requires NO cutting of vehicle metal.
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:47 PM   #5
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I did my Blue OX install on my 2008 CRV and it took all day. Where I had to drill the mounting bolt holes was my biggest task because of poor drill bits. Get the strongest bit you can find as per the instructions. Mine fitted really tight but it did fit with a little bit of mallet help. Use your locktite and torque as per instructions. Mine has been holding up well after several trips. I'm not sure I would do it again though.
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Base Plates on 2010 CRV

I just installed the roadmaster plates the other day on my 2010 CRV. Really easy, all bolt-on. The Facia has to come off but the instructions made it very easy, about 3.5hrs.
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Just had the Blue OX baseplate package installed our 2009 Honda CRV and in my opinion it's pretty involved. It requires cutting a small amount of frame end metal away on both sides and of course dismantaling the front fascia to get to the frame ends etc., repositioning A/C lines, in addition to wiring of the Honda to tow. I had diodes installed in lieu of a bulb and socket kit and it's much simplier than cutting holes in the tail lights for bulbs and sockets. Took most of 6-7 hrs to do it all-but am happy with the result-
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Did It Myself

Here's a 9-minute movie (95MB) of my baseplate install:

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