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Old 03-08-2017, 11:12 PM   #1
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Installing a Blue Ox BX1126 base plate on Wrangler

About what seems the usual charge by a shop to install the Blue Ox base plate on a Jeep Wrangler? I'm trying to decide whether or not to tackle this job myself when the new Jeep arrives. Main thing I can see is that I don't have a drill large enough for the extra holes that must be drilled through the frame and being able to handle the front bumper by myself.

For those who have done this job their selves is it really necessary to remove the front bumper as the instructions state, or does it just make things easier with the front bumper off and out of the way? If it's just to make things easier, is it really worth the time and effort to remove the front bumper?
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It kind-a sounds as if you're already purchased the base plate. If so, I cannot help you with your issues or, give you advice on your situation. Based the way you're presented this, it kind-a sounds as if you'll not be doing any off road adventuring. I say that because you've made no mention of changing the front bumper to any one of many aftermarket ones for better ground clearance and other benefits.
One of the primary benefits of the change to one of those bumpers is, they almost all come with "Recovery Tabs". And those recovery tabs are attached strong enough that they are used a tow points for towing behind a motor home. All that's needed is a set of adapters to adapt your tow bar to them and, you're off to the races, as they say. Then, there's no need for any form of a base plate.
But, that's just another way to go. If you're doing a base plate, not sure how those attach since, in owning and towing, 9 different Jeeps, I've never installed a base plate. Good luck.
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Not only do I not have the tow bracket yet I don't even have the 2017 Wrangler yet, just getting ready to order it after working two different dealers.
We get off the road onto Colorado Jeep trail occasionally anymore but not near like we used to since the wife has eye retina problems and is supposed to stay off really very rough roads. The Jeep (we currently have a 2001 Sahara 2 dr Ht automatic with 83,000 miles) is used probably 85-90% highway for touring/sight seeing on vacations and the rest on a few of the least rough back roads. Consequently we don't really need any serious off-road accessories. We used to run most of the trails around Ouray and Silverton, Colorado and can't do that anymore but we still love the Jeep for flat towing behind our motor home.

Found the base plate at Amazon for $346 and at etrailer for $430. In one of the reviews it was stated that if you found a cheaper deal etrailer would refund the difference and give a 10% discount also. Anyone know anything about this?
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Wagonmaster it looks like a simple installation on either the BX1134 or the BX1126 but I think the front bumper will have to be removed there is way to much trimming and that don't look that hard to me .
On the price I would see if Etrailer would do as they say and I would bet that they do.
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Thanks, guess I just need to give etrailer a call. Bet you have to buy from them before they give out that kind of information. Probably they won't match Amazon's price either.
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There are really only 8 bolts that hold the JK bumper on. I can't imagine its that hard to do with some power tools. I removed mine and installed a custom made bumper. I would think a shop should not charge more than an hour labor to do this but check around.
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Get the roadmastet base plate. 6 bolts, no drilling needed, and you do not have to take off the bumper
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Get the roadmastet base plate. 6 bolts, no drilling needed, and you do not have to take off the bumper
It looks like the roadmaster base plate would require additional brackets attached to the removable arms in order to use a Blue Ox tow bar, if that is even possible.
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They are available

https://www.blueoxtowbars.com/produc...dapter,BX88185
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You might want to look at the Rockhard Jeep Bumpers they have the adapters for Blueox and Roadmaster and you will not have to use a baseplate.
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You might want to look at the Rockhard Jeep Bumpers they have the adapters for Blueox and Roadmaster and you will not have to use a baseplate.
Agree, I much prefer to tow from the bumper.
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Installing a Blue Ox BX1126 base plate on Wrangler

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You might want to look at the Rockhard Jeep Bumpers they have the adapters for Blueox and Roadmaster and you will not have to use a baseplate.


We purchased the aluminum rock hard bumper. Only 30+ pounds and you can order with roadmaster or blue ox tabs.Click image for larger version

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