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Old 07-16-2012, 06:53 AM   #1
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New 2012 CRV baseplate installed

Wow! Remind me to keep this toad for a loooooong time. Our previous vehicle was purchased with the base plate already installed from a couple who were getting a new CRV. We just did the same thing and purchased a new CRV a couple of months ago.

Now, it was time to get it set up to tow. I ordered a Blue Ox base plate, a wiring kit, and a new cable setup for the Ready Brake system. Then I stared at the car for about a month trying to figure out how to tackle this thing.

When I was younger I actually enjoyed working on cars. Now they are a little intimidating. So much "stuff" under the hood with little space to work and plastic body parts held together with hidden plastic pins and clips. It was a very uneasy feeling pulling at plastic, expensive to replace, parts. Hoping some mystery clip was going to release before the part reached its breaking point. I called Blue Ox and was told I just needed to pull harder.

I started on Saturday morning and finished Sunday afternoon. Not working at it the whole time, but plenty of it. A lot of the time was spent trying to figure out how to get my large hands in small places and how to get the wiring harness from the front to the back. In the end, it's done and looks good. It's one of those things that if I had to do another it could be done in a few hours but hopefully it's one of those things I'll only have to do once.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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New 2012 CRV baseplate installed

It's like putting together a plastic toy with all the snaps lol
My roadmaster baseplate installation was much easier on my 2010 CRV than my previous focus or escort. MUCH easier.
If you have to do interior mouldings on the newer cars I suggest this handy item from harbor freight:
5 Piece Auto Trim and Molding Tool Set

I got that for my CRV when I wired it for the running/brake lights and it really made it easy. No broken clips which I usually get with a screwdriver/putty knife
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:24 PM   #3
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I've installed one RoadMaster bracket, and two brake and wiring setups. The '05 Ody brackets were installed by RoadMaster as they used our rig as a "mule" to test the production brackets for fit.
I installed the whole works on our old, long gone, '97 Jeep GC. Ended up having to break some of the plastic body rivets on the Jeep. I used tie wraps to hold it together till I could buy the right rivets, then I found I didn't have a pop riveter large enough to fit. Ended up leaving the tie wraps on till I sold the Jeep. I left the brackets on the Jeep and also the wiring. I did remove the break away setup though as it is universal and expensive.
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:47 PM   #4
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I also just completed a Blue Ox baseplate install on our new 2012 CRV this past weekend. I had already pre-wired the tail lights with diodes and put on as much of the Air Force One braking system I could before starting on the baseplate.

I have done three baseplate installs previously; a 2002 Ford Focus SVT, a 2004 Explorer and a 2008 Explorer (I know, I've had too many toads ). While the baseplate install was more difficult on all the Fords due to the need for drilling holes in their frames, bolting the Blue Ox baseplate on the CRV was very easy. However, that dang front clip gave me much more trouble than any of the Fords. Getting it off did require more force than I thought advisable but yank on it I did. The worst were the 6 yellow clips holding the lower fascia to the grille. Just how do they think you are supposed to release all six at one time??

I got it off but getting it back on was even more troublesome. I just could not get it all aligned properly, even with my DW helping hold it. I finally got it on but not before breaking one of those plastic clips. It looks OK except for a bit of a gap on the right side that most folks would not notice but I do. So, a friend of mine in the auto body business looked at it yesterday and said he can have it perfect in a hour or so. He did say I broke a clip but he said that was not unusual on the newer cars these days. He knows a few 'tricks'.

This will be my last. If I ever get another toad, I will pay someone else to do this (like the DW told me to do this time ).
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[QUOTE=smlranger;1247585] The worst were the 6 yellow clips holding the lower fascia to the grille. Just how do they think you are supposed to release all six at one time??

I'm impressed that you got those yellow clips to release at all. That was my big problem in the whole thing. I finally looked at everything and instead of releasing the clips I took out the four pins holding the grill at the top. Two on each side of the hood release mechanism and then found two more below that. That allowed me to take off the entire unit as one piece. I don't know why they don't have it done that way in the instructions. It was much easier than those yellow clips that I could NEVER get to release.

DW loves the CRV so I imagine we will have it for quite a while, fortunately.
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The worst were the 6 yellow clips holding the lower fascia to the grille. Just how do they think you are supposed to release all six at one time??

I'm impressed that you got those yellow clips to release at all. That was my big problem in the whole thing. I finally looked at everything and instead of releasing the clips I took out the four pins holding the grill at the top. Two on each side of the hood release mechanism and then found two more below that. That allowed me to take off the entire unit as one piece. I don't know why they don't have it done that way in the instructions. It was much easier than those yellow clips that I could NEVER get to release.

DW loves the CRV so I imagine we will have it for quite a while, fortunately.
I wish I had figured that out. It appeared to me that to remove the grill, the headlight assemblies would need to be removed. In fact, the gap that I now have is between the bottom of the grill and the lower fascia. I agree that Blue Ox should revise their instructions to reflect this. My DW is not happy that I 'broke' her new car.
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