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