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Old 06-14-2013, 06:56 PM   #1
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I just picked this up last week!
Ordered Blue Ox base plate, curious if anyone did the install them self? If not what was the cost of the install? I also have a line on a NOS Stay and play W/Panic stop.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:53 PM   #2
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Nice toad. I haven't installed a Blue Ox Base plate, but have installed a few other brands. My experience is the base plate install is relatively easy, but you may have to cut through some of the air damn etc. That can make the job a lot more difficult.

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Old 06-15-2013, 11:30 AM   #3
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I've never done an install myself, but from posts I've seen documenting what others have done, it looks to me like anyone with moderate mechanical skills, and the right tools, would be able to do so.

If you haven't already, you can download illustrated instructions for installing your Blue Ox from their web site. Do so and take a look. Then you can decide if it's something you want to tackle or not. I suspect the same may be true for your chosen brake system and light hookups.

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Old 06-15-2013, 12:34 PM   #4
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Nice looking truck. We really like the Fords but, at this point in time, cannot afford a '12 or newer and, the 12's and newer are the ONLY FORDS you can tow. I was just wondering, the 2012 Motor Home Dinghy Towing Guide states that truck is supposed to be right at 4925 lbs. in weight. Have you had a chance to actually weigh it yet? To many, it's not that important so, I can understand if you haven't but, so many times that Dinghy Towing guide is off in weight stats because we've checked some of the ones they have in their towables and have come up with a considerable amount more weight.

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Old 06-15-2013, 08:46 PM   #5
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Thanks, I like it too! I have installed a Blue Ox baseplate before, on my 05 Explorer and it's fairly simple and straight forward. Just fishing for hints,tips or problems installing the bx2606 on the F150, or the cost of an install. Incase I'm being lazy next week. After all I've been known to fall asleep when I get the prone position. As far as the weight, I know it's on the weight bubble, stopping is big the thing? That's why I looking into getting a SMI system.

Thanks! Any tips, hints or comments are always welcome, good or bad!
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:55 AM   #6
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I installed the Blue Ox on my 2012 F150. The instructions are excellent. Have fun.
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I have put them on a couple of Jeeps and a Colorado Crew, but I don't have axcess to a lift (makes it MUCH easier) anymore. So I had it installed on the Sierra for $220. Things seem to be more expensive on Cape Cod; I think that would be high most other places.

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