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Old 12-19-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
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Suprised how easy baseplate installed

Hi all,

I tried without success to find someone to install a Demco baseplate on my '12 Smart Car at a reasonable price. Being rather stubborn and having VERY detailed instructions, I decided to try it myself. I hired a guy to help me muscle the heavy stuff, but he's no mechanic. Despite having to remove all of the front end facia, the front wheels and bumper, the install was really easy. While I had it torn apart, I also installed the Readybrute and breakaway system hardware.

I may have to start doing more of my own auto/RV repairs. Sorry Mr. Goodwrench. And thanks to Demco for such good instructions with photos.

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Old 12-20-2011, 04:46 PM   #2
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Good Job. I always hate working with some of these jobs as I do OK with nut, bolts, and screws but to often there are plastic or metal hooks that if you do not push pull or twist just right break. Which usually means break for me. Glad it worked for you.

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Old 12-20-2011, 06:51 PM   #3
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Except for the new base plate that Blue Ox designed and installed on my Hundai XG350, I've put all my plates on myself. When I see the prices some pay to have these installed, and the poor job that many do installing them, I'd rather do it myself. When I do it, I know it's correct, and I know things like the safety cable backup system is right, rather than missing. I also know what to check periodically to be sure it's doing the job and has not failed or come loose.
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By doing my own I can rest assured the torque setting are met, locktight is used and the job is done right. "Itís my money" and my RVs.
Do my own wiring also.
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