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Old 08-12-2018, 08:05 AM   #1
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2015 Ford Explorer base plate install

I bought a Blue Ox base plate (bx2632) for a2015 Ford Explorer, the directions are poor and the pictures are worse. I canít get the base plate to fit,itís tapered inwards towards the back, with a/c. Lines near it. The directions say to tilt it in from the bottom but it seems a little too small. I found a you tube video on a 2017 but itís a different # although it the vehicle looks the same the base plate is very different. Any help would be appreciated.
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Maybe double check that it's the correct base plate. Amazon has a fit checker for that model/part number, that mentions adaptive cruise control.
https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Ox-BX263.../dp/B006DS4IWY
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I bought a Blue Ox base plate (bx2632) for a2015 Ford Explorer, the directions are poor and the pictures are worse. I canít get the base plate to fit,itís tapered inwards towards the back, with a/c. Lines near it. The directions say to tilt it in from the bottom but it seems a little too small. I found a you tube video on a 2017 but itís a different # although it the vehicle looks the same the base plate is very different. Any help would be appreciated.
Simple - Call Blue Ox - (402) 385-3051 - they will guide you through it - Good Help Line.

http://www.blueox.com/wp-content/upl.../11/BX2632.pdf -

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I have 2 nephews coming over this afternoon,hopefully with additional brain power and MUSCLE power we can get it in. Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts. I purchased it through Blue Ox giving them the vin# etc of the Ford. The pictures and directions look the same itís just the bars going towards the back seems to be too close together by a 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch.
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You might not have the right plate. Ours fit fine with no modification, but removing the Ford bumper was a real chore. They said to drill out the spot welds, but that proved next to impossible. We ruined several carbide bits. Finally had to use a plasma cutter to get them out.
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You are correct I couldnít drill them either. I unbolted the bumper kept pressure separating the bumper and frame and cut through with a saw. A plasma cutter would have been nice but I donít have one.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Sorry I can't help with that. Just noticed you are kinda new and wanted to say hello!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Some much needed muscle power and pry power and a few love taps an itís in place.
Thanks to all for info.
Iím new to this forum and rving but this is a wonderful site for info.
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Some much needed muscle power and pry power and a few love taps an itís in place.
Thanks to all for info.
Iím new to this forum and rving but this is a wonderful site for info.
If you call blue ox they will tell you that the frames on today's cars can vary in dimensions. When I installed a Tacoma base plate I had to spread the "wings" of the base plate by almost one half inch. I was at my warehouse and we have a 6 Yard trash container. It has slots on each side for the forks on the garbage truck. Inserted one wing into that slot and applied pressure. Did the same in the other wing and all was good.
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