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Old 05-05-2018, 10:41 AM   #1
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Ready to set up my Wrangler

The last of three shipments should arrive today so I can begin the fun job from scratch. I ended up with the NSA Ready Brake, break away, and most everything else Blue Ox. I would have gone with the NSA Ready Tow Bar, but I was forced not to do so. It seems I stumbled on to a Blue Ox Aventa 10,000 in absolute excellent condition at a garage sale for $50. I tore my pocket getting out the money so fast. Guy got out of Motor Homing a year or so ago and was moving. I figured a Blue Ox base plate would make things easier as well.

I've reviewed many of the videos available and feel comfortable to diy the whole thing. I'll let you know how many blood transfusions I needed to repair my knuckles and other cuts and contusions. I'm not on a schedule but I figure 2 - 12 packs ought to do it.
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Old 05-05-2018, 06:42 PM   #2
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Good luck with the install. Iím accumulating parts for my JL Rubicon and and hope to get started with the project in the next month or so. Already have the Blue Ox baseplate and the AF1 braking system but still need the wiring. You may want to look into the CoolTech system for this.
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You might also check out the Mopar wiring tow harness for Wranglers. I've been using mine for 3-1/2 years and it has worked perfectly. I felt there wouldn't be any warranty issues since it's an OEM part.
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Day 1: No abrasions, cuts, ripped fingernails, or emergency room visits. Took all day to get the bumper off. They make it sound easy. Access is the problem. The eight nuts that attach the bumper need to be wrenched the entire way off. Extensions, one too short, the other too long. Ramps were a help. Got the base plate attached but still have 3 holes to drill, I'm beat.

The whiz nuts included one that the wire end was broken off as I found it in the box. I'll reattach.

Tomorrow, finish the base plate and put the miserable bumper back on.
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Fast forward to day 7. I finished the install of all components, suffering only aches and pains which should go away soon, plus a cut on my head due to a tie rod clamp. Anyhow, would I do it again. No, not without the use of a lift and some angular air wrenches. Test drive coming up, but weather here not cooperating.

Blue Ox Aventa 10,000 tow bar
Blue Ox base plate
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I have the steel bumper option in my Rubicon and installed the baseplate in a little over 4 hours. Didnít have an 18 mm socket but the 19 worked out just fine. That was the easy part.

Than I had to cut the slots in the steel belly pan and wished that my compressor was a little stronger. Took another 5 hours to cut those slots. Cut, recycle compressor. Repeat every few minutes.
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