Originally Posted by mre
I don't know for certain. The base plate in question was installed March 2016. I'm guessing it was the first version. Also the major issue they found was the original installer installed the base plates incorrectly. The base plate had six fastening points. Four on the vertical and two on the horizontal much like the current version. The two horizontal side were NOT bolted to the Jeep assembly leaving only the four vertical side to support the base plate. They felt that this is why the Jeep com
The lack of bolts is not the major issue, it's the design of the base plate that is the issue. Basically what they did was just hook up to the tow hooks which allowed the frame to twist or move independently of each other and cause too much stress on the connection points which have now started to separate from the car. A design flaw. It's like holding jump ropes and moving them up and down with the other end attached to the car. This is what actually was happening to the car the whole time. Simple physics.
Same thing happened to the 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington, once it starts you almost can't stop it.
This is why they have changed the design, too late on their Base plate.