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post #1 of 5 Old 12-12-2009, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Base Plate Question

Can anyone tell me which Base Plate I need for my 2001 Jeep Wrangler. I know the tow bar is #5250 (Roadmaster).....Which Roadmaster Base Plate will I need?

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-12-2009, 03:08 PM
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-12-2009, 06:21 PM
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I have the Raodmaster base plate. It's rock solid. I couldn't find the paper work, don't remember the model number. But if I were to do it again, I wouldn't use a base plate. Instead, I'd take the $250 - $300 for the base plate and put it toward an after market bumper that is strong enough to support the tabs that your tow bar attaches to. I'd talk to the bumper makers, give them the spec for the tow points, and have them weld the tabs directly to the bumper (would need to weld them front and back, just like properly done D-ring tabs).

This would allow you to avoid the low hanging base plate. It hangs down about two inches below your front bumper. This reduces your approach angle slightly. I haven't found it to be a big deal. I have banged them, but they haven't bent. Still, I would prefer to not have them hanging there.

Also, by connecting your tow bar directly to tabs on your front bumper, you would eliminate the cross bar in your tow "system". Eliminating connect points is good. Simpler to connect, and fewer things to go bad.

FWIW - here's what mine looks like. You can see the base plate hangs down below the bumper. I'm not terribly unhappy with it, but if I were to do it again, I'd have a bumper built with the tow points built in.

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Ya know, that sounds like a good idea, I haven't started on my ft. bumper yet and I have been wondering on what I'm gonna do with my tow points (like yours) and that sounds like something I am gonna have to think on.
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Thanks guys! I had searched all of the Google, etc....and even spent more than a few seconds doing it!! However, the advantage of belonging to an online community like this is the "in depth" owner experience knowledge that simply punching in a search key term, cannot provide...awesome info!
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