Today on our 2011 GMC 2500, well be installing the Blue Ox Diamond Hitch part number DH1308. Now weve already gone ahead and removed our spare tire and the two rear wheels and tires from the vehicle. This truck has had some slight modifications with the exhaust so were gonna go ahead and drop it at each of the attachment points to the frame. Were gonna undo the flinch here with the two bolts then well remove the insulator from our pipe and work our way back on the truck, removing all six insulators holding our exhaust up. Now weve already removed our wheels and tires, weve dropped our spare tire and weve dropped our exhaust. Were now ready to begin our install.
Our first step is to go ahead and remove the heat shield by cutting between the two hatch channels in the bed where our Diamond Hitch will sit. We went ahead and drew some lines on the heat shield to show you where were gonna cut the shield out at. Okay, were now in the bed of our truck and we need to find the location where the bolt will come through so we can drill our 4-inch hole. To do this, well measure from the end of the bed 44 inches back for a short bed truck. Well make a small dot on the bed with a marker to indicate that measurement.
Well then measure from the inside of the wheel well to the inside of the wheel well which in this case is 50 inches so well then split that in half which is about 25 3/8 inches so our pilot hole will be drilled right here. After drilling our pilot hole, we can expand it out to our 4-inch hole for our gooseneck. Now well go ahead and drill our pilot hole. Now as per the instructions, they indicate to drill a 4-inch hole. Were gonna go ahead and drill a 4 -inch hole to compensate for the weld around the gooseneck collar.
Well line our pilot bed up with the pre-drilled hole that we have and well drill our hole. Now that our hole is drilled in our bed, well now take the piece of angle liner supplied with the gooseneck, slide it in between the frame and the bed of the truck. Well use it as a lever to bend the metal tab here at the bed. Now that our piece of angle is in, when its bolted down will sit like this on our bed. For now we can leave it resting and we can put in the other piece of bar stock for the rear mount of our gooseneck.
Well now take the piece of bar stock and doing the same thing as we did before with the piece of angle liner. Now once you get your piece of bar stock in, youll have to turn it vertically. Well use pair of channel locks to give us the leverage to get it around and up. Youll notice the bolt holes are offset on the piece of bar stock and on the piece of angle liner. You wanna make sure that the offset is down when installing. For the front bar or piece of angle liner, well be using 3 -inch by 1 bolts by themselves. For the rear bar, well be using the -inch by 1 -bolt, a flat washer and a lock washer. On each of the fasteners we will also be using lock tight. Now were ready to go ahead and install the head unit. Well slide the unit between their frame and the bed of the truck on a passenger side. Well go straight up in between the two bars that we just put in. Itd be a good idea to get an extra set of hands or a jack to hold the head unit in place while we install our fasteners. With our four bolts in on the back bar, well move up to the front piece of angle liner and now that the bolts are through well use a flat washer and our nylon locking nut to secure the bolt on the other side. Well do that for all three attachment points on the front piece of angle liner. Now were ready to put in our side bracket for our gooseneck. The bracket will sit on the frame here. Well need our long handle bolt, short handle bolt, two lock washers and two nuts. First will fit the long handle bolt in to this hole to do this well use an access hole on the back of the frame here to fit the bolt in to it and slide it up. Well bring the bolt through our mounting hole. Our short handle nut will fit through the access hole here and bring it up to our mounting bolt hole here. Then we can take our bracket and loosely secure it to the frame. With our passenger side bracket on, well move over to the driver side and repeat the same process installing the driver side bracket. Now with our bracket loosely fitted, we can now run our bolt in to the bar on the rear and on the front, well run our bolt through the hole and put our flat washer and nylon locking nut and on the back side. Now that all our hardware is in place, we can go ahead and work through tightening down each one and well torque all our bolts to specification as indicated in the instructions. Now were ready to go ahead and install our safety chain u-bolt. Well get a 19.30 seconds drill bit and well drill through the bed using our head as the template. Well use the two inside bolts closest to the ball here and here. And with the passenger side done, well go ahead and repeat the same procedure for our driver side safety chain. With our holes drilled well go ahead and drop the u-bolts down through the bed. We can then put a flat washer, our spring, another flat washer and our nylon locking nut and when we run the nut up were gonna go about two threads pass in the end of the nut the rest of those u-bolts threads will be used for the chain loop. And with our passenger side done well repeat the same procedure on the driver side. And with our u-bolts tight our Blue Ox Diamond Hitch is installed and were ready to load our gooseneck trailer. That completes our installation of part number DH1308 the Blue Ox Diamond Hitch on our 2011 GMS 2500 short bed.
Today on our 2011 GMC Sierra 2500 Short Bed, well be installing the Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose Kit, part number 9465-56. Weve already removed the spare tire, two rear wheels and the exhaust for more working room. Our next step will be to cut the heat shield on the passengers side. At the rear side, well cut just in front of the hat channel here. Moving forward, well cut behind the hat channel here. Ill go ahead and make a mark on the heat shield to better illustrate where well be cutting.
Today on a 2002 GMC Sierra, were going to install Curts Double Lock Gooseneck Hitch using part number C600-652. Alright what we have done so far is remove the rear wheels and the spare tire. Now you dont have to remove the rear wheels, but it makes it easier to get access to the frame and get in there and see what is going on. So after that our first step is going to be to cut our a piece of heat shield. This is the section we are going to have to remove for the heat shield, from here to here, because our hitch is going to sit right in this spot. And to make things easier there, we will loosen up the truck bed, and tilt it up so that we can get to it.
Today we are going to be installing Hide-a-Goose part number 9465-4434 on a 2006 GMC Sierra 2500. The first thing we want to do is to go ahead and lower the spare tire. That will give us a lot more room to install the gooseneck system. The second step is to go ahead and cut out a section of the heat shield, which is basically forward of the axle in between the two hat channels, which is basically parallel to the gas tank as well. We need to go ahead and cut that section out to allow us to get the crossmembers into place. OK, with that section of the heat shield removed, we want to next go inside the bed. And we are going to go ahead and mark and then drill our hole for the opening in the Hide-a-Goose system. You want to check with your directions to verify the appropriate dimension that you are going to be drilling from. On this particular short-bed model, we are going to go ahead and mark from the end of the bed at 44-1/2 inches, and then we just want to center that in between the two wheel wells, which will land us right in the center of this rib here. And with my dimensions marked out, I am just going to go ahead and center punch that location, and then we are going to go ahead and drill out our 3-1/2 inch hole.
Today we are going to install part number 9465 our gooseneck head assembly. We will also be installing a rail kit which is part number 4434 for our 2005 GMC Sierra pickup 3500. The first step involved would be to make room for the install kit and rails. What happens is this heat shield needs to be removed. We are going to take it out from this section to this beam here. To make it easier maybe go all the way this far back. But for necessity purposes we need from here to here for the rails. We cut out our heat shield and left an inch or so hanging off. We took a rubber mallet and beat it back and keep it away from the sharp edges as much as possible. Our next step will be to loosen the bed so we can slide the rails underneath the truck. There are 2 options on how you will do this part.