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.
Now I can go ahead and lower the bed back down. Now we will get inside the bed, and mark out and drill a pot hole for hitch. We are going to measure from the edge of our bed out to the specified location in the instructions on our 6-1/2 foot bed. Our instructions say 33-1/4, but always refer to your instructions for the measurement, because sometimes it can change. Now we will find out center from left to right.
Okay we will go ahead and drill a pot hole out now, were using 1/8th inch bit. Next we will go ahead and lift the bed back up, were put our hitch underneath there, were going to test it and make sure it lines up with the center of the hole. We are going to do some pre-assembly with the hitch and the crossbars. We are going to take a bolt, flat washer, and lock washer, and we will go ahead and thread it into the cross arm. With an extra set of hands we will go ahead and put the hitch into position, and line up the hole.
Okay we use the hole on this bracket; you line up this oval hole with the frame. We use that to be your guide to put our hitch in the correct spot. Do a visual inspection, make sure the pot hole lines up with the center of the hitch hole, and when you are satisfied with that we will go ahead and take it back out and drill our final hole size in the middle. Now I can put in our edging for the hole, and you just basically just slip it over the edge. It has a little adhesive on the inside too.
Alright at this point we will go ahead and lift the bed up and put the hitch assembly back into place. Next we will go ahead and move on to installing the side brackets. Now theres a little spacer that fits into this oval hole right here. Sits like that, and then our plate sits over the top like that, and then our hardware goes right through there. It is easy to show this now before I put the plate into place. We will actually hang the plate bar two cross rails here. Okay we will go back to our other cash in point, we will put the two lock washers with the notches behind the bracket and push the bracket into place, and then we will run our big bolt through. We will take our lock and flange nut and run it in the backside inside frame. We will install the u-bolt from the inside out, lining up with the frame bracket. Just make sure when you do that you dont pinch any lines or wiring. Okay we have the bracket correctly installed on the drivers side, and we are going to repeat the same process on the passengers side. Now at this point all the hardware is installed, and well take one more time to double check and make sure the hitch is in the center of the hole on the bed, and then if you have to, make some adjustments as needed and then go ahead and snug down the bolts, and then tork them down as specified in the instructions. Now at this point we can go ahead and start torking down the bolts. We will start with our center section and then work our way out to the sides. Next we will go ahead and tork down the u-bolts, and this bolt to the frame. We will leave these two for last. We will tighten down the u-bolts evenly on both sides. Next we will take our handle and thread it into the hitch so you can see where the handle rubs on the pinch well here, so well just go ahead and make a mark so we know where to cut our some room for it. We will take a pair of tin snips and make a triangle cut out. Alright now lets take our handle, well thread it into the hitch and install the rest of the hardware. We are going to take our pin, put it into the hitch, two washers on the rod, then we will slide the spring over the rod, and put the rod into the pin. Then we will install the small bolt and nut. Next we will go ahead and mark our holes; we will be using the slotted holes closest to the cylinder. We use a half inch bit to mark the centers of our holes, then we are going to go to one side of the corrugation here, that way we can reach and grab it, and its also on the lowest part as well, so it will sink in when it is not being used. Alright we will go ahead and drop in our u-bolt and install the hardware underneath. Well install the flat washer and spring, another flat washer, and a lock nut. We will go ahead and tighten up the nut until about 2 or 3 threads are showing. Alright now lets go ahead and reinstall our bed bolts. Well install the bone; it does have a key on it so you can see the right side. Pull out the pin all the way and give it a twist to the side it locks it open. And then lock it in place, its ready to accept a trailer, and if you pull it back out we can flip it over. This is in store position, in goes the cap. With that, that will finish our install of part number C600-652 from Curt. .
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 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.
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.