Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Dodge Ram 1500

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500

Today we are going to install part number 82534 from Hidden Hitch. We are going to install this on a Dodge Ram 1500. First off, the hitch we are going to install on the frame and the side brackets. We are going to use this hole here, this one at the end of the frame, and this side bracket. It is going to be the same on both sides. And also, this install requires that the factory hitch not be installed on the vehicle. To begin our install, actually we are going to go ahead and put the hitch up against the frame. And there are two bolts that we are going to run into on the side brackets that hang down vertically. We are going to use those to put the hitch into position, and then we are going to wire the bolts to the frame. To show you an example here, some models have a significant gap between the hitch frame and the bracket coming down. It will be pretty similar on both sides if yours is off. It does come with these optional spacers right here to put in between the frame. They will go right here, and then that will take up some of the extra slack in there. When you tighten down the hitch, the bracket and the hitch will conform to take up the necessary space. We will go ahead and install these spacers on this particular hitch.

One detail here is that this hitch has two holes in the side of the frame. Depending on the type of vehicle you are working on, it will either be a 1500, 2500 or 3500. Basically, the end result is we will make sure that when we use the right slot, you can hold the hitch up against the frame and it will be flat against here. You cannot do that when you use the wrong hole. So go ahead and just make sure you can push it up against the frame, and if you can then you have it installed in the right spot, and you can get ready to install the rest of the hardware. Install the rest of the fasteners for the bolts in the side bracket, it gets a plate, a lock washer and nut. Okay, we want to leave these loose until we get the hitch in position and then we will tighten them up.

As far as installing the hardware for this hitch, it is a little bit tricky with this tube going through here. You cannot tell, but this tube is actually hollow through the bottom, so you have to put the hardware this way into the frame. With the block, however, you need to slide it between the frame and this tube here. And you just kind of put it into position and then run your wire lead through the hole and through the block, up into the tube here and out the side. Thread the bolts in, let them fall back through, and then take the lead back off. Then we put our nut and lock washer to keep it from going anywhere. Next we have got to slide this block from the front to the rear. What you want to do is not go through the hitch but go between the hitch and the frame and slide your wire from the inside out, and make sure it comes out below this cross tube right here. Then take your block and put it back through. Take your spare wire here and then put a kink in it to grab the block so it pulls back through the original hole. Once you get it through the hole, you can go ahead and pull out your wire. Be careful it does not go anywhere. Use it to line up your square plate, and then run your bolt leaders through the hitch and the plate. And then go ahead and repeat the same steps on the other side.

All right, at this point, once you have all your hardware installed, go ahead and move your hitch around to the truck center and we will go ahead and snug down the bolts. We will give the bolts their final torque now. The torque specifications do vary so you want to check your instructions to make sure you have the right torque settings. And that covers our install of part number 82534 from Hidden Hitch on our 2006 Dodge 1500.

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