Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2009 GMC Sierra

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How to Install a Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2009 GMC Sierra


Today on our 2009 GMC Sierra we'll be having a look at and installing the Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose under-bed gooseneck trailer hitch with installation kit, part number 9465-54. All right, here's what our gooseneck looks like installed. As you can see, our gooseneck design gives us clean access of our truck bed here. There's nothing sticking up above it at all besides our gooseneck ball and our safety chain loops, which are spring-loaded. Our gooseneck system that we have installed with its 2 5/16" ball has a 7,500 pound vertical load limit, that's the amount pushing down. And then a 30,000 pound max gross trailer weight rating, which is the amount that we can pull. When we're not hooked up to our trailer, we can actually store our ball upside down in the gooseneck head so it's readily available and doesn't take up any of our truck bed space so we can still store stuff in our truck bed and not lose any of that valuable space.

Also included is this magnetic cover, which will sit on top of the gooseneck head to help keep any dirt/debris from entering, making it difficult to insert or remove our ball. Now once we're ready to tow we can just take our cover off. You find there's this convenient finger-grab where you can lift your ball up out to flip it around. Now, our ball's keyed. To make it insert there's a notch on one side. This way it'll only line up one direction and we don't have to worry about lining up the hole where our pin will lock the ball into place. Now our handle is spring-loaded and this is what operates the pin that secures our ball in place.

When we're ready to change the position of our ball we can simply pull the handle all the way out and slide it towards the rear of the truck. This will lock your pin open. Once you have your ball flipped around you simply pull it towards the front and let go, and that secures your ball into place. Now that we've gone over some feature of the Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose we'll show you how to get it installed. Now, to begin our installation we've already gone ahead and removed our spare tire for video purposes. It'll give us a little more room to work underneath the vehicle.

Now on our driver's side wheel well just on top of the frame there's a bracket that clips into the frame which holds a brake line in place. We'll need to pop this bracket loose so we have some room to move our brake line down so it doesn't get pinched when we install our gooseneck. Okay. That should give us enough room right there. All right, now underneath our vehicle we have this heat shield right here that goes above our exhaust. We need to remove a section of it so we have room to install our gooseneck.

So we're going to go right about here by this crossmember and then up to the front where our shock is. And then we have two Torx screws right here and here that we're going to remove and this section will come down. You can use a grinder or a rotary tool or tin snips in order to make your cuts. I'm going to use a rotary tool today. A quick tech tip. This metal's sharp. As you see I'm wearing gloves. I suggest you do the same. All right. With that cut all the way through we'll now remove these two screws. Okay, these screws are T-25's. Now a little tech tip for you. A lot of times you'll find these screws are rusted in place, so what you can do is just cut the head off with a grinder or a cutoff wheel. Once you have it notched around the head a little bit you can go in there with a pry bar and a hammer and try to break it off. We'll do the same for the other one. Okay, now according to our bed length, if we have short bed or long bed, we'll find the appropriate measurements in the instructions and make a mark where we're going to drill with a quarter inch pilot hole. When you make these measurements, though, you want to be sure to measure from the end of the bed, not from the end of your tailgate. All right, now we'll use an appropriate-sized hole saw to make our final cut. Here's a tech tip for you. We'll just use some spray paint around any place that we cut or drill holes into to help prevent it from rusting down the road. Okay, I made a mark in our driver's side wheel well where we need to cut out two notches in the bed of our truck in order for us to slide our rails in place. Okay, with it cut, pop it lose. Make sure we do the same on the other spot too. All right, we'll use our spray paint again. Okay, now we'll just slide our rails into position through the notches that we made. There's two holes where our carriage bolts will go into. This side of the rail will face towards the back of the truck for the rear rail, and on the front rail towards the front. We'll pull it through on the other side. Okay, with our rear rail in place we'll get our front rail in position now. Okay, now we'll take our carriage bolts and drop them through the appropriate holes. We'll do the back ones first, then we'll slide our rail back. We'll push our front rail froward as much as we can. Okay, now that we have our carriage bolts in place in the rear rail we're going to clamp it so it's up right and we can slide or gooseneck head in. So I'll clamp it to the hatch handle here and do the same on the other side to help support the weight. Now, in order for us to have room in order for our gooseneck head to clear we need to either bend down or cut off, your choice, about an inch of this heat shield by the exhaust tank. I'm going to cut it off. You want to make sure you don't nick the gas tank when you're cutting it, though, because that'd be bad. Okay. Now we'll take our gooseneck section with the handle part towards the driver side, slide it over our gas tank and slide it onto our carriage bolts. Okay, with this slid over our carriage bolts we'll place on our conical-tooth washer with the teeth facing towards the gooseneck head, and we'll thread-on our nut. Do the same for both bolts. Okay. We went ahead and slid our front rail back against our gooseneck head. Now we'll run our carriage bolts through. We'll place on our conical-tooth washers and our nuts. And we'll just make sure all of our nuts are now finger-tight. Okay, now we're on the passenger side of our vehicle. The driver's side is the same way. We'll take our fish wire, go through this oblong hole where we'll come out the backside of the frame, and we got it right here. We'll take our block, put it on the pull wire, and we'll thread-on our short carriage bolt to the wire. We'll slide the block in the frame and the bolt too, and we'll just pull it through. On the end of our pull wire we'll now place this block and put it on down there. Now we'll take our frame bracket and insert our pull wire through the top hole right here. The rear bolt pulls through. We'll move our pull wire now, place on a flat washer, a lock washer and then a nut. Now we'll take one of our 5/8 conical-tooth washers and a nut and put it on our cross rails. Okay, now we'll take our block here and our two long carriage bolts. The single hole will face towards the top and this will wrap around our frame and we'll slide our bolt through the back of it and then into position. We'll use the middle bolt now. Now, as you can see here's what it looks like on the inside of the frame. We'll place on our conical-tooth washer and then a nut. Now we'll go repeat the same process on the driver's side. Now on our driver's side when we install our clamp bracket we want to make sure that it goes behind all of our wiring harnesses and brake lines and they're not going to be pinched between the frame and the clamp. Other than that it's the exact same process as we had on the passenger side. Okay, now that we have all of our bolts and hardware in place we want to make sure our hitch is centered in the hole that we cut in the truck. I've already done that. Now we'll begin the process of tightening down our hardware. We'll start with our frame brackets to the frame of the truck first, so that'd be this bolt here and these two here. We'll repeat the same process on the other side. Now we'll torque our hardware to the amount specified in the instructions. All right, now with our frame bracket torqued down to our frame we'll tighten-down our cross rails, these two nuts right here, to the frame brackets. Okay, now we'll torque those two down as well. Now we'll come underneath and tighten up the four bolts that hold our center section to the cross rails. With our hardware snugged up on our center section we'll now torque it to the amount specified in the instructions. All right, these slotted holes right here, these are where we're going to drill our pilot holes for our safety chain loops. Now, we want to make sure we have it at the bottom part of our bed corrugation, so it'd be right here in the center. We'll translate that line up and drill a pilot hole in that area. We'll do the same for all four of our slots. Now you can see on our bed where our pilot holes came through. We'll enlarge these out to the size indicated in the instructions. Now just like in other spots that we drilled or cut we'll put our spray paint on to help prevent rusting. Okay, now that our paint has had an adequate amount of time to dry we'll take our safety chain loops and drop them into place. You'll notice that one of our safety chain loops has a shorter leg. This one we'll use on the driver's side with the short leg facing towards the front of the truck. We'll just drop those in place and we'll go underneath the truck and install our hardware now. We'll place on a flat washer with the big end of our spring following that, and then we'll thread-on a lock nut. We'll do the same for all four of the studs on our safety chain loops. Okay, now we'll tighten down our nuts so about three of the threads of our bolt stick out of the nut. Okay, now we'll take our handle and our handle sleeve and we'll install it on the handle. All right. Once you have it on all the way you can take your handle and slide it over towards your center of your gooseneck head, and go underneath and attach the two now. Okay, we'll take our handle now to the two corresponding holes, slide it in position till the holes line up and secure it with our included clip. Just like that. And that completes our look at and installation of the Draw-Tite Hide-A-Goose under-bed gooseneck trailer hitch with installation kit, part number 9465-54 on our 2009 GMC sierra.


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