Gooseneck Trailer Hitch Installation - 2008 Chevrolet Silverado

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How to Install a Gooseneck Trailer Hitch on a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado


Today on this 2008 Chevrolet Silverado were going to install part number 9465-54. This is a Hide-a-goose hitch. To start off our install we went ahead and removed the two rear wheels to make access to the side brackets a little bit easier. We also lowered the spare tire as well. Starting on the drivers side of our frame, theres a cable bracket which holds the brake line to the inside of the frame rail. Well go ahead and loosen this bracket from the top of the frame rail and then remove it completely from the wiring harness and the brake line.

Then well go ahead and take that wiring harness and the brake line and maneuver it out of the way until we can get it below the frame rail. This will take some time and this will be a tight fit between the fuel tank and the frame to work the parts inside. On the passenger side of the vehicle we have to remove a section of the heat shield. This is going to be in front of the hatch channel thats above the axle, and going up to the next hatch channel going up towards the front. Were going to use a rotary tool to go ahead and make our cuts and remove it.

Back on the drivers side underneath the vehicle, theres a heat shield on the gas tank from the top edge of it about one inch down well go ahead and bend it out of the way. This will give us a little extra room for the hitch. Next were going to go inside the bed and measure out for a hole we have to drill out for the hitch in the bed of our truck for the hitch. Now theres two different measurements for the long box and the short box. On this one well be working with the short box measurements.

Were going to measure from the edge of the bed of the truck towards the front. Well make our initial mark and then well go ahead and verify that its centered in between the fender wells. Once were sure of our measurement, well go ahead and drill a 1/8-inch pilot hole, and then well also go ahead and loosen up our bed because when we install our hitch, were going to install it from the side. So well go ahead and loosen up all the bolts on the drivers side, and then well completely remove the bolts on the passenger side. Then using a block of wood to raise it up at least 3 inches well go ahead and tilt the bed to the side.

It definitely helps to have an extra set of hands to do this. Now at this point we can go ahead and do some pre-assembly on our hitch. Were going to take our cross arms and attach it to our hide-a-goose hitch. Well install our hardware which will be the grade eight carriage bolts, the conical tooth washers, and nuts, and when you install the conical tooth washers you want to make sure the teeth are pointing towards the hitch. Well make sure the hitch is even on the crossbars, put a clamp on them, and then tighten down the bolts by hand. Once everything is secure, well go ahead and torque down the bolts as specified in the instructions. Now at this point well go ahead and take the hitch and install it between the bed and the frame. Well go ahead and line up the hitch with the pilot hole and make sure that everythings in the correct spot. Once were satisfied with our test fit, well go ahead and remove the hitch, and then drill out our hole to its final size. Always go by your instructions, but in this case were using a 3 -inch hole. Well go ahead and reinstall the hitch and then lay the bed back on top of the hitch. Well line it up to make sure it goes through the hole, but then we can go ahead and install the side brackets, and install the hardware for the cross rails through the side brackets which will be a conical tooth washer and nut. Next well go ahead and install the hardware from the frame bracket to the frame starting at the back well go ahead and run our bolt leader through the hole were going to use, and then through the hole in the frame and then out the other side. Well thread on a 3-inch long block. Well push it into the frame and then well thread on our -inch carriage bolt. Well pull it on through, but well leave it on the inside for now because we need to thread the block that will go between the frame bracket and the frame. All right, once the blocks installed well go ahead and pull our bolt through and then install our flat washer, lock washer, and nut. Now going towards the front theres a clamp that goes around the frame. There will be a clamp part that will go on the inside edge of the frame and then well install our carriage bolts. Now on the drivers side were going to have to sneak those underneath the wire harness and the brake lines. Well install our carriage bolts and then through the bracket to the outside, and then well install a conical tooth washer and nut. Were done with our drivers side. Well go ahead and repeat this same process over on the passenger side. With all our hardware loosely installed well go ahead and tighten down the bolts. First well go ahead and tighten down the bolts that go from the cross rails to the frame bracket, and then well torque those down as specified in the instructions. Next well go ahead and tighten down the hardware from the frame bracket to the frame, and then torque those down as specified in the instructions. Next well install the handle. Well take the handle and run it through the side between the frame and the bed and into the mechanism inside the hitch. Well go ahead and line up the holes and install the clip that will hold it in place. Next well go ahead and install the u-bolts for our trailers safety chains. When we install our u-bolts, we want to make sure we install in the lower part of the corrugation. Well use a u-bolt to feel for the corrugation, and then well go ahead and mark and drill our holes. Well use a 1/2-inch drill bit to mark our holes from underneath. Well do this from both sides of the hitch. Then well go ahead and drill out our pilot hole. Then well get inside the bed and from the top down drill out to our final hole size which will be 9/16. Well drop our u-bolts into place and youll notice that one of the u-bolts has a leg thats shorter than the others. Thats to give you clearance for the exhaust if it is needed on that side. And then install our hardware for it. First well be a flat washer, the spring, and then the nut. When we tighten down the nut all we have to do is run it down a couple of threads maybe three at the most. Now with all our hitch bolts torqued down well go ahead and reinstall the hardware for the bed, and then tighten them down. Our hitch is finally installed. Now well go ahead and show you how it works. First off well go ahead and pull on the handle to keep it in the open position so we can install our ball. Well drop the ball into place and put the handle back in place and lock it. Now at this point we cannot remove the ball. Now well go ahead and unlock it, and we can flip the ball over and store it inside the hitch. You can also see how the u-bolts for the safety chains work. Theyre spring loaded. You pull up on them and install your safety cables. And with that, that will finish it for our install of part number 9465-54.


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