Trailer Hitch Installation - 1998 C/K Series Pickup - Curt

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 1998 C/K Series Pickup


Today, on our 1998 Chevy CK Series pickup, we'll be installing the Curt two inch receiver hitch, part number C14081. Now, here's what our hitch will look like once installed. Next, we'll give you a couple measurements to assist you selecting accessories for your new hitch. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is two and a half inches. From the top of the receiver tube opening to the ground is 22 and a quarter inches. This will assist you in selecting accessories such as a ball mount, bike rack, or cargo carrier. We'll now go ahead with the installation. Now, to begin our install, we'll go ahead and note that if you have a spare tire, it's best to go ahead and remove it for ease and installation of the install.

Next, we'll point out our attachment points. We're going to have a total of six attachment points, three in each side. The forward attachment point will be a large round hole that's been pre-drilled into the frame. Our center attachment point, or middle, will be a smaller pre-drilled hole in the frame, and the rear attachment point has a pre-drilled hole in the frame and a weld nut on the top of the frame. In some applications, there will be a bolt in this attachment point and it will need to be removed. Keep in mind that each process we do here on the driver's side will get repeated identically on the passenger side. Before I attempt to install the new hardware, for the weld nut, because over time, the threads will come built up with rust, dust, dirt, and debris, we're going to want to clean them up before we attempt to install the new hardware.

To do that, we'll use a spray lubricant and a half inch nylon tube brush, part number 814092. Then, once we have it thoroughly cleaned out, I recommend to take one of the new fasteners, thread it into the weld nut to make sure it's going to go nice and easily. Now, the hardware for our hitch, for our forward and center attachment points is going to be a half inch carriage bolt and a half inch spacer block. The carriage bolt and block will go down through the frame, through the hitch, and get secured with a half inch flange nut. We'll go ahead and put that hardware in place now. Now, for the rear attachment point, working with the weld nut, we're going to use a new 12 millimeter bolt and half inch inaudible 00:02:29 tooth washer. The teeth of the washer will face the hitch as it goes through the hitch and into the weld nut. Now, with all our hardware in place, we're ready to put our hitch in position.

It's a good idea to get an extra set of hands to help you hold the hitch while you install the fastener. We'll install each fastener finger tight until we have them all in place. Now, with all our fasteners installed, we'll go ahead and tighten them down. Now, with all our fasteners tightened down, we'll go ahead and torque to specifications as indicated in the instructions. Once we have the fasteners tightened down and torqued to specification, we're ready to hit the road. That does it for our install of our hitch, part number C14081 on our 1998 Chevy CK Series pickup. .


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