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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Chevrolet Silverado - Draw-Tite

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado

Today on this 2006 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab we're going to show you part number 41944 from Draw-Tite. This is the Ultra Frame 2" Class V Receiver Hitch. This is what the hitch looks like when it's on our truck. First we'll go ahead and take a look at the receiver. This is a 2" diameter receiver. The whole center section including the safety chain loop is all cast steel.

This will handle the loads that the hitch is designed for and also some cases you'll notice that some hitches will wear out during heavy duty applications. This cast steel is designed to prevent that. Also as you'll notice it has an extra ring around the hitch pin hole. This uses a 5 1/8ths inch hitch pin and the reinforcement prevents the hitch from being worn out there as well. This also has a secondary hole for a j-pin from Draw-Tite to help silence any accessories that you put into your hitch. The frame of the hitch is a square tubing that goes all the way to each side.

No cutting or drilling is required on this hitch. However you do have to loosen up the bumper brackets on it to install some reinforcement straps. This is our frame bracket that goes up to your frame and we can see we have our reinforcement strap that goes against the hitch, also against the frame, but between the bumper bracket and the frame. Now by itself the hitch can pull a trailer of 13,000 pounds and then a tongue weight, which is a force that pushes down on a ball is good for 1,950 pounds. Now when a weight distribution system is used with our hitch the trailer weight goes up to 16,000 pounds, but our tongue weight actually goes down to 1,600 pounds. Next we'll go ahead and give you some measurements to help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier.

From top of receiver opening down to the ground will be about 14-1/2 inches. Now our truck does have a load of tools in the back, so your measurement may vary. Now from the center of our hitch pin hole to the outside edge of the bumper will be about 2-1/2 inches. Now we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First step of our install is actually getting the truck ready. To do that it may be a good idea to take your spare tire need to lower it and move it out of the way or do what we did just had to loosen it up and scoot it forward just a little bit maybe about an inch or so and it gave us plenty of working room between the hitch and the spare tire.

Next we'll go ahead and remove two bolts that are at the end of our frame rails. Here at the passenger side and driver side. We'll go ahead and remove these bolts with a 21 millimeter socket. Now when we install our hitch we'll go ahead and use the long 14 millimeter bolt, 9/16ths lock washer, and a 3/8ths block. Out of our 2 3/8ths blocks use the smaller of the two. With an extra set of hands we'll go ahead and lift the hitch up and install the hardware we just showed you. We'll leave this hardware loose for now. Now we'll continue on with the rest of the hardware. We need to install some additional braces onto the hitch right into the frame. That means the disc plate has to be loosened up or bumper bracket, so we'll go ahead and loosen up these bolts here and here. We'll spray some lubricant on it to help. We'll need a 19 millimeter socket and a ratchet wrench will help like what we're using here will help as well. Now on the top bolt we're using a 19 millimeter socket and it helps to have a little bit of a swivel on it as well, as our extension does. We'll go ahead and loosen it up. Don't have to remove them just loosen them up. Now we'll go ahead and remove these two which will require our 18 millimeter socket. Now these guys you want to completely remove. We'll go ahead and tap out these bolts. They're both connected to by a strap on the inside. Go ahead and work this little bracket loose just a little bit. Now we'll take this new strap we're going to slide it behind this bracket and reinstall the existing hardware. Now our is at a little bit of a bind so we had to tap ours back in as well. Just be careful the wires behind the frame there. Let's go ahead and reinstall the flange nuts. Now to line up the holes for our strap with our hitch I'm going to use the bolt here to help me drag up the hitch and line it up for us. Then we can install a bolt which will be the 12 millimeter metric bolt and a connie tooth washer. Make sure the teeth on the washer always stay towards the hitch. This will install from the outside to the inside. Now the inside will get a half inch flat washer, a half inch lock washer, and a 12 millimeter nut to match the bolt. Still we're leaving everything loose as much as possible. This is our driver side. Now we'll go ahead and repeat on the passenger side. Next we'll go ahead and work the hardware for this location here. Now this is a 14 millimeter bind thread bolt. We'll run this from the top down the longer 3/8ths block. Underneath the hitch will be the thinner block with the offset hole and a flange nut. Make sure this block is arranged so it won't hit up against the side of the hitch. Should be just like that and you'll be good to go. This is our passenger side. It's identical over on our driver side. All right, now will all of our hardware loosely installed we can go ahead and tighten down these bolts by hand and then torque the bolts down as specified in the instructions. Now the bolt will use a 22 millimeter socket and the nut can use a 19 millimeter or a 3/4 inch socket. Our bolt will use a 18 millimeter wrench and the nut will use a 3/4 or a 19. Let's not forget our bumper bracket bolts as well. Now I'll go ahead and torque down all of the bolts. With that that'll finish it for part number 41944 from Draw-Tite. The Ultra Frame 2 inch Class V receiver hitch on our 2006 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab. .

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