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03 May 2015

Replacing the Lippert Pin Box with a Demco Glide Ride Pin Box


Lippert Pin Box to Glide Ride Pin Box



The old Lippert Pin Box
So I decided to replace the old Lippert Pin Box and install a new Demco Glide Ride Pin Box.




It all looked fairly simple and I had adjusted the Lippert Pin Box before, so I knew that it was not to heavy. It just looks like it.




Blue Steel. This stuff is magic.
Blue Steel. This stuff is magic.

Blue Steel painted on to the pin box frame
Blue steel painted on.
First I took a bunch of pictures, especially where it is attached, this way it would make it easy to install the Glide Ride in the same bolt holes, by having a look at the pictures.




That really worked well for me.




I had another look, removed the break away switch and decided to back the truck up and drop the tail gate down on the truck deck.




This way I could loosen all the bolts off, carefully remove all the bolts except the back bottom two.




Now the Lippert pin box just nicely flipped down on to the tailgate hanging from  those two bolts. (sorry I did not get a picture of it hanging down)




Once the  pin box was supported on the tailgate it was easy to remove the last two bolts.




I cleaned up the frame where the pin box attaches, painted some "Blue Steel" on. Blue steel is one of my favourite paints.




Removing the link assembly. It is torqued to 85 lbs.

Removing link assembly and king pin plate.
You clean up the steel surface the best you can (not all rust has to be removed) paint on the Blue Steel (goes on like cream) on and it eats the rest of the rust up.




When it has dried, paint with the appropriate colour.




To install the Glide Ride pin box, I did everything in reverse. I did spray a bit of "Dry Slide" on the new Glide Ride pin box so it would fit in easier. The Glide Ride pin box is a lot heavier then the Lippert.




Once the two bottom back bolts were in, it was easy to lift up the pin box and install the rest of the bolts.


Capture Plate in place
Capture Plate in place

One hole drilled for the capture plate.
One hole drilled for the capture plate.
Make sure to torque to manufacture specifications.

My Demco HiJacker hitch with one capture plate removed.
My Demco HiJacker hitch with one capture plate removed.

Blue Steel touch up on rusty spots
Blue Steel touch up on rusty spots

New Demco Glide Ride Pin Box in Place
New Demco Glide Ride Pin Box in place.
Since I have a Demco - HiJacker Auto Slide hitch on the truck I had to install a capture plate on the new Glide Ride Pin Box.....




a bit scary to start drilling holes in the new King Pin Plate.





The instructions that came with the capture plate were good, so it all went well.









After that, I had to remove the old capture plates on the HiJacker hitch.




At the same time I cleaned the hitch off. I primed the bare/rusty spots with Blue Steel and then painted it black.




All went well, looking forward to giving the new Demco Glide Ride Pin Box a good try next week.

Happy Trails,

Anders

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