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14 July 2015

Replacing Link Kit in Glide Ride Pinbox


Glide Ride Pinbox - Link Kit Replacement


Glide Ride Pin Box
Glide Ride Pin Box

Back up your truck and use an adjustable utility table
When I installed my new Glide Ride Pinbox, I noticed that two of the plastic bushings that fit into the Link Kit were broken.



I'm not sure how that had happened. The only thing I can think of is that when the pin box was being assembled, someone hit the "Glide Ride Pin Assembly" way to hard, and it was not properly lined up; therefore breaking the bushings.


King pin lowered on table by using the front jacks.
Contacted my dealer and the parts came in short time and were of course replaced under warranty.



When I talked to Demco they said that they only sell a complete Link Kit ( four links and four bushings). However I only received the plastic bushings.





Plastic bushings that fits in the Link Kit in the Glide Ride Pin box. Two new and two broken.
Two new bushings and two broken
Before we go any further here is the parts list in a pdf file format, just so you know what I'm talking about. All the parts that are in quotation marks ( " ) correspond with this parts list.


Use the camera on your phone to take pictures as you go along. This will help if you not to get delayed at all.


OK, we are set to go to work. So the way I did it, I backed up the truck and set an adjustable utility table on the tail gate.


Then I used the front jacks on the trailer to lower and raise the pin box, so when I removed the "Glide Ride Pin Assembly"  the "Glide Ride King Pin Base" would not just drop down.


It is not super heavy but it is a bit awkward to handle, especially when you install it back in again.


If you do not have a table like mine where the king pin fits in the middle, use a flat small table and make a small frame with some two by fours.



The "Glide Ride King Pin Base" is now just touching the table and it is time to remove the "Serrated Flange Bolt", one on each side of the pin box. These bolts are really torqued up so warm up your biceps or do what I did, use an impact wrench.

Use flat screw driver to get pin assembly out.
Use a flat screw driver
Once you have removed the "Serrated Flange Bolts" it is time to remove the "Glide Ride Pin Assembly".



There is a "Pin Assembly" on each side of the pin box. The "Pin Assembly" holds the whole "King Pin Base" in place.




Removing Pin Assembly on Glide Ride Pin Box.
Work from side to side (front - back) removing the Pin Assembly
Take your time removing these pins. You more then likely have to use a flat screw driver to get them started, working from side to side, just work back and forth easy.



Once you have the "Pin Assembly" remove on both sides the "King Pin Base" will sit nicely on your table and the "Link Kit" will be partly exposed.


Broken bushing in Link Kit on my Glide Ride Pin box
Broken bushing in Link Kit
Use the jacks on the trailer again to raise the pin box up.



Now take some more pictures so you see how the "Link Kit" is put together, especially how the plastic bushings are installed, top and bottom is opposite.






Pin Assembly removed from the Glide Ride Pin box
Once you have the "King Pin Base" removed and resting on the table and the pin box lifted up you can easily take each link off and inspect the bushings.



When you have replaced the bushings or the whole "Link Kit", lower the pin box down again.



Just go really easy when you lower the pin box down  so you do not damage the "Link Kit" or the "Urethane Bumpers"

Once you have the "Pin Assembly back in place, it's time to insert the "Pin Assembly". Go really easy here, just nice gentle little taps. Do both sides the same, a little bit at the time.

If you hit the Pin Assembly to hard you will more then likely crack the plastic bushings in the "Link Kit".

Now then you have the "Pin Assembly" in place, it is time to torque up the Flange Bolts. I contacted Demco - Glide Ride to see how much it should be torqued to and they said 80 ft lb.

If you have any questions, just contact me using the contact form on the left hand-side.

Camping in Rathtrevor Provincial Park, BC. Canada
Camping in Rathtrevor Provincial Park, BC. Canada




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