Wilco Offroad Classic Hitchgate review! - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-05-2017, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Wilco Offroad Classic Hitchgate review!

Hi folks: I got my Wilco Offroad Hitchgate Classic Offset (https://www.wilcooffroad.com/shop/hitchgate/) a few weeks ago but only picked up my full size spare last week; here's the promised review:

First, Wilco Offroad have been really good to work with; they responded to my queries within the day and sent pictures and comments. Erik Williams, the tall guy in the Wilco Offroad videos has been by primary contact. I ordered the Hitchgate through 4Wheel Parts; it cost CAN$1095.98; I also got a license plate relocation kit for CAN$123.99, totaling CAN$1422.37 including taxes.

The thing arrived in two big boxes and one little one (license plate kit)! The bigger parts were wrapped in plastic, placed in the box and then foam was sprayed into the box on each side to lock the parts in place and protect them. The welding is excellent and powder coating looks really good.

The instructions are a little vague but it's really obvious how to set the thing up. The main frame attaches to the truck using the hitch; it has a wedge/bolt assembly that locks the thing in place when tightened BUT when tightening, the wedge pulls the square section tube in towards the truck a little and up hard against the top of the truck's receiver. In my case, I had to start with the tube pulled out just a little, deliberately misaligning the tube with the locking pin holes so that when the wedge bolt was torqued to 75ft/lbs the pin holes were aligned - horizontally! Problem was that the upward shift mislaligned the holes vertically so a little, patient hand filing was necessary to get my locking pin in place. Of note, the locking hitch pin is not included in the delivery.

The swing arm simply bolts to the main frame and locks using a small push pin. Attaching the license plate relocation kit was easy; again the wiring instructions were a little vague but it's really simple. The kit contains one of those wire-tapping thingies so I tapped into my right side license plate lamp wire; it just required cutting about two cm of wire protection away from the lamp plug. Taking a license plate off our trucks leaves a big hole so I made a close-out panel using an old license plate cover and a piece of mouse pad. In the future this will likely be my on-board air connection point.

Putting on a wheel requires setting the top stud location first. I used my old spare as I was waiting for my new wheel to arrive. The kit comes with the adjustable top stud, three bolts, three washers and four acorn lug nuts. Just jiggle the wheel around a little so that all four studs are straight and tight then tighten the top adjustable stud's two side bolts to lock it in place. The kit comes with a plastic covered safety cable and oval screw carabiner.

The camera works! Remember, I got the offset Hitchgate so the wheel is displaced to the left. I can still see below the wheel and "around" the wheel to judge my stopping distance. The picture shows me stopping with the second white line in alignment with the base of my garage door; this gives me full swing room for the spare plus about 18".

I don't feel the thing at all when driving; it's made no difference to handling; I'm just about 2' longer than before.

I almost forgot; the 20” Fuel Vector rim and Toyo 305/55/20 tire set me back about CAN$1100. I should note this is all no-choice spending for me as the OEM spare was useless (too small, would not fit the front due to my 5.5” BDS lift). I also wanted the bed free of wheels to make room for other stuff. I read lots of memos about lifts but very little about full-size spares to accompany these lifts; an absolute necessity if going off-road which is my intention.

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BDS 5.5" lift, Fuel Vector 20x9 rims, Toyo Open Country AT II Extreme 305/55R20 tires
Bushwacker pocket fender flares
Wilco Offroad Classic Hitchgate
ARE CX HD cap and HD cross bars
Rhino Rack Pioneer platform (49" x 76")

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Thanks for the review this was something I had considered but sorta wrote off because I didn't wanna be the guinea pig.

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I plan on getting a Solo soon, it looks great! Can we get more full shots of your truck?

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I've moved your thread to the review section and deleted the other redirect thread you created.
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Blue15ColoradoLT: The description of this section is is for truck reviews not truck accessory/equipment reviews; the canopy and off-road mod equipment discussions are all on other forum subsections. If I'd posted here first, no one would notice.

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BDS 5.5" lift, Fuel Vector 20x9 rims, Toyo Open Country AT II Extreme 305/55R20 tires
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Wilco Offroad Classic Hitchgate
ARE CX HD cap and HD cross bars
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I plan on getting a Solo soon, it looks great! Can we get more full shots of your truck?

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I'd order it sooner rather than later. They have been out of stock and the refill order comes in soon. I think in another week
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Can you post some pics of the truck from the rear? I'm curious to see how the offset looks on our trucks. Thanks!
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Mark and Rogue01: a link to my gallery: Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon - mhr900ss's Album: Rick 2016 Colorado Z71 overland project

I'll see if I have a direct from behind shot and post it. Looks good in my opinion and allows the camera to work pretty well.

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Wilco Offroad Classic Hitchgate
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Thanks so much for the write up. I'm definitely going to purchase the Classic because I'm getting tired of removing my fullsize spare from the bed when I need to transport something. My question is if I was to purchase the Center Mount option, I'm assuming the backup camera would be useless, therefor I would have to go with the Offset Mounting option?

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Also have another question. Excuse my photo editing skills..lol
Are the 2 posts (circled) threaded by chance? I'm hoping it is so I can install my HiLift jack in that location.

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Also have another question. Excuse my photo editing skills..lol
Are the 2 posts (circled) threaded by chance? I'm hoping it is so I can install my HiLift jack in that location.


They make a high lift jack and rotopax mount for the hitchgate


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Correct; you can mount a HiLift vertically or laterally; the lateral position already has two extended tubes, the vertical position has two holes that are much harder to see in the picture.

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Wilco Offroad Classic Hitchgate
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Correct; you can mount a HiLift vertically or laterally; the lateral position already has two extended tubes, the vertical position has two holes that are much harder to see in the picture.
Thanks so much for the info. Greatly appreciate it.
I'm definitely going to purchase one very soon but I'm torn between the center or offset mount.
Do you think if you've chosen the center mount that it would clear the tailgate when it's fully swung open if there is a hilift jack installed? I hope that makes sense.

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gmduran1: I know exactly what you mean. I guess the answer depends on the length of your Hi-lift Jack. If you mount vertically, it's not an issue and your camera view will be unobstructed. If you have a 48" jack and mount it horizontally, almost all the way to the left on an offset carrier then it will clear the tailgate (I just measured). A 60" jack will be too long.

see this: http://www.8lugtruckgear.com/Wilco-O...Kit-p1853.html

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Wilco Offroad Classic Hitchgate
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gmduran1: I know exactly what you mean. I guess the answer depends on the length of your Hi-lift Jack. If you mount vertically, it's not an issue and your camera view will be unobstructed. If you have a 48" jack and mount it horizontally, almost all the way to the left on an offset carrier then it will clear the tailgate (I just measured). A 60" jack will be too long.

see this: Wilco Offroad Hitchgate? Hi-Lift Jack Mount Kit
I have a 54" HiLift jack and would like to preferably install it horizontally using the LowRise Mount (damn that thing cost $82 for a simple mount).

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I'm now looking a different options from Wilco. I really like the Solo High Clearance hitch as well. A couple hundred dollars cheaper than the Classic.
Decisions Decisions


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OP: Why would you do this to me?? (Translation... I like it, but can't justify the money for it.)

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I'm now looking a different options from Wilco. I really like the Solo High Clearance hitch as well. A couple hundred dollars cheaper that the Classic.
Decisions Decisions


Mine should be here Friday according to UPS. I will post photos of that helps. I couldn't decide either, but after talking to the guy at Wilco, I went with the solo high clearance
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Mine should be here Friday according to UPS. I will post photos of that helps. I couldn't decide either, but after talking to the guy at Wilco, I went with the solo high clearance
Fantastic. Can't wait to see pics. What size spare tire are you running?

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