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Old 06-26-2018, 01:51 PM   #1
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Wilco Offroad Hitchgate Max

So I ordered one of these from 4wheel Parts to mount my Spare tire back in April and still waiting on it to be delivered. Currently my Spare tire is located behind the rear gaucho. I'm starting to get a little concerned tho', having mounted a rear hitch mount thule t2 bike rack for a while now, with how violently the bike rack shakes when I hit bumps or driving offroad. Even more so because during my last trip, the lively rear end finally caused my 12 year old thule to break at the front tire hold down mount while I was driving down the highway. My bike got wedged between the bike rack and rear of vehicle with teh front tire only a couple of inches from the road. Luckily I was alerted by a motorcyclist and was able to stop in time to avoid a bad situation.



Oh, and one last thing, I do have some plans to upgrade the suspension with the Agile Offroad RIP kit which from my understanding will alleviate the liveliness and bounce of the Quigley setup.




So with that incident, I'm starting to get some concerns about using the hitchgate max with such a heavy load like a rear tire. Was also planning on getting the fuel carrier as well as the cargo carrier for it. But that's all up in the air now. Not sure if I should just cancel the order and find a different solution. Anyone use one of these and can comment on this?
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:36 PM   #2
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I would think the Wilco hitchgate should handle your spare without issue. I put one on my first smb and itís had no issues carrying what I think is a 285/75 R16 spare for about seven years. Itís well built and they sold me it used at a discount. Never tried to add jerrycans etc on there tho. Light off-road use but wasnít trying to set any records.


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Old 06-26-2018, 03:51 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'm not concerned as much about the load it can handle. They look pretty robust. I'm more concerned about any potential issues caused by how bouncy the quigley suspension is, and what if any concerns I should have.




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I would think the Wilco hitchgate should handle your spare without issue. I put one on my first smb and itís had no issues carrying what I think is a 285/75 R16 spare for about seven years. Itís well built and they sold me it used at a discount. Never tried to add jerrycans etc on there tho. Light off-road use but wasnít trying to set any records.


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Old 06-26-2018, 06:27 PM   #4
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Why not an Aluminess spare tire carrier? That's been proven over and over again.. And, amazingly for anything Aluminess, is the cheaper option.

https://www.aluminess.com/ford/ford-...07-tire-racks/
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didn't realize aluminess had a tire carrier option!

looks nice. What I really liked about the hitchgate max were the accessories available for it like the cargo carrier and fuel/water attachments.







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Why not an Aluminess spare tire carrier? That's been proven over and over again.. And, amazingly for anything Aluminess, is the cheaper option.

https://www.aluminess.com/ford/ford-...07-tire-racks/
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:22 PM   #6
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ok, so i was watching the video on the wilco site and the hitchgate has some feature that allows you to tighten the hitchgate max inside the hitch so that it doesn't move around. so shouldn't be an issue at all.
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