Product Review: The X-Treme-Gate
by JES Innovations, Inc.
If you are someone, like myself, who hauls
their ATV in the back of a pick-up truck, and
who needs to haul other items on your riding
trips, like camping gear, coolers, gas cans, ect.,
and never seem to have quite enough room for all
your gear, there is an answer to that problem.
The X-treme-Gate is a tail gate boxing device
that allows the use your tail gate for extra
enclosed bed space.
The X-Treme-Gate package consists of six
items in the box; the Gate, a roll of
weatherstripping (not used for my truck), an
instruction booklet, warranty card, and two
hardware bags. The hardware bags are inside the
Gate, so do not lose them. The hardware bags
include 2) spring loaded latches (simple
assembly required), 2) retainer posts, 8) long
self-drilling sheet metal screws, 9) short
self-drilling sheet metal screws, rubber gasket
material, and 3) drill bits. The drill bits are
not of the highest quality, so do not attempt to
drill steel with them. But they are adequate for
the job they need to do, that of drilling the
plastic. The Gate itself is fairly heavy-duty
plastic, and should be able to secure just about
any normal camping and riding gear one might
choose to place into it.
During shipping, a small corner of the
X-treme gate was damaged.
Even though the Gate was well packaged,
shipping damage was seen at one corner, with no
damage being evident from the outside of the
box. Perhaps JES Innovations needs to modify the
packaging just a bit with reinforced corners.
Though this damage appears fairly serious, it
does not impede function of the Gate at all.
Judicious application of a soft faced mallet was
able to return it to it's original position,
although the crack is still quite apparent.
Bedliner panel was removed to install
Installation is fairly straight forward and
uncomplicated, and the instructions are concise.
Installation took the writer a total of 1.5
hours, and I was in no hurry.
The Gate cannot be installed over a tail gate
bed liner panel, so such has to be removed. Be
sure to seal up the holes left by the bed liner
screws with silicone sealant to prevent rusting
of your tail gate. Don't forget to re-install
the tail gate latch handle bolts.
The X-Treme-Gate is centered on the tail gate
and mounted using 8)
long self-drilling sheet
metal screw, 4) to each side, and 5)
self-drilling screws into the aluminum taper
block. Holes are provided for the long screws,
but the holes for the short screws need to be
marked at 10-14" intervals, with location being
dependent on the design of your tail gate, so
pre-drilling is not possible at the factory. The
writer recommends marking, punching and
pre-drilling the aluminum
taper block with a 1/8" high-speed steel drill
bit, but do not drill into the tail gate itself.
Allow the self-drilling screws to do that job,
and be careful not to over-tighten them, as the
sheet metal will strip out if the screws are
over-torqued. Rubber gasketing is provided to
place between the X-Treme-Gate and the tail
gate, and between the retaining posts and truck
bed, to prevent rust at the drilled holes, and
provide vibration dampening.
A template is provided on both side panels for
location of the latch and retaining post mounts.
Here is where you use the supplied drill bits.
A mark must be made on the
bed post (white tape)
with the X-Treme-Gate installed and the tail
gate closed, to gauge for proper clearance
between the tail gate and the retaining post,
insuring the tail gate will close when
installation is complete.
After the latch holes are drilled in the side
panels, the rear holes are used to mark the
position of the retaining posts on the truck
bed, and the latches can be installed in the
side panels, and the retaining posts installed
into the bed, and the installation is finished.
Overall, the alignment and fitments were very
good on the X-Treme-Gate. When installed, the
Gate itself fit the writers Silverado tail gate
perfectly. The latches lined up perfectly with
the retaining posts, and all was snug and
secure. The spring loaded latches are easily
engaged and disengaged, and no problems were
encountered with tail gate closure. The only
problems seen were a shortage of short
self-drilling screws in the hardware bags: in
order for the retaining posts to have 4) screws
each, the writer had to provide 4) of his own.
The latch springs could stand to be a bit
stiffer to insure a more positive latching, but
no real difficulties are foreseen with the ones
provided. One item that might come in handy for
the user would be some tie-down points on the X-Treme-Gate,
but this might be difficult to implement and
retain it's stow-away capabilities. In case it
isn't clear from the pictures, the X-Treme-Gate
folds up and stows into itself when not needed,
making it almost completely unobtrusive when not
in use. Loading of an ATV over the Gate will be
no problem, as it is less than 3" high when
stowed. It appears to be strong enough to take
the weight of even the heaviest ATV without
damage, and enough of a gap exists between the
Gate box and the sliding and fold-out panels to
allow the tangs of ramps to be inserted and used
just as before the Gate was installed.
A look from the back at the X-treme-Gate
The finished product not only looks
good, but provides a great function
to one trucks bed.
The writer took it for a test ride for 20
miles at speeds of 65 mph with an empty bed to
check for movement, bowing, or latches vibrating
loose, and no such problems were seen. I do
believe this accessory will accompany me on the
next riding trip.
For more information, see their official
press release here:
X-TREME GATE Slide-Out Truck Bed Extender or
visit them on the web at:
JES Innovations Incorporated
P. O. Box 921
Paso Robles, CA 93447-0921
Voice: (805) 239-7790
Fax: (805) 239-7715