Originally Posted by TerrapinJess
Thank you for the review. I am looking at this to buy very soon. It I can ask you a few questions about it:
Is it solid?
How do you feel about mounting lights to this?
Is there any rattling after removing the grille or any type of rattling at all after the install?
I can't vouch for autoplicity's web developer, but their price came in under $150 shipped when I bought mine. I'm not buddy's with anyone there, nor do I really care what their website looks like, I just like to stretch my mod $$$ as far as I can, and I will give it to smaller places before the big box boys like the big "Q" when I can. As long as their price is best and it is what I want, they can post a picture of a goat on their website for all I care.
Anyways, yes, it is pretty solid. Not like the thing on the front of a police cruiser solid they use to smash stuff with, but plenty solid. When the bolts are tightened down nice and snug, there is no wiggle or any reason why I would not mount lights to this. There really is nothing to wiggle or vibrate, it is well engineered. I have had mine on for a while now and the powdercoat is still pristine and I like it a lot.
I was leaning toward a smaller light bar like the mopar one, but IMO, they just look wimpy compared to the MBRP. Just my taste, many people are running the smaller bars, and they look good on their rigs, but this is what I like. This thing is pretty beefy. The light bar with the stubby bumper kit has scratched my itch for an aftermarket bumper quite nicely. I still have not put lights on mine, and probably will not, as I like the big wide open area under the bar. Time will tell, however. I don't drive a lot at night, if I did, I would likely put up some driving lights to supplement my high beams. Without the lights, the light mounting tabs really aren't noticeable as the point backwards.
Only downside is replacing a headlight is sort of a PIA now, as the grille cannot be removed with the hoop on, you have to remove the hoop first, then the grille. If you are considering any other mods in this region of your rig, I recommend you do them now. I had done the grille mesh mod prior. When I upgraded the headlight bulbs after, I learned about this one minor problem. I was able to swap the bulbs without removing the hoop/grille, but it was not as easy as it would have been without. I've also heard that you may have to relocate the vacuum pump on 2012's with this kit, but I don't really know much about that.