Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Kargo Master Congo Pro Front Hoop Light Bar fitting all 2007 and up JKs. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of this Hoop, which is a very simple one out of three wrenches. This is going to bolt directly in place on your Jeep without the need to drill or modify anything permanently. We're also gonna talk through the construction and a few of the features of this Hoop. And even though this is called a light bar, it does not have any light mounts welded across the top here. It does, however, have a few threaded holes down on the mounting locations. This step will mount directly onto the windshield hinges of your JK like most other light mount hoops of this style. This does have a couple of threaded holes down there so that you can mount up to four individual cubes, light cubes. Any cubes that mount with a traditional single post light mount, you'll be able to thread directly on here. Now, one thing to note is that this will put the lights out sticking to the side of your JK instead of to the front directly in front of your A pillars so it is going to be a little bit of a different look, just something to consider when looking at this part.
Now, this is really going to be a base piece. This is going to be a base that can be tied into a Kargo Master Congo loop rack that you can get an additional light mount tabs for, for up here along the top to mount either additional light mount cubes or light bars of various sizes. This also has a step section that can go along the bottom of your windshield if you decided you wanted to install that. This really is a base piece that you can build off of. You can certainly run this by itself, but it is designed more of a base so that you can start adding a lot of other Kargo Master accessories onto it.
As far as construction goes, as I said before, this is going to be a completely bolt-on installation, like most other light bar hoops over the windshield like this will be. You're going to remove a couple of bolts from the windshield hinges and this is going to bolt directly into place. This is a two-inch round tubing that's covered with a zinc coating, and then finally finished with an epoxy of marine-grade black powder coating. This is going to hold up really well over time, you're not going to have to worry about any rusting with this, it is going to be a really tough coating. Now, Kargo Master does say that this will provide some rollover protection. After looking at it, it is a very well built piece, but I personally don't know how much rollover protection this is going to offer. That being said, I've never seen a Jeep that had this installed that rolled over and seen the aftermath of it, it just doesn't seem like this is going to add a ton of rollover protection. But what this will add is again, a base for a lot of other Kargo Master accessories. This does have handles built right into it. That'll help you get in and out of your JK a little bit, especially when you don't have the doors on. And it does have the ability to mount a couple of light cubes right out of the box. But this is really something that's designed for you to starting to add a lot of other Kargo Master accessories onto and to build in as part of a roof rack, light mount, grab handle, a little bit of everything cage on your JK.
As far as getting this installed, something that makes it a little bit unique over some of the other light hoops, is that this is a one-piece design. This is going to be a very simple one out of three wrenches because it is designed to bolt directly in place on your JK. All you need to do is first remove a couple of the screws from your windshield hinges, place the bar in place and use the included hardware to bolt it into place. Now, because this is one-piece design, you are going to, almost definitely, need two people in order to install this. Or you're gonna have to build some sort of contraption to hold the other side up and keep it from scratching your Jeep. Two people are definitely recommended for this install, but again, a very easy install that you're gonna be able to get done in well under an hour. As far as tools you're going to need, just a torque spit to remove those factory windshield hinge bolts and your traditional hand tools to get this bolted up.
As far as the value you get for the cost of this bar, I think you do get a good bit of value. I think that for the build quality and for the quality of the coating, ensuring you're not going to end up with any rust, I think that this is very fairly priced. That being said, this is most likely going to be part of a full cage with a lot of light mounts or a roof rack or whatever else you might want to add on to this. This is really a base piece. So in my opinion, it should be less expensive. It should be priced exactly where it is because you're not just buying this part, you're buying this, plus a lot of other things from Kargo Master in order to build your cage exactly how you want it. So again, I think you get a lot of value, I think it's really well built, and I think it is priced fairly for what you're getting. If you're looking to build a Kargo Master cage, or you just want a stand-alone hoop that has a couple of light mounts and some grab handles built into it, this is going to be a well-built option that is appropriately priced.
So, that's my review of the Kargo Master Congo Pro Front Hoop Light Bar, fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.