Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Rigid Industries windshield mount for a 50-inch LED light bar, fitting all 2007 and up JKs. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of this mount, which is a very simple one out of three wrenches. This is designed to bolt right on to your Jeep using all of the factory holes and even the factory hardware, making this a very easy installation. We're also going to talk through the construction and a few of the features of this mount.
This mount is gonna be for anyone who wants to run a Rigid 50-inch LED light bar above their windshield. These mounts make it so that you don't need to cut or drill anything to get that light bar installed. Now, as with anything Rigid, this is a very high quality piece that is also a little bit more expensive than some of the other ones on the market, but it is very well-built, and it comes with these rubber gaskets to help protect your factory paint. So, if you are going to be buying a Rigid 50-inch LED light bar that is a top quality product, that is also at the top of the price range, then the little bit of a premium you need to pay for this mount may not make that big of a difference to you. However, if you are going to be getting one of the less expensive 50-inch LED light bars on the market, we do have some 50-inch light bar mounts that are also a little bit less expensive.
This mount is made of 3/16-inch mild steel that's covered in a satin black powder coat finish. This is, again, designed to work specifically with the Rigid Industries 50-inch LED light bar, so if you do purchase another brand, Rigid does caution you that it may or may not fit in their mount, so that is something to consider. As I mentioned before, this is a very well-built bracket that's designed to hug the windshield frame tightly, making for a really nice looking mount. It also does come with these rubber gaskets that will help to protect the mount from chafing your factory paint. I mentioned before that this is designed to mount in all of the factory windshield hinge mounting holes with the factory windshield hinge mounting bolts, however, if you do have any one of the Rigid Industries eight-pillar light mounts, you will need some longer bolts. You won't be able to use the factory ones because of the additional thickness of that additional mount.
As I mentioned, this is a very simple one-out-of-three-wrench installation. To get this installed, all you'll need to do are remove the five factory bolts from the windshield hinge cover, put the rubber gasket and then the bracket in place, and reinstall all of your factory bolts. Now, you do wanna be careful if you're removing all the bolts on that windshield hinge cover. That cover can just fall right on the ground, and it will absolutely get dinged and chipped up on the corners when it does. So, make sure you keep a hand on that piece or put some painter's tape over top of it to hold it in place while you have your bolts out.
Now, this bracket is designed so that you can fully tighten down the mounting bolts on the bottom and still get your 50-inch light bar into the bracket. You'll put a bolt through the top on this side, but this side's actually slotted so you can drop the bar right down in the top, making installation and adjustment very easy. However, depending on how you decide to wire your light, if you wanna tuck the wires behind the bracket, of course you'll want to tuck those wires before you fully tighten down all of the bolts on whichever side you're running your wiring.
So, to get this bracket itself installed is under an hour, and again, it's a very simple process with just a set of torque spits. However, once you get these brackets installed, you will have to do some wiring for your LED light, which can take a varying amount of time depending on your comfort level with automotive wiring and how you decide to do it.
This bracket is priced a little bit higher than some of the other ones on the market. For instance, we have another mount that is similar to this one from Lifetime LED that will save you around $50. However, again, if you're purchasing a 50-inch Rigid LED light bar that is over $1,000, maybe saving $50 on the mount isn't the most important thing to you. However, if you have one of the other brands of 50-inch LED light bars on the market that is less expensive, it might be a little bit harder to swallow the higher price tag for this mount.
All of that said, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this mount. It's a very well-built piece. As I mentioned before, it comes with the gaskets, all the bends are smooth, it looks good on the vehicle, the finish is really nice, so if you do have the funds for it or if you just want your mount to be of the same brand as your light, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this mount. It's a very well-built part.
So, if you're going to be mounting a 50-inch LED light bar above the windshield of your JK, but you don't want to have to drill or cut anything to get it mounted, a bracket set like this is absolutely the way to go. And if you're getting a Rigid 50-inch light bar, you can get the same brand light bar mount that's designed specifically for the bar you've purchased, if you have the budget for it.
So, that's my review of the Rigid Industries windshield mount for a 50-inch LED light bar, fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.