Ok, so i finally got my hands on a brand new USP rear (upper and lower), and i have been calling around to find a place to get it on my car.
in the past, i have always said that it can be installed without purchasing the roughly $1200 worth of euro-spec rebar mounting hardware. what i am finding out however, as i speak to different body shops, is that there is a nearly unanimous opinion that such fabrication would result in a car that has severly compromised structural integrity. this could become problematic obviously, in the event of a rear end collision.
i initially thought that it was possible, thru fabrication of the non-euro spec rebar hardware, to create a rebar with equal or very close to the same structural soundness of the actual euro-spec parts themselves. I have not found many body shops who agree that this is possible, and most are strongly advising against it.
somethng else i found out that i find interesting is that some shops refuse to do such modification on the basis that, insurance companies sometimes go after body shops that do. If god forbid you are in a crash and you sustain damages greater than normal, and the inspector comes to look at the car and sees the modification, they might seek to have the body shop owner pay some of the damages on the claim that they willingly create the "less safe" fabricated parts.
i don't want to spend $1200 for these parts, but i bought my audi because i feel it is the safest car on the road. i am not stupid enough to compromise the safety of my car just so the rear bumper can look nicer.
i am going to find a way to get this thing on my car, but i want to make sure it's done right.
maybe someone knows where i can at least find these parts cheaper, or maybe someone is switching their usp our for something else that requires a stock rebar?
anyway, important info i thought i would share with the many who i know may be considering this scenario.