How's the performance of the wilson 1000? You mentioned you had bashed it around, so it sounds pretty durable.
Do you just leave it on all the time? I would probably take it off occasionally, especially since I use the drive-through car washes.
Since I don't have a 3rd brake light I would have to find something else, but I'm sure there's a way.
Do you know off-hand of any write-ups for the hard-mount?