previous owner of mine mounted his to the hood. I dont recommend it. My mounts rusted, the bolts are seized in the hood and now stripped, the hilift started rusting due to all the rain and use and was dripping rust water on my hood.
So now im stuck with a rusty hilift, rusty mounts I can't take off easily.
Now lets say you do things correctly, you buy a cover for the lift, get all stainless steel mounts and bolts etc etc. It looks cool but theres still other easier places to mount them. I'd prefer rear bumper, right now I just keep mine behind the front seats but obviously if I have passengers thats an issue.
Also it blocks the window washer nozzle. Considering how vertical our windshields are, thats a decently annoying issue.
my mounts look exactly like these
As far as bending, mine never gave any indication that it was damaging the hood in anyway.
When I bother to finally mount mine again It'll either be like
I haven't had to use mine yet (knock on wood) but I'd imagine when I finally do I'll be fender deep in either mud or water & mud. Its rather difficult to undo the mounts on the hood from one side, when you're standing waste deep in water, you'd prefer to hurry up lol.