i don't think its very functional. i wheel tight trails where it would be in the way. i think it is inspired from baja trucks. and just crosses over for looks. i don't think its good for pushing it up an incline untill your front tires hit. for that purpose you'd be better off with shorter bumper, longer wheelbase for better approach angle.
i don't know though, i don't have experience with it, or know anyone with it, just my initial opinion
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Depends on the type of wheeling you do. if you are in an area that you have to do alot of steep dropoffs with a short wheel base, a stinger should or can stop you from going all the way on to your lid. But at the point that it does save you most likely you have aready poohed you pants.
I had the opportunity yesterday to test the stinger portion of my front RRC bumper... I will say one thing, I could have used a 6 foot extension.
My son and I were driving down a a very steep washout and I made the mistake of tryinn to straddle the trail. This caused the driver's front tire to ride up the bank and the passenger side dropped about 2 feet into a hole.
No B.S. - the Jeep teetered on the passenger rear and driver front tires finally coming to rest on the passnger front tire....The Jeep was going to go over on a front barrel roll...the stinger did nothing.