I'm new to the jeep world and have only had mine for a month but I want to start modding soon and a front bumper is near the top of the long list. I will probably never do any serious off roading but I am hoping to get dirty soon. I like the idea of wide bumpers to protect the jeep in case some idiot can't drive but I also like the looks of a stubby. Pros and cons of both?
A larger, wider bumper, from my research, provides some issues when climbing obstacles. Creates a bit of a block, as opposed to a smaller bumper. If you're mudding, well I don't see how any issues could arise due to Bumper size.
In some states a stubby bumper is illegal. Although, the law is seldom enforced. Stubby bumpers look better with flat fenders, but look kind of dumb with stock fenders if you ask me. Mid-width bumpers look better with stock fenders. Full width bumpers (other than stock) can weigh a ton, unless they are made of aluminum.