Thanks to all the help here, I've finally decided on the bumper I want. I want full coverage, due to my intended use. I ordered an Expedition One JK Trail bumper with hoop/powder coated, and a Warn VR10,000 winch with synthetic line. Getting it from a local dealer here in Utah.... Expedition Off Road in SLC. Bumper is in line now to get powder coated, then... installed. It weighs 95 lbs, and is made from 3/16" steel. Should do me well.
Thanks again for all the suggestions.
kbwwolf - thanks for your link to Compare Bumpers . This led me to this bumper:
And Warn has a $50.00 rebate good for purchases made before Dec. 31st....
kbwwolf..... the snow thing... not so much that the bumper will *stand up* to it - as not have lots of places for it to get packed in... as with the bumpers that have bars off to the sides... just more work for me Thanks!
MTH... Yeah... been lucky, I've been having good sales of photographs, and it's mostly all going right into the new jeep... soon to be put to work! Pretty much nearing finish... rear bumper/dual batteries/front bumper skid (I'm going to look at theirs when they install the bumper) and thinking about a block heater after a recent thread... we have LOTS of nights in the single digits... and too many for comfort in the minus territory...
Thanks RedBones, Four Flusher and Phishe
Max - 1. Deciding factors:
Steel - 3/16's " powdercoated - durable
Full width, but tapered up at ends for a bit more clearance.
Style..... kinda groovy looking I think...
Plus..... the dealer I'm going through is local, seems like a great guy (haven't met him yet, but several phone calls and emails) - He's working with me on a great deal, installation to fit my schedule, and carries more items I want (ARB Awning for one). It's always nice to have a good relationship with a local brick and mortar business if possible imo, so I'll be doing more purchases here if this all works out as well as I think it will.
Sjeupie..... and yes, that link from kbwwolf is a great one. Tons to choose from, with lots of info.
IndyJeepMan... Ya..... not a lightweight, but quite a few more full width that weigh in more.... like the AEV for example... If I didn't feel the *need* for a full bumper, I'd most likely go with a 3/4..... but usefulness:use wins out for me We all have different needs and protecting the front end of my jeep is paramount
Next Tuesday is the install date. I'm very much excited. The bumper is my Christmas present from my husband!
ssach: Plus Warn has a $50 rebate on purchases made by the end of the year... every little bit helps. Also going to add some MaxTrax for use in the desert... hopefully I won't need any of the self rescue stuff... rather have it and not need it, than the verso...
I helped dig out a neighbor tonight that got stuck in front of my driveway... the hill is quite steep - and we got a few inches of new snow over old rather icy stuff last night/today... carpet under the tires/shovel and push did the trick to get her back down the hill - then momentum was her friend on the way up again! I could see where the MaxTrax would have made the whole process easier and quicker.