Hey all, first post, although I've been a voyeur here and a jeep owner since 97, I've upgraded again (although some may consider it a downgrade) to the '14 sahara unlimited in granite. I had a 2008 red unlimited rubi but I just wasn't using her to her fullest, mostly beach and trail rides, no real rock climbing, and our dealer gave me a great trade in deal. Anyway, I've got a plan for 2"lift, 35X12.5's with 17" rims, but I'd like this time to replace the bumpers. Here's the deal, although I love projects, I'm not a mechanic, and although I've drilled holes in my jeeps in the past for racks and such, it's not my forte, I'll admit that. I drive on the road 75% of the time, sand/brush/trail the other 25%. I don't need/want monster 100+pound bomb proof front and back bumpers. I won't get a wench, I'm not ballsy enough to get my self into a position where I need a machine to pull me out. So get to the point you're saying-First, tube bumpers? Recovery? Steel? How hard is the installation? Because they will be 75% cosmetic, and I don't need a wench, can I keep the bumpers under $400? I've been to the MEGA bumper thread-great picks but honestly no useful information for shoppers. How about a good rear bumper with a hitch? Is it a functional hitch? Next question. Do I need to spend $500 and more to put my 35" spare on the back requiring spending more for a bigger tire carrier? I also have a mtn. bike rack I used to place over my spare tire that I will have to replace. I'm with you, it's cheap, and it looks shitty, but in owning and offroading jeeps for 20 years I've never used my spare. I find it adds extra weight and expense. Can't I just put a freakin' tire cover over it and call it good? Any recommendations for a fairly easy bumper replacement? Should I just add a grill guard over the stock bumper? Please say no. And don't make me buy a boatload of new tools to drills holes in my baby. Thanks a ton.