Long front bumper search has just culminated in this choice. Now, I know there are probably more front bumper choices for Wranglers than any other accessory so I'm not trying to do anything here but start a thread with info for any future searches considering this bumper.
1) light weight -- under 60 pounds
2) stubby -- I hate working around the bumper ends to disconnect my end-links
3) will mount a Zeon -- 24.25" wide, so many of the recessed or slightly recessed options don't work.
4) recessed -- not imperative, but a nice feature if possible
5) accommodation for OEM fogs -- I own 'em, I paid for 'em, I'd like to keep 'em
6) tabs for my 6" KC side-of-road lights
7) prefer no bull or stinger, but as long as weigh goal is reached I'd consider one with this
8) Cheapish -- under 600 clams
The Hybrid Stubby hits on all the cylinders:
1) under 40 pounds
2) stubby, with removeable end caps to house the lights. Even with the endcaps installed it's just barely wider than the grill
3) RC confirmed it will mount a Zeon, and my visuals of photos verify this
4) Nicely recessed. This was very hard to find in any bumper that also makes provision for retaining the factory fogs.
5) Yup, fogs fit right in.
6) No tabs for KCs, but with lots of flat real estate on top of the bumper I'll just drill holes and mount them up there.
7) No bull or stinger. Neither is even offered, but I read about people buying the RC stinger or bull that fits their Modular series, drilling the top of the bumper and just bolting it on.
8) Ultra Cheap. $189 with the no-foglight end caps. $229 with foglight endcaps. $80 more for bolt-on bow-shackle mounts for either model. So $309 for my order. Except I also paid them 12 bucks for a brake booster relo bracket. I also ordered an amazon foglight extension harness for 20 bucks rather than splice them myself. So all in, $341, delivered and taxed.
Here's my current set-up: (OEM bumper, VDP endcaps, Maximus3 winch plate)
Here's a picture of the RC Hybrid. I'm planning to paint it Anvil, so it will be a few days before I get it painted and installed. Because of the weight, installation is said to be a one-man job.