I was debating between those two bumpers too, but I kinda like how the C4x4 one hangs a little lower. For as much around town driving as I do, I know something with a little more 'accident' prevention is the better way to go.
I would have to agree with Chris. I like the C4x4 better. I like the way it fits, looks a little more flush, everything looks clean. Which is what I like. But its your jeep, you gotta go with what your feeling. Good Luck choosing.
I have the c4x4 I like it, it was very easy to install and was well packaged. It was designed to fit the pre 97 flares better, but the rigidco looks the same. The just don't come back far enough to look right, but if you have 33-35 tires you have to have that area cut out anyway. My 32's at full flex are close. I also don't like the two piece bumper and winch holder of that design, uses way thinner metal than the c4x4 and I like the lead holder better on the C4x4. Mine is all in one and didn't move an mm when winching last weekend.
I also have the rear bumper that I personally think is the best out there that looks correct, because of the extra side pieces. If they built a class 3 hitch in it it would be perfect. But I guess if you are willing to cut off the lower panels the rear bumper on the Black XJ would be my second favorite.
I'm not too excited about the approach angle it kills. Especially since I won't be running 37" tires. Referring to the 'fore mentioned UNCC civilengineer build: http://naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=934866 Definitely a nice setup.
question, for those that have this bumper. Did it come with the plate covering the "cable hole"? The hole isn't perfectly straight, so it may be a little aesthetic addition until I put a fairlead on. That little observation is the worst of my complaints.
The little bit of surface rust is my fault. It's been too cold to paint outside and my wife won't let me por-15 indoors any more. Something about fumes and kids or something... I wasn't listening.
The Rigidco bumpers are quality. Well made, STRONG, have great mounting systems, etc.
I run one on my XJ and when I totaled it, the bumper only came out with powder coating scraped off. This is after the front end more or less got torn off of the bottom of the Jeep. I'd recommend the bumper to anyone. I play a lot in the rocks as well and never have had a problem, even when doing hard winch pulls.
Rigidco makes quality stuff I have no experience with C4x4 however. In my honest opinion, the Rigidco is a lot more eye pleasing when compared to the c4x4
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If I were to go with no winch then I would go rigidco nothing looks better, but if you were to go winch go with c4x4, that plate system looks like the harbor freight winch plate. The rigidco plate that has all the extra mounting bolts only attaches to the core support that is 20 gauge steel so it is not adding any strength. The c4x4 becomes a single strong system with heavier metal and internal gussets.