The PO of my Jeep decided to make his own front bumper.
I don't have a problem with it other than it seems to be a bit on the wide side for my taste. It looks to be cast iron pipe, welded in place with a strap welded around it from the top to the bottom of the framerail. It is solid and i pity the person that pulls out in front of me. I'm not going to take it off since it's on so solid and will outlast almost any bumper I could buy comercially. I do think I am going to cut it down close to the size of an OEM bumper, cap the ends, and smooth it out and paint it. Does anyone know how wide an OEM bumper is, or if you have one on your rig measure it? Thanks
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Based on my personal experience with wheelin', I think it highly depends on where you wheel.
jbolty, above, for example - he's in a drier area with rocks to climb. I can see having both front tires available to grab rocks.
On the other hand, I used to wheel in Pennsylvania on the slick clay and rolling hills. I've slid down and damaged the front of the vehicle on a tree as I skidded by... so for those areas I'd want full frontal protection. The wheeling was more mud based than rock-crawling based.
The Pennsylvania experiences are why I bought this front bumper. The advantage it has over you cast iron pipe is that it does come up higher on the sides to expose the front tires. Even if it was as wide as your pipe bumper, it wouldn't really get in the way much more for actual wheeling.
Obviously the cast iron pipe can protect your rig pretty well, but it was also done as a cost- and/or time-saving measure, so if you aren't happy with it ... cut it.
I think you need to resize your picture so that it fits into the forum, first , and then consider what all there is to hit in Wisconsin, and if it makes sense to keep the entire width or that style of bumper at all.