Well that really doesn't bother me much. I could care less about a front sway bar, being without one for over 3 years now. However each jeep is going to be different when it comes to the front sway bar and just because mine is stable enough for me, doesn't mean the next jeep (or driver) on the street would behave similar without a sway bar. So I understand your concern there.
I really like having a swaybar on the street; I'd like it to be a touch softer and have a bit more wind-up, but overall I like the way the front end feels. Off-road, I want it a LOT softer...but I definitely
want it present. I've done the whole "no swaybar" thing in the past, and after seeing the difference between a good adjustable-rate bar - Antirock - and no swaybar at all, I'll take the former option any day of the week. Unfortunately, that puts the UCF bumper offering squarely out of contention...and that's unfortunate because it was very similar to what I'd been thinking of doing. I'm really not sure why
it precludes the use of any swaybar at all, but from what I can tell the rear plate is the issue; I'm wondering if that portion of the assembly could be modified, somehow...and now that I think about it, I'm kind of wondering why it's there at all.
If I can get re-motivated on my jeep I am going to go a different direction than I started. I do like my rampage bumpers, but they are not what I want anymore. I want minimal bumpers for best approach and departure I can get. and I want to tuck everything I can up into the underside of the jeep as best I can. One mod I have always wanted is gen-rights middle body mounts that are raised 1", that's why I only went with a 1" body lift. I really want to go flare less as well but I don't know if I will be able to get away with it here in Utah.
I'm with you on the clearance issue; it doesn't take a lot of time on the trail to start figuring out that it's far more sensible to move the few offending pieces out of harm's way than to run huge-a** tires and mondo lift in order to monster-truck your way over a rock.
I really need to look into minimalist rear bumpers.....
I'll make that decision easy on you: cut your rear crossmember out and replace it with an integral bumper/crossmember combination. After thinking really hard on it for a long time - like, for seriously, I totally got a nosebleed - that's the solution that I found to be the simplest and most sensible. I started with thoughts of a conventional rear bumper and went through a process of simplification that led me from there to a reduced-depth bumper, and then to a basic plate that was bolted to the frame. After that, I realized that there was little point in bolting a heavy plate to the frame if I could simply make the frame strong enough to be a bumper in and of itself...thus, the "cut and rebuild" idea was born. There are several threads on the subject; look them up and you'll get all kinds of ideas. There aren't so many that detail a similar process for the front...but if I can't find something I like that's ready-made, this thread may very well end up back in "Here Be Dragons" territory on that particular subject.
Incidentally, I really don't understand why the front crossmember chopping isn't done so often as the rear seems to be done, because it actually looks easier
in the front than the back; there are no body mounts in the way, no gas tank skid to contend with, etc, etc. All you have to do is make provision to drop the winch down (if that's what you want) and thread it through the front of the bumper itself. Am I missing something?