I guys. Well I just purchased a winch today looking to upgrade the front bumper as well. Anybody have recommendations on a good quality front bumper with a winch mount, d ring mounts that will also work with tow bars? I like the look of the stock bumper set up so I'm not trying to get to fancy.
Another option is to get a front receiver hitch bumper. I have one for mine and love it. You can get a winch plate to mount our winch to, and leave the winch off when you don't need it, and if you do need it it only takes a minute or two to hook up. Plus there's countless other things you can put in receivers, like bike racks, surf rods, cargo carriers. I like having the cargo carrier then when we're hanging out I can take my rear seat out and put it on there and make a bumper sofa!
X2 on the front receiver. I purchased front and back bumpers from thedirtworx.com. It's a basic boxed steel bumper. Not fancy. But he can option it with whatever you want. I skipped the d-ring mounts and reused the factory tow hooks instead. And had him weld in receivers front and back. Since it's IN the bumper, I don't have clearance issues associated with one below the bumper. Anyway, makes a good winch platform and perfect for use with a hi-lift (unlike many of the tapered bumpers). One other thought, I'm not a big fan of stingers, so I had a radiator hoop added instead with a couple supports that protect the winch.
Smittybilt isn't too well liked here, and the people who don't like Smittybilt are very vocal and will quickly tell you that you wasted your money, wasted your time, etc., hence the can of worms picture. They will tell you you should've bought a "x" bumper for 2x the price of yours, or "y" bumper for 3x the price. Smittybilt isn't the best, but if you take care of it and don't purposely bash on it it's worked well for some people. People on this forum like to spend other people's money.
By the way boogieman I may have to steal that picture for later use.
I recently purchased a Warn Stubby RockCrawler front bumper for my TJ. Love it! Winch mounts directly to the bumper, comes with a fairlead mount, has d-ring mounts and is pre-drilled for driving/fog lights. Unlike most stubby front bumpers, the Warn Stubby IS NOT really a stubby. It's more of a mid-width bumper and is 43" wide. Most other stubby bumpers are very short and don't go past the frame rails of the TJ.