I don't rock crawl, no. But I do everything else you can do with a Jeep on all sorts of terrains. I'm not after a bumper for looks. It's not a poser.
I want a bumper that I can go deer hunting without needing the rifle.
Just line em up between the sights (between the fender flares). he he
OK, I'm not going to be intentionally running over deer or elk, but accidents do literally happen here all the time. My need for this is exactly the same as the Australians need for a bull bar to keep bulls and steers out of their radiators and fenders, except in my case the large hooved animals are deer and elk that can jump out unexpectedly at any time, which is especially a problem if happens in a tight curve in road (making evasion more difficult).
I once literally saw a stock CJ8 totaled by a deer strike that ruined fender, grill, radiator, and engine. The freaking engine even caught fire and my dad (I was a kid at the time) had to grab a fire extinguisher from his van and help put out the engine fire. The guy with the CJ was lucky because it didn't come through his windshield, but it sure tuned up his Jeep. If he had a good bull bar with full width protection, his Jeep would have probably not been damaged. Funny thing is he was taking a brand new dealership Jeep on a test drive when it happened, and we just happened to be behind him.
I've seen many other deer strikes and had many close calls and near misses myself over the years. It's a regular occurrence here. In fact, just a few months ago a local go his Grand Cherokee totaled by a deer strike. An elk strike would be much worse. I've never seen that happen, but I was with my dad when we had a near miss with an elk.
I don't want to pay for a Road Armor bumper, nor want something heavier or more snag prone than necessary. The ARB is looking better and better, but I wish it had full height protection that came to top of grille/hood like the ARB bumper for XJs has. The ARB bumper for XJs is the real deal. No poser there. It would put the smack down on any deer and probably even a cow elk. I don't think anything would fend off a bull elk though (that'd be like hitting a car). Unfortunately the ARB for TJ does not offer full height protection.
Any chance I could install an ARB bumper made for an XJ onto my LJ?