Damn, $900 for the bumper, tire carrier, and wheel adapter. For that kinda money you could get your self a welder, 4 1/2" grinder, chop saw, drill and some steel to build your self a bumper. Yeah it wouldn't be bent round tubing but it could still "look good" and be functional.
Thanks for the advice but I don't have the time to build a bumper if someone were to give me the tools and materials. Also, I don't know where you shop but this bumper doesn't cost $900. Sounds like your canned answer for anyone that's willing to pay for a bumper. I'll agree that they are expensive but so are a lot of things now days. If you don't want to buy a bumper that's fine but what's it to you if someone else does? My question asked if anyone had any first hand experience with the bumper not whether or not everyone should build there own bumper. I barely manage to get out to use my Jeep a few times a year let alone build stuff for it. If I had time to spare I would love to fab my own stuff, but I don't. How about a little respect for others before you assume you know everything. People in lots of different situations enjoy building, driving and wheelin' Jeeps and they don't all have to do it the way you do to have fun.
I do not have experience with the Safari Gard bumper. I own a Wilderness Trailracks bumber/tire carrier. It was expensive, but has held up well to 3 years of abuse with a 33" spare. Hopefully it will hold up to the new 36" spare.
Another alternative would be some of the smaller companies. One of the guys on this board has a well made/liked bumber/tire carrier. We are currently auctioning one in the thread listed below.
You might have a hard time reading with your head in that stuck position. Why don't you go on over to the Pirates of the Rubicon Forum I am sure they will help you out and I bet a few of them have experience they would like to share with you about those bumpers.
Oh and welcome to the board, looks like you have made a great impression already.
Yeah, I guess. If you can make a bad impression by asking for opinions on a bumper and getting bashed, it doesn't say much for the people on the forum. It's been awhile since I came here. I used to come here a lot a few years ago but it got to be filled up with people that thought they had to reply to every post whether they had anything to contribute or not. Seems like it hasn't changed much in that respect. I have been to the Pirates forum before. Why would I want to go there to ask about a bumper for a daily driven Jeep? I came to this forum because it is a GENERAL forum. My Jeep is my daily driver. In fact, it is my only driver. I drive it to work and take my son to school in it and even get groceries in it. I have also had a blast doing some pretty tough trails with it in stock form. You don't have to crawl boulders or winch up waterfalls to have a good time. The challenge is wheelin' with what you got and making it work. You might try keeping an open mind and consider that not everyone wants their rig to be like yours.