Heya Rylan, (love the name)
Are you going to be making the new bumper outta tube or square steel? You can do some amazing things with each. I personally like the looks of the tube on the front of my beastie.
Are you a rock-crawler, dune runner, or mud-runner? The design of the bumper will have to match yer driving. If it was rock-crawlin' then a shorty bumper showing off as much tire as possible would be best, and keep it simple. If it was mud or sand, go as wide as you wish, protecting more tire. I have even seen changable bumper, shorty bumper, with in-fills to make it wider, with pins to hold it in place.
I guess the best thing to say 'bout your need to modify is .. dream hard, and if you can dream it, it can be built!
Vance - Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1985 4x4 S-10 and 1988 Jeep YJ