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!
I did this last summer when my stock front bumper got all bent to hell. I just went to a fabricator that I knew and he bent me a piece of 1/4' steel into the same shape as the stock bumper. Then I welded uprights onto the bumper, put expanded steel in between the uprights and finished with humongo shackle tabs. I've ran intoa few things since then and it hasn't bent in the least. I think I'm going to chop it down to make it a shorty though. One really cool thing I saw done was a guy who used his stock bumper, but cut out cirlces to mount some of those little piaa lights inside the bumper.
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