I agree however I find that stubby bumpers work better by allowing the tires to grip rocks that would otherwise be blocked by the bumper. I open our gate at the cottage the same way except I use my tire.
My post isn't ironic, I am stating the facts about the latest trends being more about looks than functionality.
The Jeep is here to stay but we are the ones who decide in what direction the manufacturer decides to go. They kept the axles, removable doors and folding windshield on the JK because that is what the consumer wanted. The Jeep heritage. And functionality. However, if Chrysler decides that the majority of their consumers want the amenities and comfort of a luxury car without the offroad capabilities, that is what they will give them. Especially if it can be made cheaper.
Stube just nailed everything that needs to be said, so I'll just answer this post.
See, you believing that a stubby bumper is the superior design is strictly your opinion. Ask the guy that wants full fender protection, he won't want a stubby. What about the stock fog lights? Some eliminate that, because of design, and more light output is better for 95% of the driving that most of these vehicles see, right?
We are not the majority. We will never BE the majority. We don't steer shit when it comes to market. Toledo is at capacity, think that every Jeep that comes out of there gets modded? Not a chance.
And yeah, your post was ironic. It's ironic because you're talking about (or slamming on) equipment built for a Jeep jk to make it more functional offroad... if everyone here was STRICTLY concerned about offroad capabilities, we'd be in purpose built tube chassis buggies.
Last weekend, I went wheeling on a local trail that is notoriously narrow, long, is steady wheeling all the way and has a phenomenal view at the top (the trail is on the side of a mountain). My buddy in front had a JK, I had mine, there were 2 TJ's and an EB. I popped 4 fender clips, folded my mirrors in way more than once, made a few multiple point turns out and there were a few times I rubbed the front driver corner and the rear passenger. Yeah, that kinda trail. The guy in front did about the same. The two TJ's had an easier time because of their width, the EB did too and did it while looking fuckin awesome. If I was a serious, utilitarian type, I'd have a stretched, long arm TJ on 35's with hi line fenders. Perfect for my area...but I have a 2 door JK that has a mild lift. know why? I took my girlfriend and her sister, plus supplies for the day. We all fit, we were all comfortable and I drove it to the trail and home, comfortably. It works everywhere. It's not awesome at anything, but can do almost everything. Therefore, I'll build it however I want, whether it seems to be useful to anyone else or not.
Best part of that day was when we actually got to the top of the trail I was describing. It goes from dense trees, to ass-puckering steep rock summit, to a phenomenal view at the top of a lake and a lot of my area. Every single person up there (the only one who knew what it was like from being there before was me) said "oh my god, this is awesome". The group typically moves quick, not a lot of sitting around or pictures...we stayed there for almost an hour. we have a lot of poser pics and group pics. The girls that I brought were smiling and loving it.
Then, there was that feeling. The one that I can't get from anything else in my normal routine. The accomplishment/freedom/carefree feeling where I don't worry or care about anything else because I'm enjoying the moment. THATS why I wheeled a fairly long, grueling trail only to get to the top, turn around and do it again, at night.
If all these trends and posers keep the industry current, companies busy and keep me in parts that allow me to have that feeling when I want it, fuck it, bolt as many wiz-bang light bar solar powered cappuccino makers onto whatever Jeep that super yuppie is picking up, I'll worry about when I'm getting my next fix.