ok, so here's the scoop - 2012 JKU that's meant as a family excursion vehicle. For rockcrawling (when I get a chance) I still have my XJ, Having said that, I have a winch I want to mount on it for tje "just in case" scenarios. Additionally I'm not looking to lift it (apart from leveling the front as needed). Lastly budget is an issue. I'm trying not too spend too much money on it (I know you get what you pay for that's why I'm trying to be smart about it).
Originally I wanted to mount the winch into the stock bumper using a plate mount. This would be the "lightest" solution and the least expensive (though time consuming). The big downside there is that the front crossmember would not be protected (just as it is not right now).
Second choice is the Smittybilt SRC Classic Front Bumpers JK. Cost is $249 with no tax and free shipping. Looks sturdy but what I'm disappointed with is that I can't mount stock fogs into it. I do have them, why not use them? I did consider drilling holes in the front face of it, but I don't want to weaken the forward surface where the hawse will sit.
Next choice is the DV8 LFS8 bumper. I can get one that is missing one of the lights for $250 (same price). It seems that some people love love them and others hate them. The price is great as it's 50% of what it originally cost BUT I hate to spend money on something that might look good but is a POS https://dv8offroad.com/collections/j...products/lfs-8
So... wanting to spend under 3 bills what would you do?