I have a question regarding my front bumper and what my options are. (I know theksmith is a WEALTH of knowledge when it comes to anything JEEP, and especially WJ, and even more so an 03!)
Anyways, i've got an 03 WJ w/ a 4.0 in it. Recently started offroading it, since then it's a weekly thing, often multiple times a week. So few days ago was in a mud puddle nearby, having fun, pulled out and i guess pulled the left side of my bumper off, the clips broke. No worries, i put it back in and it fit snug, just until i could figure out a solution. Well went on a trail ride monday and long story short, ripped the whole thing off, grill and all!
So after doing that i figured i would just go with an off-road bumper with more clearance. Shortly after i realized that the bumper was not the only thing causing clearance for me, but the actual frame is at the front of the wheel well as well. I was going to have a local shop nearby that i deal with often fab a bumper for me, and he said we could cut the piece right in front of the wheel well, giving it more clearance, and only bumpering as wide as the grill, well last night i was looking and noticed besides the frame being there, there is my windshield washer fluid tank right in front of the driver front, and on the passenger side is the horn, if i remember correctly.
So obviously i can still have a bumper fabricated to fit and still possibly give more clearance, however my question is what are my options? Just trying to explore all aspects before making a move.
Here is a picture of the front and some explaination as to what i mean.
Thank you in advance!