Lone Jeepers’ particular needs are not being met by a stubby bumper
1. To deflect hits and protect tires/suspension/brakes: A solo Jeeper traveling long distances in the remote wilderness exposes his Wrangler to severe hits. Running headlong (all day long) into wildlife (a deer is 400 lbs), stray branches, or young growing trees on abandoned trails puts vital parts at risk (shock absorbers, sway bar links, tie rod ends, break lines, brackets, etc.).
2. To survive a head-on collision: Driving often on one-lane backcountry, mining, or logging roads increases the risk of an off-set head-on collision with a heavy truck or with another 4x4 vehicle wandering in the area at the same time. A full-width bumper could divert a powerful hit and save your life or prevent you from being seriously injured.
3. To bash against obstacles (on purpose): Sometimes, you need to get a huge tree trunk or a boulder out of the way. You might also have to use your Jeep as a battering ram to batter down fences or gates.
4. To hide (and protect) the winch: A sunken winch mount is the best way to protect your best friend on the trail. Most stubby bumpers don’t have a deep sunken winch mount housing because the manufacturers’ goal is to increase the ground clearance by keeping a high profile.
5. To use fog lights efficiently: Fog lights must be aimed correctly to work. If they are centered (like on a stubby), they become quite “decorative” and even dangerous because they might light up the fog and blind the Jeeper himself. Fog lights have to be wide-mounted and low-mounted in order to illuminate the trail at a wider angle and greater distance. And that’s why a full-width front bumper is a better fit. Fog patches are common at altitudes or in dense forests (where the moisture level is high). Fog lights could also be somewhat helpful in the case of a forest fire.
6. To avoid problems with the police: In many states and provinces, stubbies are illegal but tolerated. Or not. You don’t want to get into that kind of trouble while traveling far from home (or being a vagabond).
7. To look serious: In my humble opinion and based on my personal experience, guys with stubbies look a bit goofy in the remote wilderness. For example, one-ton pickups and Class 8 trucks rule the world in the remote areas of Alaska, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, BC, and Alberta. It’s not really the place for hobbyists. Whether you are looking for a job or just traveling for fun, I’m afraid that showing up with a Jeep that looks like a teenager’s toy won’t make you look any good.