It looks like ARB and Uneek are my only "off the shelf" options for bumper replacement.
I currently have and love my bull-nose bumper on mt JKU made by "Ranch Hand" here in TX.
And Im spoiled to that build quality for a rational price tag of $500USD.
Both ARB and Uneek are triple that....but they have more bells and whistles.
I prefer the Uneek look and their claims of more durable construction sound inviting.
However, other forums I participate in have had rather disparaging things to say about Uneeks actual build quality, production reliability, and customer service.
All of which make me wonder....is it worth it? Is it better to just roll the dice, hope for continued good luck (partially attributable to vigilance) in dodging deer, and eat the cost of discourteous other-drivers pushing their noses against mine?
Its easy to see how many other drivers have hit deer. Its fairly easy to see and estimate how many close-calls I have had with critters and debris on the road. Its much harder to see how many idiots cannot park within their space and just keep pushing until something stops them. But based on the number of broken front plate brackets I see....there are lots of folks who dont know their limits.
When I replace the factory plastic front bumper on my Wrangler, it wasnt with the intention of using it as some sort of macho battering-ram....look how cool I am. But rather as a defensive measure to prevent being battered. Good fences make good neighbors, and there is little more effective than 3/16" diamond plate for defining how far is too far.
I like that with my bumper on my wrangler, either folks choose to be more careful because they dont wanna play eskimo-kisses with my front end....or...alternatively...my bumper is durable enough that I cannot tell when they get too close.
Soooo.... I am still inclined to put some sort of protection on my leading edge. Escpecially considering the amount of high-dollar equipment being housed in that nose-cone.
Fortunately....I have time to ponder the issue since I dont have a JGC to put it on....yet.
I greatly appreciate all of the recommendations.