That cradle in the pic was the v1...when I got the 8274,
I thought and added plenty of gussets and a fold to the design of the new cradle...and plenty of inner "blades" below, hidden in the bumper, to avoid flexing.
It took a boulder as big as a washing machine to slighty bend the passenger, tapered wing...navigator's mistake, and I simply drove into it, and heard a loud bang, and the 300 stalled
In the end, the bumper is dimensionally the same of the stock one (also because of the nazis here when it comes to modifications and accessories, so I wanted it to look "stealth")...I maybe did steal a few mm in depth if I remember well, and had the eyes cutted out of S/S again,
they're pretty thick and shaped to slide over an eventual obstacle.
The only alternative design I could have thought of would've been the "raised" one as Matt at Rockware does...still, it sits high nicely, but still it sticks out a tad too far.
I'd love to go alu with the 109" I am working on, but I'm not sure I'll find any fabricator available, nor to be able to afford the cost...
BTW, I had my sliders made out of the same S/S...I love it