HillbillyfromAL,That's an awful lot work to get rid of lights that work and are adjustable for aim. Why are you wanting to do this again? Good luck if you still want to but know that those are in the perfect location for thick fog/snow.
The later model ARBs hold up pretty well. Thea ealry versions were terrible and twisted when winching. Speaking from experience as I have had both versions.
I did notice that the metal around the winch and the front is a lot thinner than some of the other bumpers out there. If you are building a hardcore trail truck i would recommend something a bit thinner profile that is built thicker.
Very happy with the ARB that i had on my expo truck till it might its untimely death. Only negative was that there was no good place for using a hilift. My L8 bumper on the trail truck isn't as visually "large and expo worthy" but is 10x times stronger and offers many advantages the ARB does not have.
Get a dixon bate for recovery as well... you can bolt it onto the bumper
Here's what the bumper looked like after being dragged with alot of the trucks weight on it over about 20ft of rocks.