bumper was built from May 12-15, 2003, by Rock
Ware, a very well regarded off-road fabrication shop in Colorado
Springs. Max Green (Austin, TX) had the only other one built for a 3rd
Gen 4Runner by this shop in December of 2001 and the drooling session
began immediately by myself and many others. You may view the some pictures
of it, which now belongs to Vince Kao (Pasadena, CA), here.
After Lance's and my bumpers were made, Adrian Flygt (Madison, WI) had one made for his '95 4Runner in early June of 2003. Following that, was Michael Kuperstein (Portland, OR) who traveled down and had one made for his '96 4Runner. Then, Dave Pihlgren (Telluride, CO), Ashu Rangole (Denver) and Scott Yoder (Denver) have since had one made for their respective 2000 4Runners.
Regarding the tire carrier, I have since found that it offers no advantage over keeping the spare underneath in its original location, and there really isn't a good reason to have one installed. To the contrary, there are a number of reasons to not have one installed. The only reason I initially wanted one was to have more clearance and a better departure angle out back. However, this factor rarely, if ever, comes into play, and therefore isn't a factor at all. The only reason I have left mine on is that I am planning to add an auxiliary fuel tank at some point for extended travel range, otherwise it would definitely be off.