First - Merry Christmas to all!
Second - I'm looking for advice from anyone who's successfully mated a "new style" T17 steel TJM bumper with a Warn M8000 winch. The steel T17's come in at least two styles - one with detachable "ears" on each end of the main bumper channel. These ears extend rearwards towards the from tires a short distance and provide a finished appearance. The other style (I'll call it the new style) has the same ears, but they are part of the main bumper channel so the whole bumper is a single piece welded unit.
My new style T17 has the access hole for the winch's clutch engagement knob in a slightly different place than the old style T17 I had on my '87 4runner. The location of this hole in the new style makes it very difficult to operate the clutch engagement knob. I thought that I could fix this by rotating the end housing of the M8000 to bring the knob into a more accessible position. However, that hasn't solved the problem completely since the rotated housing now restricts the travel of the knob, causing it to strike the bumper before completely engaging the clutch. Thus I'm looking for help!
Thanks in advance,
Howard L. Snell