Review & Install Video
Hey, everybody, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is gonna be my detailed review and install of the Rough Country Hidden Winch Mounting Plate, available for your 2009 to 2014 F-150, excluding all 3.5 EcoBoost trucks and all Raptors. Now, in this detailed breakdown, I plan on talking about some of the benefits of running a hidden winch mount like this option here from Rough Country. We'll break down some of the specs and materials, and then finally we'll cover some of the juicier bits of the installation. We're not running down a step-by-step, but what I can tell you is, expect a moderate amount of work here with this winch plate. There is some work in some tight areas in addition to some light trimming of the plastic surrounding where this guy would actually live, and if you are gonna be installing a winch at the same time here as the plate, then factor in some light wiring as well. Either way, I'm going two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and we will have some more detail on that later on.
In my opinion, the Rough Country Winch Plate here will be for the naturally aspirated V6 and 5-liter truck owners out there looking to get a winch on to their rig but would prefer to do so in a stealthy way as this plate will hide that winch behind the front bumper. Secondly here, this is gonna be your most affordable way to get a winch onto your rig as those other options include the aftermarket steel bumpers, which typically run upwards of 1,000 to 2,000 bucks. Last but not least, Rough Country claims that their winch plate will support most aftermarket winches up to 12,000 pounds and this does include those 9,500-pounders as well.
So, if you're the type of truck owner who spends a lot of time off-road, on the trails, in the mud, on the beach, whatever, you've probably determined it's time to add a winch. Listen, man, these things are lifesavers and can inevitably help you or a buddy out when you do get jammed up in a tight spot or stuck off road. So, when it comes time to physically get that winch onto your rig again, you're gonna have a couple of options here. Go with the Rough Country style mount, again, it's gonna hide that winch behind the front bumper, and it will no doubt be the most affordable way to do so. Your other option we already talked about it, right? You're gonna add one of the steel aftermarket bumpers which can give you the winch capabilities. It's also gonna help you put a little bit more protection off road. So, it just really boils down to what you're looking for and how much you wanna spend.
Speaking of dough, this thing's very affordable. Again, only 200 bucks is what you're looking at here. Obviously, you have to factor in the aftermarket winch as well. The steel bumpers again, we talked about them, right? A 1,000 to 2,000 bucks easily, and that's not even including the winch. So, if you're looking to keep things relatively budget-friendly, this is obviously the way to go. And on top of saving money, some owners might just prefer the look of the factory bumper with the fair leads sticking out, the tow rope, all that cool stuff. As opposed to, or over, those aftermarket bumpers which definitely give the truck a more modified look, kind of that Baja look, which isn't a bad thing per se, but it just might not be for everyone.
Let's break down the construction a little bit more and as you can see things are pretty simple with the Rough Country option. You're looking at quarter-inch steel plating throughout. This thing is burly. It's solid. It's heavy, you know it's made to take some abuse. It's actually gonna mount to the frame horns here on the front of your truck which is nice because you don't have to drill into the frame or do anything crazy like that, but you still maintain the use of those factory front tow hooks which is something that I really enjoy. Now, once installed, the winch plate here along with the winch which obviously isn't included with this kit, will be living between
Hidden Winch Mount.
Give your Ford truck an impressive yet sleek recovery system with Rough Country's Hidden Winch Mount for the 2009-2014 F-150. This subtle yet innovative design capitalizes on the ample space behind the front bumper to mount a standard sized winch up to 12,000 lb. (sold separately) while keeping everything neat and tidy. A unique Roller Fairlead Bracket mounts into the front license plate area for a flush design, leaving only the fairlead and tow hook exposed. Heavy Duty Construction.
Manufactured from 1/4" steel plate for it's long lasting durability, this Rough Country's Hidden Winch Mount is completed in a black finish for aggressive good looks and long lasting corrosion resistance.Simple Installation.
This kit is easy to install, suitable for one person to do by themselves. A 1/4" plate steel winch mount secures easily between the frame horns without cutting or drilling. Unlike many winch mount solutions, the winch does not have to be installed to the mounting plate prior to installing on the vehicle, making the task that much easier. This kit also includes a solenoid relocation bracket and Grade 8 Hardware.Further Protection.
Backed by Rough Country's lifetime limited warranty, you'll be protected from defects in this kit for the life of your truck. Some exclusions apply, please see manufacturer's full warranty for details.Application.
The Rough Country Hidden Winch Mounting Plate is designed to fit on the 2009-2014 F-150s equipped with factory bumper. Will not
fit EcoBoost and SVT Raptor models.Technical Note.
This Hidden Winch Mounting Plate is not
compatible on models that has a body lift kit installed.
Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods. What is freight shipping? Your Answers are Right Here!.
Technical Note. The Winch Mounting Plate is not compatible on F-150's with a body lift.
- What's in the Box
- (1) Winch Plate
- (1) Fairlead Bracket
- (1) Control Box Bracket
- (2) Flag Nuts
- (2) 1/2" x 1.5" Bolts
- (2) 1/2" Flat Washers
- (2) 3/8" x 1 1/4 Bolts
- (2) 3/8" Lock Nuts
- (4) 6 mm x 16 mm Bolts
- (2) 1/4" x 3/4" Bolts
- (2) 1/4" Lock Nuts
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 30 Minutes
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
- Will it fit my F-150?
- FX4 - 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- King Ranch - 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- Lariat - 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- Platinum - 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- STX - 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- XL - 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- XLT - 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- FX2 - 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- Harley-Davidson Edition - 10, 11, 12
- Limited - 11
Not compatible with EcoBoost or Raptor Models.