Ford F-150 with Winches – Pics and Gallery

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A winch can be an incredibly useful addition to your Ford F-150 truck. It might not seem necessary to those of us who just commute to work, but should a vehicle ever get stuck, a winch can be a lifesaver. It pays, however, to know about your size and mounting options when it comes to the Ford F-150 before you pay for a costly install, so here are the basics.

2004 F150 with hidden winch mount

2004 F150 with hidden winch mount

What Winch Size is Right for Me?

There is a virtually limitless variety of winches out there rated for different weights, and the one you need is really dependent on what you plan on doing with it. A good rule of thumb, however, is to find the weight of your Ford F-150. Now, multiply that weight by 2. Your ideal winch is probably rated for somewhere around that weight. This offers a good balance of cost, safety of the vehicle, and utility for basic needs. In the case of an F-150, it’s likely you’ll probably need a 12,000 pound winch at least.

Mounting Options

A popular Ford F-150 option in addition to the mounts you’d expect on other trucks is hidden winch mounting. This allows your truck to retain its original look, but have a useful winch all the same. Otherwise, the F-150 is compatible with most traditional winch mounting options. The choice is yours.

The Ford F-150 is a heavy truck, and can certainly withstand the pressure of winching. There’s really no reason not to opt for a winch if you’re planning on taking your truck off the beaten track.


  1. Jeff says:

    what mounting bracket is used in the picture of the 2004 f150 with the hidden winch? I am searching the web, but cant find one.

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  2. Shawn says:

    Whats the P/N and price of the mounting bracket in the picture of the 2004 f150 with the hidden winch?
    Please advise, thank you

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