Does Rough Country Hidden Winch Void Bronco Warranty?

toddward
Dec 05, 2022

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Dec 05, 2022

Some of the videos I'm seeing require modification of the undercarriage to support it. What I haven't seen is if it voids the Bronco's warranty. Looking at this for a 2023 Bronco Wildtrak.

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Dec 05, 2022

#1
Just installed my hidden winch, but had it professionally installed at 4-wheel parts. Was going to do it myself, but seemed to be easier to just have the pro’s do it. I didn’t look into the warrant side of it, but I purchased an extended warranty from my bank. Didn’t say it would void anything other than raising the vehicle more than two additional inches from stock, and two tire sizes up. For my SAS BD, the limit is 37” tires. I believe we are good and still safe. Its just a little trimming of the front frame extenders which don’t really have much use for. The Rough Country hidden winch is clean and the heavy duty skid plate is stronger than the frame extenders for sure. Just get er done. Looks great.
Tahotrvlr, radar3d

Burrito Connoisseur

Dec 05, 2022

#2
Not automatically, but it can.

For example... if your frame cracks, or you have front suspension issues, or heating issues... and your dealer can attribute those issues back to your hidden winch install. Then yes, it may void your warranty.

Essentially the dealer has to determine the issue was caused by the hidden winch installation. If you have a problem with... say... you rear taillight... they can't say "Oh well you have a hidden winch, and therefore your taillight isn't covered."
2022 4dr Badlands, 2.3L Manual, Mid pkg
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Dec 05, 2022

#3
galton
Just installed my hidden winch, but had it professionally installed at 4-wheel parts. Was going to do it myself, but seemed to be easier to just have the pro’s do it. I didn’t look into the warrant side of it, but I purchased an extended warranty from my bank. Didn’t say it would void anything other than raising the vehicle more than two additional inches from stock, and two tire sizes up. For my SAS BD, the limit is 37” tires. I believe we are good and still safe. Its just a little trimming of the front frame extenders which don’t really have much use for. The Rough Country hidden winch is clean and the heavy duty skid plate is stronger than the frame extenders for sure. Just get er done. Looks great.

1)
Do you have a 2.7 where they have to reroute the trans cooler… not an east install from what I have seen.
2) how do you access the winch clutch…?

Inquiring minds???

I too like the the rough country hidden winch…
Just don’t have the guts to reroute the cooler.

*****What the OP is referring to “modification of the under carrage… is… what I believe is removed… are designed to crumple on the event of a head on crash…. I have no idea if there removal voids any warranty … but it would be good to know if it does….

This is Similar to the crash bars that the factory removes for the SASQ package.
Clearly if the factory can remove safety items and not sweat … I guess we hidden which fans shouldn’t either….

What I am really interested is seeing the King of the Hammer factory Ford 2 door racers that finished 1,2,3 in their stock configuration class…. All three have hidden winches… can’t wait to see how they mounted them….

Gladesmen

Dec 05, 2022

#4
I love the Everglades but I really wish Ford had a hidden winch design for it. If the RC hidden winch would accommodate the Warn winch I would jump on that in a heartbeat.
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Dec 05, 2022

#5
The frame extensions are only there for locating and supporting the frame during vehicle assembly - after it leaves the factory, they really have no purpose. If you nick the frame rail while cutting these off, then the dealer may be able to deny a cracked frame claim if they can show the crack propagated from the Nick, otherwise, it won’t effect anything.
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Dec 06, 2022

#6
You have to reach down for the clutch lever. Fortunately it has a screw to hold it in place. Have not had to use it, my SAS is about two months old. I’m planning on installing an extension on the clutch release handle. I have already located a video on you tube where a bronco owner did his. The handle was extended very easily near the the side of the radiator. This made it easy to access. This will be my project on Wednesday and I will post picts.
radar3d, Coyote8

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