Smittybilt XRC GEN2 17.5K Winch with Steel Cable - 97417

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  • Smittybilt | Part Number: S/B97417
  • Fitment:Universal Fit
  • Line Pull (lbs):17500
  • Line Type:Cable
  • Line Pull:17500
  • Fairlead:Roller
  • Remote:12 ft. lead


The Smittybilt XRC winches have been thoroughly updated with heavy-duty features for enhanced performance and durability. Ranging from 9,500lb to 17,500 lbs capacities, Smittybilts XRC Series winches can handle any situation you can get into. Every XRC winch features a Series Wound 6.6 HP motor and a 3-Stage Planetary Gear System with revised gear ratios for increased pulling power and lightning-fast line speeds. Every winch is finished in a rugged UV-Resistant matte black coating with stainless steel hardware and oversized aluminum crossbars to provide you with a great looking system that will last you a lifetime. Every XRC winch includes a heavy duty winch controller, four-way roller fairlead, forged steel tow hook, and a redesigned solenoid box that can be mounted in 3 different positions for maximum versatility. If you're looking for a winch equipped with a synthetic winch rope, look to the XRC Comp Series for the ultimate in pulling power and performance. A Smittybilt XRC winch is a complete recovery system with the muscle and reliability to bail you out of any situation. Winch includes a Lifetime Mechanical Warranty and 3 Year Electrical Warranty.

Customer Reviews

4.5 4.5
8 Customer ratings

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5.0 Multiple recoveries. Far exceeded my expectations

This unit has more than paid for itself, two times now. Once to pull out a 2000 Cummins ext. Cab LB, burried to the frame in thick, sticky mud. Straight line pull, aprox 96% max winch cap. I drive a 2011 cummins ram 2500 LB on 37s. Between 8-9k loaded. Next, I pulled myself out while buried to the frame in the same thick, sticky mud. Safe Xtract app says 16,782lb aprox vehicle resistance here. Initially used straight line pull for easily 3 times the recommended duty cycle, for hours and hours. Second day, resorted to single snatchblock pull for well past the duty cycle again. Just kept working. I'm buying a 12k now, to use as a rear winch for future rescues. Might even replace my current 17.5k for precaution, since I surpassed the duty cycle so far. Didn't let me down though!

from Northern California |
5.0 Winch power

This thing is a beast ! I pulled my 66 C10 onto my equipment trailer up fold down ramps , (pretty steep ) and don’t think it even knew the truck was there !

from Bay Area |

FRICKEN AWSOME !!! This winch is bad to the bone..Had a 2500 ram buried up to its doors in mud with a 2500 extened cab chevy tightly straped together and buried to the frame in mud and the smitty built 17500 pulled them out like they werent even there.. FRICKEN AWSOME...

from Grand Haven, Michigan |
4.0 More to come when I get to use it.

Based on what I have done so far I give it a solid 4. Currently it has been mounted inside the bumper which is now on the truck, and wires have been pulled up top but not yet cut in. This is being I stalled in a 2500 Ram diesel and the power wire is to short to reach either battery, so am waiting on a bus bar to arrive so I can cut it in.

4.0 Cheap insurance

Install went ok-ish. The torque specifications on the install manual was "not less than 60Nm (about 45ftlbs). Well, 45ftlbs IMMEDIATELY stripped out the first mounting hole, in the aluminum body of the winch. I just doused everything with blue loctite, torqued everything to 30ftlbs, and will hope for the best. On the bright side, I can buy 6 more, before it costs me as much as 1 warn 16.5ti.

from NM |
Works in the ram AEV bumper
3.0 C’mon, could easily be better

Very strong winch. But man, straight out the box it is not user friendly. Right away I changed the winch line to a synthetic line, but man to unspool in free spool is nearly impossible while in the mud. Standing on concrete it’s still semi manageable, but why would I need a winch while on concrete… Secondly, why would a $750 winch NOT be available with a wireless remote!?! The chorded is a great backup, but man what a pain when trying to self recover and you have to slip and slide back to the winch every time. Even the crappy ebay winches come with wireless. Easy fix, but I shouldn’t have to buy an aftermarket. And yes, the $28 from amazon wire into the solenoid and work like a charm. Other than that, winch is a beast. Fix those dumb issues and it’s easily a 5 star.

from Houston, TX |
Pulled it right out



Question & Answers

11 Answered questions

Q: Can I hook this winch (mounted to my trailer) directly to a battery or does it have to be hooked through the truck's electrical system ? Answer this question

A: The Smittybilt XRC 17.5K GEN2 17500lb Winch - 97417 come with cables for battery.

Answered by Dave from 4WP HQ on 12/22/2021

Q: Will this winch fit correctly in the Buckstop Outback bumper? Answer this question

A: Bolt Pattern for the winch is 10.0 inch x 4.50 inch

Answered by Dave from 4WP HQ on 01/04/2022

Q: Is this winch waterproof? Can it be left out in the open attached to a trailer? Also can it be hooked up to a battery or does it have to be hooked up to the truck's electrical system? Answer this question

A: I've had my smittybuilt winch on my truck for a couple of years now and have put it through all the weather elements and have recovered a multitude of vehicles from ugly situations and this thing still looks like the day I took it out of the box... Don't hesitate it's a great winch for the price

Answered by Dayle from Grand Haven, Michigan on 12/02/2021

Q: Will this winch fit to a M1A2 bumper in a F250 Lariat 2017? Answer this question

A: Yes the Smittybilt XRC 17.5K GEN2 17500lb Winch - 97417 will work. Here is the Bolt Pattern: 10.0 inch x 4.50 inch.

Answered by Dave from 4WP HQ on 09/08/2021

Q: Will this winch fit in the ARB bumper for 2003-2009 Dodge Ram? Answer this question

A: It depends on which ARB bumper you are referring to. Please confirm your bumper with our sales team to verify fitment Toll Free: 1-877-474-4821

Answered by Kelly from 4WP Corporate Headquarters on 12/28/2020


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