Smittybilt XRC GEN3 12K Comp Series Winch with Synthetic Cable - 98612

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  • Smittybilt | Part Number: S/B98612
  • Fitment:Universal Fit
  • Line Pull (lbs):12000
  • Line Type:Synthetic Rope
  • Availability:In Stock
  • Line Pull:12000
  • Fairlead:Hawse
  • Remote:12 ft. lead
  • QuantityGT3:true



Faster. Stronger. Easiest to Use. The all-new XRC Gen3 Winch by Smittybilt has been designed from the ground up with innovative, user-friendly features and improved power efficiency. The 7.0 horsepower motor boasts an average line speed increase of 12% over its Gen2 predecessor, adding more speed and power with less AMP draw at load. The ergonomic remote controller has a Load Indicator Warning System, so you will always know how much your equipment can handle. Winching in dark conditions is also a breeze with the remote's built-in flashlight. If additional light is needed, a 12-volt power post is located on the control box. Two magnets are built into the controller for easy placement on any metal surface, leaving it out of the way when not needed. A high-viz clutch lever features large lettering, allowing you to see whether your winch is engaged/free spooled at a glance. Stylish body armor can be detached or used to customize your winch to your vehicle. The XRC Gen3 winch is available with 9.5k and 12k load-capacity options, and the COMP Series upgrade includes a synthetic rope and aluminum hawse fairlead. Buy with confidence these winches are backed by a lifetime mechanical warranty, a 5-year electrical warranty, and Smittybilt's legendary customer service.

When it comes to electric recovery winches, some products stand out above the rest. For the toughest duty and most challenging jobs, you should head over to and see what this online store has to offer. There's a lot to like about the offerings here, especially the Smittybilt 98612 winch. This product will come in handy when you need to come to the rescue by pulling motorists out of trouble.

Incomparable Results

To get another vehicle out of thick mud or a deep ditch, you need something heavy-duty, durable and dependable. This is exactly what you'll get, and more, from the smittybilt XRC gen3 12K comp series winch with synthetic cable. With the power to handle loads of up to 12,000 pounds, this winch can do just about anything you need it to. It boasts a 7-horsepower motor ad a three-stage planetary gear system to quickly and efficiently pull in stranded vehicles. There's also an onboard lighting system, so you'll never have to shy away from jobs at night long after the sun has set. You'll also love the fact that the smittybilt gen3 12k winch has forged gears and a silicon steel plate rotor. Even better, the product is waterproof, making it effective even in heavy rains. It has a synthetic cable and detachable body armor.

Reasons to Shop at

You could try your luck at the local auto parts store for a Smittybilt winch recovery kit. But you'll be hard-pressed to find the quality, service and selections that you'd experience at 4WheelParts. You only have to type in the year, make and model of your truck to find a compatible product that you know will fit on your vehicle. The winches are under warranty, too, so you know that if something goes wrong, you can get a free replacement. If you want your item delivered right to your home, you can choose that easy option. Or, if you prefer, you can pick it up at a local store. Don't shy away from contacting customer service if you have questions or concerns with your order too.

The Smittybilt XRC Gen3 12k comp series winch will get the job done time and again. Purchase yours today at 4WheelParts.

Customer Reviews

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47 Customer ratings

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5.0 Pulled out a Jeep Rubicon

Had to use this twice and it performed perfectly. Once I saved myself up a muddy hill and just saved my buddy (2022 Jeep Rubicon) that was stuck in 1.5 ft of mud.

5.0 Works great!

Overall install was pretty straight forward. Instructions were well written and electrical was labeled which helped a ton. Operation has been easy and have had no issues.

from Iowa |
5.0 Save yo as worth the money

More than I expected for the cost !! A welt built fine tuned well oiled machine !

5.0 Smittybilt winch

Very happy with it so far! Pretty easy to put together and install.

from Meridian, ID |
5.0 Comparable to other 2000 winches.

Purchase the Smittybilt XRC Gen1 front pumper and the XRC Gen 3 winch for my 2020 Jeep Rubicon unlimited. Everything fit well the winch control box must be mounted on the included side mounting bracket. The control box wires just loop down and back up to the attach points very tight fit see included photos. Also the winch must be mounted on the forward bolt holes.

from Kansascity |
2020 wrangler JL
Control box wires
Control box side mounted
5.0 Strong and fast !

Great winch ! tried this weekend and help a Gladiator in the mud with no problem.

from Saguenay, Qc |
4.0 Great winch for the money!

Rope came with the permanent shackle/hook. Had to use a cut off wheel to remove it and then install a factoid 55 one. Install was straight forward, used it to pull me jeep out of a mud pit, worked great! Didn’t even hesitate while working.

from Oshkosh, wi |



Question & Answers

15 Answered questions

Q: Which one lasts longer, the steel cable or synthetic rope? I just bought a new 2021 JL Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with the steel bumper group and am going to get a 12k lb. winch but wasn’t sure which system has the best longevity and durability? Answer this question

A: Synthetic rope is a great product for many vehicle recovery situations. If you winch a lot and are concerned about weight, synthetic can be a great option since it is lightweight and easy to handle. It doesn't develop sharp burrs like steel rope, and doesn't store as much potential energy when under load. On the flip side, synthetic rope is more prone to abrasion, and should be regularly inspected for frays or other damage caused by UV, chemicals, and overall use. And when using synthetic, you always want to lay down the abrasion sleeve when needed to guard against rope damage.  Steel rope is extremely durable, and is good for both vehicle recovery and utility work, such as moving trees, rocks, etc., since it resists abrasion very well. Ultra-violet wear is also not a factor with steel rope, and it may be a better choice for you if you don't frequently use your winch. Steel rope is heavier than synthetic, can develop rust, and can also develop sharp burrs. This is one reason why we always recommend users always wear heavy gloves to protect their hands while handling the rope. 

Answered by Benjamin from Alhambra, CA. on 03/19/2021

A: I have the 12K with synthetic. Regular cable would last longer but the synthetic is so much easier to deal with. But it’s really personal preference. Either way you will be good.  

Answered by Mike in Maine from Maine on 03/19/2021

A: Both cables will last just as long, it depends on how you take care of them. Both will fray if you scrape them against rocks. The rope is lighter and safer for use, if the line was to ever break, it would fall to the group instead of snapping like the cable. My personal preference is the rope.

Answered by Kelly from 4WP Corporate Headquarters on 03/16/2021

Q: Does this winch come with a winch plate for mounting to a bumper? Answer this question

A: No, got to buy that separately.

Answered by Jase01 from Newburgh, Indiana on 03/17/2021

A: no it did not. i bought a winch ready bumper.

Answered by mik-ee from cinti. oh on 03/16/2021

A: No it does not. You would need to order it separately if your bumper does not include it.

Answered by Kelly from 4WP Corporate Headquarters on 03/15/2021

Q: How long is the rope Answer this question

A: i beleve mine has a reach of 85 +or- your supposed to leave 6 rounds on the spool LOVE my 12000 pound gen 3 WITH ROPE.

Answered by legend1 from Lexington , NC on 01/02/2021

A: 88 Ft

Answered by Brad from Sachse, TX on 01/01/2021

A: Hello Jay, the rope is 95 feet long. Thank you

Answered by Matthew from 4WP HQ on 12/31/2020

Q: What is the weight of this product? Answer this question

A: with a stubby bumper and this winch my gladiator dropped 1/2''.

Answered by mik-ee from cinti. oh on 12/01/2020

A: maybe 25 lbs with synthetic rope on it. And I would like to add, I love it and the lights on it are so nice. 

Answered by AlanB from Guyton GA on 11/30/2020

A: This winch weighs 72 LBS

Answered by Kelly from 4WP Corporate Headquarters on 11/28/2020

Q: Will this winch fit a Westin max winch mounting system tray? Thank you. Answer this question

A: It should fit. I have mine mounted on a Westin Grille Guard with the Max winch mounting system.

Answered by 2018F150 from Tampa on 11/24/2022

A: 4 Bolt Pattern 10" x 4.5" on the winch and mounting tray (Fits most medium frame 8,000-12,000 lbs. winches (up to 10.25” tall)). The Smittybilt L: 21.7" x 6.7" x 8.3" (546x170x210mm)

Answered by Dave from 4WP HQ on 11/23/2022


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