Smittybilt XRC Gen3 12K Winch with Steel Cable - 97612

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  • Smittybilt | Part Number: S/B97612
  • Line Pull:12000
  • Remote:12 ft. lead
  • Fitment:Universal Fit
  • Fairlead:Roller
  • Line Type:Cable


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.

Customer Reviews

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21 Customer ratings

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4.0 Install

Seems like a good product I really like how easy it was to wire and the speed that the wire is released as. However, it would of been so handy if they had provided a diagram or template of where the holes needed to be drilled for mounting the winch to the bumper. That was the most difficult part of the install

2.0 Seems cool, works fine, but it's not that great.

4 wheel parts has some of the worst customer i've ever had to deal with; not as bad as amazon, but still bad. The winch itself is alright; seems to work fine, but mine had a few issues out of the box, and isn't all that it could be. The winch needs to be mounted with bolts on the bottom and the front facing out; any other way and it just won't mount up correctly. The features that I would like to have, but cannot get, include a wireless remote, the ability to clock the winch, and a wider range of mounting options for the control box. Ironically, the HF Apex series allows for all three of those things...

from Wichita Falls, TX |
4.0 Smittybilt 97612 winch

Very strong and well built. I put it in their winch cradle which is also very heavy duty. The 2 complaints I have are these. In order to mount the winch there are 4 square nuts included. The opening to insert the nut could be built 180 degrees which would face the outside and make inserting those nuts so much easier. Especially for someone like me that has very large hands. It wouldn't take away from the integrity of the frame. The other is in the directions. You have to do some research to find where the negative battery cable attaches. Overall, a great winch and a warranty is fantastic!

from North Carolina |
5.0 Smittybuily GEN 3 12,000 lb winch

It appears this is a very well made winch. Installation was easy. Very happy with this purchase. I ordered it online from 4 wheel parts. When I received it one of the braces across the drum was broken.I called their customer support and they said they would ship another one out but it could take 3 weeks. I asked if I could take it to my local 4 wheel parts and was told no problem. I took it and and they exchanged it right on the spot. 4 Wheel Parts had GREAT customer service.

from Las Vegas, NV |
5.0 Great product

Easy to follow directions. Good quality. Everything worked as advertised. Controller is very intuitive.

from Medford Oregon |
5.0 A super good looking winch

It is with no doubt a great looking winch. I haven't test it on hard terrain, only have it for a few days, but it looks super nice on my truck and have lot of nice features.

from Bogota, Colombia. South America |
4.0 Rugged construction but still issues

Construction is rugged/ stout. However, the bolt holes on the winch were 1/8 farther apart than the mounting plate holes which was also made by SmittyBuilt. The winch spool or something had some slack in its assembly not allowing the holes line up exactly so I didn’t mount it and sent it back. Other than that it’s well made it seems, but I never really got to use it.

from Mississippi |



Question & Answers

3 Answered questions

Q: What all is required to mount this in a Road Armor Stealth front bumper? Answer this question

A: On my 2005 Cummins I had to pull the cap off and rotate 90° to get the engagement lever on top (even though the winch manufacturer says not to do this, it was fine). I also had to mount the box to the inside of the bumper under the winch offset to the passenger side. 

Answered by Jenksycat from Idaho on 05/08/2021

A: As long as the bumper is a winch compatible bumper and already has a winch mount built into it, you don't need anything. The winch comes with everything you need to install.

Answered by Kelly from 4WP Corporate Headquarters on 05/05/2021

Q: Will this fit on a gen2 mount? And can you use a 95ft 3/8 rope with it? Answer this question

A: Yes to both of your questions.

Answered by Kelly from 4WP Corporate Headquarters on 06/08/2021

Q: What free air compressor does this come with? Answer this question

A: You get a free SmittyBilt compressor, Here's a link to it

Answered by Kelly from 4WP Corporate Headquarters on 04/28/2021


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