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Smittybilt XRC GEN3 12K Winch with Steel Cable - 97612

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  • Smittybilt | Part Number: S/B97612
  • Fitment:Universal Fit
  • Line Pull (lbs):12000
  • Line Type:Cable
  • Availability:Out of Stock
  • Line Pull:12000
  • Fairlead:Roller
  • Remote:12 ft. lead



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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29 Customer ratings

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5.0 5 Year Warranty!!!!

That's what pulled me into the purchase of this winch.

from Oregon coast. |
It's a tight fit in the DV8 Tacoma combo, very doable!!! Had to use shorter bolts on the mounting next to the motor. Found the bolt's would hit winch motor and not allow a proper flush fitmit of bumper.
5.0 Solid Smittybilt Winch

Really solid winch. Wiring is really nice and neatly organized to hide all under the grill. I ended up getting a great deal during labor day and also ordered a synthetic rope which was free. Great team over at 4 wheeler parts as well.

from Naples Florida |
5.0 Mean Machine

Sturdy, Very useful, & looks good on truck. We replaced the cable with synthetic rope.

from Wildwood, MO |
5.0 Great winch

Winch works as it should. Brenda used it first week it was installed. Storm came through and put a big tree in the main highway. She pulled it to the side so others could get through until someones granpappy showed with the stihl.

from Arkansas |
5.0 Great winch!

Installed the winch in a couple of hours. No issues. Spooled out the drum and winched my wife’s Jeep in and it worked flawlessly!

from Gallatin, TN |
5.0 XRC Gen3 12K winch review

Had it installed on my Jeep. It has exceeded expectations. Easy to use.

from Tomball, Texas |
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 |



Question & Answers

7 Answered questions

Q: Can you change this to a wireless controller? The plus this comes with gets stuck and is very difficult to unplug Answer this question

A: I'm quite sure you can... I've seen some cheap chinese "winch actuators" or something like that online... Just take into account that this might void the warranty.

Answered by Francisco from Bogota, Colombia. South America on 11/22/2021

A: Yes, If you know how to do some electrical work and know how the circuit is ran, I made the harbor freight wireless remote receiver that has a small pigtail work by taking the cover off the control box and hard wiring it into the controls and able to use both the plug in switch and the wireless remote and you can't even tell its in there

Answered by Jonathan from Arkansas on 11/21/2021

A: I got a harbor freight wireless remote control that had a plug harness to it and took apart my top cover and hard wired it to the winch controls and put the cover back on looks like nothing has been done to it and I have a wireless remote and can still use the standard plug in remote if I forget my wireless remote, pretty simple to do if you know how the electrical circuit is set up on winches

Answered by Jonathan from Arkansas on 11/21/2021

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Q: What is the height of winch with control box on top?  I built a mount on a trailer that is set up for side mount winch control.  Is that possible with Smitty control box? Answer this question

A: The control box can be mounted to the side or on top (within a certain range). Great winch.

Answered by R. Boyd from Las Vegas, NV on 11/05/2022

A: 3 ¾” from top of tire bar. Do you mean over the motor? If so, yes.

Answered by Dave from 4WP HQ on 10/31/2022

Q: What size steel cable comes with Smittybilt 97612? Answer this question

A: 3/8 cable

Answered by Stac from Medford Oregon on 01/19/2022

A: The Smittybilt XRC GEN3 12K Winch with Steel Cable - S/B97612 (23/64" x 94' (9.2mm x 28.5m))

Answered by Dave from 4WP HQ on 01/12/2022

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: How much does it weigh? Answer this question

A: The Smittybilt XRC Gen3 12K Winch with Steel Cable - 97612 weighs 90lbs.

Answered by Dave from 4WP HQ on 12/06/2021


For 60 years Smittybilt has been fabricating aftermarket parts and today their products include Jeep tops, bumpers, lighting, winches and trail gear. Off-roaders count on the company's innovative parts like the original nerf bar side steps to equip their Jeeps for the trail and day-to-day driving. Pairing affordability without compromising quality is the hallmark of Smittybilt and the manufacturer's reputation carries over to products like its Overlander Series of tents, Adventure Boxes and SEMA award-winning magnetic trail skins for Jeeps. Smittybilt offers over 2,000 interior and exterior parts and accessories for 4x4s with multiple capabilities for jeepers of all levels. Shop Smittybilt Now


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