Smittybilt Winch XRC Gen 2 9,500lbs With Steel Cable

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  • 9,500Lbs Capacity
  • Steel Cable Design
  • 6.6 HP Motor
  • 93-1/2' Long 5/16" Cable
MSRP $545.99
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Smittybilt 9,500lbs Gen 2 XRC Winch with a Steel Cable.

One of the most productive aftermarket upgrades you can make to your trail-ready, off-road machine is adding a winch to your front end. Whether it be you or one of your trail riding partners that have the unfortunate experience of getting stuck, this Smittybilt 97495 9,500lbs Gen 2 XRC Winch with a Steel Cable is ideal. Between the 9,500lbs of pulling power and the heavy-duty steel cable, the trail won’t be able to stop you or anyone else off-roading with you.

Features and Benefits:
- Rated Line Pull: 9,500lbs. (4,309kgs) Single-Line
- Motor: 6.6 HP Series Wound
- Control: Remote Switch, 12” (3.7m) lead
- Gear Train: 3-Stage Planetary
- Gear Ratio: 161.28:1
- Waterproofing: IP67 Rating
- Fairlead: 4-Way Roller
- Weight: 78lbs. (35.0k)
- Bolt Pattern: 10”x4-1/2”
- Brake: Automatic In-Drum
- Overall Dimensions (LxWxH): 22.3”x5.4”x9.4”
- Drum Size: Diameter 2.5"
- Cable Type: Steel
- Cable: 93-1/2’ Long 5/16" Diameter
- Includes steel cable
- Easy to install

This 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. Never one to let style go by the wayside, Smittybilt has finished this winch in a UV-resistant black coating and included stainless steel hardware and oversized aluminum crossbars for a rugged look that will last a lifetime. Additionally, 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 are included.

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Installation Videos

Video Transcript

Today on CJ Off-Road, we're going to show you how to make your jeep trail-ready. Going out on the trail can be really difficult if you go by yourself. In case you get stuck, today we're going to look at the Smittybilt XRC Gen 2 9,500 pound capacity winch. This is a Smittybilt second generation of their XRC winch, which has been extremely popular in the off-road world. It features a 6.6 horsepower series wound motor with a three-stage planetary drive. The housing and the body features an IP67 rating with a durable UV-resistant black coating.

It includes a four-way rotor fair lead with both black and machine elements. Now, it does feature a steel cable and also all the wiring connections, and even a clevis hook to get it installed. Let's get it installed in our 2013 Jeep Wrangler. Tools needed for this installation, a three-eighth inch ratchet, 10-millimeter socket, 14-millimeter socket, 16-millimeter socket, 18-millimeter socket, a swivel, a four-inch extension, 16-millimeter box wrench, 18-millimeter box wrench, and a set of needle-nose pliers.

Before we get the winch installed on to the jeep, there are a couple things that we need to do. The solenoid here, which is what gives power to the winch and activates the motor, has to be installed. There's a couple ways you can do it. Smittybilt includes the brackets to do so. You can put it offset of the winch, but in our case we're going to put it right here in the center. That's where we have the most space. Let's put the brackets on and get it installed. We've got the solenoid flipped upside down. Since we're going to go to the top-mounted location, I'm going to show you how to get the brackets on and get that all squared away.

It actually comes with all the necessary hardware, so we're going to take the brackets, place them on top of the solenoid like this. Now, you see where the wiring comes out? That's where the flat pieces are going to go. They're going to go towards that end. We're going to go with this hole right here to mount it on. It includes spacers, so you put the spacer on before on both of these holes. Then you put the longer screws with a lock washer on them and just get them threaded a couple threads. We'll tighten them down with this wide Allen key.

With all the screws tightened down, we can install the solenoid onto the top of the winch. Now, this front end actually hooks up underneath. With the solenoid in place, grab another two of these Allen screws. There's a threaded part right here, we're going to put two in and just tighten them up. Once again, make sure you put a lock washer on there. While the winch is still up on the table, we may as well connect the terminals for the wiring. Now, as you can see, they are lettered. They correspond with the other letters on the winch. Let's get them tightened up now.

To connect these terminals, all you have to do is unscrew the nut here, take the washer and the lock washer off, and then put the ring right on top of there and tighten it back down. Washer goes on first, then the lock washer, and then finally the nut. We'll put them all on before we tighten them up. Once you have it flipped over, you do have access to this bolt underneath. It un-threads the same as the other ones. Then we're going to connect two wires to it. You have this smaller wire right here that goes to the solenoid box, and then you have your main ground for the winch. You're going to put both of those on to this.

Then we'll flip it back over and get the rest of the terminals tightened up. Then we put the terminal covers right on top and do the same for the other two. While the winch is up on the table too, it helps to install the square nuts into this slot here. That way we'll be installing the bolts up through the bottom once it's actually sitting on the bumper. Take these and slide them in right here. Then I'm going to use a little bit of masking tape to hold them into place. Just a little bit of masking tape will do the job. We're just about ready to put the winch on, but before we do so, I went ahead and decided to put some masking tape on the grille and on the bumper just to protect it a little bit.

Grab an extra set of hands, and we'll get this thing put on right now. We're under the jeep, and you can only see one of the bolts here. I actually have it started. This is really where the masking tape will help. It'll keep that square nut into the housing there and let you thread on the bolt. Once you get that one tightened, we're going to go through and tighten down the rest of them. Once the winch is all bolted up, the final step is going to be to install the fair lead on the outside before you do your wiring.

As you can see, we've got a little bit of the wire spooled out. Make sure that you put this through before you bolt the fair lead on. Then we're going to use the supplied hardware, put the bolt in through the front, then put the nut on to the back. It's a bit tricky to get it started, but if you just work at it, you'll get it. Then we'll move on to the other side. Then we'll use an 18-millimeter box wrench and socket to get these tightened down. Once the fair lead is all tightened up, we can put the clevis hook right on to the ring here. Start by putting it over, put the pin through, and then the cotter pin underneath, and we'll spread that out to make sure that it stays on.

Finish this up, let's put the safety pull-strap right on the clevis hook like so. We've got the wires all fished up through the engine compartment, now we're ready to hook it up to our battery. That completes the installation. Let's get it all hooked up and see if it works. All you have to do to use your winch is simply remove the cover on the solenoid there, and then plug your winch controller in. Now, there is a little bit of an indexing notch, and it'll slide right in, and you'll hear a faint click. Once it's in, you're ready to use your winch.

Now, to use your winch properly, you have to be aware of this clutch over here. Now, when the switch is pointing towards you, that's at a free spool, meaning that you can pull the cable towards you and use as much as you need. When you're ready to engage it and pull the winch in or recover yourself, you simply turn this to the engage position, and then you're ready to go. Now, let's try it out and see how it works.

Everything seems to be working great, and the install turned out pretty good. We just finished up the install of the new XRC Gen 2 winch on the front of our Wrangler. It turned out really great, and it's going to be a really good feature to have on the trail. You know what they say with the winch? It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. The install time only took about two hours. You can find this winch and many other great parts right here at

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