Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Specs

Rated capacity 12000 lbs. @ 5.58 ft/min
Max GVWR 8000 lbs.
Power 6.6 HP 12V Electric
Model number 97512
Weight 99 lb
Line 98.5' 3/8" Steel
Size 22.3" X 5.4" X 9.4"
Attributes Electric IP68 Wireless Steel
Price @4 Wheel Parts @Amazon

Last updated: Feb 19, 2019

Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Max Weight Capacity ↑TOP

Maximum Vehicle Weight

You need a winch with a capacity of at least: 6750 Pounds

With your GVWR of 4500 pounds this winch is strong enough for your vehicle. This winch's capacity is times your GVWR.

Manufacturers recommend a winch capacity 1.5-2 times your GVWR.

Winch Pulling Power vs. Cable Layers

In our chart, you can see that this winch, like all winches, is more powerful with fewer wraps of cable on the drum.

If you need more pulling power, use a winch anchor that's further away or use a snatch block.

More spooled out winch line = More pulling power!

Safety issue! The first layer should always have at least 5 wraps of cable on the winch drum when the winch is under load.

Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Pulling Power per Cable Layer


Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Pulling Power per Cable Layer
Cable Layers Pounds
1 12000 lbs.
2 9530 lbs.
3 7929 lbs.
4 6770 lbs.

Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Winch Lines ↑TOP

In the next chart, we look at when different winch line configurations will break when you use the Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512.

Stock winch line: 98.5' 3/8" diameter Steel

Winch lines break because they get overloaded.

Synthetic winch lines have higher breaking strengths than steel for a given diameter.

Some wheelers switch their winch line - some go up a size in synthetic (i.e. 5/16" to 3/8") to get more strength. Others will go down a size (i.e. 3/8" to 5/16") to get extra length while choosing a synthetic winch rope that has at least as much strength as the factory steel cable.


  • If you're really stuck, help your winch motor and winch line by either digging/moving dirt or repositioning your rig with a Hi-Lift Jack.
  • A double winch line using a snatch block is much safer (though slower) than a single winch line.
  • Use a winch line damper.

Winch Line Breaking Strength vs. Your GVWR

Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Power ↑TOP

Power Type Electric
Motor Voltage 12V
Gear Ratio 256:1
Gear system 3 Stage Planetary
Clutch Sliding Ring Gear
Brake Automatic In-Drum
Fastest linespeed 24.6 ft/min pulling 0 lbs.
Slowest linespeed 5.58 ft/min pulling 12000 lbs.

We recommend electric winches for most fourwheelers.

Electric winches will work without the engine running, which may be necessary in certain situations like a rollover or with a water-flooded engine.

Winch Load vs. Motor Amperage and Line Speed


Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Line Speed and Amp Draw Under Load
Load Linespeed Amp draw
0 lbs. 24.6 feet/minute 70 A
3000 lbs. 11.48 feet/minute 138 A
6000 lbs. 8.86 feet/minute 218 A
9000 lbs. 7.22 feet/minute 260 A
12000 lbs. 5.58 feet/minute 330 A

Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Control ↑TOP


Wired remote?
Wired remote lead length 12'
Wireless remote?
Wireless remote distance 160'

Winches come with a wired remote, a wireless remote, or both.

Wireless remotes work at a further distance than wired remotes, and have no cables that get snagged. You do need to make sure that the batteries have a charge.

Control Pack

Control pack type Solenoid
Control pack pin count 5

Your winch remote actually controls a control pack that uses either solenoids or contactors.

Solenoids are older technology, so you find them on older and budget winches.

Contactor packs are newer technology and are found on newer winches.

Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Dimensions ↑TOP


Length 22.3"
Depth 5.4"
Height 9.4"
Weight 99 lb

Read more about how winch line and fairleads affect the weight of your winch.


Fairlead type Steel roller
Fairlead mount distance 10"

You can use an aluminum hawse fairlead ONLY with synthetic winch rope. Steel winch cable will destroy an aluminum hawse.

You can use a steel roller fairlead with steel winch cable or synthetic winch rope.

However, note that every winch rope manufacturer DOES recommend that you switch to an aluminum hawse. This is likely because used steel roller fairleads often have gouges and burrs that can damage a synthetic winch rope.


Mounting pattern 4.5" x 10"
Foot orientation Foot down or foot forward
Motor clockable?
Gearbox clockable?

Read more about foot-forward vs. foot-down winch mounting.

Read more about winch clocking.

Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Details ↑TOP


Waterproof rating IP68
Finish Uv Resistant Textured Matte Black
Bracing Aluminum Tie Bar
Made in China
  • 2 solenoid pack mounting positions
  • Magnetic wired/wireless remote sticks on any steel surface

In the Box

  • Winch
  • Winch hook
  • Mounting hardware
  • Battery cables
  • Steel roller fairlead
  • Wired remote
  • Wireless remote


Lifetime mechanical, 3 year electrical

Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Installation ↑TOP


Mounting hardware 4 - 3/8"-16 x 1.25" w/square nuts
Mounting hardware torque 23 lb-ft





Smittybilt Gen2 X2O 12000 Waterproof Winch 97512 Manual and Parts List ↑TOP