Originally Posted by fisheye003
Upon closer evaluation (cu 200 - old green one) I agree with Bantam1, I do think my carbontex drag washers are flatter, maybe too thin now, so that's why I'm not getting proper drag. Anyways, what do you guys recommend for replacement? Xtreme smoothies or carbontex or stock? Academy only had maint. kits for calcuttas and citicas so not sure if they'll fit.
Also, for the curado 200hdsv, I took it apart and noticed the drag washers (original) seemed to be stuck to the gear is that normal? everything seems to work fine with this one.
I have a buzillion casts logged on my CU 201's and am still using stock Shimano drag washers and Shimano Drag Grease.
I have some Carbontex kits waiting in the wings, just never got around to trying them.
Having said that......
1. You are having trouble with this reel, so the logical step is a step back to stock Shimano drag washers to eliminate that variable.
2. If that doesn't fix it, you may have an assembly issue.
I just mic'ed some Carbontex washers (.038) and some Shimano washers (.041 - .044) I don't think that's enough difference to matter.
Make sure that you have the correct washers....the Carbontex part number is CT200. Carbon Matrix on the otherhand is an ABU part and they are much thinner than the above and would noticeably lower the drag stack height.
Advanced drag tinkering :
Also, keep in mind that it is easy to alter the drag stack in this type of reel to make it shorter or taller. I have a CU-201 that I make taller and I am always tinkering with my ABU's.....it's about getting the star wheel to have the range of motion that I want.
In this particular Curado I need to lengthen the drag stack, so I extend the clutch tube with part # TGT 0359. It's a thrust washer from a Trinidad that matches the OD and ID of the Curado clutch tube. I use two in this particular reel. It's only in extreme cases where one would want to lengthen the clutch tube in a Curado.