? for bantam1 about older shimano brakes
Bantam 1, Over the last few years, I have seen a large number of spool brake housings with cracks in them on the older reels. The issue is on all of the B model reels. The cracks are forming in the plastic housing right at the point where the steel pins go. I'm fairly certain that shimano doesn't have any replacement spools left for these reels and the prices at some of the few parts dealers that still have them are very steep with crazy shipping prices also. I have tried repairing them with high quality fast set glues. I have had limited sucess with that. If there are just a couple of cracks, I have simply pulled those pins. I was wondering if you know of a way to repair them? Or if there is still a spool that would replace them or perhaps a replacement brake hub that could be pressed on? Also, do you know whats causing this issue? Is it simple age in which case we will see more and more of them go bad now, or is it a heat / cold expansion and contraction issue causing the cracks? The biggest problem I'm seeing is that once they are cracked, the steel pins slide out and make a screeching noise as they rub the brake ring. This also cuts a deep groove in the ring if they use it like that for awhile. I'm thinking about experimenting on the next one by removing the pins and then seeing if i can melt the plastic crack shut with a soldering iron and then grind the pin smooth and stick it in hot to see if that will fix them. What do you think?