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Old 05-17-2020, 09:20 AM   #1
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Bringing a reel back to new

Any one have any luck bring a baitcaster back to like new or do they just get wore out ? I've cleaned and cleaned fresh oil/ grease ,works good for two trips then back to short casting. Not real short but not like new. chronarch and curados
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Old 05-17-2020, 10:06 AM   #2
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In my experience, to do it right you have to completely break it down, clean everything that’s cleanable and replace anything that is worn out or about to be. Then put it back together. With new grease, lube, etc.
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Old 05-17-2020, 10:54 AM   #3
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One issue I found is that most sealed and shielded bearings come from the factory with grease in them. If you want the best casting performance, you have to soak those bearings in solvent to remove the grease, then re-lube them with light oil, like 3in1 or my favorite, sewing machine oil.

Aside from being too viscous for a high speed, low torque application (like a spool bearing), the grease attracts grunge and salt over time.
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Old 05-17-2020, 01:25 PM   #4
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took them completely apart, cleaned in dawn. dried them off, soak the bearing in light oil reel lube. small amount reel grease on the front. works good for 2 trips. Don't whether to try new bearings or just get new reels.
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You should be able to get them working about like new. Pay close attention to the spool bearings (normally three of them) and get them cleaned and oiled properly, or replace them. Two of the three spool bearings will be identical and the other one will have a larger inner hole. Make sure you get that one cleaned and serviced like the other two. Use a very small amount of reel oil on the spool bearings, like a drop. You can get replacement bearings from Boca Bearings online. Get a schematic for your reel if you dont already have one. Might also add a small amount of oil to the small round brakes and get those set properly (as to number of brakes that are engaged).

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Just for comparison purposes take the reel or reels you’ve been cleaning and lubing yourself to a professional reel repairman. Over-lubing and/or the type of lube used is the next worse thing to no lube.
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Since you already know how to break the reel down and reassemble it, you are already half way there. The cost of a pair of spool roller bearings is the lower cost option if cost is your concern.

I say buy the new reel that you want...plus, keep the current one, rebuild it, and keep it in the rotation with your others.

The Alan Tani website is my preferred source for reel maintenance research, tools, techniques, and lessons learned.

Many ways to clean a roller bearing. For speed and efficiency, B12 Chemtool carb cleaner works well. Put the bearing on the end of a dowel/pencil/or hold the inner cylinder with hemostats, to allow for free spin and blow the bearing clean. B12 blasts will take away the old oil and grease with the spray pressure and it evaporates quickly and leaves the bearings and race surfaces pristine clean. You can then detect if it rolls smoothly or not before you apply your favorite oil. If they’re still gritty and not rolling smooth after this cleaning, throw them out and replace with new bearings.


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Replace the bearings with ceramic and let er rip you’ll be impressed with the difference
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