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finnor ofc 16h rebuild - 12/1/2009

a good friend from lousiana send this reel to me at the beginning of the year. it sat for several months before i was able to go through it, then the photos have sat until now.



according to the website Fin-Nor. . .World-Class Big Game Tackle , it has a cast aluminum frame, carbon fiber drag washers and a 6.2 to 1 gear ratio. it'a a very nice looking reel!





i found this in the pamphlet that came with the reel. it reminds me of a car salesman saying "no reasonable offer refused." I know this kind of disclaimer is necessary, but it doesn't mean that i have to like it.



i wasn't able to find the schematic on-line, so don't lose your hard copies.





let's start by removing the left side cover (key #35). back out the three cover screws (key #38).



wow! looks alot like a daiwa saltist. i'm going to open up the left side spool bearing (key #31).



actually, let's take a minute to get this spool out of the way. the brakes fall off easily. never been a fan of these. a little masking tap will keep the spectra from getting too greasy.



back out the spool click spring screw (key #27).



remove the spool click spring (key #28) and bearing retainer (key #29).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_24_53_1.jpeg

the left side plate bearing (key #31) is 6x12x4mm.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_24_53_2.jpeg

the bearing was opened up, cleaned with carb cleaner and compressed air, and relubed with xtreme reel +.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_24_54_3.jpeg

back in it goes.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_24_55_4.jpeg

install the bearing retainer (key #29), the click spring (key #28) and the spool click spring screw (key #27).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_26_12_0.jpeg

the right spool bearing (key #25) is 8x16x5mm.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_26_12_1.jpeg

for maximum freespool, this bearing will also be opened up, degreased and lubed with xtreme reel +.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_26_13_2.jpeg

install the spool assembly (key #44).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_26_14_3.jpeg

install the left side cover assembly (key #35).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_26_14_4.jpeg

install the left side cover screws (key #37) and you are done servicing the spool bearings. this is also as far as you will need to go for your routine service. bearings are always the first things to fail. at the very least, pull the side plates on your reels and lube the bearings now.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_28_12_0.jpeg

onward! remove the bolts for the rod clamp assembly (key #67), grease the bolts and re-install them.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_28_13_1.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_28_14_2.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_28_15_3.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_28_16_4.jpeg

now for the right side plate. remove the handle nut screw (key #3).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_30_04_0.jpeg

remove the handle nut plate (key #1).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_30_05_1.jpeg

remove the handle nut (key #2) with a 10mm wrench.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_30_05_2.jpeg

remove the handle assembly (key #4).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_30_06_3.jpeg

remove the spacer (key #5).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_30_07_4.jpeg

unscrew the drag star (key #6).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_31_09_0.jpeg

remove the bearing washer (key #66) and click spring assembly (key #65).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_31_10_1.jpeg

remove the two spring washers (key #64). the are installed in a "()" orientation.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_31_11_2.jpeg

remove the bearing washer (key #63).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_31_12_3.jpeg

remove all three right side cover screws (key #13).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_31_12_4.jpeg

remove the right side cover assembly (key #14).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_32_29_0.jpeg

it still looks like a saltist.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_32_30_1.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_32_31_2.jpeg

remove the clutch (key #60) and the clutch sleeve (key #59).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_32_32_4.jpeg

here's what the drag stack looks like.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_33_30_0.jpeg

here you see the same ambassaduer-style dog (or anti-reverse pawl assembly (key #58).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_33_30_1.jpeg

carefully remove the a/r pawl (key #58) and the a/r ratchet (key #50) as a unit. take care not to bend the springs of the pawl.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_33_31_2.jpeg

remove the yoke springs (key #21), the pinion gear (key #20), the yoke (key #22) and the yoke plate (key #23).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_33_32_3.jpeg

remove the three screws (key #48-B) for the drive shaft retainer (key #47).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_33_33_4.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_34_46_0.jpeg

remove the drive shaft (key #49).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_34_47_1.jpeg

the drive shaft bearing (key #46) measures 8x14x3.5mm.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_34_47_2.jpeg

since this bearing does not affect freespool, i'll pack it with grease to give it the best corrosion resistance.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_34_48_3.jpeg

the felt drive shaft pad (key #45) goes in the center of the bearing.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_34_49_4.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_36_17_0.jpeg

re-install the drive shaft (key #49).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_36_18_1.jpeg

install the drive shaft retainier (key #47) and screws (key #48-B).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_36_19_2.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_36_20_3.jpeg

install the yoke plate (key #23).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_36_21_4.jpeg

install the yoke (key #22) and pinion gear (key #20) as a unit.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_42_03_0.jpeg

install the yoke spring washers (no key #).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_42_04_1.jpeg

install the yoke springs (key #21).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_42_05_2.jpeg

install the a/r pawl (key #58) and the a/r ratchet (key #50) as a unit. check the function of the pawl. if it does not "grab" properly, squeeze the leaf springs of the pawl together so that it does.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_42_05_3.jpeg

as close as this reel appears in design to the daiwa saltist, i'll bet these will work.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_42_06_4.jpeg

here are the carbontex drag washers in their proper order, and the stock drag washers ready to be tossed.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_43_34_0.jpeg

i'll apply a coat of cal's drag grease to each washer and reassemble the drag stack.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_43_35_1.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_43_37_3.jpeg

install the clutch sleeve (key #59).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_43_37_4.jpeg

install the clutch (key #60).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_46_02_4.jpeg

salt will stick to any intermal metal surface that is not coated with grease. take an old toothbrush and let's spread some of this grease around.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_45_59_0.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_46_00_1.jpeg

the drive shaft bearing (key #62) is 8x14x4 and has been quietly sitting in the right side cover. remove it and set it aside.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_46_01_2.jpeg

install the right side cover assembly (key #14) with the clutch lever (key #11) in the forward or "in gear" position.

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_47_30_0.jpeg

install the three cover screws (key #13).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_47_30_1.jpeg

open up the drive shaft bearing (key #62), pack it with grease, reshield it and place it back in the right side cover assembly (key #14).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_47_31_2.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_47_32_3.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_47_32_4.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_50_47_0.jpeg

install the keyed bearing washer (key #63), the two spring washers (key #64) in a "()" configuration, the click spring assembly (key #65) and the plain bearing washer (key #66).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_50_48_1.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_8_50_49_3.jpeg

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_9_15_01_0.jpeg

install the drag star (key #6) and tighten it down until the drag star clears the "shoulders" of the drive shaft (key #49).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_9_15_02_1.jpeg

install the spacer (key #5).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_9_15_03_2.jpeg

install the handle assembly (key #4).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_9_15_04_3.jpeg

install the handle nut (key #2).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_9_15_04_4.jpeg

install the handle nut plate (key #1).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_9_34_47_0.jpeg

install the handle nut plate screw (key #3).

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_9_34_48_1.jpeg

and done!

http://alantani.com/gallery/1/1_31_05_09_9_34_49_3.jpeg

now, for a few comments about this reel. if you like the design, fit and finish of the daiwa saltist, you'll love the finnor. unfortunately, it has the same ambassaduer-style dog and single anti-reverse roller bearing that has cause so much difficulty for me in the past. like the saltist, this reel benefits greatly from a carbontex upgrade and bearing service. overall, it's a very nice reel!
 

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Nice! I played with my 20. A Daiwa handle will fit; I used both my Saltist and Saltiga handle arm on the Fin Nor without a problem. The ARB is much beefier and doesn't slip nearly as much as my Saltist does, and it takes more drag to make it slip. It seems to be more like the Saltiga than the Saltist in terms of the anti reverse. I have had mine up to 38# of drag, and the ARB hasn't failed on me yet! On mine, I doubled up the spring washers as the ones in mine were very thin and flattened out easily; they didn't hold their curve very well! My min drag is 10-12# and the max is around 38 or 39#.
 
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