Reel Cleaning

Discussion in 'Tackle and Rigging' started by Lumberjack93, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. Lumberjack93

    Lumberjack93 Member

    Guys, I have found these links to be quite helpful in tearing down fishing reels and cleaning them. The guy that does them is really good and detail oriented. I'm also toying with the idea of upgrading my drag systems from dry systems to wet systems. You'll see what I'm talking about when you view these links. Enjoy. :D

    The reels that have been torn down and photographed are:

    TLD 15

    Daiwa Saltist

    Avet 50 EX

    Okuma 15 2 Speed


    Shimano Beastmaster

    Penn 975

    TLD 20-25


    Daiwa SLX 20


    Penn Jigmaster


    Shimano Tiagra 16

    Penn Intl. 30

    Penn 975 LD


    TLD 20-30


    Avet SX

    Charter Special

    Penn 40 GLS

    Daiwa 50 H


    Accurate 12 Twin Drag

    So, have any of you guys upgraded your drags to smoothies?

    I'll try and post new reels as they are done.
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  2. Ragman

    Ragman Moderator

    Thanks Lumberjack!!!

    This is an excellent resource and will definitely help people break down and service their reels without having to put all of the parts into a bag and shipping it off to someone to put it back together! LOL

    Please feel free to update with additional reels as they become available or as you wish!
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  3. Uncle Russ

    Uncle Russ Senior Member

    Tom: You may laugh, (and I am certain that most of the folks on this board are more mechanically competent than I am--it would be hard not to be,) but you can't even imagine how those diagrams send chills up my spine. It's like witnessing a bad car wreck or a plane crash. When I even unscrew a sideplate on a Penn SS, I keep waitng for springs to start flying out. A picture of someone removing a retaining clip causes me to have a panic attack.

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  4. Ragman

    Ragman Moderator

    The only laughing is me with you!

    Though I'm not totally mechanically inept, whenever I take a reel down past getting to the bearings, I always have "extra" parts! :eek:

    But, my buddy Hawk from another board, always saves me.

    He did tell me a great secret when breaking down a reel:

    Get the schematic, but on a separate piece of paper, write down (sort of map) your own diagram of parts as you break down the reel to keep them in order.
    Always place them on a table in the order you took them off too!

    Oh well, I was looking for a new challenge this winter! LOL
  5. Uncle Russ

    Uncle Russ Senior Member


    Many many years ago, a buddy of mine helped me re-build the 283 in a '57 Chevy. The next one, he told me I would have to do myself. I told him I was worried about that and he said: "Relax, Russ, just take any parts that are left over, and drop them down the carburetor." I ended up giving the car to the Boy Scouts.

  6. Minnow

    Minnow Administrator

    Record it with your camcorder every steps you take that reel a part. This has helped me so far.
  7. SkeeterRonnie

    SkeeterRonnie Senior Member

    lol... try rebuilding an automotive transmission... Reels come easy after doing this for 6

    Every chance I get to replace drags with carbonfiber, I do. Unless its a quality reel, and already has them in
  8. PiePuncher

    PiePuncher Senior Member

    Transmissions are tough but an engine is easy. The tranny is a whole different monster. A fishing reel, simplicity at its best. lol I am always a little cautious when working on a reel I havent worked on before but for the most part, all reels are very similar. The only difference much of the time is the size of the parts.
    Skeeter, do you work on trannys? I just rebuilt the motor on my jeep a few months ago and also rebuilt the motor on my old 67 mustang but was not about to mess with the tranny.
  9. Snagged

    Snagged Senior Member

    Most automatic transmissions are easy. Try four and five speed transaxles.

    Why don't you put your reels in a plastic bag and ship to Hawk before you take them apart? :D
  10. Deep_Sea_Gull

    Deep_Sea_Gull Lifetime Supporting Members

    He's trying to give Hawk a challenge... :)
  11. Snagged

    Snagged Senior Member

    Hawk has Fissybuzz also!
  12. Lumberjack93

    Lumberjack93 Member

  13. alantani

    alantani Senior Member

    very nice looking board, gentlemen! i'm looking a whole new set of reels to go through and would be happy to post them here as well, if you wish. thanks! alan
  14. Minnow

    Minnow Administrator

    Welcome aboard Alantani.

    Thank you for posting on our forum, your post will be very helpfull to all of us.

    Looking forward to your post.
  15. gimmedeal

    gimmedeal Senior Member

    Absolutely, welcome aboard. There are some great folks posting on this board and your input will most definately be welcome. Have read some of your posts on other boards and I, personally, would like to be able to maintain my own reels and improve their performance at times. Look forward to your input on the board Alantani.

  16. SkeeterRonnie

    SkeeterRonnie Senior Member

    Jerry- i did ALL trannys, rear ends etc. 4,5, and the GM 6 speeds. For some reason i just "got it" when it came to trannies. the ASE tests were a breeeeze. I find reels to be more compicated, as the parts are smaller. Once I get the schematics printed out and in front of me, its like making a cake- just have to follow directions. (i did grow up in a mechanically inclined family though, so using my hands all my life has been easy- dad and grandpa were mechanics) I am the smart one, and have decided not to spend my life behind a wrench... LOL! BTW~ ya should see the horsepower I can squeeeeeze out of a GM small block.... love the knowledge, hate the work!
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  18. busterblue

    busterblue Junior member

    Thanks, Glad I found you guys. Nursing a bad shoulder (while the Tuna are hot and heavy off Cape cod) at least I can work on my gear while I heal.
  19. Fish Mauritius

    Fish Mauritius Junior member

    Alantani, you're great! Got many old reels at home...they would turn into jewels in your hands!
  20. mbg60

    mbg60 Member

    Is it just me? When I click on the Senor Tunas links my antivirus reports them as attack sites and blocks me from going there.
  21. dhancali

    dhancali Member