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Here's a link for a Saragosa drag cap fix:

Drag cap fix

Assuming that this keeps the cap from melting, I think there is still an open question. Since the drag (which is a top of spool drag) got hot enough to melt the plastic cap, what is the temperature of the drag washers and surrounding parts? Do they get hot enough to effect the gel-spun polyethylene?

I suspect the problem is, in part, that the drag washer heat is not being conducted to the spool, resulting in a high temperature rise in the washers, touching the plastic cap. Still, even though the cap will no longer melt, I think there will still be a lot of heat up there that has to get channeled somewhere.

By comparison, the Penn 950 ssm conducts all its heat through to the bottom of the spool directly. Also, the Shimano Stella 20000 has multiple bottom mounted washers that conduct their heat directly to the spool.
 

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This is an emial I sent and received from Shimano


Hugh,

We have a new drag knob for the reel. Please give us a call at 877-577-0600 and we will send you a replacement.

Dan Thorburn

Product Support Specialist





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Sent: Monday, February 16, 2009 3:09 PM
To: fishsitefeedback
Subject: Reel Inquiry






Message: I bought a Saragosa 1800 last year. I used it on one trip. This year I am hearing lots of bad things about the drag cap overheating on this real. I need to make sure that this does not happen to me while I am fishing. I have read that Shimano has a fix for this problem. Please advise.
 

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Yeah, Shimano is shipping me a new cap also, free of charge. The new cap is a harder stronger plastic....ummmm...may take little longer to melt than original. We'll see.
 

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I already recieved my new drag cap... Didn't even know the other was melted until someone posted about the problem. I checked mine and called shimano. They told me it was redesigned. I recieved the new cap a week later and it looks exactly the same. I called back and shimano told me that the new cap is made out of a different higher heat resistant material. I will be tesing it out if possible next week and will post a picture of the cap after a fish makes a big run with it.
 

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got mine too looks exactly the same as the original one that came with the reel
Thats what I said... The rep assures me it is different.
 
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