OT - Drag washer replacement
OK, so I did a search so that I don't find out by tomorrow that there were 72 other posts on the same subject.
So, I'm in learning mode again, and I decided to take my TLDs and Senators apart and clean and lube them this time around. When inspecting the drag washers - how do you know they need to be replaced ? Beyond the obvious, which is signs of damage (broken, crushed fiber washers). Is there a good rule of thumb ?
Here is a post from the Chesapeake board on a guy that has very good details on a Senator rebuild. Lots of photos on this post...might help you out.
Good stuff here too.
He has done a bunch of other reels too, just look for the posts under screen name alantani. The guy is pretty good.
This may not be much of an answer but here goes, I believe in preventive maintenance.
Depending on how much I use a particular reel (fish caught, other variables ) will dictate when I will change mine out.
The way I see it, changing them is cheap insurance against losing a fish of a LIFETIME.
Hope I am making some sense.
Last edited by hookinfinger; 04-03-2008 at 03:46 PM.
If the washers have lost much of their pattern or are flattened out, replace them.
Alan knows his stuff as good as anybody. If you don't want to do it yourself he'll service your reels at a very reasonable price.!
Originally Posted by Fish Dad
all of the posts are here in one place .... Reel Tips
basically, if the drags are sticky, let's take a look at them. alan
Try taking them to Long Bay Point for Shimano or PA Tackle Penn. Ask them if they can show you examples and or watch them in the servicing. Some of those little parts need special tools to get them back together.
I get them serviced by these great shops.
Good to pull them apart, I learned a lot, but don't think I would do it again. Washers looked good, couldn't figure out how to remove the washer from the TLD - off to the shop next time. Thanks for the help !!
They TLD's can be tricky especially when you try and put the drag lever back on. Learned on that one.