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Old 06-19-2019, 03:25 PM
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I bought a diawa deep drop rod a over a year ago and when I put it together I noticed that the butt was not lined up with the rod, you can see this in the pics below. I got the rod from west marine but got it through a cousin for a discounted price cause she worked there so instead of trying to send it back I decided to keep it and just deal with it but its driving me crazy. Its the piece inside the bent butt that lines the pole up is not straight, can this piece be turned or is it permantly fixed? thanks


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You can try using a little heat and try twisting off worst case you can cut it off with a small cutting wheel and install a new gimble of the correct size.
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It looks like a 2 piece rod and the reel is mounted crooked on the butt. I would loosen the top gold nut to see if the ferrule is misaligned. If it is and you can align the butt with the rod do it then loosen the reel and realign it. Just my thoughts.
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Walk in to the nearest WM and ask them to replace it. Worst they can do is say no.
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Originally Posted by Bugtussle View Post
It looks like a 2 piece rod and the reel is mounted crooked on the butt. I would loosen the top gold nut to see if the ferrule is misaligned. If it is and you can align the butt with the rod do it then loosen the reel and realign it. Just my thoughts.
it is a 2 piece rod and the reel is not mounted crooked, if you take to pole off and look down inside the butt you can see the piece that engauges the rod is not straight. im not home to take a pic of what im talking about, hopefully someone knows what im talking about
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Can’t be fixed unless you build/repair rods and have the appropriate equipment. Happened to me and I took the rod back to the guy I bought it from.
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Originally Posted by 03Scarab29 View Post
Can’t be fixed unless you build/repair rods and have the appropriate equipment. Happened to me and I took the rod back to the guy I bought it from.
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When the rod was built, the holding guide for the reel was not aligned or where it was supposed to be.
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OK, so you have a butt that is off center. A few things to look at - troubleshoot.
1. The ferrule that was mounted to the rod may not be lined up properly. You can take the butt off the rod and see if the groove in the ferrule is perpendicular to the guides. If it is not, you have discovered your problem. You can fix this by heating up the ferrule with a torch, put it in a vice and twist it off the rod - Then reinstall correctly with epoxy.

2. If the ferrule it mounted on the rod correctly and you still have the problem. Look inside the butt at the ferrule locking key that protrudes to engage and line up the rod. Check to see if this "key" is perpendicular with the reel seat on the butt. If these two are not aligned perpendicular, then it is a defect in the butt.

3. If the previous two are all lined up, then the real-seat was mounted on the butt so it did not line up with the factory bend. Again, a defect during production that cant be fixed.

I am hoping it is just the ferrule portion glued to the rod that is off kilter, and that is easily fixed. If that is the case, straighten that out and reposition/ mount your reel and the problem is solved.


If you have questions, or find that you need a replacement butt, please feel free to give me a call - 210-364-6943
Hope this helps
Best of luck!
John / Pinnacle Marine

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