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Old 11-18-2012, 09:49 AM
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One of the members here sent me a few reels. I received a Baitrunner 6500, a TLD 25 and a Penn 5500...Name:  001.JPG
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I started with the 5500. It was a pretty new reel and Alex questioned whether he should send it in or not. I thought that I could make a difference with the operation as well as forthe long term if he sent it to me.
Upon opening it, thefirst thing I realized was the factory grease had hardened, and was not that effective.Name:  003.JPG
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I started taking the spool apart next. The gold clip holds the pinion bearing in place.Name:  006.JPG
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All three bearings are out...they need cleaned, blown dry and greased. Brake cleaner cleans them, air compressor blows them dry and my modified mini grease gun with the modified tip helps to repack them with Yamaha blue marine grease.Name:  008.JPG
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:32 AM
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Next are the drag washers. The 5500 has a nice assortment of fiber and steel washers that ake up the drag. But they are shipped dry. Myself and many other reel repair folks feel that a greased drag is better. It does a better job of repelling water and salt, and is more consistent thru the range. The Cals goes on sloppy and gets wiped off.....Name:  017.JPG
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Here are the parts from the ultrasonic cleaner..getting greased and replaced.Name:  022.JPG
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One of the things I do with some parts is to use some 600 grit paper and wd40 to put a smooth finish on them. I am doing that with the crosswind block and gearName:  024.JPG
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The rotor and parts go together next..this is the underside of the anti reverse....that spring clip goes in the A/R levers slot.Name:  026.JPG
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Nice job! Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial. Great pics.
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Rick, I'm glad I sent you the reel! Working on a Sunday?!?! Your passion and commitment to the art shows! Thank you Rick!
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Originally Posted by querico View Post
Rick, I'm glad I sent you the reel! Working on a Sunday?!?! Your passion and commitment to the art shows! Thank you Rick!
I's all good, Alex!!

Momma was out running around and I wanted to do a little work out there......and they started calling my name....

I had just installed some new work trays, and had the camera handy so thought I'd snap a few shots....

I have everything I need for the TLD upgrade as well...

We just have to decide what size T-bar handle to put on her..

I'lll take some pics with both handles and see what you think.

If I'm lucky, all the baitrunner parts will behave and not shoot across the room...
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Excellent job, love the technical side of "how things work" and how to keep them working for a long time.
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Originally Posted by Lateshow View Post
Excellent job, love the technical side of "how things work" and how to keep them working for a long time.
Thanks! I try to be very thorough. Also, this isn't rocket science. For those here that want to do a little preventive maintenance, I hope it is helpful.
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