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Old 06-29-2019, 09:29 AM
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Im wondering what I’m missing here.

I have 4 Talica 16ii s. All of them range in ages from 1-3 years old.

Just about all of them have had to be serviced due to “rough” gears. Each time Shimano says there has been salt water intrusion

I treat them the same as I do all of my other reels (Tiagras and TLDs). Thorough wash down with fresh water after each use, wipe down with corrosion x and stored in AC. I never have problems with any other set ups.

What gives? Has anyone else had similar issues, or perhaps I need to change how I clean them?
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I own 3
fresh water wash down after each trip, they get a workout. So far,no issues at all .
3 seasons on one of them.
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They seem to have a way of letting a little saltwater inside....not a reel that should ride the gunnel on a wet boat.

I have yet to replace a gear set, so far it has been spool and pinion bearings.
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usually the roughness is the failure of the right main side plate bearing. it is always the first, most common, thing to fail in any lever drag reel. many of us will take the time to pack this bearing with grease. my first guess, shimano is not doing that, hence your failures.
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These usually spend most time in the gunnel. So perhaps they’re getting too wet there when using raw water

But it I have 5 tiagras. That get drenched in salt water. Outside of regular maintenance, they have been solid. Same with TLD 30 2 speeds. Perfect.

Just frustrated that these require so much upkeep. Thinking I should have gone with senators.

Any other tips to keep these running longer without problems?

Ill pack bearings with grease. To be honest I have not personally opened them up. I have always had shimano service them.
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sold mine because of bearing failures... replaced with a saltiga star drag and havent looked back.. all i do is bottom fish and the Saltiga has been awesome.. no problems yet
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Originally Posted by JaxBch View Post
Just frustrated that these require so much upkeep. Thinking I should have gone with senators.
Those are two of the most dissimilar reels that I can think of! Talicas make great two speed trolling reels...but are not made to crank down hard on for stopping big grouper, etc while bottom fishing...but the old Penn Senators are.

If you bottom fish those Talicas and keep the drag lever locked tight, that alone can blow out a pinion gear. A Saltiga or Trinidad is an excellent star drag reel that will take that abuse. If you need a reel with a little lower gear than those two, the new Torium PG is a fine reel.
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I went talica for bottom reel because I wanted a lever drag and it goes into complete free spool.
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Originally Posted by featherfanatic View Post
sold mine because of bearing failures... replaced with a saltiga star drag and havent looked back.. all i do is bottom fish and the Saltiga has been awesome.. no problems yet
interesting. I also have a Penn Torque II 7500 that I really like for bottom. It too had a bearing failure.

I guess im just too hard on my bottom rigs.
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I Use Talica 25s for most of my trolling. Love them, except for the light clicker sound. I use Talica 16's for my bottom fishing, love them and i have locked up the drag to get em out from the rocks. I guess I've been lucky, never had a drag go on me yet.... All are two speed models
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I have quite a few Avet Raptors and I've replaced the pinion bearings in every one of them (so far no boca hybrid ceramic bearings have failed yet). None of the reels have ever been fished over 80% of the maximum rated drag rating either (most are fished between 30-40%) . I attribute most of the bearing failures to saltwater intrusion. They see a very significant amount of salt spray on the boat rides. My boats out of commission this summer so we fished out of an 18ft bay boat yesterday. They got soaked with saltwater while on the console from almost every wave we hit, it was rough.

I tear them down fully after every season and clean/lube them up. I have found varying amounts of salt in them. Still like them a lot but they are definitely not bulletproof reels. The benefits do outweigh the extra maintenance for me anyway..... since I do all the servicing myself.

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I think my Talicas are kinda like my Accurates.

Great reels, just not as bomb proof as others makes and models.

Maybe bomb proof isn't the words. They just seem like you need to kinda take care of them. Avets, Penn Internationals, Tiagras, seem much more forgiving to abuse and neglect.
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The first thing I do with a reel that has aluminum side plates and SS screws is to remove the side plates and wipe a layer of water proof blue grease and the sides of center frame and side plates, along with the screw holes. It helps keep water out of the gear area and protects the screw holes. I also keep the rods off the gunnel rod holders when running at speed. Rods are stored on tower legs, out of the spray. We use hot soapy water to wash down on the way in, after fishing. Lastly- dry with shammy type towel.
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Originally Posted by JaxBch View Post
Im wondering what I’m missing here.

I have 4 Talica 16ii s. All of them range in ages from 1-3 years old.

Just about all of them have had to be serviced due to “rough” gears. Each time Shimano says there has been salt water intrusion

I treat them the same as I do all of my other reels (Tiagras and TLDs). Thorough wash down with fresh water after each use, wipe down with corrosion x and stored in AC. I never have problems with any other set ups.

What gives? Has anyone else had similar issues, or perhaps I need to change how I clean them?
it’s the a/c. Turn th a/c off.😂😂
kidding. I haven’t had any trouble with mine YET. Hope I don’t.
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2 more back to Ricks. Anti reverse died this time and one was grinding.
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Originally Posted by JaxBch View Post


These usually spend most time in the gunnel. So perhaps they’re getting too wet there when using raw water

But it I have 5 tiagras. That get drenched in salt water.
Just my humble opinion but you gave two examples about getting "drenched in saltwater and getting too wet when using raw water". I keep saltwater away from my reels as much as possible. Running with a rod in a gunnel rod holder is a good way to loose a rod and reel let alone get the reel soaked with saltwater. My raw water wash down hose is only used to hose off a very bloody deck and never sprayed on any equipment.
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i think talicas are over rated, i take care of mine and they get corrosion on side plates, and when i say i take care of them i mean just like my tiagras and avets or my penns, i dont give them extra attention, and thats what they need, IMO, the aluminum they use is crap, but they do perform well, just get old quicker than any other,
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talc's are great reels when they are working correctly, fast, light, and smooth, but definitely not as bulletproof tiagras and TLDs. very talica 25 I've had had had its handle knob come off at least once , usually when fighting a fish and there are a bunch of micro washers and bearing inside the knob that that come out and fall all over the floor when it happens so you can never get it back together the same, and have to order a new handle arm shaft knob assembly , only for it to eventually happen again
I have a few talica 12s that have been much more reliable than the 25s ,no handle knob problems but a few bearing issues over the years
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Originally Posted by JaxBch View Post
2 more back to Ricks. Anti reverse died this time and one was grinding.
How much drag are you fishing?

I bet high drag is as much of a problem if not more of a problem then the saltwater intrusion. Continual high drag use on lever drags will eventually wear out the side plate bearing.... that's just part of bottom fishing with LD's.
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
How much drag are you fishing?

I bet high drag is as much of a problem if not more of a problem then the saltwater intrusion. Continual high drag use on lever drags will eventually wear out the side plate bearing.... that's just part of bottom fishing with LD's.
I just checked the two that I still have at home. One is at 10# the other is at 15#.

I’m not sure where the ones that are at Ricks we’re set currently. They should have been around the above numbers.

Rarely lock them down, but it does happen.

Reels are stored indoors and set in free spool with the clicker on.

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