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Old 03-21-2004, 07:52 AM
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My offshore rods have Aftco roller guides.

I'm in the process of taking each roller insert out then cleaning and lubricating the roller and bushing.
I'm using "reel saver" oil for lubrication.

A couple of questions.
Is the reel saver oil the best choice for the lube here?
Does anyone apply a "thread lock" to the screw thread when reassembling?
Does anyone else do this on an annual basis?
Anything else to watch out for?
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Old 03-21-2004, 07:59 AM
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I do it annually, but I use silicone spray. I also spray the rollers after each use. I had a roller to stick once and the line got a "flat side" really fast, so I've become more particular about keeping the rollers rolling.

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Old 03-21-2004, 09:45 AM
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Hmmm.... Your post got me thinking. I was in the habit of spraying with Corrosion X, but here is what Aftco's catalog has to say:

"Do not attempt to lubricate AFTCO roller guides with spray lubricants, as these chemical solvents will actually gum up the rollers and ultimately hinder their performance. Instead, we recommend a waterproof grease - such as Penn's Blue International Lube - to be applied sparingly to the outside of the bearings."

I have never applied a thread lock, and have not had a problem.

http://www.aftco.com/catalog/AFTCOCatalog2002.pdf
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Old 03-22-2004, 03:27 PM
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Does anyone else clean these?

Should I not be doing this?
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Old 03-22-2004, 03:30 PM
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DD - 2004-03-21 9:45 AM
"Do not attempt to lubricate AFTCO roller guides with spray lubricants, as these chemical solvents will actually gum up the rollers and ultimately hinder their performance. Instead, we recommend a waterproof grease - such as Penn's Blue International Lube - to be applied sparingly to the outside of the bearings."
I use the Penn Lube and/or Lithium grease. Never take them apart.
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Old 03-22-2004, 06:04 PM
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I use teflon filled perfluoralkylether grease (Dupont Krytox) on mine, and no screw retaining compound. I use this because I have a syringe full of it, and I keep it in my boating toolbox for electrical connectors, o-ring lube, cable lube, etc. I do have some blue loctite stick form that I may use next time, now that I'm thinking about it.
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Old 03-30-2004, 07:47 PM
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i agree with never taking them apart.....i have lost a bunch of screws and a couple of rollers. i thought
i would clean them it is hard to adjust the tightness of the screws.
wash with dawn and lightly spray....

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Old 04-06-2004, 12:57 AM
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After a soapy wash/rinse, I give them a shot of wd 40 to displace any water left in them. They all get an annual r&r and are reassembled with a liberal dose of Corrosion Block grease. Check them regularly to be sure theyre rolling freely!
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Old 04-06-2004, 08:42 AM
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I spoke with a local custom rod builder....

It's no problem to take them apart.. (just do it one at a time)

Removed the bushing from the center of the roller.
Used a Q-tip to clean out center.
Lubricated with light reel saver grease.
Reassemble and install.
Give each roller a couple of good turns with a 6' piece of 100# mono.

Done.

Good as new
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