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Old 12-01-2018, 05:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
well then I guess the rest of us are just imagining it.
The rest of who? The vote right now is 3-3.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:22 PM
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My spinfisher I got about 12 months ago is very difficult to reel. To the point that I don't use it. Will not purchase another.
My next spinning reel will be some other brand.
I opened the reel and didn't see anything that might be causing the issue.
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Old 12-01-2018, 05:32 PM
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I'm just wondering if penn is grease packing there bearings that would cause the reel to feel stiff.
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:56 PM
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I doubt thatís the issue. In all honesty I think the issue lies in the zinc/pot metal main gear. I think as it wears it does something to the reels smoothness. Plus they offer a CNC machined gear upgrade for the Spinfisher V thatís standard on the Spinfisher VI. Iím definitely not coughing up the $55 in parts, plus shipping two ways, and labor for an obvious issue they have tried to remedy. Unfortunately, Iíve really been let down and turned to other manufacturers. Some of them also use the zinc/pot metal gears, some larger, but donít run into this geary/hard to turn issue.
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Old 12-01-2018, 07:18 PM
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I here you been a big penn fan for over 40yrs things did change when they went over seas and bought out by pure fishing still like there USA built reels its just a shame all about Greed.
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:09 PM
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I have 1 6500 that is a pain, the other is fine.
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Old 12-02-2018, 04:02 AM
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No more Penns for us either.Back to Shimano.
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Old 12-03-2018, 06:25 PM
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I.... its just a shame all about Greed.
Is it really greed? Or is it price pointing and staying competitive?

You still have the Clash and Slammer. And if you want want made in USA and fully machined parts, you have the Torque.
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Old 12-03-2018, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by popeyeiii View Post
The rest of who? The vote right now is 3-3.
5 to 3 or is it 5 to 2?
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Old 12-14-2018, 11:24 AM
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My Spinfishers issues lies in the drag seal having been improperly installed from the factory. Once I went through them and fixed the issue theyíre butter. I have attached a picture of the issue.
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My Spinfishers issues lies in the drag seal having been improperly installed from the factory. Once I went through them and fixed the issue theyíre butter. I have attached a picture of the issue.
Thanks.

Will give i t a look.

WHAT is the fix?
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:02 AM
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Had 6 spinfishers do this to me last winter, already had one fail last week get stiff and it had been serviced last year, stiff or even unable to crank once you put pressure on it.

My second penn problem is that the anti reverse keeps going out, seems much worse in the winter. happened with many of my spinfishers last season and have already had one do the same this fall. Anyone else with the anti reverse issue? sure sucks to set the hook on a bottom fish and the reel go backwards.
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Originally Posted by krabill View Post
Had 6 spinfishers do this to me last winter, already had one fail last week get stiff and it had been serviced last year, stiff or even unable to crank once you put pressure on it.

My second penn problem is that the anti reverse keeps going out, seems much worse in the winter. happened with many of my spinfishers last season and have already had one do the same this fall. Anyone else with the anti reverse issue? sure sucks to set the hook on a bottom fish and the reel go backwards.
One of my Spinfishers has an issue with the antireverse. It is sporadic. Happens when I'm reeling in a lure, it will occassionally kick backwards.
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:41 AM
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I had my local tackle shop recommend a Penn Conflict to me. Used it for about 3 months or so and then it got tough to reel, put a couple of drops of hot sauce oil on it in a few places and it has been trouble free since. Just over a year now and everything still feels tight and smooth for what it is worth. I usually expect 4-5 years out of a reel of this class/price point before they get clunky and I replace them, time will tell.

Previous reels were Diawa Coastals held up well but they discontinued them. Shimano Stradic the handles got sloppy & loose on them, the newer ones seem to be holding up ok so far, about 3 years in on them.
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Has anyone brought this up to Penn? Wonder if they know about these issues. Iím a Penn fan and would hope they would take interest in this and try to fix any problems their reels are having.
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I had anti-reverse issues with an SSV, worse in cold weather.

I fixed it by removing the anti-reverse bearing, cleaning all the grease out of it and off the shaft, and re-lubricating it with light oil (CorrosionX HD).

Those roller clutch AR bearings need to be pretty free inside in order for the rollers to be able to wedge on the ramps.
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Old 12-21-2018, 06:47 AM
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No problems with my 6500 and 8000. They do their job when I hook into big groupers - never had one fail.
Hard to reel - Meh... If you guys say so.
The benefit is you get an arm workout while you fish. Win-Win
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by outcast32 View Post
Has anyone brought this up to Penn? Wonder if they know about these issues. Iím a Penn fan and would hope they would take interest in this and try to fix any problems their reels are having.
I tried to email them through their website but the email got kicked back...
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Old 12-23-2018, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
Thanks.

Will give i t a look.

WHAT is the fix?
just took my 3500 Spinfisher V apart and found the same issue. Alan's photo appears to explain how to repair, but the text is cut off right at the good part. I am also interested in how to fix. Here is what mine looked like when I removed the spool.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:35 PM
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found the thread:

Penn Spinfisher V 4500: Service Tutorial
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