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#12569427 - 01/08/18 05:22 PM reel cleaning shortcut
dimitri Online   content
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Registered: 08/12/09
Posts: 2184
Loc: Arlington TX
wanting opinions on an idea i have. can i remove the sideplates on a curado reel and submerge it into an ultrasonic cleaner and get similar results to a professional cleaning job? would like to hear what you guys think about this idea .

thx in advance

#12569454 - 01/08/18 05:44 PM Re: reel cleaning shortcut [Re: dimitri]
Cast Offline
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Registered: 07/31/12
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It’ll get a lot of stuff out but far from all of it.

#12571370 - 01/09/18 06:02 PM Re: reel cleaning shortcut [Re: dimitri]
cadman Offline

Registered: 06/02/17
Posts: 44
Loc: IL
I think it is a very bad idea. How are you going to re-lube the gears and re-oil the bearings. If you want to do the job right, take it all apart yourself, if you don't know how to do that pay someone to do it for you.
"Practice, practice and more practice, and if you think you're good practice some more". circa 2006, Cadman

#12572751 - 01/10/18 04:09 PM Re: reel cleaning shortcut [Re: dimitri]
texasbassdude Offline

Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 169
Loc: San Antonio, TX

I started cleaning my own reels last year and I have a bunch of Curados. I found the following YouTube playlist to be very accurate as far as what was inside my reel. These helped me clean them all myself.

That's the first video in a series of them. Seeing as how the source is Shimano itself, that should let you have a good degree of confidence that they know what they're talking about.

#12572866 - 01/10/18 05:36 PM Re: reel cleaning shortcut [Re: dimitri]
LearnedHat Offline

Registered: 07/16/03
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I always assumed that if you took some time and acquired a few specialized tools, a detailed strip would not be that hard. I haven't invested anything in it yet but would hope it would be similar to detail stripping handguns (as far as complexity).

I'm replacing and cleaning spool shaft bearings but haven't gone further than that.

#12577214 - 01/13/18 05:51 PM Re: reel cleaning shortcut [Re: dimitri]
1Cast 1Fish Offline

Registered: 12/20/17
Posts: 46
A few tips from my experiences...keep close tabs on small parts, have the reel schematic handy, take pictures of things BEFORE you remove them.

#12599972 - 01/29/18 08:36 AM Re: reel cleaning shortcut [Re: dimitri]
Jim Gilbert Online   content
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Registered: 03/22/10
Posts: 708
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All good advice above. I have 7 curado'sand clean them myself. Learned how by watching the same video mentioned. I no longer need the video and can take care of all the other (Lews,Daiwa,Quantum,and a couple of bps reels) that I have. I do it every January and it's easy. If I can do it anybody can.


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