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After market reel bearings #13192646 06/21/19 09:29 PM
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Worth it or not for no weight or low weight level wind casting?


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Re: After market reel bearings [Re: LFA17] #13192666 06/21/19 09:43 PM
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I replaced some in some old Shimano chronarch mg 50 s once and I had to get used to them , they will cast farther but will back lash easier also, after I got used to them I like them, but I wouldn't change them out unless you need to , I used the ceramic bearings.


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I would only replace them if there is a problem with the bearings or in a setup where casting distance is paramount. I use mostly Lew's reels and they do cast further but I would rather spend the money on other things. The stock bearings do a pretty good job.

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That depends on you and the reel you are using. I changed out the bearings in some of my older Shimano reels and it made a HUGE difference. I got the bearings online from Hedgehog Studio Inc. They have a chart that helps you pick out the bearing type for your specific reel.

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I put the Boca orange bearings in my Cores. I couldn't tell the difference. Plus they were around $40 or so per reel.

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I changed some in some older greenie Curados and they helped but on newer reels I strip grease with lighter fluid and put a drop of Hot Sauce on them when I clean them instead of replacing any others.

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Not worth it unless you need new bearings.

I went through the whole Super-Tuning phase and the benefits do not match the amount of work or money input.


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For those of you looking to replace bearings for your reels, check out this company. I know it's related to RC car bearings but they have many different size steel and ceramic bearings that I've used to replace in my reels and for a lot less $$$ then Boca bearings. Back when I was involved in RC car racing is when I was involved with AVID bearings so I know the owner and know AVID offers a solid product.

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Re: After market reel bearings [Re: ezbassin] #13195479 06/25/19 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by ezbassin
That depends on you and the reel you are using. I changed out the bearings in some of my older Shimano reels and it made a HUGE difference. I got the bearings online from Hedgehog Studio Inc. They have a chart that helps you pick out the bearing type for your specific reel.

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Not worth it unless you need new bearings.

I went through the whole Super-Tuning phase and the benefits do not match the amount of work or money input.


Changing bearings does not involve much work and the Hedgehog AIR bearings are certainly worth $25 for the difference they make at least they did over the ABEC 5 bearings that I swapped them out with. You don't have to get the ceramic ones to get smooth bearings although they also offer them as well.

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Re: After market reel bearings [Re: furim2] #13196072 06/25/19 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by furim2
I put the Boca orange bearings in my Cores. I couldn't tell the difference. Plus they were around $40 or so per reel.



I did the same on one of my reels with the same results you had. The Hedgehog AIR bearings are the way to go if you want longer casts.

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I've thought about it but have yet to bite the bullet. Spool-High speed bearings has kits for around $15-20 bucks and they've been tempting me for a while now.


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Brass bushings with 3n1 oil!! Just sayn


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