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Shimano SLX #13459496 03/04/20 03:15 AM
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I had a chance this past weekend to tear down a Shimano SLX.

My .02

The reel is impressive and well built.
Hard to believe the retail price is so low.

A couple of minor improvements could be made and I think it would be an amazing reel.
Upgrade spool bearings, add bearing to main shaft and upgrade drag washers.


Thank you,
Shawn Smith

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Re: Shimano SLX [Re: Shawn Smith] #13460453 03/04/20 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Shawn Smith
I had a chance this past weekend to tear down a Shimano SLX.

My .02

The reel is impressive and well built.
Hard to believe the retail price is so low.

A couple of minor improvements could be made and I think it would be an amazing reel.
Upgrade spool bearings, add bearing to main shaft and upgrade drag washers.

What amazes me even more than the price of the reel.....is the price of the combos. It's basically 20-30 dollars more than the MSRP priced reel for a rod and reel.

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Originally Posted by rcjoutdoors
Originally Posted by Shawn Smith
I had a chance this past weekend to tear down a Shimano SLX.

My .02

The reel is impressive and well built.
Hard to believe the retail price is so low.

A couple of minor improvements could be made and I think it would be an amazing reel.
Upgrade spool bearings, add bearing to main shaft and upgrade drag washers.

What amazes me even more than the price of the reel.....is the price of the combos. It's basically 20-30 dollars more than the MSRP priced reel for a rod and reel.


And the rod is pretty good itself.

Re: Shimano SLX [Re: Shawn Smith] #13496369 03/31/20 08:59 PM
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I agree that they are a solid reel. I have 4 of them. The only thing I don't like is the tiny phillips screw under the thumb bar. Easy to strip if it gets stuck due to corrosion or not being opened up for a long time. I've seen this in a few other shimanos as well.


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