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Abu Garcia REVO SX #5130613 07/26/10 02:24 PM
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Okay folks,
I am looking into buying this reel, but I want to get some TFF advise before I go out and buy it. Have any of you fine people used this reel? If so please let me know your personal opinion, my mind is clear and I'm ready to read from you guys

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Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: BigBellyBass] #5130871 07/26/10 03:32 PM
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I used to have 6 or so.They are great reels once you get them dialed in and then they are awsome.

Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: Hitch] #5131332 07/26/10 05:31 PM
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It's a very good reel once you get it dialed in like Hitch says, but I actually prefer the S model over the SX because of that reason.

Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: BigCaseyB206] #5133044 07/27/10 12:05 AM
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i have the stx love em , but a lot of people tell me sx is just as good , lookin at getting one to try it .

Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: james freeman] #5133053 07/27/10 12:08 AM
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You can't go wrong. I have about 10 revos from the s,to the sx and the stx. Abu Garcia are the first reel I ever fished and I don't think i am fishing anything else in the near future.


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Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: Basszilla] #5138071 07/28/10 05:51 AM
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So far i have three revo's. I reccomend them over anything out there


Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: bassitup] #5138866 07/28/10 02:35 PM
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I have an SX and a Premier. Very nice.

Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: wh2004] #5140504 07/28/10 09:02 PM
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Thank guys. I will be going with the SX.
you guys are very helpful.


Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: BigBellyBass] #5141123 07/29/10 12:09 AM
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sx is a good choice just take ur time to dial it in, i put mine down for awhile and just picked it up again but i love it now, the revo s is nice also that one takes very little time to dial in

Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: dangolephil] #5141263 07/29/10 12:55 AM
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All I use, I have 15 revo from premier to the s, the premier is best but the stx and sx are the staple of my arsenal. Best reels hands down I have used.


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Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: VexusAg99] #5145611 07/30/10 03:18 AM
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I like the Revo but the repairman who does all of my reel repair said that I should steer clear of them. It's one of the only Abu's that's not made in Sweden. It's actually made in Korea. Anyway's he has had to replace lots of spools on the Revo's from some of the Fork guides. Spools are not cheap for this reel. If you are gonna spend that much money get a Chronarch. Just mu .02.


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Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: Nate] #5145876 07/30/10 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted By: Nate
I like the Revo but the repairman who does all of my reel repair said that I should steer clear of them. It's one of the only Abu's that's not made in Sweden. It's actually made in Korea. Anyway's he has had to replace lots of spools on the Revo's from some of the Fork guides. Spools are not cheap for this reel. If you are gonna spend that much money get a Chronarch. Just mu .02.

I heard the same thing from a guide. 2 of his premiers had warped spools. Maybe sturdiness was sacrificed in the pursuit of light weight on these spools. Could also be the 24 lb. drag is too much for these reels to handle.


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Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: vanhagar] #5154805 08/02/10 07:12 AM
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you guys are really gonna hate me for this.

the revo has a stainless steel ratched gear that bangs up against the kick lever when you turn the handle. this kick lever then pushes to thumb bar up and clicks the reel back into gear. the kick lever is made of a softer alloy. it's some type of pot metal. it is not cast surgical grade 316 stainless steel. that's what it has to be made out of. and it's not. so what is happening is that the top of the kick lever is eventually worn away. now suddenly the reel will not go back into gear. ambassaduer apparently has recognized this problem and has placed a stainless steel insert into the kick lever. this will take care of the problem.

the only issue remaining is to identify those reels that have a kick lever with a stainless steel insert, and those that do not. i know i've missed a couple of staff meetings, but i have not heard of this being discussed prior. here are the photos.



here's the ratched gear and kick lever. see how the kick lever is worn away?



the corner is completely gone!





it's not hard to change. you have to remove the two screws that hold the jack plate and hope those two springs don't take flight.



here's another one with the same problem.



this may help someone identify the reel if needed in the future.



here's the worn kick lever.







ok, so what i did was i had these reels to fix back in april and called ambassaduer for 2 months looking for replacement kick levers. they kept on saying that they were on back order, first until june, then july. the last time i called, the nice lady at ambassaduer decided to connect me to the service department for some unknown reason. i spoke to a guy there named sonny. i explained my problem, didn't tell him who i was or where i was, just told him that i had two reels with the same problem and i had them cracked open and was waiting for parts. so get this. the guy says that he will pull apart two reels and give me the kick levers out of these reels. that's right. he did just that and they arrive 5 days later. no charge, but, um, also no real explanation.

[img]http://alantani.com/gallery/2/1_18_07_10_11_30_55_0.jpeg[/img]

so here's where i'm at right now. first, the original revos apparently have a kick lever that is made of a softer metal alloy and a hard stainless steel ratchet gear underneath the main gear. in at least two reels that i've seen, the kick lever was chewed up. ambassaduer must be aware of this issue because they send me a kick lever with a stainless steel insert that i believe will totally eliminate this problem. second, in my conversations with abu, i made a friend and his name is sonny. and now i'm going to kick him in the teeth after he did me a favor and i'm going to post a problem about his reels. look guys, i feel really bad about this, but you have to know. maybe i missed it, but did ambassaduer come out with a service advisory telling people that there was a problem with the revos? if they didn't, it might be a good idea, but far be it from me to tell a reel company what to do with their own reels.........

Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: alantani] #5154938 08/02/10 12:06 PM
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I also had an SX that the kick lever worn away. Ordered the part through Abu in March and had it in a week.
Agreed, bad design on that one! For a temporary fix, I cut up a .002 feeler gauge (SS), formed it around the end of the kick lever and superglued it in place. It worked well for 2 weeks until I installed the new part.

Re: Abu Garcia REVO SX [Re: crabtrap] #5173949 08/06/10 09:40 PM
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I have been debating about getting a Revo myself. Almost bought one last week, but I can't past that I love my Citicas. Got 2 of them under a $100 each and can't imagine a better reel for the money.


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