Check out my 3 month old Lexa 400HD

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  1. r8rs4lf

    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Decided to open up my Lexa 400HD today because of a few problems I've been having. Mind you, this reel was purchased new at the end of May and has been fished at least once a week since.

    Needless to say I was shocked!


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  2. Bwood

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    Fresh water is your friend.
     
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    dont soak it in the bait tank so much. geezus, that is crazy! could you elaborate on your fishing/maintenance?
     
  4. noa

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    This question isn't meant to sound insulting, so please don't take it that way.

    Do you rinse the reels after each use? If so, please describe how you rinse your reels down.
     
  5. TEAMFISH

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    I recently rebuilt one for a buddy of mine that does a lot of kayak fishing. You need to crack these things open once in a while. Rinsing is not enough Lexa.JPG
     
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    Ah nothing a toothbrush and some WD40 can't fix. Also reassemble after applying a light coat of grease. Makes cleaning easier.
     
  7. r8rs4lf

    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Yes I always rinse my reels after every trip. That's when my OCD kicks in. I try to take very good care of my gear.

    Usually I lay them up against the wall and spray them down very thoroughly.

    Lately I've even started to wash the poles down with soap and water to remove scales, etc. Then after I take each pole and rinse separately.

    That's why this was a shock to me! I'm not thrift with the water hose at all!


    You are definitely right!
     
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    do you use salt away?
     
  9. SouthBayKiller

    SouthBayKiller I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    You are forcing water into your reel by spraying them down with the hose. Also leaving a lexa vertical afterwards makes the excess water from spraying stay in the reel, the drain holes are near the foot of the reel. Needs to be left horizontal to dry out.
     
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  10. r8rs4lf

    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    No, I don't even know what that is.


    OK, so I only rinse them when they are against the wall. After I get done cleaning them, they go up on my rack which is horizontal, to dry.
     
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    Shit, my Lexa just went for an involuntary swim, courtesy of a yellowtail. Fortunately my quick reacting buddy jumped in and grabbed it (and we still landed the fish), but I'm envisioning a salty mess inside like that. Need to crack it open.
     
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    Salt away dissolves the salt deposits and will rinse away clean. i spray all my reels when they sit on deck over night, only takes a minute.
     
  13. maxpowers

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    Open up the reel, clean everything then marine grease every surface except the drags and spool bearings and you're golden. My Lexa 400 took a swim the first time out due to my clumsiness and was luckily fished back by a fellow angler. That was 3 years ago and the reel is still smooth as ever. My go to reel for all local inshore and light offshore fishing.
     
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    That's a salty treat ya got there where's the slupery to go with it ? ;)
     
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    It is not a universal practice for reels manufacturers (since it's in THEIR favor for any factor to play out that causes you to NEED to buy another reel) to do internal preventive maintenance greasing (what many of us call the "Alan Tani" pre-service). Some ARE getting better about it.

    So, even if a manufacturer is known to have done the pre-service for a particular reel (Googling for a reel preview or (better yet) a tutorial is one of the best ways to find out), it's always good practice to open up any new reel and make sure a spot didn't get missed. Only then should a reel be fished.

    BUT...even if done right, there's always the chance that SW intrusion was so extensive that it overwhelmed any pre-service, so YMMV. No absolutes in this world.
     
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    pre-service lub job is the key, but many dont believe on it

    when I recommend my friends to do a service on the reel -before the first use on saltwater (pre-service), the usual answer is, dont mess with my brand new talica, dont tell me that you know more than the shimano engineers :o:rolleyes: (apply to all brands)
     
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    That reel looks like something that you pulled out of the ocean on the end of your line. I have reels that are 10 to 20 years old. They don't have any corrosion.
    I SPRAY them OFF IN THE SINK.soap and water wipe. . AND LET THEM DRIP DRY. afterwards. I WD40 the outsides spin the knobs and cycle the drags and then let them sit for a while.. and then I wipe them off and put them away. every so often I open them up and check for stuff like you have. I dis assemble as needed clean wipe and oil the insides. They last a long long time.. they get out of date first.
     
  18. r8rs4lf

    r8rs4lf I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    It’s only this one. All my Newells are fine.

    I had the lexa serviced so it’s good to go.
     
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    Your pictures made me go open up my 400hd. it was real squeaky clean. inside and out. I bent the star and re-bent it back a while ago. I'm glad you got the Lexa fixed. I caught 6 yellows on it 25+ pounders. afterward I almost got spooled... I chose to use my thumbs and save my line for more fish later. so I busted it off. The Lexa has lost of drag..I took my accurate off my 700 20-40 cal star and put my Lexa on it.. lots of pull on the stick and the Lexa casted out so well with lots of drag.. I hooked up all day. I need to check the drag washers....they were smoking on the fish I broke off.
     
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    i do my own maintenance on my lexa 400 its about 3 years old and service lets say every 4 months and never seen that much damage on mine, other thing that could help its bush a bit of grease on all the inside it helps alot and no doesnt affect the drag
     

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