Daiwa Lexa 400 Drag Upgrade

enjoycali

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Hey guys,

I'm going on an overnighter off San Diego for tuna and wondering if it's worth upgrading the drags on my Lexa 400.

Has anyone done this upgrade to their lexa?

Thanks in advance!
 

hucklongfin

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Upgrade to what? It already has carbon fiber washers?
 

hucklongfin

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The Lexa's have carbon fiber drag washers but they don't have the woven look of the Penn HT-100's or Smoothdrag Carbontex. I don't know if there are Carbontex specifically to fix the Lexa 400 yet... You'd have to check with Dawn. The washer under the main gear isn't a carbon fiber so you could replace it with a drag washer. So far I haven't had any problems landing YT with the stock drags!
 

ash

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Just got back from Cedros and I used my 400 for surface irons and it handled 20-35lb yellows with no problem and it casted flawlessly.
 

sandiegosteve

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Maybe a little cals grease on the drags, but mine has been great this year on Yellows to 20# (wish I had stronger gear for those) and YFT to 24#. For the YFT, I was using 20# flouro on top and the drag was smooth each time they swam away from the boat.
 

reel man

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Maybe a little cals grease on the drags, but mine has been great this year on Yellows to 20# (wish I had stronger gear for those) and YFT to 24#. For the YFT, I was using 20# flouro on top and the drag was smooth each time they swam away from the boat.
There you go, don't fix what ain't broken.
 

Drk20

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I have also caught several YFT up to 20# on mine as well with no problems, very smooth drags.
 

scfisher

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Just got back from Cedros and I used my 400 for surface irons and it handled 20-35lb yellows with no problem and it casted flawlessly.
What rod did you pair with it. Just curious. I'll be testing mine out soon.
 

hucklongfin

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Mines on a Phenix psw809h and I caught a bunch of YT with it at Cedros on 8/4-8/8/14.
 

fish_guts

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20+lb yellowtail (and a bunch of 10-15lbers) and about 5 20-45lb yellowfin on it, 20lb and 25lb wsb and about a 200lb seal brought his dumb ass all the way to the boat once i buttoned the drag down he couldnt even pull it. and multiple barracuda, bonita, etc.

i'm very happy with my lexa no upgrade in drag needed at all and i havent even serviced it yet since i keep going on trips.

Go slay em!! you wont need any upgrades to that reel!
 

ash

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What rod did you pair with it. Just curious. I'll be testing mine out soon.
What I brought to Cedros was a 7' 1/2" Fin-Nor Powerlite 20-50lb rod. Since we were fishing pangas an 8-9' rod was not really necessary.
 

kuyamonster

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Stock drag max is 25 lbs. More than enough, just as important to match it to the correct rod...Fish On!
 

Fishdude

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Have 2 400 lexas, throw poppers with one and surface irons with the other both on 909xh phenix rods, love this set up, drags work excellent as is out of the box
 

johndtuttle

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In terms of getting more drag as well as not "trying to fix something that isn't broken" keep in mind that these low profile baitcasters are not built like Saltigas, Trinidads and Torques, or even a Tranx, internally.

As well, the handle lengths and gear ratios are not really ideal for a reel with severe drag loads.

Pushing the drag envelope beyond what the internals are designed for is probably not worth it for the longevity of your reel. You'll just blow them up if you push them much higher.

If this class of reel does not make enough drag for you, then it probably is time to get something a little tougher (Tranx) or maybe even with two speeds so you can actually turn the handle at higher drag settings :).
 
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