Daiwa Saltiga transformation!

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Hey deckers,
So something that has had me disappointed with the Saltiga(I love them, swear by them, and have so many!) Is that certain models in the line up only come in a particular gear ratio. Particularly, the 20ha and 35ha. I spoke with daiwa usa and the answer I get constantly is that there's not enough interest. Either way, I'll take things into my own hands.

So I went out today and bought a 20ha. This has the 6:4 gear ratio. To fast for my type of fishing. I already have a sasd 10 (5:1). So I figured let me see if I could switch it up. Sure enough, perfect cross over and very simple to do. With the removal of a few screws and switching up the plates that have the gears mounted, easy swap! Now the 10 has the 6:4 gear ratio which I'll use inshore for slow pitch and the 20 has the 5:1 which I'll use offshore for cod, Pollock, haddock, sea bass, etc! I would've much preferred to just buy it from the factory like this but it's not available.

I find it ironic though that they offer the "P" series in the saltist's line up(especially since there's no interest). Well, I figured I'd share this with you all just in case you were interested or wondering. Tight lines!!
 

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Daiwa is hooked on speed
Yeah unfortunately, that seems to be the trend Lou. It's nice to see companies throwing the lower gears into some of their line ups. I get it, us bottom fisherman are well, at the bottom when it comes to our concerns. If it's something that doesn't want to be massed produced, at least make it an option at the factory. I'm sure it would be a win on both sides.
 
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I've got a 2 day trip at the end of this month out to George's bank for cod, Pollock, and haddock. I'll report back then with the performance of the sasd 20 :hali_ruahahaha:
 

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This is the reason why I’m looking for a NIB 30T
I was fortunate about a month ago to find a gold 30T nib. But I don't think I'll ever fish it. It's a display unicorn lol. I've got a couple Z40's and 30T's that will have to take the place of the 35ha.
I know the 5:1 gears in the 40 & 50 fit into the 35 but I just don't wanna go that route since I have the older models that are bullet proof and a 35N-SJ that I hope holds up.
 

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It seems that all the manufacturers went to high speed when Kingfish tournaments got big on the East and Gulf coasts. But then I remember when 4:1 in a Jigmaster was considered high speed!
 
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Very true. I almost lost it when I saw shimano come out with a pg version for the torium! Shortly followed by the tern 4:7.1 . The saltiga being my favorite reel of all time, I was just hoping they would do it. I guess there's always hope =)
 

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I was fortunate about a month ago to find a gold 30T nib. But I don't think I'll ever fish it. It's a display unicorn lol. I've got a couple Z40's and 30T's that will have to take the place of the 35ha.
I know the 5:1 gears in the 40 & 50 fit into the 35 but I just don't wanna go that route since I have the older models that are bullet proof and a 35N-SJ that I hope holds up.
There’s nothing like finding a gold 30T .. I remember feeling euphoric when I got mine . Now looking for a second gold in 30t or 40 sz to save . I wish I’d saved my blue because the gold fishes fine .. it’s the blue that looks horrible after years of use just from light scratches that wouldn’t even show on a silver one
 
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I was fortunate about a month ago to find a gold 30T nib. But I don't think I'll ever fish it. It's a display unicorn lol. I've got a couple Z40's and 30T's that will have to take the place of the 35ha.
I know the 5:1 gears in the 40 & 50 fit into the 35 but I just don't wanna go that route since I have the older models that are bullet proof and a 35N-SJ that I hope holds up.
My gold 40 and 30T are definitely my favorite in my arsenal.
My unicorns are work horses and cosmetically look like it unfortunately.
 

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There’s nothing like finding a gold 30T .. I remember feeling euphoric when I got mine . Now looking for a second gold in 30t or 40 sz to save . I wish I’d saved my blue because the gold fishes fine .. it’s the blue that looks horrible after years of use just from light scratches that wouldn’t even show on a silver one
I never went after the blue edition. All the ones I saw were always beat up pretty bad .If I can find a nib though, I'd get one for the cave and probably fish the gold!
 

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I like Saltigas!
Their speed is just perfect And the feel of a well made reel is remarkable
 
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I liked the Penn GS reels. The 525/535/545 came with 6:1 gears. The 555 came with 5.3:1 gears. They sold 6:1, 5.3:1 and 4.25:1 gears separately. I bought a set of the 4.25 and 5.3 gears. I put the 4.25's in the 555, moved its 5.3's to the 545 and added the extra 5.3's to a 535. Just offering 6:1's in everything doesn't work for everything.
 
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Exactly mark! Another reason why I bought a penn trq 25N a while ago. The different gears makes that reel that more awesome!! Rumor mill says penn has something in the works for the torque this year at icast! I couldn't get anyone who was at the fred hall show to confirm so just gotta wait and see.
 
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I broke the spool on my 30T and cannot seem to find a replacement spool (called Daiwa and all the numbers they gave me) and can’t seem to find a beat up 30T for its spool.
I figured the new 35HA would be the closest to the 30T if I could get the gear ratio down to 5:1. Turner’s manager called the Daiwa repair department for me (he’s friends with one of the techs) to ask if they could gear it down but they said no. So my question Salty Bones, from what you see in your 35HA do you think it can be geared to 5:1?
At the Fred Hall show the Daiwa rep told me there was a possibility the 35n-sj would be introduced in the US, and to wait till the iCast to see. Nope.
 

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I’ve compared the schematics and part numbers of the 40HA and 40H.

There are 4 differences:
- drive gear
- pinion gear
- frame assembly
- frame plate

IF the only difference in frames is the cosmetic engravings (40H vs 40A and 5:1 vs 6.4:1), the 40H gears MAY fit the 35HA.

The same goes for the frame plate.
 

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Hi Ron, funny that they told you no, when they told me yes. I've said this through and through and stand by it. The saltiga's are my favorite reel of all time. Daiwa customer service is the worst of all time!
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I called the next day for those parts, backordered. That message took place March 24. Still no word. I went the route of the 35n sj and haven't looked back since. Phenomenal reel! Saaa-mooooo-ttthhhh!