Great freespool on PENN Fathom lever drag

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  1. tunanorth

    tunanorth I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Pretty amazing freespool for a lever drag.

     
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    Couldn't agree more. Just picked up a 25NLD and free spool is nothing short of amazing
     
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    Any spin beyond what it takes to get the bait in the water is just gonna create a backlash if you don't have a good thumb! If it starts spinning when you blow on it, well, that's some pretty good freespool!
     
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    I agree that is more free spool than I will need. However my 15ld2 gets about 15 seconds of free spool.
     
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    I wonder what the drag is set at? Impressive nonetheless
     
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    Assuming you have double-checked the two most common causes of reduced freespool; new reel with no line on spool yet, and not making sure you have heard the lever 'click' into freespool, something I found with the early models was that if they were over-lubed, the grease/oil would migrate up onto the lip of the spool, causing a little bit of a "vacuum" between the spool and the frame because they are so tightly fitted. The easy fix is just clean it out and take care not to over-lube.
     
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    Reel has line in it and I am certain it clicks into free spool. Will look into the over greasing/lube
     
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    The last few Penn reels I bought had too much lube. Not a problem though because it will break in just fine.
     
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    I have checked out a couple of fathom 25n speeds and both of them it seem like dad it was hard to turn is it because they're new and too much grease in them or woll or will that just go away as the grease moved around
     
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    If you were looking at new reels at a store without line, the freespool may not seem very good until the line I installed. The drag should also be re-set at a reasonable middling setting, as from the factory it may be very high or low out of the box.
     
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    As well, the spool bearings can use a drop of oil and they will speed right up. Generally the factory overseas uses just grease which is awesome protection, but can make a Fathom seem a little slow when just out of the box.

    You can fish it no worries straight from the factory though and catch plenty of fish.
     
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    Which is how I landed these guys since my 25nld2 arrived just before a trip........

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    only 15 seconds? I have 4 of the 15 size 2-speed, each spins like a top for a long time.

     
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    Will take apart the spool assembly and see what is happening in there.
     
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    I have a 25N and 40N. Both had excess grease. As soon as you buttoned down the drag a few times it pushed up the excess and reduced the freespool.
    Have not had an issue since then. These reels really pushed the envelope of value in the industry.
    The only thing I like better is my TRQ 25N2LD!
     
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    Cleaned the excess grease, free spool is just under a minute now. More than enough for what I need it for. Thanks!
     
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    did you cleaned your bearings too with some spray cleaner or just wiped off the excess of grease on the shaft?

    I remember reading a post from Johndtuttle, on how to open the reel by the non handle plate, take the spool put, take the shaft out too and clean everything..with the rest of the reel facing down to avoid having the dogs to support the main gear
    but I can find it.
     
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    I wiped any excess grease in that general area. Also took apart the actually spool bearing and cleaned with break cleaner and then relube with a light lube (tsi 321)
     
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    steelfish the BBB, Baja Bass Boy..

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    thats exactly what I have for plan.

    take everything apart
    carb cleaner
    tsi321
    done
     
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    well finally had the time to clean all the excess of grease on the spool bearings and spool shaft

    I took out the spool bearing, spool shaft and sleeve, clean everything then put a light coat of tsi321 oil on the sleeve and shaft (one or two drops and spreaded it with my fingers), cleaned deeply the bearings with carb cleaner and the RPM bearing blaster "thingy" and few drops of tsi321 on each BB to finish the job.

    the spool went to not so bad 43 seconds of spinning to a 1:06 minutes spinning now. 54% of increase of freespool is not that bad, right?
     

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