Installing Ceramic Bearings For My Newell#338 Reel!

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  • May 17, 2016
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    How To Install Ceramic Bearings Into A Blackie Newell 338-F Reel!

    Carl Newell was the innovator of the obsolete Newell Conventional Reel. To this day one of the simplest, lightest, strongest casting jigging reels on the market. Featured in this video is the Newell 338-F. The title translates into this reel being rated for 380yd of 30lb monofilament line. The "F" designates a Fast rating of 5:1 which is commonly used for bottom jiggers. On this reel i have slightly over 400yd of 80lb Suffice braid.

    This set-up was designed for shore casting. The thinner braid allows for far casting due to the thinner line cutting through the air with little wind resistance. Also the yardage & pound test should be able to hold most shoreline species. Other stats for this reel is as follows-

    Spool Width: 2-7/16in

    Line Test & Diameter
    20lb Monofilament (.0165) 610yd
    25lb Monofilament (.0186) 500yd
    30lb Monofilament (.021) 380yd
    40lb Monofilament (.025) 280yd

    To further increase my distance casting with this reel i'm going to replace the steel bearings with ceramic bearings. Why ceramic? Casting is smoother because ceramic bearings are lighter then steel and ceramic won't expand from the heat generated from the friction thus slowing the rotation of the spool. Combining the thinner line with the ceramics will help the angler make longer casts.

    I also have a after market Tiburon power handle added. The longer handle & non-slip grip will help power in most catches. The weight isn't to much more then the stock handle so it shouldn't alter the casting ability of the reel. This reel has been in storage & i really didn't have to change out the bearings. The fittings show ample grease as well as the screws. No internal or external wear or corrosion could be seen. This reel is as good as they come.

    My goal here is just to show how easy it is to switch out the bearings. Without a proper bearing extractor i was able to use a dental tool with a split ring pliers to dislodge the original bearing from the handle plate with some difficulty, but it worked. Depending on it's usage i plan on servicing this reel once or twice a year. This was actually my first Newell that i serviced. I was amazed how easy it was to work on.


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    russ1962

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    You sure made an easy procedure more time consuming than it needs to be.
    All you had to do was remove the bearing cups and switch out the bearings.
    No need to remove the side plate, star, and handle at all.
    And you might want to put some oil inside of the bearing cups to help prevent the new bearings from sticking.
     
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    Cubeye

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    You sure made an easy procedure more time consuming than it needs to be.
    All you had to do was remove the bearing cups and switch out the bearings.
    No need to remove the side plate, star, and handle at all.
    And you might want to put some oil inside of the bearing cups to help prevent the new bearings from sticking.
    I believe the written portion of his video explains why he did it that way.
     
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    marlyn

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    I have ceramic and the cheaper stainless (abec7 vs abec 5 i think)and i cant see any advantage to the ceramics for fishing or casting,they just cost more.Maybe there is some slight advantage but its negligible for the most part for me.
     
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