newell s332-5 servicing

fknricter

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Jun 17, 2008
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mikey rivera
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ive been looking to get "old school" and get ahold of a newell 332 strictly for fishing iron (i think im developing a problem!) as i plan on fishing the surface iron at every opportunity this year.
i finally managed to sell a few things, and ahold of an S332-5

being a used reel you always want to go through it and see how things are looking. the inside of a reel youve never seen can tell you a lot, if it was abused, taken care of, if any upgrades were made, ect..

judging that it is an S series, and the fact that it doesnt have a removable bearing cap on the gear side plate, im guessing this was a mid to late 90's made reel. doesnt look bad at all for being about 15 years old!


i opened it up hoping for no surprises, and was actually impressed with the condition! ive heard that the steel spool spindle can rust to the bearing on the crank side and cause major head aches, this one looks pretty damn good!




ok, here we go, this is what i use for my salt water reels; cals grease for drags and gears, black market oil for spool bearings, and some penn grease for everything else.


left side first, took the bearing cap off and removed the bearing. cleaned it out, oiled it. painted all the surfaces, including the clamp screws.






next i took off the handle and kept everything in order.



off comes the right side plate, not bad in there either


remove the drag assembly in order. this one still has the stock drag washers, they look fine, but they will be swapped out for carbontex before the season is in full swing.


little bit of wear on the washers, but most came off.

not bad here either


all back together and greased up


dont forget to oil the bearing and paint the inside of the side plate and the spool, (withouth the removable bearing cap it was a pain to get that thing out! had to use a small hook bent just right)


as its going back together, be sure and grease all the screws to keep salt out.



forgot to snap pics of the handle, but, the shaft on wich the actual handle rides on is made of aluminum, and it had a powdery residue in there (aluminum oxide?) and that cant be good for long, cleaned it all off, and greased the heck out it.

and bingo bango its done!


everything feels great! more solid, its a bit quieter(its still a newell tho haha), and goes back into gear smoother. free spool is good, and once i spool it up, i can check the drag pressure, especially after changing drag washers this thing should be sweet!

all in all i am very please with the condition this reel is in. i plan on putting about 1/2 65# spectra for backing, and 40lb mono, and mounting it on my 85 monster mag and lettin it fly!

thnx for looking, hope this helps someone sometime.
mikey
 

VITO

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Good job mike, what a coincedence!i just replaced the bearings and the drags with carbontex on the same exact real, and now it is so smooth!!
thanks.
 

fknricter

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Good job mike, what a coincedence!i just replaced the bearings and the drags with carbontex on the same exact real, and now it is so smooth!!
thanks.
NICE! did you upgrade the bearings? if so can you tell much difference?
 

plj46

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Nice, those reels will outperform and last longer than ones that cost 3 times as much.Always reliable even when neglected.
 
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kantstudien

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Not sure if you did, but don't put Cal's grease on the factory washers, they will ruin them.

Only grease HT-100 and Carbontex, but the reel is looking good!
 

kantstudien

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NICE! did you upgrade the bearings? if so can you tell much difference?
I can't speak for vito, but I changed my bearings to Ceramic ABEC 7 from Boca Bearings and will never go back. If they weren't so expensive, I would have them in every single reel that I own. As it is all my Newells have the ceramics and they have worked perfectly for the last two years.
 

obed

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Do you recommend or how is the s220-5 for surface iron.

I understand you usually want bigger or better max drag for Surface iron to turn heads but. Its The only replacement i found for my g332 is a s220-5

Will that hold up or should i wait for a 332 again.

It will be a surface iron rig strictly so any input would help.
 

reel man

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Do you recommend or how is the s220-5 for surface iron.

I understand you usually want bigger or better max drag for Surface iron to turn heads but. Its The only replacement i found for my g332 is a s220-5

Will that hold up or should i wait for a 332 again.

It will be a surface iron rig strictly so any input would help.
Obed, keep an eye open for a 332. The drags and gears are the same in the 220 as the 332 but that's all that is similar. The 332 does hold more line, and it retrieves more line with each turn of the crank. This is important if the fish swims at you.

The 332's are out there, all you have to be is patient, and the right one will show up.
 
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obed

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Thanks for the reply. Def something to think about. Think im gonna wait for a 332
 

makomiko

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I have a 332 and it needs to be serviced. I don't want to end up with a "reel in a bag" who would you recommend? I'am in south orange county, makomiko
 

swami 805

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I think Ken's reels in oceanside does newells or any shop you trust, very easy to service. Alan Tani if you want to send it out.
One trick if your'e doing it yourself is to pull the metal sheilds off the bearings and clean them with carborator cleaner. add a good bearing oil (TSI321 is good). no need to put the shields back on. Better than new or the expensive ceramic ones.
Very few moving parts in those and easy to service yourself in less than an hour.