Penn Dura Drag???

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  1. fishfish

    fishfish I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    What makes this drag system unique or different than others?
     
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    Not sure, the dura drag material doesn't wear out. I was talking to Cal and they installed some dura drag washers in the kite reels for the LR boats and they're still going strong 10 years later.
     
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    The Dura-Drag material is a proprietary lubed carbon fiber.
    It is extremely smooth across the entire spectrum of drag settings from low to very high, and remains consistently so, with very little wear for many years of use.
    Anecdotally, there are indeed some pretty amazing longevity reports.
    Really the only downside is that it currently can only be used in lever drag reels, and not the smaller washers used in star drags.
    PENN's engineers tell me they are working on it though.
     
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    In general they are fine for "routine" cleaning.
    If for some reason a major cleanup that involves stripping with solvent is needed, then re-applying Cal's grease would be indicated, but you would need to contact Cal Sheets for instructions about exact quantities; though in general moderate is best.
    Penn does not sell the lube separately, but of course it is re-applied if needed when factory serviced, and for many older Penn lever drag Internationals can be retrofitted.
     
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    Hmm. Does Penn now use its standard blue grease (which used to be X-1R) on the drag washers on its current star drag (Fathom, Squall, etc.) models? How is it different from the grease use don Dura drags?
     
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    Correct, star drags use the blue grease.
    The Dura-Drag materials are proprietary so specifics are not available, but the DD feels more "dry" to the touch.
     

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