Tiburon SST 6/50 Smart Shift 2-Speed

Nov 25, 2011
Castroville, TX
Got a chance to put together my first tutorial and thought I would share it with everyone.

Some guys have asked for a tutorial on Tiburon Reels, so I am going to perform one on a Tiburon SST6/50 Smart-Shift 2-Speed Reel brought in by a customer.

So lets get to it…

First, a couple pictures of the reel…

Let’s start by removing the 4 phillips scews that hold on the left side plate

Remove the spool

Lets set the spool to the side and go ahead and remove the right side plate, by unscrewing the four Philips head screws on top.

Remove the stainless steel lug blank.

Remove the two Philips screws and remove the gear cover.

Now lets move to the reel foot. Remove the two Phillips screws and slide the foot out of the slot. The slot have a dovetail pattern to hold the foot it. These are very strong and do not require the same about of screws as normal clamps.

Now lets remove the clamp screws. Use a 3/32 hex bit or you can use a wrench to remove the nuts. Watch for corrosion as these tend to get locked up by salt.

Lets grease the slot for the foot as well as the holes for the clamp screws. Make sure you put some grease around the holes where the washer sits to protect from saltwater creeping in.

Lets slide the foot back in and grease the screw holes.

Grease the clamp screws.

And that part is done:

Lets grease the area on the frame under the gear cover and screw it back on.

Now the frame is finished.
Lets move to the right side plate. Remove the handle lock Philips screw.

Remove the handle screw..standard penn wrench will fit.

Remove the handle

Unscrew the star to remove the square sleeve.

Remove the rest of the washers in the star assembly. Note the Belleville washers which should be arranged like this: ( )

You should be able to push the gear assembly out at this point. Lets just set it to the side and we will get to that later.

Lets keep going on the right side plate. Remove the three Philips screws holding on the drag lever cover.

Remove the drag lever

Lets disassemble the drag lever. There was a bit of rust inside the bearing cup..we will make sure to properly grease this when we reassemble.

Remove the drag lever bushing.

Now lets remove the handle shaft bearings. This can be pretty tricky as these will tend to rust and are very tightly fit. I use a 3/8” nut driver, which fits perfectly inside the hole on the side plate, and lightly pound out the bearings.

Now lets clean off the inside of the right side plate and re-grease with your favorite marine grease.

Lets go back to the handle shaft bearings…lets pick off the shields, pack with marine grease and put the shields back on.

Put the bearings back into the sideplate. Get the first bearing started into the hole, then put the spacer in and use the nut driver to push the bearing back into place.

Put the drag lever bushing back into place

Now lets move to the drag lever assembly

Grease the topside of the drag lever

Grease the bearing cup slots and install into drag lever along with the washer on top.

Grease the inside of the bearing cup

Now lets remove the bearing shields on the pinion bearing and pack with marine grease. I use a razor blade to pry the shield up. Stick the edge on the inside and pry outwards.

Put the bearing back into the bearing cup

Replace the pinion sleeve

Grease the inside of the drag lever cover and reinstall. Grease the screw holes and install the Philips screws.

Now lets move to the gear stack. The design behind this is very smart. You have a couple of drag washers that keep you in first gear and depending on where you set the star on top of the reel, the gear will slip at a point and shift into the lower gear…then when the pressure on the line decreases, then drag washer will grab again and start to use the high gear. Pretty slick.

Here is a breakdown of the components, going from right to left…Anti-Reverse gear, Drag washer, High Gear, Drag Washer, Drag Plate, Spring assembly, Low gear.

Lets grease the low gear and the spring assembly

Grease the drag washer with Cals

Install drag plate

Grease the other Drag washer

Install on bottom of anti-reverse gear

And here is the completed stack

Now lets go ahead and install the gear into the sideplate. Grease the shaft with marine grease.

The tricky part here is the anti-reverse dogs…You need to press down on the gear stack while using a pick or small screwdriver to push the dogs back. You should feel the stack click down once it seats properly, as well as seeing and hearing the dogs working.

Now lets move to the top side of the handle assembly. Grease the area where the washers and springs go.

First washer down is the Teflon washer.

Then the Double-D shaped (_) metal washer.

Then the two Belleville Washers, arranged like this: ( ) Good idea to grease these as well.

Then the Teflon and metal washer

Grease the inside of the Star

Screw down onto shaft, grease and install the Teflon washer

Grease and install the square sleeve

Install the handle

Grease and install the handle screw and lock screw.

Now, if you want to lube the handle, you need a 1/8” hex bit to remove the screw…this is the easy part. Once you have it off you can spray some lube inside the handle shaft and put some grease down the screw hole.

The fun part is trying to install the handle back on. There is a little set screw on top of the handle (sorry, I forgot to snap a picture), just insert a small screwdriver or punch into the hole and push the inner handle shaft out. Line the square profile on end of the shaft with the square profile that is on the handle arm. This should allow you to install the screw underneath.

Now lets move to the spool assembly

Remove the flat spring clip with a small screwdriver

Remove the plastic clicker plate on the left side of the spool

Use a screwdriver to remove the E-Clip on the left side of the spool shaft.

Now you can remove the spool shaft assembly. Order from left to right – E-Clip, Belleville Washers ( ) ( ), left spool bearing, Right Spool Bearing, Drag plate spring, Drag Plate Bearing, Drag Plate, Pinion Gear

We will take the spool bearings and pry off the shields and completely clean with degreaser and carb cleaner and re-lube with your favorite speed lube.

Now remove the drag plate bearing and pry off the shield that faces up and pack with cals grease.

Now to the spool…There is a small cutout to use a very small flathead screwdriver to pry up the drag washer. Lets clean the top of the spool off and put a nice coat of cals grease on the top of the spool.

Now install the drag washer and grease with Cal’s grease, then wipe it clean so there is only grease down in the pores.

Re-assemble the spool shaft and insert into the spool and install final e-clip at the end. Then lightly grease the clicker attachment and install on left side of spool.

Grease the screwholes, but be careful how much you use so it does not squeeze down into the bearing and ruin the work you put in there.

Flip the spool to the right side and install the watershield and the flat spring clip

Now the spool is finished…Lastly, we will finish up the left side plate. Unscrew the drag knob from the left side plate and grease.

Remove the clicker assembly

Grease the inside of the left sideplate and install the clicker assembly and drag knob.

Now we will finish up putting the frame together. Grease the area for the harness blank.

Install the right sideplate, grease the screwholes and install the four long Philips screws.

Insert spool and install the left side plate. Grease the screwholes and install the four Philips screws.

And we are finished!

A couple of notes about this reel…This is a very interesting design. Pretty simple to use, just turn the star on top to set the amount of force it takes to engage the lower gear. Back it off for the low gear to engage with a small about of tension or button it down to only engage when you are really getting worked. You set the amount of actual drag with the knob on the left side plate, which is a little different than most reels, which have the adjustment on the right side plate. Good job on the carbon fiber drag washer. I already noticed some salt intrusion on the reel, as the prior greasing job was marginal. That should be fixed now. These have a very nice size Tiburon handle, which is very comfortable. Overall, this looks like a very nice reel…and a very ingenious way of switching to a second speed while fighting a fish.