Shimano Tn16 freespool

Lukewrxsti

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Okay I have a gold tn16 and when I flip it to freespool and crank the handle the spool will spin a little. I took it apart and made sure no drags washers are stuck together cleaned them up. Liightly greased and put them back. The same thing still happens. They are stock drags. What is the problem?
 
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Caseman

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I second what finishright said. I had same problem with a TN12 I picked up used. cleaned the shaft, pinion, and replaced the dartanium drags with a set from SMoothDrag. problem went away. Same thing happened on a brand new torium16gha I bought, too much grease on drag washers. Cleaned washers and put a very light coat of grease and problem solved.
 
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hucklongfin

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You don't want any grease on the spool shaft where it goes in the pinion gear... or in the pinion gear. A light coat of ReelX or equivalent will do it.
 
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Bantam1

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We run the spool shafts dry with no lubricant. Any oil or grease on the shaft will slow down your freespool and affect casting performance. I would make sure the pinion is disengaging 100%. I have seen yokes bend from misuse. Check to make sure it is perfectly flat.
 
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arenpilav41

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This happens to all of my star drag reels. My Torques and Fathoms do it too, and my old Trinidads did it as well. Its normal. And if its not normal, it hasnt caused any problems, so I wouldn't even worry about it.
-Aren
 
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Bantam1

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The pinon gear is not supported by bearings on the gold Trinidad models. This means it floats when it is in freespool. What you experienced is normal and is not an issue.
 
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Lukewrxsti

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The pinon gear is not supported by bearings on the gold Trinidad models. This means it floats when it is in freespool. What you experienced is normal and is not an issue.
So spool spinning when cranking handle in freespool is normal for gold Trinidad?
 
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Bantam1

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Yes it can happen because of how the pinion gear can make contact with the spool shaft. Ensure the center of the pinion gear is clean. Use a q-tip with some of the cotton removed and alcohol to clean it. Clean the spool shaft completely as well.
 
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crabdancer

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We run the spool shafts dry with no lubricant.

This is absolutely correct. They have to be clean as well. A bit of solvent goes a long way especially on the inside diameter of the pinion gear because it's more likely to contaminate than the spool shaft. When you rebuild any shimano conventional with a brass pinion and a stainless spool shaft you should be able to hold pinion up to a light, look down the bore, and see a mirror finish. If there's any contamination or oxidation it will affect your freespool. If you're not handy enough to remove the oxidation without marring the bore, replace the pinion. And like Bantam1 said check the yoke at this point as well.

The gold Trinidads are great reels and many get passed around cheap on the used market just because of the little details like this. Rigidity is strength, but rigidity demands tight tolerances that require attention and experience to service. Treat em right and you've got a bulletproof workhorse that keeps a refined feel.
 
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S&W686:-)

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Just something simple may be your spool tension cap setting. First thing I'd check then barrings. Make sure not to get to crazy with the lube.
 
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