Okay sorting through all of the above I think I understand now and was ignorant before I thought it was the actual components (bearings) that were the determining factor, did not really understand about the "care and feeding" aspect of it all: grease vrs oil, too much grease, etc. Thanks to all who helped clear this up for me.
oh wow, i just saw in the torque 40 schematic they really are the same, they all share the same bearings from the fathom it seems.Torque LD and SD share the same bearing part #'s as their Fathom counterparts (at least in the 12 and 15 size I checked), check the schematics part listing...
This simple thread has gone a bit awry.
You were subjected to quite a bit of incorrect information in this thread... To clarify, the actual components (bearings) ARE the determining factor and they are one-in-the-same. Hence, there is no difference whatsoever in freespool between the stock FTH and TRQ.
Why do they have the same Penn part #'s? Who makes them now?To clarify, this note is from the engineer who designed the reel.
There was a "running change" to both series in 2017.
Both bearings are upgrades from the original GRW with standard lubrication. FTH bearing is made by GRW and TRQ made by NMB. Both are premium bearings and the same size so they are interchangeable.