I’ve heard time and again that the original series of the SX through LX reels didn’t do well with higher drag settings. Corrected with the Raptor series.The only bearings I need to change is on my Avet LX. Appears the higher drag applied puts stress on the bearings. Harder to crank with heavy drag.
Funny, I did the exact same thing on #150 at the bank. It tore up the pinion gears and the infinite anti-backlash. Took it to shimano , they fixed it, but the repair dude looked at me like I was crazy.Original Trinidad 30. Had Ken remove the variable clicker to speed up free spool. By allot. Need a educated thumb not to backlash
Then he added the Cal drag plate and grease. To increase the balls
I did this upgrade to cast farther and to have drag if a large YFT ate the jig on straight tie 50lb trilene big game
First cast at hurricane bank off the bow as the anchor was hanging. A large YFT ate the Raider. 170lb on the TN30 variable clicker removed, cal drag plate and grease added
Took me over 1.5 hours. Rematch 30 minute fish
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I wasn't able to get the NHBB bearings order fulfilled soFunny, I did the exact same thing on #150 at the bank. It tore up the pinion gears and the infinite anti-backlash. Took it to shimano , they fixed it, but the repair dude looked at me like I was crazy.
Now all my Wahoo is done with a Avet HXJ Raptor, full of #80 spectra and a #130 fluoro wind-on and a calstar 800XH, #30 of drag just in case.
Mark, thanks, as always, for your terrific input!I may be an outlier, but I rarely have to replace bearings. I have a dozen Avets that get fished HARD. I service them with oil after every long range trip. My most common replacement is the pair of handle bearings. Measure ID in fractions, OD in fractions and thickness in fractions for all small SX to JX reels. Use metric ID, OD and thickness for larger reels. Go to eBay, search in that order (ID, OD & thickness shielded SS bearings) and for $1 each you have a brand new excellent bearing very similar or exactly the same as Avet. Oil them well and use almost forever. Designer oil if you wish or use GetSome like me.
here is a picture of Avet bearing sizes from an Alani Tani thread click here for threadMark, thanks, as always, for your terrific input!
A couple questions:
1). Lots of digital calipers out there. Any specific recommendation?
2). Sometimes the Avet bearings have a fairly soft fibrous cover. Removal with a small circle hook even I can accomplish. Those metal covered ones, however, are a different beast. Especially the smaller versions. Pearls of wisdom for their removal?
Again, thanks for your many contributions to the Avet site! Lots of fun learning how to take care of my own stuff, not to mention the $$$ saved!!