Fishing Newsletter Archives
Everything you wanted to know about fishing reel bearings, including how they are created, and what role they play in reel operation. Class is in session as bearing guru, ChuckE, explains the ins and outs of reel bearings in "Bearings 101." read more »
Ready to move on to "Reel Bearings 201?" The second installment of the tutorial continues to build on the fundamentals presented in Reel Bearings – 101. It covers ceramic bearings, bearing corrosion, lubrication, and other related topics. Bust out those notebooks, it's time to talk bearings.. read more »
Most modern reels are typically designed and constructed so they provide years of service when properly maintained. Materials, service and use, tolerances, alignment, part configuration, and other criteria are considered when designing today's reels. However problems can occur, especially when you consider the environment that reels are used in, and the fact that many anglers don't always perform reel maintenance as often or as diligently as they should. I'm sure we've all heard the stories of a reel that worked flawlessly for years without any maintenance at all, until one day...read more »
TO ABEC OR NOT TO ABEC
by: TODD IWAMOTO
Hmm, you're probably thinking, what the heck is this guy talking about? ABEC?
Let me start off by asking some questions:
Have you ever been at the edge of a vast frog mat and knew if you could get your cast to the back of a small hole, the fish of a lifetime is waiting for your frog?...read more »
Do ceramic bearings or ceramic hybrids offer serious advantages over ordinary stainless bearings? Opinions vary even among top casters and anglers, so we asked Neil Mackellow and Iain Graham to provide their alternative views...
Part 1: We kick off with the thoughts of most the famous 'beard' in sea angling, Neil Mackellow has the floor...read more »
Fishing Reel bearings
are generally supplied dry, without any grease or oil. But many Reel Repair shops still like to flush out the bearings to be sure they are completely dry. This is not a necessary step for bearings already supplied dry by Boca Bearings, but it is a good guideline for older bearings or bearings that already have a thick, viscous lubricant in them...read more »
I've had many people ask if ceramic bearings are really worth the extra cost when it comes to fishing reels? In this article we are going to help answer that question for you and explain exactly why and when is it best to use ceramic bearings or steel bearings.
Ceramic balls can be used to replace steel in ball bearings. Their higher hardness means they are much less susceptible to wear and can offer more than triple lifetimes. They also deform less under load, meaning they have less contact with the bearing retainer walls and can roll faster. In very high speed...read more »
GreenFish is an apparel company with a conscience and a conservation-minded mission. GreenFish believes in supporting sustainable fisheries for the long term. Getting involved is easy. For each GreenFish product you buy, GreenFish will donate 5% to the sustainable fisheries partner of your choice through their GreenFish Gives program. And with that, GreenFish is building a movement to nurture our fishing stocks for future generations to enjoy...read more »
1. Could you give us a little history behind your organization?
Our group, Hmong Kayak Fishing Club, started with four friends (Rocky Ly, KB Xiong, Tony Yang and Will Yang) who found the sport of kayak fishing to be most fun and rewarding. We banded together to form our Facebook-operated club in hopes to make aware the sport of kayak fishing to our Hmong community.
2. What sparked your interest in kayak fishing?
Much of my personal interest in kayak fishing started from...read more »
Fishing reel bearings are located throughout both spinning and baitcasting reels wherever there are components that must spin/rotate. The spool, pinion gear and under drag washers, They serve to facilitate the rotation of gears, knobs, spools and even level wind devices. Without them, the term "smooth" would not be in our fishing reel vocabulary. Fishing would be more of an ordeal than the enjoyable experience it is today.
We've all heard a million times that "the more ball bearings a reel has the better...read more »
1. Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
I am Todd Iwamoto and an avid tournament fisherman on the Left Coast who loves getting on the water for fun and competition!
2. How long have you been involved in your sport?
30+ years of fishing in general and 12 years of tournament bass fishing...read more »
In the past years tuning and customizing reels got a voice of its own, and starts to change the face of fishing. Faster bearings, lighter and lighter spools, more performant braking systems, out of this world handles, full bearing supported knobs, and lots more can make a reel more than you bargained for.
But the question is: "Is it all worth it? Are there tangible results? Or is it just playing tricks on us?" We are...read more »
This is a very simple procedure that will extend the performance capabilities of this reel by 20-30%. Maximum casting distance and the overall lifetime of performance will be increased, while the effort required in casting is sufficiently reduced. The reel used in this tutorial is approximately 8 years old, it has endured countless thousands of casts and pitches in tournament settings. It has seen the entire spectrum of weather conditions from freezing temps and snow to 100 plus degree heat, it's been dropped, stepped on, kicked and generally abused in hundreds of fishing tournaments...read more »
If you read last months issue of Anglers Access Magazine I shared this information in that publication and now I am doing a rewrite for my readers on WFN and Facebook. This new trend (or an old secret) that anglers are setting with their fishing gear is the modification tuning and customizing of their reels to high performance fishing machines caught my attention and surprised me that so many anglers have never heard of this tip. By replacing stock reel parts with faster bearings, lighter spools, high performance braking systems, customized handles...read more »
This step-by-step tutorial is provided to assist in the levelwind upgrade of Curado® CU200DPV,CU200DHSV, Citica® CI200D, CI200DPV and Cruxis™ CRX200 reels. Upgrades are only necessary if you experience a clicking sound or binding in the retrieve in your new reel. The procedure should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Please exercise caution and use safety glasses when using hand tools...read more »
The 2013 Shimano Metanium XG and HG range of reels is a Japan Domestic Model (JDM) bait cast reel, Exceptional build quality, and innovation in design and ergonomics as well as durability makes this a splendid example of precision engineering as we all have come to expect from Shimano Japan.
Performance tuning the reel with BOCA Bearings is logical for the enthusiasts who seek to take precision and optimization to the peak of ultimate performance...read more »
Most competitive sports culminate their seasons with the crowning of a champion, followed by a much needed "off" season. The competitors have an opportunity to rest and rehabilitate injuries sustained during the prior season, often there are changes and additions to rosters, and there are always improvements and often complete revamping of strategies to keep "teams" in the competitive hunt for championship titles...read more »
The F104X1 is Tamiya's latest and greatest super F1. There has been a few design updates from the F104 Pro that allow you to really dial it in to any track surface. While it does ride on a quality set of shielded ball bearings, installing a high-end set of Boca Bearings will really enhance the performance of the car. There is not only a noticeable increase on the track but is also a very easy install. read more »
FRONT BEARING :
It is recommended that one of the shields be removed and that the bearing is installed with the shielded side facing the outside of the engine. For Boca Bearing's rubber sealed engine bearings however, it is recommended that you leave both seals on. The bearing is already filled with grease so it does not need the fuel to lubricate it. This also allows more fuel to get to the rear bearing and to help stop leakage through the front bearing. read more »
Ceramic Hybrid Bearings
and Full Ceramic Bearings
require proper installation to ensure optimal performance. Do not use any kind of blunt force or jarring impact such as striking the bearings directly or indirectly with any kind of hammer, rubber mallet or socket wrench. The best method for installation is one that evenly pulls or pushes the bearing in from both sides at a straight angle. A vice or Boca's Bearing Installer tool is suggested. read more »
Today were going to talk about the proper use of thrust bearings for the Xtreme framed V120's.
In case nobody was aware nearly all larger helis use a combination of radial bearings and thrust bearings in the head support. There are plenty of good reasons for this besides the fact that it's the mechanically correct method for reducing friction on a helicopter head.
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A product introduction for bearings? Any RC car & truck model has bearings what's so special? Especially in competitions engines and controllers are dictated and leave little room for improvements.Therefore good quality bearings are even more important. It's not just the weight of the bearings, but also the seals and shields that protect from dirt that are significant. read more »
Prepare your work area before beginning. I am a strong proponent of getting and staying organized while performing this type of work, and like to cover my work area with an old bath towel, or even an old bed sheet. A fabric surface helps prevent small parts from disappearing. Gather the necessary tools and supplies for the job—Allen keys, screwdrivers, pliers, a metal-marking scribe, cleaners, brushes, work tray, some shop towels and assembly oil. A heat source such as a propane torch or heat gun is also required. Keep organized and work somewhere you won't mind making a little bit of a mess—not the good dining table! read more »
To begin, the motor has a very small C ring and step washer holding the motor together. If you are not very careful, the C ring will fly away during disassembly. This is where the large plastic bag comes in.
Look carefully at the picture and you will see the C ring on the shaft, and the brass step washer under it. After the ring and washer are removed, you can pull the motor apart. The magnets are very strong, but it will come apart...read more »
I swapped my 700MX bearings for Boca Orange Seal Ceramic bearings right away. I wanted to run Align motors, but listened to the feedback here on RR on early bearing issues. So I went Boca from the start.
I took some pictures to show the process in case anyone wants to do bearings and was apprehensive about the process...read more »
One of the most essential performance items on your RC car can't even be seen with body off. I refer to the bearings hidden away in the drive train. With proper care and maintenance, bearings will last a very long time and offer excellent performance throughout their lifetimes. An often overlooked aspect of bearings, however, is the correct way to remove and install them, and that's where this article comes in. I'll show you how to do it right using a set of Ceramic Nitride bearings...read more »
Since I run nitro engines cars and trucks, I've always used standard rubber or metal shielded clutch bearings. Things have changed this spring when I have installed Boca ceramic clutch bearings in my nitro buggy. We frequently hear people saying that ceramic bearings are better than any other types of bearing and I was curious to evaluate how much better they were. I usually replace the standard clutch bearings at every gallon or so. When I replace them, they show sign of wear, often their shields are gone and they don't spin really well. That's the perfect situation to end your a-main earlier than expected! read more »
I've decided to dedicate a blog section to the tail vibration problem for obvious reasons.
Getting these tails vibration free seems to be one of those things that many of us have problems with, including yours truly. It also seems to be an inherent problem with these small Heli's in general. Part of the reason is that the tail blades are spinning 3.4 times faster than the main rotor. So if the main blades are going 4000 RPM's the tail blades are at 13,600 RPM's. read more »
Whether you're a competitive RC Car & Truck enthusiast or just someone who enjoys beating the pants off your buddies, we've got the RC bearings for you! We stock bearings for both electric or gas powered RC vehicles and have consistently been ahead of the pack with new and innovative solutions for your RC needs...read more »
1. Determine which kit best suits your driving conditions
2. Remove shell - I worked from the back of the truck forward
3. Remove the rear wheels
4. Then remove the two rear axles (don't loose washers or pins)...read more »
The first step to any good installation is to make sure that everything is clean and free of dirt. I personally like to remove all un-necessary items like the motor, pipe, fuel tank, and radio tray. Most of us remove these items during a normal post event cleaning...read more »
First of all make sure you have a nice clean working enviroment, and that you have cleaned all parts of your model that you will be working on. Today we will be replacing all outer wheel bearings and also the knuckles that are part of the new active caster front end. First we will work on the front...read more »
1. Could you introduce yourself to the readers? I am Mikey Bustamante, I am 18 years old and live the in Las Vegas Nevada.
2. How long have you been involved in your sport? I have been Racing RC cars for about 6 years now. My dad first got me into the hobby when I was about seven years old and he bought me my first RC car. Between the time I started racing to this very moment...read more »
Industrial Newsletter Archives
Angular contact bearings are designed such that there is an angle between the races and the balls when the bearing is in operation. An axial load passes in a straight line through the bearing, whereas a radial load takes an oblique path that tends to want to separate the races axially. So the angle of contact on the inner race is the same as that on the outer race. Angular contact bearings are typically assembled with a thrust load or preload... read more »
Full Ceramic Angular Contact Bearings are made entirely of ceramic material and are superior to common Steel Angular Contact Bearings in many ways. Ceramic is the perfect material for any application seeking to achieve higher RPM's, reduce overall weight or for extremely harsh environments where high temperatures and corrosive substances are present. Applications such as cryopumps, medical devices, semiconductors, machine tools, turbine flow meters, food processing equipment, robotics and optics... read more »
There are two basic types of dental ball bearings depending on the type of work that the tool is designed for. The first type is the Radial Bearing and the second type is the Thrust Bearing. Radial Bearings are designed for working in deep grooves and for angled dental surfaces. Radial Bearings have an inner ring, an outer ring, a series of balls and typically a cage to contain the balls. The second type of dental ball bearing is the Thrust Bearing...read more »
Double Row Deep Groove Ball Bearings have the same design as Single Row Deep Groove Ball Bearings. They have deep raceways with a high degree of contact between the ball and raceways. Double Row Deep Groove Ball Bearings are capable of handling both radial and axial loads and are suited to applications where higher load carrying capacity is necessary...read more »
Boca Bearings offers an assortment of grooved bearings for use in patio doors, pulleys, yoyos and other specialty applications. Grooved bearings come in three different styles: V-Groove, U-Groove and G-Groove...read more »
Insert bearings and wide inner ring bearings are used for mounting on shafts without the need for shoulders or adapters. The bearing is locked in place through setscrews or a locking collar. UC Style Insert Bearings have an inner ring that extends on both sides of the bearing and SB Style Insert Bearings extend on one side. Both designs however are intended to provide extra shaft support. Sometimes insert bearings are simply standard...read more »
Full Ceramic Insert Bearings are made entirely of ceramic material and are superior to common Steel Insert Bearings in many ways. Ceramic is the perfect material for any application seeking to achieve higher RPM's, reduce overall weight or for extremely harsh environments where high temperatures and corrosive substances are present. Applications such as cryopumps, medical devices, semiconductors, machine tools, turbine flow meters, food processing equipment, robotics and optics...read more »
Matched Pair bearings are Angular contact ball bearings that are suitable for applications that require high accuracy and high-speed performance. Bearings with a smaller contact angle are more suitable for high-speed rotation; those with a larger contact angle are more suitable for high load applications. Angular contact ball bearings are often preloaded to enhance their rigidity and rotating performance. For high-precision matched pair angular contact ball bearings of class 5 or higher...read more »
Flange mounted bearings are used when a shaft axis is perpendicular to the bearing mounting surface. Available in 2, 3, or 4-hole configurations, flange mounted bearings provide a method of accurate mounting fits and load support. 2-bolt flanged bearings have a diamond shaped flange with 2 mounting holes. Most 3-bolt flanged bearings have a circular mounting flange with three...read more »
Needle bearings use a roller style rolling element to reduce friction of a rotating surface. Needle Bearings have a high load carrying capacity with a very small cross section height. They are available with or without an inner ring. The needle rollers are guided parallel to the axis using a cage retainer, thrust bearings can also be supplied with no retainer, which is referred to as a full complement of rollers...read more »
An O'ring is a mechanical gasket in the shape of a circle; it is a loop of pliable material with a disc-shaped cross-section, designed to be seated into a groove and compressed during assembly between two or more parts, creating a seal...read more »
Oil seals have a flexible lip that rubs against a shaft or housing to prevent the leakage or contamination of fluids and debris. For proper installation, the seal lip should point towards the lubrication being contained. Some oil seals have a spring to help keep the lip in contact with the shaft. The sealing orientation and direction is important to consider for oil seals and grease seals...read more »
Drawn cup needle roller clutches have a small radial section height and are also commonly known as One Way Bearings or Anti-Reverse Bearings. This design uses the same small radial section as drawn cup needle roller bearings which make better use of available space. The units are compact, lightweight and operate directly on a shaft; they are also suitable for transmitting high torque...read more »
Oil Filled Bushings are an oil impregnated powder metal bushing. 15% of the weight of the bushing is the oil that has been impregnated by using hot oil and a vacuum system under pressure. The air is sucked out of the powder metal bushing pores creating a void that is then filled with oil. Over time oil leaves the bushing. Oil comes out by centrifugal force, heat and leaching out if improperly stored...read more »
Engineers often hesitate to use Plastic Bearings in their designs, because they have trusted steel bearings for years or they just don\'t think plastics can handle demanding applications or environments. Plastic Bearings, however, can endure extreme temperatures, heavy loads and high speeds. Some other benefits to Plastic Bearings are listed below...read more »
Pressure Roller Bearings are coated with urethane rubber and fixed by special processing on its outer ring to keep its rotation accuracy. Under the proper radial loading, the coefficient of friction and hardness of rubber are useful for handling paper or for carrying mechanisms, guide bearings and idle bearings. Pressure Roller Bearings are commonly used in desktop and industrial printers, ATMs, robotics and more...read more »