Back in the day of super cars, wonderful mechanical beasts had powerful eight-cylinder engines. Auto-enthusiasts were always looking for a way to improve them.
At first it was all about improving performance. Depending on what part of the driveline was being worked on, it was often a case of getting more slip to reduce friction and increase speed, or more grip, which delivered more power at the wheels. Durability, particularly in harsh operating environments such as off-road racing, often took a second place to speed. Racers began to realize being around for the finish after grueling race was an important part of the performance equation. Eventually, wiser heads prevailed. As speeds increased, “safety, reliability, and then speed,” became the mantra of racecar builders.
What does this have to do with fishing? The same rules of physics, and mechanics, apply whether it’s a fishing reel or a racecar. In the interest of keeping production costs down and profits up, fishing reel manufacturers often use less than optimum components in quality and quality. You can upgrade your reel’s performance and durability by changing parts and making tuning tweaks. If you’ve had your reel apart to clean and lube it, you likely have the necessary skills to do upgrades and part changes. You will be best served if you have your reel’s schematic on hand (available on-line as a downloadable printout), a clean uncluttered workspace, and good lighting. It can also be helpful to take pictures as you progress for a point of reference. Use common sense and lay out your parts in the order you remove them, and always use the same direction for laying them out and all facing in the same direction they were in the reel – facing down on the workbench is the same as facing down in the reel. Work on a cookie sheet with a turned up edge to keep small parts from rolling off into oblivion...
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