Spinning Reel Drag tuning

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lifeofRiley
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Spinning Reel Drag tuning

Post by lifeofRiley » Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:17 pm

I've got a St Ci4+ 2500 that has a drag that "surges." I could also describe it as under a constant pull pressure it exhibits a fluctuating resistance level. I would also point out that it is not an extreme fluctuation as to the point of a major mechanical problem with the reel. It is however something that I would like to eliminate so as to avoid line breakage/stress either on the hookset or long runs by strong fish. I have fished shimano spinning reels all my life and have three of these model reels, I maintain them so am very familiar with their maintenance. I'm wondering about any tips from you guys to smooth out my reels drag? I might replace the washers, but the reel is only used for walleye, trout, and bass, nothing too punishing. Should I try replacing the metal washers within the drag stack? Any tips appreciated.

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Re: Spinning Reel Drag tuning

Post by Slazmo » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:17 am

Lap the stainless steel top washer, and the aluminium ones you can't but you should check them for any deformation... You can find stainless steel washers for them which I find a better suit than the aluminium especially when using carbon fibre washers over the stock felt.

Also the washers, being felt they can be a bit squashed. You should relax that knob while in storage... Try replacing them or swap them around in the stack especially the upper 2 and top to bottom them if you know what I mean.

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Re: Spinning Reel Drag tuning

Post by adam lancia » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:00 am

Steel washers and carbontex will smooth that right out I would think. You can also use some great on them to lower their start up resistance. I use Cal's tan grease on mine.

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