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Need help on drag star

Post by 1nutinthewater » Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:49 pm

My first attempt at adding some color to reels has proven to be expensive and a new learning experience. I ordered this star for my Bantam MGL but when installed the clip pops out and creates an uneven gap between the star and they handle. Even cranking it down tight is will pop out when adjusting the drag.
The original spacer is to thick and will not fit over the top of the clip to hold it down.
Anyone have any ideas?
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Re: Need help on drag star

Post by LgMouthGambler » Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:45 am

By "the clip" do you mean the retainer spring?
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Re: Need help on drag star

Post by 1nutinthewater » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:52 am

LgMouthGambler wrote:
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By "the clip" do you mean the retainer spring?
Yes
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Re: Need help on drag star

Post by LgMouthGambler » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:23 pm

To me it sounds like a manufacturing issue.
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Re: Need help on drag star

Post by mrpao » Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:43 pm

Does it fit together well when not installed on the reel?
Or does the clip still slip out easily?

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Re: Need help on drag star

Post by 1nutinthewater » Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:57 pm

mrpao wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:43 pm
Does it fit together well when not installed on the reel?
Or does the clip still slip out easily?
It fits fine prior to installation. It seem to not fit on the shaft correctly - the clip and the clicker underneath are being pushed up to the point of the clip popping off when the star is pushed down onto the shaft.
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Re: Need help on drag star

Post by PikeRoadBassn » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:24 am

Sounds like some misalignment upon installation.

1. Make sure the flat side on the nut is parallel with the flat side on the drive shaft.

2. Line the flat side of the clicker plate up with the flat side inside the drag star.

3. Install drag star and be sure the shoulder of the driveshaft passes through the clicker plate.

4. While keeping pressure on the drag star to keep it in place, install your handle, and nut.

These new style drag stars with the compact spring can be a pain.

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Post by 1nutinthewater » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:04 pm

Pushing the star down over the top of the shoulder puts so much pressure on the bottom of the plate on the star that it pops the clip off.....
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Re: Need help on drag star

Post by LgMouthGambler » Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:56 am

I wonder if you just have to file the hole out a bit more? Maybe it's just a bit too small to not allow it to slide over the shaft correctly?
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Re: Need help on drag star

Post by 1nutinthewater » Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:28 pm

They are sending me another to try-Excellent customer service as they have walked me through the install to no avail....
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Re: Need help on drag star

Post by 1nutinthewater » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:11 pm

Update- New drag star arrived in 6 days and fits perfect without the retainer popping out.
Kudos to Hedgehog!
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