Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby alafly » Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:34 am

Thanks for recommendation! Will remember to get one next time when I order another spool from them. ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby masterbass » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:19 am

I tested my new diy long cast in my og steez and I'm really happy with it. I wanted to use my steez for some power finesse techniques. The stock spool was too wild and the sv1000 seemed too choked off. For $50 the diy spools really impress me. I was throwing Ned rigs about 30 yards with amazing control. The long cast version is a little deeper so I can put plenty of 6lb copoly on it.

I have a diy in my px type r as well. I've never been overly impressed with the stock spool. A 51e with an avail shallow spool blew it away with 1/8 oz. The diy spool transformed it into the perfect BFS reel. So far the spools have held up so the jury is still out on long term durability, but so far I'm very impressed.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby adam lancia » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:52 am

masterbass wrote:I tested my new diy long cast in my og steez and I'm really happy with it. I wanted to use my steez for some power finesse techniques. The stock spool was too wild and the sv1000 seemed too choked off. For $50 the diy spools really impress me. I was throwing Ned rigs about 30 yards with amazing control. The long cast version is a little deeper so I can put plenty of 6lb copoly on it.


How much line do you figure that long cast spool holds...?

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby masterbass » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:14 am

adam lancia wrote:
masterbass wrote:I tested my new diy long cast in my og steez and I'm really happy with it. I wanted to use my steez for some power finesse techniques. The stock spool was too wild and the sv1000 seemed too choked off. For $50 the diy spools really impress me. I was throwing Ned rigs about 30 yards with amazing control. The long cast version is a little deeper so I can put plenty of 6lb copoly on it.


How much line do you figure that long cast spool holds...?


I think I put about 90-100 yards of 6lb copoly. It was more than enough for my needs.

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Postby adam lancia » Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:39 am

masterbass wrote:I think I put about 90-100 yards of 6lb copoly. It was more than enough for my needs.


Oh, nice! That's a good amount of line. I primarily use braid so that'll hold plenty for my needs too. Thanks!

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Postby hoohoorjoo » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:20 am

Here's my el cheapo bfs set-up.... Fuego CT with Zaion star, 80mm handle (suits me for light work), silver handle nut and pawl cover. Using parts I had on hand from other reel builds, I don't even have the full retail cost of the reel in it lol! Can't wait to see if it performs as well as looks.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby LowRange » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:02 am

hoohoorjoo wrote:Here's my el cheapo bfs set-up.... Fuego CT with Zaion star, 80mm handle (suits me for light work), silver handle nut and pawl cover. Using parts I had on hand from other reel builds, I don't even have the full retail cost of the reel in it lol! Can't wait to see if it performs as well as looks.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby Winstondry » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:21 am

I put one in my PX68 Type R last week, I just ordered some ceramic ABEC 7's for it. Wasn't overly impressed with the bearings it came with.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby SSS » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:39 pm

Has anyone compared the pixy Ray's studio spool to the zpi cp-301 or the i'ze factory finesse special spool? I'm interested in which of those spools can cast the smallest weights. The i'ze factory spool is 10g. I own it and like it quite a bit, but i'm wondering if the other two may be better?

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby Dalleinf » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:45 pm

SSS wrote:Has anyone compared the pixy Ray's studio spool to the zpi cp-301 or the i'ze factory finesse special spool? I'm interested in which of those spools can cast the smallest weights. The i'ze factory spool is 10g. I own it and like it quite a bit, but i'm wondering if the other two may be better?


I can go lower / or low more easily with the DIY vs the IZe.
Have not used the zpi.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby SSS » Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:47 pm

Dalleinf wrote:
SSS wrote:Has anyone compared the pixy Ray's studio spool to the zpi cp-301 or the i'ze factory finesse special spool? I'm interested in which of those spools can cast the smallest weights. The i'ze factory spool is 10g. I own it and like it quite a bit, but i'm wondering if the other two may be better?


I can go lower / or low more easily with the DIY vs the IZe.
Have not used the zpi.
Are you using stock diy bearings?

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby Dalleinf » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:05 pm

Yes, stock.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby SSS » Sun Jan 28, 2018 8:16 pm

I'm kinda interested in trying the pixy spool for the coming season. Can anyone tell me what's the bearing size of the Ray's Studio pixy spool? I wanna install some Air BFS on that thing :o

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby LowRange » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:21 pm

You won't be able to reuse the purple Ray's micro bearing holder. It's a they're different sized bearings. You'll have to order the complete air BFS bearings for Pixy. The Ray's bearings are pretty decent actually.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby SSS » Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:53 pm

LowRange wrote:You won't be able to reuse the purple Ray's micro bearing holder. It's a they're different sized bearings. You'll have to order the complete air BFS bearings for Pixy. The Ray's bearings are pretty decent actually.
without reusing the bearing holder, any idea what's the exact bearing size i'd need to order?


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