DirtyD64 wrote:Kurt L wrote:VinnyOA wrote:DirtyD64 wrote:Kurt L wrote:The Tackle tour review on the Met. MGL was incomplete and showed many details of the Chronarch not the Metanium they were testing... The lower gear ratio Chronarchs I have seen all had the shorter handle? knob bearings are one place I notice a difference, the levelwind I did not notice when I upgraded my Met. MGL. Both reels are winners it's up to you!
Maybe the JDM ones do, my Zillion SV TW and Chronarch MGL have identical handle lengths, the Zillion is a 7.3 (90mm for sure as all Daiwa's are) and my 7.1 gear Chronarch MGL matches it dead even.
You are also the second person to say they felt knob bearings help, I bought some junker Amazon 4x7x2.5's and the feel no different than the bushings... What knob/levelwind bearings did you get???
Bushings in knobs perform just the same as bearings and many times are better than bearings for many reasons.Lots of people here don't understand why bushings are put in knobs over bearings and conclude jdm reels are better.Ignorance at it's finest.
The only time a bushing will out perform a quality bearing is in the resistance to corrosion (salt) or... with a total lack of long term maintenance. Saltwater conditions are the perfect place for bushings, if they were superior in a performance respect premium reels would be supplied with them. Yes the gain in refinement is slight and some may not feel it at all but I notice it. I normally buy Metanium knob bearings strait from Shimano, cheap bearings are a no go I tried that route before as well
Couldn't have said it better, my first reel I ever broke down completely and worked on was an original Tatula Type R, got the knobs and all where they would spin like crazy... I added those dang Amazon bearings and the knobs would barely rotate after flicked (versus stock 1 bearing 1 bushing).
Have you ever felt the gear issues with the Metanium(s) you own???
Yes I had the gear issues (Gritty feel or Buzz) but I found it was related to the grease they come with, Shimano recommends "ACE2" grease but I found it did not work well in my Met. 13 & MGL, I found that Shimano's "DG06" grease worked amazing on the aluminum gears and I had no further issues. But the trick is you need to switch before the gears wear while the reel is still in good shape. My Anatares was smoother than my 13 until I tried the DG06 then it was the opposite the 13 was butter smooth, I sold the Ant. and never looked back! I had the same results with the MGL... much smoother, no more "Buzz" and much longer between required service! But both reels are in the testing stage with the Brass gears now.