So we received the Ryoga 1016H from Windy City on Friday. I had the chance to open it up this morning. Starting with the obvious signs, I pulled the gear set out. Lack of lube was a non issue on this reel. There was plenty of grease on the gears. After cleaning and inspecting the gear set, there were no obvious signs of damage to either drive or pinion gear. Upon lubing and reassembly, the “tick” was still there.
The reel was pulled back down, and the upper and lower pinion support bearings were removed. The bearing sleeves were inspected for damage, but none was found. I went ahead and flushed the bearings in case any debris had worked itself into the bearings. Reassembly yielded the same results.
Removing the spool made no difference in the “tick”, and was still very pronounced. I decided to pull the pinion shaft to see if it had any affect on it. After removing the pinion shaft the “tick” disappeared. Even applying pressure to the spool yielded in a smooth feel. I replaced the stock pinion shaft with one from a Zillion. After installing the new pinion shaft, the “tick” was gone. Upon inspection of the stock pinion shaft, there are “flats” on the pinion shaft. All I can figure is that one if the flats was distorted enough to make contact with the inside of the pinion gear and cause the “tick” that was felt.
I feel this is most likely an extremely isolated incident, as I’ve never seen this before.