Aftermarket handles

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Aftermarket handles

Post by bronzebacks » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:57 am

Do any of y'all know where to get any cheep decent 90mm + shimano handles that can use the factory shimano knobs? Thanks

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Re: Aftermarket handles

Post by JBcrankaddict » Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:26 am

Shimano. Metanium XG(silver) or Chronarch XG(black) handles are both 96mm I believe and very cheap for just the handle. Check out Shimano’s parts ordering site.

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Re: Aftermarket handles

Post by LowRange » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:50 pm

The Ray's DIY carbon fiber handles are pretty cheap coming in around $30. I have a few and they have great. Visually they look like the ZPI handles.

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Re: Aftermarket handles

Post by a1712 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:13 pm

Hawgtech makes a decent, reasonably priced handle with different accent color options, even cork knobs. Brian.
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Re: Aftermarket handles

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Re: Aftermarket handles

Post by sarcazmo » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:02 pm

LowRange wrote:The Ray's DIY carbon fiber handles are pretty cheap coming in around $30. I have a few and they have great. Visually they look like the ZPI handles.
I've been eyeing these quite a bit lately! Seem's like an inexpensive solution to shave a tiny bit of weight and add some extra length. HEYO! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Aftermarket handles

Post by ogrich31 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:27 am

I'd stay away from those cheap ray's/aliexpress handles. I broke every one that I brought (4 total?). The layers started to peel and the handles had a bit of play.

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Re: Aftermarket handles

Post by iabass8 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:03 pm

Odd. Ive got 2 from rays that get banged around in my rod locker and deck and show no wear or chipping.

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Re: Aftermarket handles

Post by LowRange » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:32 pm

The few Rays handles I have have been great but the reels they are on have been babied/stored indoors.

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Re: Aftermarket handles

Post by Moosehead » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:13 pm

I had one from Rays that saw heavy use on my Zillion. It did start to show excessive wear and had evidence of coming apart. I replaced it, thought maybe I got just a bad one.

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