So I picked up a metanium MGL from Japan. I live in the north, we have hard water right now... so I have time. What would you suggest doing to this reel before the season starts? I've read some about switching the gear grease to Shimano DG06 to help with the noise/feel, and I've heard of flushing the spool bearings out prior to use. Both of those worth the time? I'm pretty set on sticking with the aluminum gears for now.
I'll be honest, Ive never done either on my Daiwas... and wondering if I should be?? Any bearings I should add to the Met right off the getgo too?
My most recent reel prior to this Met was a Steez SVTW which has HH AirHD bearings and was tuned by TT, so now I'm spoiled... Thinking I want to do a little to this metanium, then probably a spool upgrade to one of the SV103's and possibly a bearing upgrade on the Steez SV.
Just looking for some advice from folks that have more experience.
Nice choice for a Shimano reel. Lot of options...
1. I would suggest trying it stock. That way when you apply any upgrades you can judge for yourself if there is a difference.
2. You can buy a set of brass gears for it. Many have done this with great success. The stock gears, at least on by 8:5 will get a bit rough feeling with regular use. Greasing them helps but it is more or less a temp fix to a permanent problem.
3. ZPI bearings are great but flushing the stocking bearings and relubing with a quality oil is a good starting point.
4. The handle length and the drag seem to be excellent. Not really much need to upgrade either.
Went out and made a few casts on it with the new Zbone, can't wait for spring!