Bantam MGL

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by goldrod » Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:43 am

BRONZEBACK32 wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:26 pm
Does it keep its super smooth feeling?

I can't even find a yumeya shallow spool...
They are pricey and I surf looking for spools
You can not tell the difference between the stock and shallow spool. I personally prefer it’s line capacity
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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by russ57 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:54 am

Hobie-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:13 pm
I like mine.

I am using it for spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and other resistance baits. Really smooth and good power.

I wouldnt pair it up with an NRX. It deserves to be worked as Shimano designed it to do.
What gear ratio are you using? I want to order one for similar purposes, but I am hesitant about the small handle on all but the XG model. Do you feel the closely situated line guide hurts distance, as some others have posited?

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by goldrod » Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:02 am

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:33 pm

Awesome, thank you :big grin:

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by Hobie-Wan Kenobi » Sun Sep 22, 2019 5:40 pm

russ57 wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:54 am
Hobie-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:13 pm
I like mine.

I am using it for spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and other resistance baits. Really smooth and good power.

I wouldnt pair it up with an NRX. It deserves to be worked as Shimano designed it to do.
What gear ratio are you using? I want to order one for similar purposes, but I am hesitant about the small handle on all but the XG model. Do you feel the closely situated line guide hurts distance, as some others have posited?
I have the HG. I wish I had the XG when working buzzbaits. Other than that, the HG is fine for me.
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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:05 pm

I'm gonna put a 90mm curado k handle on mine I think.

I'm debating on getting the PG model...

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:28 pm

Man I'm having troubles picking a gear ratio now....

Most all my reels are 6.2:1 and its about perfect but I kinda want to try either fast or maybe even slower :doh:


Just got a idea, maybe I will really go with the PG version and if I don't like it I will purchase a higher gear ratio from Shimano.

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:51 pm

What bearings can I add to this reel besides in the handle knobs?

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by Slazmo » Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:38 am

Level wind behind the idler gear...

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:13 pm

Slazmo wrote:
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Level wind behind the idler gear...
Perfect, I got that bearing and knob bearings ready to go.

It looks like a easy change on the level wind, it uses a screw....weird

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by Slazmo » Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:21 pm

A aluminium retaining plate as there is no access to the other side of the worm shaft to lock it into the frame.
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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:05 pm

Slazmo wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:21 pm
A aluminium retaining plate as there is no access to the other side of the worm shaft to lock it into the frame.
Ah perfect, hopefully I have the right bearing, the ones I have fit the Curado K so hopefully its the same size.

Thanks for the pics.

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by Slazmo » Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:46 pm

Yes same size

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by BRONZEBACK32 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:49 pm

Slazmo wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:46 pm
Yes same size
All set up 3 bearings added and a Curado 90mm handle and some L grip knobs

:big grin:

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Re: Bantam MGL

Post by johnD » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:44 pm

Nice !

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