Show off your OG Zillion

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by toddmc » Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:08 pm

This is “The Sleeper”. It started out as my first OG 6.3 Zillion when they were introduced. It has four handle bearings, a level wind bearing, RCS handle, Carbontex, Slp Super High Grip knobs, a Type-R star, and ZR spool bearings, like all of my dozen or so in this platform. I also took off the anodizing on the bumpers to make it look more simple. The spacers allowed for a Steez SV 103 spool. I have so many bling parts that I mix between my fleet that I often can’t remember what reel has what parts. This reel is more inline with what I like my custom rods to look like.
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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by MountainMan 83 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:04 am

toddmc wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:08 pm
This is “The Sleeper”. It started out as my first OG 6.3 Zillion when they were introduced. It has four handle bearings, a level wind bearing, RCS handle, Carbontex, Slp Super High Grip knobs, a Type-R star, and ZR spool bearings, like all of my dozen or so in this platform. I also took off the anodizing on the bumpers to make it look more simple. The spacers allowed for a Steez SV 103 spool. I have so many bling parts that I mix between my fleet that I often can’t remember what reel has what parts. This reel is more inline with what I like my custom rods to look like. 5C637A90-4372-4F27-8369-5E45F5271A0B.jpeg
I like that a lot. A sort of polished matte look. On the other side of the spectrum compared to the obnoxious colors on my coastal, lol. I'd add one thing to it though, a thumb bar from a TDX. It's got that same matte aluminum look.

I'm in the process of making a bunch of spacers on the lathe; how do you like the SV spools in the OG's? I imagine pretty similar all around to a SV 103 reels' use of those spools.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by Fishing4Fun » Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:35 am

toddmc wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:08 pm
This is “The Sleeper”. It started out as my first OG 6.3 Zillion when they were introduced. It has four handle bearings, a level wind bearing, RCS handle, Carbontex, Slp Super High Grip knobs, a Type-R star, and ZR spool bearings, like all of my dozen or so in this platform. I also took off the anodizing on the bumpers to make it look more simple. The spacers allowed for a Steez SV 103 spool. I have so many bling parts that I mix between my fleet that I often can’t remember what reel has what parts. This reel is more inline with what I like my custom rods to look like. 5C637A90-4372-4F27-8369-5E45F5271A0B.jpeg
Looks good so far. Maybe just an IP line guide for the win

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by new2BC4bass » Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:27 am

MountainMan 83 wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:04 am
toddmc wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:08 pm
This is “The Sleeper”. It started out as my first OG 6.3 Zillion when they were introduced. It has four handle bearings, a level wind bearing, RCS handle, Carbontex, Slp Super High Grip knobs, a Type-R star, and ZR spool bearings, like all of my dozen or so in this platform. I also took off the anodizing on the bumpers to make it look more simple. The spacers allowed for a Steez SV 103 spool. I have so many bling parts that I mix between my fleet that I often can’t remember what reel has what parts. This reel is more inline with what I like my custom rods to look like. 5C637A90-4372-4F27-8369-5E45F5271A0B.jpeg
I like that a lot. A sort of polished matte look. On the other side of the spectrum compared to the obnoxious colors on my coastal, lol. I'd add one thing to it though, a thumb bar from a TDX. It's got that same matte aluminum look.

I'm in the process of making a bunch of spacers on the lathe; how do you like the SV spools in the OG's? I imagine pretty similar all around to a SV 103 reels' use of those spools.
Glad to see this. I've had a request or two (from at least a couple years ago), but just can't get to them. I feel real bad about that. We've been short handed (for 2 years) and I program 25 lathes plus help set up. Only guy setting up 3 of the lathes. I have some Teflon bar ends and would to love run off a few to see if the material would work because I could probably get 50-60 sets out of the bar ends I have. PVC works good.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by toddmc » Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:41 am

MountainMan 83 wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:04 am
toddmc wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:08 pm
This is “The Sleeper”. It started out as my first OG 6.3 Zillion when they were introduced. It has four handle bearings, a level wind bearing, RCS handle, Carbontex, Slp Super High Grip knobs, a Type-R star, and ZR spool bearings, like all of my dozen or so in this platform. I also took off the anodizing on the bumpers to make it look more simple. The spacers allowed for a Steez SV 103 spool. I have so many bling parts that I mix between my fleet that I often can’t remember what reel has what parts. This reel is more inline with what I like my custom rods to look like. 5C637A90-4372-4F27-8369-5E45F5271A0B.jpeg
I like that a lot. A sort of polished matte look. On the other side of the spectrum compared to the obnoxious colors on my coastal, lol. I'd add one thing to it though, a thumb bar from a TDX. It's got that same matte aluminum look.

I'm in the process of making a bunch of spacers on the lathe; how do you like the SV spools in the OG's? I imagine pretty similar all around to a SV 103 reels' use of those spools.
I've got colorful OG's also! :D The SV spools seem to fish the same in the OG. Both the Steez SV and SV103 spools like the 3-4 setting on the mag dial. This is the same way that the SV spools fish in their original platforms. I got the spacers a long time ago, but I have so many reels that I didn't even put them in until a few days ago. I don't have much time with these spools in the OG, but I think it basically turns them into an SV103 if you also put on a Type-R star. The SV103 is near perfect. There are three in my fleet. I would have bought a whole bunch more if I didn't already have so many of the earlier versions of the platform.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by toddmc » Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:43 am

Fishing4Fun wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:35 am
toddmc wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 8:08 pm
This is “The Sleeper”. It started out as my first OG 6.3 Zillion when they were introduced. It has four handle bearings, a level wind bearing, RCS handle, Carbontex, Slp Super High Grip knobs, a Type-R star, and ZR spool bearings, like all of my dozen or so in this platform. I also took off the anodizing on the bumpers to make it look more simple. The spacers allowed for a Steez SV 103 spool. I have so many bling parts that I mix between my fleet that I often can’t remember what reel has what parts. This reel is more inline with what I like my custom rods to look like. 5C637A90-4372-4F27-8369-5E45F5271A0B.jpeg
Looks good so far. Maybe just an IP line guide for the win
Yes, I would love to have a bunch of those because it would be a big improvement, but $40 is way overpriced.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by MountainMan 83 » Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:04 am

new2BC4bass wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:27 am
Glad to see this. I've had a request or two (from at least a couple years ago), but just can't get to them. I feel real bad about that. We've been short handed (for 2 years) and I program 25 lathes plus help set up. Only guy setting up 3 of the lathes. I have some Teflon bar ends and would to love run off a few to see if the material would work because I could probably get 50-60 sets out of the bar ends I have. PVC works good.
I still have the program you sent me for the CNC lathe but the guy who ran it doesn't work here anymore so I'm making them the old fashioned manual way. A little bit of trial and error so far but I've about got them dialed in. I'm also making some 33mm to 31mm sets for alphas to pixy. I'm using PVC.
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Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:41 am

I've got colorful OG's also! :D The SV spools seem to fish the same in the OG. Both the Steez SV and SV103 spools like the 3-4 setting on the mag dial. This is the same way that the SV spools fish in their original platforms. I got the spacers a long time ago, but I have so many reels that I didn't even put them in until a few days ago. I don't have much time with these spools in the OG, but I think it basically turns them into an SV103 if you also put on a Type-R star. The SV103 is near perfect. There are three in my fleet. I would have bought a whole bunch more if I didn't already have so many of the earlier versions of the platform.
I picked up my first SV103 late last year and just finished building one from a Zillion so I have very little fishing time with them but I agree, damn near perfect.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by domthewon » Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:54 pm

My two favorite OG Zillion framed reels. One is an IP79 stunning red LTD. I’m not sure how many were really made but I heard it was around 20 of them, but I can’t confirm. I threw a 100mm MB carbon handle, stock knobs, carbontex drag washers, YT fusion bearings, and it rides the MB Evoluzion Diablo Type L rod. The other is my J Dream 7.9. It started its life as a 5.3 model, but I changed the gears and side plate to 7.9 specs. I added carbontex drag washers, ZPI bearings, SLP 95 carbon handle with silver SLP knobs, and it rides around on my B70h Luxxe Oltre.
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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by MountainMan 83 » Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:23 pm

domthewon wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:54 pm
My two favorite OG Zillion framed reels. One is an IP79 stunning red LTD. I’m not sure how many were really made but I heard it was around 20 of them, but I can’t confirm. I threw a 100mm MB carbon handle, stock knobs, carbontex drag washers, YT fusion bearings, and it rides the MB Evoluzion Diablo Type L rod. The other is my J Dream 7.9. It started its life as a 5.3 model, but I changed the gears and side plate to 7.9 specs. I added carbontex drag washers, ZPI bearings, SLP 95 carbon handle with silver SLP knobs, and it rides around on my B70h Luxxe Oltre.
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Excellent reels! You never let us down. [-X

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by Fishing4Fun » Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:29 pm

Who invited this guy ^^? :lol:

Great selections Dom!

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by domthewon » Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:36 pm

MountainMan 83 wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:23 pm
domthewon wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:54 pm
My two favorite OG Zillion framed reels. One is an IP79 stunning red LTD. I’m not sure how many were really made but I heard it was around 20 of them, but I can’t confirm. I threw a 100mm MB carbon handle, stock knobs, carbontex drag washers, YT fusion bearings, and it rides the MB Evoluzion Diablo Type L rod. The other is my J Dream 7.9. It started its life as a 5.3 model, but I changed the gears and side plate to 7.9 specs. I added carbontex drag washers, ZPI bearings, SLP 95 carbon handle with silver SLP knobs, and it rides around on my B70h Luxxe Oltre.
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Excellent reels! You never let us down. [-X
Thanks Man! Just trying to stay sane. I also have a set of 36-34mm spacers I got from a member here a little while back. I believe he made them out of delrin and they work very well.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by domthewon » Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:37 pm

Fishing4Fun wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:29 pm
Who invited this guy ^^? :lol:

Great selections Dom!
Hahaha right on! Thank you.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by Big-Bass » Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:41 pm

[/qoute] I've got colorful OG's also! :D The SV spools seem to fish the same in the OG. Both the Steez SV and SV103 spools like the 3-4 setting on the mag dial. This is the same way that the SV spools fish in their original platforms. I got the spacers a long time ago, but I have so many reels that I didn't even put them in until a few days ago. I don't have much time with these spools in the OG, but I think it basically turns them into an SV103 if you also put on a Type-R star. The SV103 is near perfect. There are three in my fleet. I would have bought a whole bunch more if I didn't already have so many of the earlier versions of the platform.
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Welcome to my world. 11 SV103s (most are still NIB because I love them so much and want backups) and at least another 20 in the TDZ/OG Zillion frame. I find myself coming back to it all the time. New stuff just doesn't do it for me at this point.

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by toddmc » Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:18 pm

domthewon wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:54 pm
My two favorite OG Zillion framed reels. One is an IP79 stunning red LTD. I’m not sure how many were really made but I heard it was around 20 of them, but I can’t confirm. I threw a 100mm MB carbon handle, stock knobs, carbontex drag washers, YT fusion bearings, and it rides the MB Evoluzion Diablo Type L rod. The other is my J Dream 7.9. It started its life as a 5.3 model, but I changed the gears and side plate to 7.9 specs. I added carbontex drag washers, ZPI bearings, SLP 95 carbon handle with silver SLP knobs, and it rides around on my B70h Luxxe Oltre.
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I was trying to pull the trigger on an IP or J-Dream in 7.9, but then the SV103XS came out. My reels get beat up on the deck running the big Western waters that I fish. I would definitely have a cover on that LTD at all times. :D

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Re: Show off your OG Zillion

Post by domthewon » Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:54 pm

toddmc wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:18 pm
domthewon wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:54 pm
My two favorite OG Zillion framed reels. One is an IP79 stunning red LTD. I’m not sure how many were really made but I heard it was around 20 of them, but I can’t confirm. I threw a 100mm MB carbon handle, stock knobs, carbontex drag washers, YT fusion bearings, and it rides the MB Evoluzion Diablo Type L rod. The other is my J Dream 7.9. It started its life as a 5.3 model, but I changed the gears and side plate to 7.9 specs. I added carbontex drag washers, ZPI bearings, SLP 95 carbon handle with silver SLP knobs, and it rides around on my B70h Luxxe Oltre.
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I was trying to pull the trigger on an IP or J-Dream in 7.9, but then the SV103XS came out. My reels get beat up on the deck running the big Western waters that I fish. I would definitely have a cover on that LTD at all times. :D
I definitely keep all my reels covered when not in use. The SV103 is a must. Since I’m bored on lockdown right now here’s a pic of mine. It’s a half breed zillion anyways. Most have seen it already but whatever.
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