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So was wondering if there is any maintenance I should do to my reels over the winter. 
I have a pflueger supreme xt that I wanna make sure to take good care of. 

And a few other spinnnig reels and 1 bait caster(abu garcia vengance combo).

 

So do I just need to get some reel gear grease? (what brand?)

And I read maybe there a different grease for the bearings? 

 

Have never lubed a reel before so gimmie some good details about this! :P

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All I do is clean the exterior up good, and put some oil on the worm gear for the level wind, and a few drops in the spool bearings. If they need a full service, off to a specialist the go. I know it's time to send them to a pro when performance is reduced and my basis maintenance is not bringing it back. New reels usually go 3-4 years for me before I need that done,and I fish 100+ days a year.

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All I do is clean the exterior up good, and put some oil on the worm gear for the level wind, and a few drops in the spool bearings. If they need a full service, off to a specialist the go. I know it's time to send them to a pro when performance is reduced and my basis maintenance is not bringing it back. New reels usually go 3-4 years for me before I need that done,and I fish 100+ days a year.

If you put a few drops of oil on the spool bearings, performance has already been reduced.

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If they need a full service, off to a specialist the go.

 

Especially spinning tackle. Some of those liitle parts that go flying into space are important!

 

 

 

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Especially spinning tackle. Some of those liitle parts that go flying into space are important!

 

 

 

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Plus it's not a good feeling after you put them back together and have spare parts left over. 

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Depends on how anal you want to be with it.  What ww2farmer said will do fine if you are just a weekend fun fisherman.  Maybe wipe the old grease/oil off with some alcohol on a q-tip and regrease/oil.  I use Quantum hot sauce and like it.  Clean the spool shaft real good and put a drop of oil on that.  And I know jack about spinning reels..too afraid to open one up.

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Depends on how anal you want to be with it.  What ww2farmer said will do fine if you are just a weekend fun fisherman.  Maybe wipe the old grease/oil off with some alcohol on a q-tip and regrease/oil.  I use Quantum hot sauce and like it.  Clean the spool shaft real good and put a drop of oil on that.  And I know jack about spinning reels..too afraid to open one up.

The spool shaft should be clean and dry.

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If you put a few drops of oil on the spool bearings, performance has already been reduced.

What ever you say expert. I know what works for me. My reels perform better with lubed bearings as opposed to dry. But then again I fish with "junk" ....lmao.
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Even after polishing the spool shaft and inside the pinion gear I still add a vapor thin amount of an extremely light oil to the spool shaft where it goes inside the pinion gear.

 

Me personally, I would never allow metal on metal contact and rubbing without some sort of lubricant, but that is just my opinion.

 

I follow a general lubrication rule- if there are two opposing surfaces that touch and rub, then some form of lubricant is used between those surfaces.

 

Inside a lot of reels are plastic parts touching and moving constantly against other plastic and metal parts. No lubrication means more friction and more wear. So I will lightly lubricate any and all touching surfaces that move or rub against another part to reduce friction and wear inside the reel with the hopeful outcome that the lubrication will make the reel and parts last longer before repair or replacement.

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What ever you say expert. I know what works for me. My reels perform better with lubed bearings as opposed to dry. But then again I fish with "junk" ....lmao.

SS bearings should be oiled. Putting a few drops only slows them down. One tiny drop is plenty.

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Even after polishing the spool shaft and inside the pinion gear I still add a vapor thin amount of an extremely light oil to the spool shaft where it goes inside the pinion gear.

Me personally, I would never allow metal on metal contact and rubbing without some sort of lubricant, but that is just my opinion.

If the reel is machined properly, the tolerance is so tight between the shaft and pinion that there's no benefit to oil.

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If the reel is machined properly, the tolerance is so tight between the shaft and pinion that there's no benefit to oil.

 

I think the opposite. If the parts are machined that tightly with no tolerance, then metal on metal contact would benefit from oil.

 

I wish there was some sort of data on this issue to tell whether a dry shaft spins more freely inside the pinion gear or whether oiled spins more freely. I am of the opinion that a super thin lightweight vapor thin coat of oil is better than dry, but as I said, this is just my opinion, and even if it does not help to get me 5 more feet of casting distance, I would rather the oil be there to prevent wear of metal on metal contact.

 

Just a difference of opinion is all.

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All I do is clean the exterior up good, and put some oil on the worm gear for the level wind, and a few drops in the spool bearings. If they need a full service, off to a specialist the go. I know it's time to send them to a pro when performance is reduced and my basis maintenance is not bringing it back. New reels usually go 3-4 years for me before I need that done,and I fish 100+ days a year.

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What ever you say expert. I know what works for me. My reels perform better with lubed bearings as opposed to dry. But then again I fish with "junk" ....lmao.[/quote

]What is your preferred reels?

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The  primary spots for DIY interim maintenance on a spinning reel are to oil the spool shaft, light oil on the  line roller guide, heavy oil on the crank bearings/bushings under the handle and opposite cap, clean residue off the spool lip. I do not recommend opening a spinning reel for the uninitiated. I used the word "interim" because regular deep cleaning will add life to a spinner just as it does a casting reel, but because the casting on a spinner is not mechanical they are often overlooked. 

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Straight from pflueger

 

"CARE AND LUBRICATION

Your new Pflueger spinning reel is designed to provide years of dependable service, but as with all precision instruments, some care is required. Periodically use a light machine oil to lubricate the line roller, the main shaft where it comes out of the reel, and all moving parts of the bail and handle. Remove the spool and gently wash it and the rest of the reel with fresh water. Dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth. At least once a year (more often if you use your reel frequently), remove the handle and reel side plate to clean the exposed parts. Use hot water first and then a non-flammable solvent. Dry with a cloth and then grease the gears, bearings and other moving parts. After fishing in saltwater, or if the reel is acciden­tally dropped in sand, rinse the reel with fresh water and remove all salt deposits and/or sand particles."

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Don't fix it if it ain't broke.

My freshwater spinning reels are used well over 300 times a year, the only maintenance I do is a drop of oil in the handle bearings, bail and roller bearing.

My reels have been going strong for a good 6 years, did replace one due to bail problem, the innerds were just fine.

Probably a good reason I stick with Pflueger for freshwater, not all brands I've used are as worry free.

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I oil my ceramics, but only VERY lightly. I put some bicycle bearing oil on a q-tip, then just lightly brush it on the bearings. 

 

I only do it to make them a tad quieter. It might slightly degrade their performance, but I'm not long-bombing casts, so the tradeoff for a little more silence is worth it to me. My race bikes are silent, I can't stand for my reels to sound like an old reel-to-reel movie projector!

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Just don't forget the maintenance wipe....

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What ever you say expert. I know what works for me. My reels perform better with lubed bearings as opposed to dry. But then again I fish with "junk" ....lmao.[/quote

]What is your preferred reels?

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Right now it's the Daiwa Lexa/Exceler platform.

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ame="jakob1010" post="1679127" timestamp="1421334006"]

Nice! Those and the Tatula platform are all excellent built reels. I enjoy my Lexa platform reel as well.

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Right now it's the Daiwa Lexa/Exceler platform.

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If the reel is machined properly, the tolerance is so tight between the shaft and pinion that there's no benefit to oil.

there is room for oil especially if its machined properly. keep in mind that during freespool the pinion doesnt turn so there is room in there and there will be contact. I put a drop of oil on my finger and lube the shaft that way to just put a coat on it.

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there is room for oil especially if its machined properly. keep in mind that during freespool the pinion doesnt turn so there is room in there and there will be contact. I put a drop of oil on my finger and lube the shaft that way to just put a coat on it.

The contact is minimal, and any minute scratches from machining will kind of naturally polish themselves out, making the spool faster and creating just the right amount of spacing. There will not be any contact to wear after that.
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This is a fun thread to read as some of the posts are about spinning reels and some of the posts are about casting reels...

 

 

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