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So this morning I decided to try and clean and lube/grease one of my cheaper reels as a test run before I tried my more expensive reels. Well with the help of YouTube and some common sense I managed to get my reel apart... maybe too apart. I have taken everything off of the frame. I am confident that I will be able to get it back together if I had the schematics, but I don't. I've tried to find one online but can only find some of the more expensive Lews reels. So if anyone could point me in the direction of finding the schematics for a lews cf1sh reel that would be awesome.

 

Also while I'm here any pointers on what parts all need to be degreased/re-greased/oiled and all that and what would be the best way to do that would be much appreciated. I may have just got in over my head.

 

Thanks for any help

 

Jordan

 

 

 

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Call Lew's, and ask for a schematic for your reel.  Otherwise, you can look at a Revo schematic, and try to limp through it.  Lastly, you can send the parts to a pro, and pay them to put it back together.

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I was hoping not to have to send it off to get it put back together... hopefully I can figure it out so I don't have to do that but if I have to I guess I will lol

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Although it's too late now, next time you strip a reel down to the frame, take various pictures as you take parts off so when you go to reassemble, you can see where they all go. 

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I have 3 reels in a plastic bag that I took apart in the last 2 years and I now realize that even with a Schematic putting them back together is not as easy as I thought. I would pay if someone or watch someone since parts have a way of flying away no matter how careful you are. 

I like using Dish Water, Then Lube and Grease instead of taking apart but You Tube does have good videos of you are mechanically inclined. I am not and your post just made me realize that I am sitting on some nice working reels that I was too ambitious with.

I will never take a reel completely apart again unless I mark every piece and really take my time...

Anyone need parts, or a reel to put together super cheap? Quantum Burst, BPS Tourney $80 reel, Abu Garcia Sweden made Round reel left Hand that was never used, I lost a piece and can't get the screws to lock correctly, but if anyone is interested let me know.

I know the Abu is a popular reel and I can't use left, An old friend purchased it from Bass Pro years ago on a combo and he only took 3 casts with it and backlashed and never used it again. I tried to clean it when he gave it to me and I have the box, papers, all pieces (I think & should) but Don't want to get frustrated putting it together because I can't, and local shops want to charge $30 to assemble, so not doing it.

I don't want to see it on Ebay since I am not sure if I lost a screw or something, but if anyone is good with reels, it is marked Sweden etc...I would rather a Fisherman who likes reels get it than just sell it without a good picture...

Taking reels apart seems so easy until a spring shoots across the room, after that happens, the spiral begins & I then try using parts from older reels that no longer work and forget what is what. Lots of Gander Mountain/Pinnacle parts mixed in the bag...

if you find the schematic, or research who the OEM was. I know many reels made by Pinnacle or Zebco for Gander and other House Brands can be swapped out since parts always go missing once you open them. Last page bottom left will usually have the OEM which you can then call, not sure who makes what anymore.....

I know the feeling you are going through. I started with my less expensive ones as well, parts are clean, just wish I knew where they go so they work again.

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So I had my brother (He is an Engineer) help me put it back together and everything works well. somewhere along the lines we missed a washer, so now I have a washer just sitting in a plastic bag. Its a tiny little one but like I said the reel works fine and is a lot smoother now.

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Set your parts aside like you take it apart. That way you can just reverse the procedure. Take pictures to aid in reassembling the reel. Always have a schematic handy. They don't exactly show you how to put it back together but it's a big help. 

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On November 25, 2016 at 9:39 AM, jsh32 said:

So I had my brother (He is an Engineer) help me put it back together and everything works well. somewhere along the lines we missed a washer, so now I have a washer just sitting in a plastic bag. Its a tiny little one but like I said the reel works fine and is a lot smoother now.

Washer mostly come from main gear frame either one of the bottom of the main gear, part of the drag or handle. How big is that washer? 

I might not be able to help you with lews reel but if you post the part other with lews might be able to help you out.

Missing washer might make you reel out of alignment when reel in or cast out, or make your drag not 100% efficiently, depends on where it missing. 

I normally would do a minor service, oil and lube all the way to clean the drag/washer myself but all major service I will send to professional.

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