Jump to content
MassYak85

Spinning reel FULL tear down

Recommended Posts

So I've been doing complete tear downs of my baitcasters for a few years now and I'm pretty comfortable doing it, but I haven't touched my spinning gear. It's a Pflueger president that I haven't taken apart since I got it years ago since it's been fine so far but I figured it could probably use a good cleaning at this point. Anyways I've been scouring YouTube for a good video of a full spinning reel teardown, and I haven't found even one. Every maintenance,  cleaning, or tear down video I have seen so far is not complete, and ends pretty soon after they get past the anti reverse. Does anyone know of a video of someone tearing a reel down to the very last part? I'm not necessarily planning on going that deep into mine but I want to know what I am getting myself into in case I do decide to. If you want to shamelessly plug your own video please do. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mass, I cannot recall any good videos on spinning rigs.

 

I do take my reels to a guy in Powhatan, Virginia and watch him take them apart to clean and degrease and then use his special formula grease.

 

Good luck in your search for a video.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd love to see something similar since I fish spinning gear exclusively.  And, fishing from a kayak, the reels get submerged every once in a while and get splashed a plenty.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

IMO, if it's working fine, I wouldn't touch it. I had 2 cheaper ones that I decided I would tear down and give them a good cleaning. Both are taking up residence at some landfill now because things didn't go back together right or didn't stay together. It can obviously be done, but my advice would be let the pros do it for you, that way if it gets screwed up they are on the hook to make it right!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, frosty said:

IMO, if it's working fine, I wouldn't touch it. I had 2 cheaper ones that I decided I would tear down and give them a good cleaning. Both are taking up residence at some landfill now because things didn't go back together right or didn't stay together. It can obviously be done, but my advice would be let the pros do it for you, that way if it gets screwed up they are on the hook to make it right!

I consider myself pretty mechanically inclined and like I said when I do my baitcasters every piece comes out down to the bare frame so I'm not too worried, I'm just trying to see if there's a video of getting down into the main gearing so I can see if there's anything I should worry about. Also I'm just taking apart a really old pflueger president, not a stradic. If I screw it up it's lived a good life. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Do yourself a favor: don't disassemble the bail of any spinner unless you're experienced of wish to become. They're a headache. The AR is a close second. That's why you don't see them done in ameteur videos. If you get in a bind contact me and try to help you thru it. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Make it easy just ship it to DVT for his TLC treatment.  No fuss no muss!  No broken reel! :D

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If this isn't what you need- 

then going along with what everyone else said, just send it in to DVT or some other reel maintenance/repair shop.

 

 

51 minutes ago, Delaware Valley Tackle said:

Do yourself a favor: don't disassemble the bail of any spinner unless you're experienced of wish to become

 

I learned that the hard way. I tried to take apart just the bail assembly to clean out a bit of sand and ended up with a spring half way across the garage. 

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've taken mine apart and usually get them back together.  Usually.  One recommendation- take photos and lay out all the parts very systematically because spinning reels often contain small shims and spacers that are critical to them working right.  Jmho, they are less intuitive than baitcasters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's one thing I won't bother with. I do casting reels all day long but won't take on a spinning reel. For what I get to service one, it's not worth it for me. It's a lot easier for me to send it off to Ian Shields or Tackle Trap to have Spankey do it. Well worth the $20 and no headache. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One more piece of advice. Sweep the garage/shop floor real good before you start. That way when the springs go flying you stand a better chance of finding them. You don't want to know how I know this.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, davecon said:

One more piece of advice. Sweep the garage/shop floor real good before you start. That way when the springs go flying you stand a better chance of finding them. You don't want to know how I know this.

Yea I've had my fair share of springs, e-clips, and other small parts go flying. So far, and thank God because I'm an idiot and do it in a carpeted room, I have recovered everything so far. Next time I am going to get myself a plastic bag or a box and open that kind of stuff inside just in case. 

 

19 hours ago, Delaware Valley Tackle said:

Do yourself a favor: don't disassemble the bail of any spinner unless you're experienced of wish to become. They're a headache. The AR is a close second. That's why you don't see them done in ameteur videos. If you get in a bind contact me and try to help you thru it. 

It's more so for my own curiosity and knowledge than anything else. What I'll probably do is see how bad it looks once I get into it and if I think I need to go further then I'll tackle it from there. Like I said this is a pretty old reel and my most used spinning reel by far and for how much they cost if I end up breaking it it's already lived it's worth. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actually this looks like it's the best I've seen so far, thanks!

 

19 hours ago, pondbassin101 said:

If this isn't what you need- 

then going along with what everyone else said, just send it in to DVT or some other reel maintenance/repair shop.

 

 

 

I learned that the hard way. I tried to take apart just the bail assembly to clean out a bit of sand and ended up with a spring half way across the garage. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am so glad I saw this. I was thinking about doing this to one of my spinning reels and now, I'm not going to... for now. Maybe I'll try it on my cheap Daiwa (super low end reel I use for trout and pan fish) so If I mess it up I won't feel bad.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, islandbass said:

I am so glad I saw this. I was thinking about doing this to one of my spinning reels and now, I'm not going to... for now. Maybe I'll try it on my cheap Daiwa (super low end reel I use for trout and pan fish) so If I mess it up I won't feel bad.

I've got a couple super cheap ones I could try on first as well, ones that would probably just get tossed anyways so might as well learn from them. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • fishing

    fishing forum

    fishing rods

    fishing reels

    fishing

    bass fish

    fish for bass
    fish

×