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Need opinion on Shimano friction ring

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First of all, I have not used any of my spinning reel for so long.Ā 

I took out my Shimano sahara 750FB pre fishing to get ready for new Ultralight rod that I ordered for panfish. Low and behold it started binding, I looked around and found a big goop of something black and messy like grease. At home I opened the reel up, cleaned up all black mess (I thought it was old grease, I have not cleaned this reel for long long time) turn out it was Friction ring that melted šŸ˜³šŸ˜³šŸ˜³. I checked grease on pinion gear and it still yellow, clear and not dry up.Ā 

Now I put the reel back together, tried closing the bail manually and with turning handle, itĀ seemsĀ the reel still works just usual. I checked website for Friction ring and compare image to my Shimano symetre FL and it is not the same. (Symetre Friction ring got groove but Sahara just smooth like regular o-ring)

My question is do I need this Friction ring, I know Friction ring on symetre help prevent the bail to closeĀ itself when hard cast, but on Sahara will be use for only 1/32-1/16ozĀ jig head. If I still need it where can I buy it part#7845.

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Being an older reel I bet that part is no longer available from shimano. Some of the other online parts suppliers may have it.

Check I see if some of the 1000 size share similar parts. The 750 and 1000 size are pretty close and may share the same parts. Look for a similar frame style.

I had a 1500 size jdm shimano reel and my friction ring went bad. I was able to replace it with a 1000 size ring. Worked like new again.

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E Replacement parts has it. I would just fish the reel if it isn'tĀ causing any problems. This was a real problem with older Shimanos.

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The subject of finding parts for older Shimano reels came up in the Daiwa vs Lew's thread in this forum.

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This was the site that was recommended by @WRBĀ for getting older Shimano parts: http://www.reel-ex.com/

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They are closed until June 1st however.

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Friction ring in Shimano spinning reels has been a long time issue.Ā  Many people just pull them out and carry on.

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Thanks all, I fish with this reel last night for an hour and so far so good, no bail closing itself when cast, but my left hand get tired reeling the handle lol.Ā 

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9 hours ago, Heartland said:

Friction ring in Shimano spinning reels has been a long time issue.Ā  Many people just pull them out and carry on.

Once the friction ringsĀ failed on reels without replacement parts, I took them off, then disabled the bail trip mechanism.

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39 minutes ago, BassWhole! said:

Once the friction ringsĀ failed on reels without replacement parts, I took them off, then disabled the bail trip mechanism.

Which reel? I can see it happen with symetre FL? Ā But Sahara FB still work. I do close bail manually anyway.

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Happened on my saharas also, all 3 of my saharas. Removed it and was fine, although every once in a while my bail would close. Wo t buy saharas now because of that

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