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Replacing the guides on a factory rod?

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I an old Wiebe-seat mbr 782c that I would like to have the guides replaced on.  The factory ones are pretty clunky and one of them is mismatched.  It’s doesn’t seem to affect anything but I cannot stop starting at it.  

 

My hope is that replacing the factory guides with something smaller and lighter will make the rod feel a bit more lively and balance more tip-up.   

 

How big of a project is this? 

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Not a big deal for an experienced builder.  Since this is, if I'm not mistaken, a pretty special rod, I would not recommend that an inexperienced person try it.  I think you want it done really well.

 

The system I'm using now on my casting rods is the Fuji with the RV 6 mm reverse two foot guide as the first guide, then single foot 5 or 5.5 mm KB's and KT's to the end.  It will cast very well and the guides are small, light, and unobtrusive.  I don't go smaller than 5's on a casting rod to keep open the possibility of using line to leader knots.

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Thanks for the input.  The more I read about it the more I realize that I am not up to doing it myself.   

 

 

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Guides are straight forward to replace, take your time. Replacing the tip top might give you trouble.

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There is a guy local to me that charges like $8 per guide.

 

Allen 

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I build custom rods and do guide replacements 8 dollars is very reasonable. You figure the cost of a guide and time and material to do it right.

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On 7/10/2019 at 7:41 AM, fishwizzard said:

Thanks for the input.  The more I read about it the more I realize that I am not up to doing it myself.   

 

 

Stick to that position.  That's too nice a rod to screw up.

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I have done this to a number of rods with much lighter guides and the rod is much more crisp in action.  I use Minima guides as they are the lightest on the market.

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Replacing guides is not a big deal. The guide placement and wrapping take some practice. Then comes the finish,  I used to build all my stand up saltwater rods. Had a special jig to wrap the guides and a motor to turn the rod for applying the epoxy and drying.

If you are only doing one rod take to shop to have professionally done , if you plan on doing more then one it is worth the investment.

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