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Have seen a couple  posts on servicing reels and was wondering what parts of the reel do you use oil on vs what parts do you use grease on? I fish both saltwater and freshwater and use TSI 321 for oil but hadn’t used grease before and was wondering what grease you recommend. And where to use it. Thanks again for any insight you can provide. @Delaware Valley Tackle

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Grease on gears - oil on bearings, bushings and level-wind - that's my maintenance routine anyway.

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2 minutes ago, MN Fisher said:

Grease on gears - oil on bearings, bushings and level-wind - that's my maintenance routine anyway.

This is what I do

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I bought a used reel a couple weeks ago that the dude said he’d just serviced. When I took the side plate off there was reel butter everywhere. It took forever to clean it out. Not sure how everyone else lubes theirs but I like very thin layers 

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Just now, GReb said:

It took forever to clean it out. Not sure how everyone else lubes theirs but I like very thin layers 

Ya - just enough to coat the gear-teeth. More than that actually slows things down.

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2 hours ago, Delaware Valley Tackle said:

Tsi321 on spool bearings, AR, 80-140 gear oil on frame bearings, sliding parts and level wind, marine grease on main gear, spring washers for drag tension, drag grease on drag washers. 

What brand grease do you find works best ? What should I clean the reeL with if it’s been exposed to saltwater? Do you recommend oil or grease on the main shaft for a spinning reel? Have you ever used Corrosion X grease

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Since you used it in salt take it apart and take a look inside.  If you see any crystals do a real cleaning.  I don't use a reel in saltwater unless it's got a thin layer of grease on all the guts.  Don't over do it and use light oil on the levelwinds, handle knobs, etc.

 

I think Corrosion X grease would be great for general stuff, Cal's on drag washers.  I have the TS 321 for bearings,  excellent for everything you want to protect but don't want to slow down with grease.

 

In saltwater grease is a must, but the freshwater reels like lighter oils.  Get some 321 and you will be set.  I bought 3 small bottles a couple of years ago and still have 2-1/2 bottles, lol. 

 

Any marine grease for your salt water use.  I actually have some Corrosion X that doesn't get used so I guess it was an impulse buy.  I have heard of thinning down Corrosion X with 321 for lighter apps.  

 

All that I'm saying is don't over think it and don't over apply it.

 

 

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