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The biggest difference between low and high price reels is bearings. Besides, of course, graphite and aluminum frames. Has anyone ever swapped for higher quality bearings?  How did it work out?  Was there a noticable difference? Was it worth it?  It just seems like this would be a cheap way to improve quality.  

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Don't forget al the plastic parts in the cheap reels , you can put all the bearings you want in a cheap reel and it's still a cheap reel.

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I don't necessarily mean a bargain bin reel. For $4-$6 each you can buy double sheilded ss bearings. On a reel that costs $50-$100 this may go a long way to improving smoothness. For example a BPS Extreme is a good reel and its $40 for an older one or $60 for a new one.  For $30 you can upgrade all the bearings. You come out spending less than $100 and may have something surprising. Anyone ever try this out?

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I have a revo s and a citica 200d out with Reel Mechanic from this site and he put in ceramic bearings in them. Once I get a chance to get out with them I will let you know the results. But as he put it, I will have to relearn them so it should be pretty impressive

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Good thought - but keep in mind there is more to a high end reel than just bearings - bearings are only part of the equation. Mechanically, as previously mentioned, plastic vs. metal parts and also aluminum/metal frames vs. graphite. Tighter tolerances are a key factor in the "smoothness" of the reel as opposed to the "geared feel". The spool, mainly free spin has a lot to do with the quality as well. Specifically, machined/drilled holes to reduce the weight. Then, there is cast control and drag - better components cost more $$$.

Can't say it can't be done, but agree with Bass-Brat: A cheap real with hi-quality bearings is still a cheap reel (with good bearings). With that said though, upgrade of components will in almost cases improve performance. But, I just do not think you take a lower end reel and make it the same caliber as that of a top end - ie, Quantum code upgraded to match the performance of the Quantum Tour Edition. Upgrades will make the Code better than what came from the factory but I just can't see it ever matching the TE.

High end reels cost as much as they do because there is more to it than just good bearings.

Eddie

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I personally wouldn't buy a cheaper reel then upgrade the bearings.  I would rather buy a higher end reel and then replace the bearings with even better bearings for an even better performing reel.

I am also going to have Reel Mechanic replace the bearings in my reels with ceramics.

Later, :)

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