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upgrade and tune old abu or replace?

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I was planning to tune up, re-gear and re-bearing an older 4600 power 4, for cranking. Well I found some other parts options at Japan tackle... Is there much benefit from any of the first 3 items on this page?

http://www.japantackle.com/Tuning_parts/Tuning_brake_system.htm

(I was already placing an order with Japan Tackle so it's no extra cost to add an item or two.)

So now I can't decide if I want to spend $100 (after shipping & labor) upgrading this reel or just buy something new.

What would you do? I'm curious about 2 things- the parts as well as your opinion on replacing a reel or fixing one up.

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if its gonna cost you 100 bucks for all that i would probably go ahead and just replace it.. to many good reels out there in the 100-200 dollar range

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I don't know about the JT parts, but I've installed this setup: http://hatterasoutfitters.com/.  Its a great upgrade.

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I do not know about upgrading but I can tell you I bought a clunker ABU, for literally pennies and Reel Mech got it to work better than a new one. I would ask him, he works pure magic on ABU's.The whole repair and cleaning came to just around 20 bucks and he got it right the first time!

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I do not know about upgrading but I can tell you I bought a clunker ABU, for literally pennies and Reel Mech got it to work better than a new one. I would ask him, he works pure magic on ABU's.The whole repair and cleaning came to just around 20 bucks and he got it right the first time!

I was going to send it to him anyway... the reel isn't bad, it's been in intermittent service for 15+ years, with a higher set of gears in it. I just figured with the upgrades, it might perform like some of the newer reels. (I could re-gear it and fish it fine, but that solution lacks the sex appeal of upgrades) I know the logical thing would be to retire it but since I won't use it often, I hate to buy a new reel and let it gather dust most of the year.

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I have a number of 4600 C4 and 4600 C3 that have been upgraded to C5 specs., that and good Abec 7 spool bearings make for one fine reel.

I think I might get a couple out of storage and use them this weekend. Also change the brake blocks to Blue for light weight baits.

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I do not know about upgrading but I can tell you I bought a clunker ABU, for literally pennies and Reel Mech got it to work better than a new one. I would ask him, he works pure magic on ABU's.The whole repair and cleaning came to just around 20 bucks and he got it right the first time!

I was going to send it to him anyway... the reel isn't bad, it's been in intermittent service for 15+ years, with a higher set of gears in it. I just figured with the upgrades, it might perform like some of the newer reels. (I could re-gear it and fish it fine, but that solution lacks the sex appeal of upgrades) I know the logical thing would be to retire it but since I won't use it often, I hate to buy a new reel and let it gather dust most of the year.

I would be interested in the high speed gearset your replacing if it is still usable. They were very loud, but I'll put up with the noise.

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it will make a bulletproof swimbait reel. you might as well do the upgrade.

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IMO, the mark you're shooting for would be Calcutta performance out of that ABU.  I'd say you'd be in the range with all the goodies shown though I don't know that I'd add the mag brake.  The 4 pin centrifugal add on looks interesting though.  At $100 you're still way under a new Calcutta.  

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