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Are JDM Reels Better??

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Depends on what you call "better", some got features or characteristics not found in domestic models but that doesn 't necessarily make them "better", makes them different.

What 's bad about JDM ? ----> no warranty, no customer support; you get JDM you are on your own.

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Depends on the model.  As Raul pointed out, no warranty, so you better have a good reel mechanic.  When we refer to "JDM" tackle, its generally of the high end or limitied edition ilk.  No point spending extra $$$ on an entry level reel.

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id be scared to fish high end jdm stuff,like the daiwa ito,to me thatd be like using a Ferrari as a winter car haha.

Live on the edge a little.  It's fun doing donuts in a Ferrari.  ;)

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id be scared to fish high end jdm stuff,like the daiwa ito,to me thatd be like using a ferrari as a winter car haha.

nah, piece a cake!

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are JDM Reels better than USDM reels??
Matter of personal opinion...
What 's bad about JDM ? ----> no warranty, no customer support; you get JDM you are on your own.
Not necessarily so. Warranties are honored in Japan, Customer support is also in Japan, your not necessarily on your own, there is a service tech in the USA that does JDM work, and any JDM can be sent to the home country for service.

It just takes forever to get them back...

For US JDM service ...

1. Reel Em In

Mr. Dennis Radziewicz

7120 Hazelcrest Drive

Racine, WI 53402

262-681-3818

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For anyone wondering, I have used Denny Radziewics for service on JDM reels, I wouldn't hesitate to use him again.

(and just for the record, ReelMech will get any domestic work I can't handle!)

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Well, I'll defer to Raul, T-Rig, Jimzee and some others that really

know the ins and outs of JDM reels. The two I have are not noticeably

different than my "domestics".

8-)

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1. Reel Em In

Mr. Dennis Radziewicz

7120 Hazelcrest Drive

Racine, WI 53402

262-681-3818

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He is also recommended by the one of the most reliable vendors of JDM reels.

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Also, not all JDM reels are noticeably "different" or the differences are not significant enough to justify the purchase other than when you can get a JDM for less than what a domestic cost ( like when GinRinPeche had it 's melt down and they were clearancing their inventory offering really cheap prices plus free shipping ;) )

JDM Zillion vs Domestic Zillion.-

1.- The JDM has screwed in handle knobs ( you can change them ) vs riveted handle knobs ( non removable )

2.- The model label is in different place

3.- The JDM has a 6 cosmetic dimples on the magnetic brake dial

Other than those which add nothing to the performance of the reel the reels are the same.

JDM Steez vs Domestic Steez.-

Other than STEEZ labels everywhere on the reel on the JDM both reels are exactly the same.

Old Metanium Mg vs Chronarch 100 Mg

1.- Titanium coated spool on the Metanium ( adds nothing )

2.- Silver handle, silver drag star, silver cast control cap in the JDM vs gold in the domestic version.

Other than those the reel is the same.

Japanese reels can have lots of versions and special editions, but domestic reels also, let 's take for example the Metanium XT vs Chronarch 100B

JDM Metanium XT: weights less ( 1 oz less ), has clicking cast control knob but it was manufactured only in one speed, 6.2:1

Chonarch 100: an ounce heavier, no clicking cast control knob, but the finish is by far superior to the one found in the JDM counterpart plus you had 3 versions: 100B, 100BSV, 100BPV.

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JDM Steez vs Domestic Steez.-

Other than STEEZ labels everywhere on the reel on the JDM both reels are exactly the same.

The pinion gear on the JDM Steez has 4 slots.  The American version has 2 slots.

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