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Caring for BPS Pro Qualifier reels

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So, I'm not new to fishing by any means but I am kinda new to having better quality gear (by better I mean not the $10 Walmart special).

I have a couple BPS Pro Qualifier reels (BC and Spinning) that I would like to deep clean and re-lube and I don't know where to start...anybody have any insight for me? I wouldn't ask but I am VERY good at taking stuff apart...not so good at putting it back together sometimes ;-) and I don't wanna screw up a few hundred dollars worth of gear by being hard headed.

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Make sure you have your exploded schematics before you start, they are there for a reason.  It's not as hard as it seems, just lay out everything like the diagram and in order of how they came out, that's how they'll go back, hopefully.  You could also take them to BPS or send them in to get cleaned.  Good luck.   

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Make sure you have your exploded schematics before you start, they are there for a reason. It's not as hard as it seems, just lay out everything like the diagram and in order of how they came out, that's how they'll go back, hopefully. You could also take them to BPS or send them in to get cleaned. Good luck.

a big x2.

also , as someone told me , when you take off the clips/springs , make sure to do it in a large clear storage bag so if they decide to shoot off , you can locate it. or you can take them to BPS.

good luck.

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All good advice above, including sending the reel in for service if you have doubts about getting it back together. If you DO decide to disassemble yourself - another tip is if you have a digital camera - to take shots at every "layer" of disassembly...the schematic is great but a picture can be better!

I have 4 PQs but so far have only kept them lubed and clean and don't feel the need to do any disassembly yet - perhaps at the end of next season...

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Thanks for the info all! I gotta decide now if I want to take the job on or not. I may start by tearing apart a couple cheaper BC reels I have just to get a feel for it...

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I'd recommend letting a pro do anything beyond oiling reel spool bearings. But if you decide to tear into one keep in mind that the schematic is really a parts list and doesn't necessarily show how the reel is assembled.

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the schematic is really a parts list and doesn't necessarily show how the reel is assembled.

It doesn't?   :-?

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the schematic is really a parts list and doesn't necessarily show how the reel is assembled.

It doesn't? :-?

2X :-?

Reel Mechanic ( Dave Green ) sells a table top service manual on how to service your reels BEST $20 bucks I ever spent. Check out his web site. P.S. all so a great guy to do business with.

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the schematic is really a parts list and doesn't necessarily show how the reel is assembled.

It doesn't? :-?

Ehhh....some do a better job than others.  Shimano schematics are pretty well detailed, and so are Daiwa.  But what they don't show is order of assembly.  For instance, in many Daiwa reels, its not clear that the drive shaft assembly, up to the AR ratchet must be reassembled before the levelwind can go on.  Of course, this where breaking the reel down into sub assemblies, or modules as David refers to them.  Not all reels will follow the same order, either.

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The Tackle Tour website has excellent tutorials on performing reel maintenance, even suggesting what tools and lubes to use.

Anyone with a little mechanical aptitude and a few tools can easily service their own gear

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Anyone with a little mechanical aptitude and a few tools can easily service their own gear

I have a 2 second attention span, clumsy hands and a big hammer. Does that count ;D ;D

I'm assuming the Shimano posse will say I am well suited for servicing non-Shimano reels. ;D

Thanks for the idea about checking for YouTube videos

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the schematic is really a parts list and doesn't necessarily show how the reel is assembled.

Thanks J that was my point. I should have been more clear. ;)

It doesn't? :-?

Ehhh....some do a better job than others. Shimano schematics are pretty well detailed, and so are Daiwa. But what they don't show is order of assembly. For instance, in many Daiwa reels, its not clear that the drive shaft assembly, up to the AR ratchet must be reassembled before the levelwind can go on. Of course, this where breaking the reel down into sub assemblies, or modules as David refers to them. Not all reels will follow the same order, either.

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Ok it is the time of year every one likes to clean up there reels and rods. Here is my 2 cents  worth. After years of cleaning my guns and reels i have settled on eezox oil to oil my reels and 22 rimfires.No grease.eezox is second to none in corrosion resistance and a fine lubricate. Just a few drops in side the reel a few times a year and your reel will last many years no mater what make or brand! Also i wax the outside of my reels and rods with car wax 2 or 3 times a year. Make shore you get some wax in and around the side plate on yore reel to help lock out dirt and moister .Any car wax will work i like turtle wax ice. Also wax your guides for braid lines.You can look up eezox on line, i do not sell it or know any one who does, i just know it works! ;):o :o

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I agree about some schematics being more thorough than others.

I have access to an office copier which allows me to make blown up copies of my schematics. 150% to 160% is a decent size to work from. Some schematics are ridiculously small. If you can't get to a copier then Kinkos can do it.

I also draw little diagrams as I'm breaking down an unfamiliar reel. Take note of EVERY detail, no matter how minor it may seem. Use an ice cube tray or other similar container for parts. Assign a number to each compartment and keep notes such as "side cover screws #1, spool bearings #2...."

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