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1984 Ambassador 5000 upgrade spool bushings to bearings

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Never paid much attention to the spool bushings on each end, had some bearings I used on other projects. I replaced both bushings with bearings, amazing difference. I'm surprised.

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I have 5000a from the late 70s. Reel is a tank. New bearings and new drag. Sad that it is now starting to lag when you crank it is taking almost a half a turn before the spool engages.

Maybe the winter project getting that fixed. I am really not sure were to even start.

Will say though, things fly off that reel after the upgrade.

Twitch

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Parts can be hard to find on older reels. Scanning the upcoming area flea markets for a parts reel might be a good idea.

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I have 5000a from the late 70s. Reel is a tank. New bearings and new drag. Sad that it is now starting to lag when you crank it is taking almost a half a turn before the spool engages.

Maybe the winter project getting that fixed. I am really not sure were to even start.

Will say though, things fly off that reel after the upgrade.

Twitch

Maybe the Reel Mechanic will chime in. I see a lot of parts on the Internet available. Start by getting a schematic and go from there.

If you don't know where to start, the Reel Mechanic can probably handle it and BassPro has a repair center you mail it to and they'll contact you with an estimate.

I believe age isn't a problem.

Edit: I see Abu might handle it also.

http://www.abugarcia.com/service.php

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I have 5000a from the late 70s. Reel is a tank. New bearings and new drag. Sad that it is now starting to lag when you crank it is taking almost a half a turn before the spool engages.

Maybe the winter project getting that fixed. I am really not sure were to even start.

Will say though, things fly off that reel after the upgrade.

Twitch

Maybe the Reel Mechanic will chime in. I see a lot of parts on the Internet available. Start by getting a schematic and go from there.

If you don't know where to start, the Reel Mechanic can probably handle it and BassPro has a repair center you mail it to and they'll contact you with an estimate.

I believe age isn't a problem.

Edit: I see Abu might handle it also.

http://www.abugarcia.com/service.php

Sure can help you out right here.

The system is dirty and the grease is old and sticky.. :D

Fix: Clean and re-lubricate the reel

Tight Lines!!!

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Came across this if you want to try to clean it yourself.

www.realsreels.com/servicing/Ambassadeur%205000%20service.pdf

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Mikes reel repair has alot of bearings for the Abu's. I plan on getting new bearings, drag discs, and the ball bearing levelwind w/ceramic pawl for my 5600.

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Great idea. I couldn't imagine how much difference just replacing the two spool bushings with two bearings made. I use vxb bearings, vxb.com, but you'll have to know what size(s) you need.

I'd like to try some new higher speed gears (mine are 4.7-1) from Mike's but $$$.

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