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Well it has been said before and it was on here once or twice, but I never really saw anyone that tried it. What I have done is put the Dry-lubed worm gear (level wind gear) theory to test. All I have to say is IT really WORKS. Heres what works the best, take your baitcaster apart just enough to remove the worm gear or do it with your regular maintenance. Remove all old grease or oil, which ever you use, and wipe dry all the parts (worm gear, level wind guide rod, worm gear housing, the level wind itself, and the level wind prawl). After all of that you need your "dry lube," I picked up Remington Rem Dry-lube spray in the gun cleaning section at sports authority for $6. Spray a light coat on the guide rod, prawl, and all sides of the worm gear. It will dry into a powdery residue. Put the parts back together, work the reel a little bit to work in the coat of lube, and now you have a worm gear that is protected from the elements as well as grit and grime. Try it out and see for yourself. ;)

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How does the smoothness compare, to say, grease on the worm gear? Because I just put a nice coat of Reel Butter grease on mine.

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How does the smoothness compare, to say, grease on the worm gear? Because I just put a nice coat of Reel Butter grease on mine.

it feels just as smooth, but it won't get stuff stuck in it. try it out and be the judge, it can't hurt anything.

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How does the smoothness compare, to say, grease on the worm gear? Because I just put a nice coat of Reel Butter grease on mine.
An old school rule of reel service, "never add any grease to moving parts that are exposed to the elements"............ ;)

Tight Lines!

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How does the smoothness compare, to say, grease on the worm gear? Because I just put a nice coat of Reel Butter grease on mine.
An old school rule of reel service, "never add any grease to moving parts that are exposed to the elements"............ ;)

Tight Lines!

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Yikes!

Well next time I clean and lube ill give it a shot

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Well it has been said before and it was on here once or twice, but I never really saw anyone that tried it. What I have done is put the Dry-lubed worm gear (level wind gear) theory to test. All I have to say is IT really WORKS. Heres what works the best, take your baitcaster apart just enough to remove the worm gear or do it with your regular maintenance. Remove all old grease or oil, which ever you use, and wipe dry all the parts (worm gear, level wind guide rod, worm gear housing, the level wind itself, and the level wind prawl). After all of that you need your "dry lube," I picked up Remington Rem Dry-lube spray in the gun cleaning section at sports authority for $6. Spray a light coat on the guide rod, prawl, and all sides of the worm gear. It will dry into a powdery residue. Put the parts back together, work the reel a little bit to work in the coat of lube, and now you have a worm gear that is protected from the elements as well as grit and grime. Try it out and see for yourself. ;)

Thanks! This is a really good tip!  I'm servicing a bunch of reels right now...I'm going to try this on one or two.

It seems like the "drier" I run the worm gear, the better casting distance I get. Of course, I understand  the downside of running the worm/pawl too dry....

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Thanks! This is a really good tip! I'm servicing a bunch of reels right now...I'm going to try this on one or two.

It seems like the "drier" I run the worm gear, the better casting distance I get. Of course, I understand the downside of running the worm/pawl too dry....

On all but a few larger, round baitcasters, the levelwind is fully disengaged from the spool on the cast, and it make zero difference in casting distance whether you used dry lube or honey in there.

Unless that line guide whizzes back and forth while the spool spins in freespool, then those gains are imaginary.

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yeah I know the levelwind doesn't spin during the cast. The reel seems "smoother" when running the pawl dry. You're correct there is no logical reason to coorelate that to casting distance. It's probably in my head (imaginary)...

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Thanks for the comments guys, I've been using it since I posted this topic and the lube seems to be holding steady, I really like it.

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