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Quick question: I've been having an issue with a brand new Curado 201E7. The palm side bearing is growling, even after cleaning, degreasing, and a single dab of Rocket Fuel. They're stock, which leads me to believe I just got a boned bearing to begin with. However, I don't have time to send it off and have them ALL replaced. Would it be worth it to replace the palm side and cast control bearings with a pair of ceramic hybrids, or would it be totally worthless in terms of real value? I'm not concerned about super-tuning the reel, but eliminating as much of the noise as is possible, if I gain a touch easier pitching, excellent.

Thoughts?

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I just got the bearings replaced in my 50E (out of curiosty, nothing was wrong with the Shimano stock bearings). I got some high-end ceramic bearings and actually made the reel worse for me. It tightened up the reel way too much! I trust the guy I take my reels to, but for me it was a giant waste of $$.

One thing I was told by the Bearing maker is ceramic bearings will make more noise so, heads up on that one. Personally, I recommend saving your $$.

Hope this helps,

Wdy

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I have a set of ABEC 7's in my Citica. Makes a world of difference. If you run them dry, they will be noisy but cast a LONG ways.

Woody, I'm guessing Wayne put grease on them. Next time you see him tell him to run them dry.

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The ceramic bearing I tried in my Curado were actually noisier and vibrated more than the stock bearings until they were "run in" for a few months - but they were a little faster. Were it me, I'd throw in a pair of ABEC7's. Maybe that will fix it. But since it's a new reel, I'd seriously consider sending it back to Shimano for warranty repair. That way, it gets fixed if you're wrong about the bearing.

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Hayden, not sure if Wayne did or not couldnt see that well. I was sitting over in the other chair and he was working under his light. The ones I had put in were/are Boca Bearings, there top of the line ones. I spoke with Larry there before putting them in and he said you can either put grease on them or not. But, that grease will act as a noise dampener since the bearings are enclosed.

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I won't send it back to Shimano to fix, I know it's a bearing, and I know that sometimes you get a bad run. Tolerances for manufacturing being what they are, that happens sometimes. Not going to get my panties in a wad. I may just call Shimano and have them send a set, I need a couple bearings in other reels, too.

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I won't send it back to Shimano to fix, I know it's a bearing, and I know that sometimes you get a bad run. Tolerances for manufacturing being what they are, that happens sometimes. Not going to get my panties in a wad. I may just call Shimano and have them send a set, I need a couple bearings in other reels, too.

IMPO I would call Shimano direct and ask for a replacement set for the reel, make sure you replace all of the bearings for spool shaft support.

Tight Lines!! :fishing1:

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Those Curado bearings are more than well suited once properly oiled. Call Shimano, explain the issue, and see if you can get replacements. Saving that, I have had great results with Smooth Drags Abec 7 Ceramic Hybrids. I've been using them in two Sols and a Zillion for a couple months now.

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That's the bearing I was looking at, Francho. Thanks for the heads up, all.

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As suggested, stock bearings should be fine if you can get them free. If you have to buy replacement bearings ABEC7 ceramics hybrids are an upgrade.

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While ABEC7 would be an upgrade, I wouldn't waste the money when ABEC5's would do the trick.

Also I definitely would not go with the Hybrid's or Ceramics just straight Stainless Steel.

just my .02¢

Tight Lines! :fishing1:

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Don't tell them you put Hot Sauce on them!

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Don't tell them you put Hot Sauce on them!

I don't use Hot Sauce, it's terrible. I use Daiwa Oil, or Rocket Fuel. From my conversations with a Shimano Rep (Not Bantam1) Rocket Fuel is absolutely fine to use on them.

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