alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Penn's 704, 705, 706, 747, 757, 750SS, 850SS, 7500SS, and 8500SS Drag Kits
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Author Topic: Penn's 704, 705, 706, 747, 757, 750SS, 850SS, 7500SS, and 8500SS Drag Kits  (Read 36112 times)
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« Reply #45 on: May 24, 2018, 02:24:52 PM »

Just wondered if anyone has found that if you make the drag stack any higher than the stock one, the top metal washer will damage the brass top of the spool shaft that the drag stack sits on.
I have found this on an early model 750ss (chrome handle)

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« Reply #46 on: September 01, 2018, 06:34:50 PM »

Just placed Bryan's drag kit into my new 7500SS all I can say is its very nice. No more turning the drag knob several turns to get the drag needed. Bryan's 5 stack drag is a big improvement over the stock drag. It works so well that I would not recommend buttoning it down all the way & fishing this reel that way. Bad things will surely happen at some point.

With Bryan's drag Adam's anti reverse I think 50 lb. line is a happy max for this reel. With Adam's anti reverse one " Might "  be able to push this reel further. I've no desire to do so. With a bucket full of parts available I would. However I have other reels that perform with out question using heavier line. Why take a chance with this pristine classic
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« Reply #47 on: September 30, 2018, 06:07:19 PM »

Two questions: I'm curious how much higher do you estimate the drag would be on a Penn 8500?  Next, when you recommend the newer style drag knobs, how can I tell the difference?  I have a plastic drag knob on my 8500 btw.  And because I count as well as I think, here's a third question: do you
have any of the kits that would fit the 8500 still?  Thanks

john

I have installed them in the in the SS reels, 750 to 850, the SSM reels 750 to 850, the 700 series reels, 704 and 706. All of them fit perfectly and the 7500 and 8500 are included.

The drag is much higher than stock and the drag knob will tighten quicker to max drag. I recommend the newer style drag knobs. Their much stronger and won't crack like the older ones.

Thanks Bryan..!!
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« Reply #48 on: September 30, 2018, 07:00:36 PM »

Hi John,

I honestly don’t know how much drag you can get.  I know that it gives me enough drag that I want, which is 15#. I think before the bet I could get was like 10-12# of drag.

They are still available through MysticParts.com.

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« Reply #49 on: October 01, 2018, 05:18:33 AM »

John, the newer style drag knobs are aluminium.

Regarding the increase in drag with Bryans kit.

I believe his drag kit has the capacity to make enough drag to cause the reel to fail if one does not use discretion when setting your drag.

 I believe the 750 & 850 will live a long happy life fishing 50 line below 18 lbs. of drag.

 Using more drag will be harder on the 850 because of its bigger diameter spool having more leverage & placing more stress on parts... Jeff
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« Reply #50 on: October 02, 2018, 02:57:54 PM »

Thanks for the replies gentlemen, I'm new to the forum and appreciate the info.  This reel came to me recently, in phenomenal condition considering how old it probably is, and while I intend to fish it, I can't see any reason to really push it.  I was thinking of spooling it with #65 braid and putting it on a popping rod for dorado, blackfin, cobia, kingfish etc.  Penn has no info on it because of the discontinuation so I'm not sure of what I might intelligently try with it but that was the plan.  Would it be smart to replace the plastic drag knob with an aluminum one?  If that's even possible, that is. 
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