Hi all. I can sum this up as the most successful failure I have ever attempted. Here is what I did. (Sorry, no pictures).
The reel I worked on is a BX2-500.
The tubing that fit the reel is: K&S engineering stock #130, 7/32 X .014 brass tubing.
The first thing I did was a spin test to see how long my reel would freespool. I tried to put the same amount of energy into the spool with each spin. I got 12 to 15 seconds of freespool before breaking down the reel.
The next steep was to go to a lathe and cut two aluminum plugs of the correct dimensions to fit into the spool bearing pockets and stick out beyond the spool rims. I measured across the plugs, and then subtracted the length of the two plugs. This gave me a pocket bottom to pocket bottom length of 1.1425 inches for my particular reel.
I went back to the lathe and cut the tubing, shooting for a length .002 inches bigger then the 1.1425 dimension. I nailed it the first time (brag, brag).
I removed the side plates off the bearings and cleaned and re-oiled them with some lite oil from AVET. I re-assembled the reel with the sleeve and did another spin test. I got an excellent time of 52 seconds. The sleeve worked as advertised. However, I now experienced a pronounced grinding feel to the reel that I suspect is each ball bearing freefalling and going clunk as it comes over the top at the 12 o'clock position of the races.
To have a precision instrument like an Accurate reel have that kind of feeling is just unacceptable to me. So I removed the sleeve, did another spin test and got a very smooth 35 seconds.
To me, more then doubling my freespool time to 35 seconds, aint bad. So I will live with that.
If any of you have experienced this and found an answer to it, I would love to hear about it. And to anyone who is considering sleeving their Accurate, it does work. I just couldnít live with the funny feel. Am I just being some kind of goofy here?
Tight lines all.