Hi Guys. Here is one beautiful reel. Itís a John Baker 12, 2-speed, lever drag reel. It appears to be a common 2 speed lever drag reel, with a different 2-speed shift mechanism. As you can see, there is a knob instead of a common push button.
Sorry, I could not locate any schematics, so this tutorial will be filled with tons of photos. Youíd better get something to eat and drink. Itís going to be a long one.
Here she is. The John Baker 12, 2-speed, Lever Drag reel. As you can see, itís a 2-piece frame and side plate set up
You will need a 3/32Ē allen wrench or bit to remove the side plate screws. The screws are of the same length, so not to worry about which screw goes where.
When you take off the side plate, you will see the clicker plate.
Pull out the spool to expose what is on the left side mounted on the frame.
Notice the drags? I used two puller, one on each side, to pull the one of drags. I learned that itís much easier to turn the frame over, tap the frame on your hand and the drag will simply fall out on to your hand.
Under the drag, thereís the double dogs and left side shaft bearing measuring 10 X 19 X 5 mm (ID x OD x width).
Pull the left side bearing and place aside.
I then disassemble the rod clamp assembly. Check out the laser etching. Very nice.
Now remove the reel foot.
Hmm, it just doesnít want to come off. What can you notice?
Maybe with the reel foot removed, what do you see?
Did you guys see the trapezoidal configuration? Even if the seat screws become loose, the reel seat sits tight.
The area is cleaned and greased.
Slide the foot back in place and grease the screw openings and the screws.
Now the reel clamp posts.
Wipe the left side to remove old grease.
Apply marine grease
And whip off grease to leave a thin film.
Add CorrosionX to the dogs.
Remove the left side harness lug.
You will need a 1/16Ē allen wrench.
Remove lug, and clean.
Apply a light coat of grease in the lug slot.
Apply grease to the screw hole.
And reinstall lug.
Now you can put the frame aside for now.
Okay, the left side plate.
How do you get the shift knob off?
There are 2 fine screw that holds on the shift knob.
You will need a 0.9 mm allen wrench to remove the two screws.
Once the shift know is remove, you will see the shift mechanism.
Well, the gears just donít drop out like most lever drag reels. So I flipped the left side plate to study the reel a little more. Do you see what I didnít see?
Here, let me clean off some of the grease. Yes, an E-clip. Itís tiny and tight. A little difficult to get out.
But the low speed gear just didnít drop out when the E-clip was removed. It has to be wiggled and waddled out.
Whew, now can I get the shift mechanism out? Yes.
Now the handle can be removed.
Remove the locking plate screw with a 3/32Ē allen wrench.
This exposes the handle nut.
The handle can now be removed with a 13 mm wrench. I think itís a standard size, but I didnít have one available.
Provided with a thrust washer, 0.39 X 0.52 X 0.03 in..
The handle is provided with a double D shaped opening.
The handle shaft is
Remove the two 3/32Ē allen wrench screws to remove the drag preset plate.
Remove the lever exposes the cam assembly.
Lube lever ratchet with CorrosionX. Donít loose the spring loaded ratchet pin. And place a side.
Now how to get the lower gear out to get to the left side plate bearing? Can you see the problem I am facing?
Try this angle. Arg, another spring clip.
Remove the spring clip, and this is no easy task with the limited space.
Whew, finaly got the spring clip off and here is the high speed gear, crank shaft and spring clip.
Remove the left side bearing and cam assembly.
Now clean the left side plate.
Apply marine grease, move and grease left side harness lug and apply CorrosionX to clicker assembly, and place aside.
Remove the bearing from the bearing cup of the cam assembly.
Disassembly the cam assembly and clean.
Grease with marine grease and reassemble.
Grease left side frame where cam that holds the cam assembly.
Install cam assembly.
This is where I grease both left and right side bearings. 10 X 17 X 5 mm and 7 X 17 X 5 mm, respectively. You will notice that the grease is not blue. Itís because Iím using CorrosionX grease from Germany. When I spoke with representatives from CorrosionX, they had indicated that the mixing of these greases will not harden when mixed together.
And Install greased bearings
One last thing that needs to be disassembled is the lever guide, grease, wipe, and reassemble.
Lube preset knob with CorrosionX
And install preset plate. Note that the preset know has a blade that is supposed to slot into the cam assembly. Please make sure that these are aligned.
Grease screw holes and install plate screws.
Now the handle arm shaft. Clean and grease with marine grease.
Clean high speed gear
Lightly grease and install on shaft.
Reinstall spring clip over shaft and slide down.
I then lube with CorrosionX
Reinstall the thrust washer and handle.
Clean the shift shaft and shift cam and lube with CorrosionX.
Install shift assembly.
Install shift spring.
Hold the spring down the install the low gear. If you donít hold the spring down, you could damage the spring and the lower gear may bind with the spring.
Keep pressure on the lower gear and install the E-clip.
Now, you can install the shift know. But before you do, be sure you heavily grease the shift assembly. I tried lubing it with TSI301, and CorrosionX and it always bind. Grease was the solution for a smooth shift.
Now the handle. Disassemble with a 1/16Ē allen wrench, clean, grease, and reassemble.
The reel and frame are now done. Whew. Take a break, have a drink and something to eat. Are we done yet???
NO, we still have the spool to do.
Remove the shaft from the clicker plate side.
Remove the clicker plate, clean, apply a light grease, and reinstall the clicker plate.
Now the drag side.
Remove Drag retaining ring.
This will expose the pressure plate.
Remove the pressure plate and the second drag washer will appear.
Remove the drag washer. Be careful not to lose the pressure plate springs.
Remove the pressure plate springs and put in a safe place. Then remove thrust washers.
Tried pulling spool bearing and it would not come out, so I went in from the clicker plate side and use a 1/4Ē extension to push out the bearing.
Right and left side bearing measures 7 X 17 X 5 mm and 10 X 17 X 5 mm, respectively.
Bearings are opened, cleaned and lubed with TSI301, and placed aside.
Now the spool shaft. If you noticed, the bevels are rusty. Adjacent to the bevels is the right side spool bearing. I would recommend lubing this bearing on a regular basis because of the water intrusion on the right side.
The bevel stack () was 4.32 mm in height, including the thrust washer. It was replaced with 4 Shimano bevels (((( was 4.31 mm. It was slightly lower but it did not make affect spool alignment. The bevels were changed from () to (((( since the reel was spooled with 80# JB hollow. The current drag set-up probably did not provide sufficient stopping power. The bevels also faced toward the gears.
The drags were cleaned, coated with Calís Universal and Drag Grease, and whipped down.
Reassembly of the left side of the spool. Marine grease was brushed in, and wiped so that a thin layer of marine grease remained. Marnine grease was also inserted into the screw and spring holes, and springs reinstalled.
The thrust washers were also reinstalled.
Then the drag was installed. The back side of the drag is an aluminum plate and was greased with Calís and wiped down. The drag looks strange in the picture because the drag was spinning while I took the picture.
The pressure plate and retaining ring were installed. Note that the retaining ring, screws and screw holes were grease prior to installation.
The gear sleeve was measured and cut, and then adjusted with shim washers. Completed was spool sleeve is as shown.
The sleeve and shims were dunked in TSI301 and installed.
The spool shaft assembly was installed in the spool.
The spring was installed. This is to ensure separation of the drag washers from the pressure plate. Note that the original spring used was discarded. If you see in the previous picture, you would understand why. I found it binding half the time. It was replaced with a spring with flat ends to eliminate the binding.
The drag was installed in the frame.
And the spool assembly was installed in the frame.
The frame holes and screws were greased.
The low gear was lightly coated with grease.
And the sideplate insert was greased, whipped and installed.
The side plate was reinstalled, greased holes
And the reel was wiped down of all excess grease and here it is.
1. this reel is not the easiest to service, but it should be easier since you will now know where those pesky hidden spring clips are.
2. one of the biggest issues that I have with this shifting mechanism is that itís not that simple to turn when you are excitedly hooked up as you have to take your hands off the cranking handle to shift, and some of the intricacies in servicing these reels completely.
3. There is handle wobble that cannot be avoided. It is due to the connection between the crank arm and the gears. Itís just not a super tight fit.
4. the shifting mechanism under the shift know must be greased.
5. the service time of these reels are 100% to 150% longer than most lever drag reels. So be prepared when servicing the reel yourself, or expect to pay a little more if the reel is being serviced by someone else.
Hoped you enjoyed the tutorial.