alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Aftermarket Handles for Baitcasters
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« on: July 12, 2018, 05:00:08 AM »

  I guess I don't get out enough, I just discovered these. There must be a billion listings on eBay for these aftermarket handles. Prices vary wildly, so surf. These ones I'm showing were all under $10 each, shipped. These can really change the feel of a reel, making a Penn designed for bay fishing feel like a nice round reel designed for bass fishing. Also a major upgrade for older ABUs with those tiny handles. These handles are a direct fit for Ambassaduers and such, but you'll need to Dremel a little to fit them on a Penn. I had a bit of a stumble on the Levelmatic 930...I like to make the hole a tight fit...using the handle screw to sort of "press" the handle on the gear sleeve. Well, I forgot how tiny the 930's handle screw is, and twisted it in half! Never fear, Scott's is here! Mo will have parts in my mailbox before I even stop crying! Cheesy


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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2018, 07:55:15 AM »

This is a great idea, my 5 year old daughter uses a 920 and could use a little more leverage on a full sabiki of greenies. Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2018, 08:12:26 AM »

Mo,
I was scrolling through pages of those the other day looking for a cheap upgrade for my next Mag 10 build.  Ordered one from China so hopefully I can finish the Monster Mag 10 before it gets here and start on my next one.   Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2018, 10:29:05 AM »

When I was fishing abu 5500ís the first thing Iíd change was the handle. Bass pro had some called hog handlers. Made a huge difference. Benn thinking of something for my shimano TE 300. Iíll check those out thanks
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2018, 01:57:48 PM »

Baitcasters never have enough speed or IPT's for me.  The only exception is Curado 70 with 8:1.  So, I'm thinking about shortening the handles and using a counter balance to keep from bumping my knuckles on the other knob.
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2018, 10:14:57 AM »

  I guess I don't get out enough, I just discovered these. There must be a billion listings on eBay for these aftermarket handles. Prices vary wildly, so surf. These ones I'm showing were all under $10 each, shipped. These can really change the feel of a reel, making a Penn designed for bay fishing feel like a nice round reel designed for bass fishing. Also a major upgrade for older ABUs with those tiny handles. These handles are a direct fit for Ambassaduers and such, but you'll need to Dremel a little to fit them on a Penn. I had a bit of a stumble on the Levelmatic 930...I like to make the hole a tight fit...using the handle screw to sort of "press" the handle on the gear sleeve. Well, I forgot how tiny the 930's handle screw is, and twisted it in half! Never fear, Scott's is here! Mo will have parts in my mailbox before I even stop crying! Cheesy



Sometimes I get a yen to learn how to machine parts...then I smack myself because I already have no time!

These are really cool handles!
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2018, 03:44:41 PM »

   Got the new handle screw from Mystic Reel Parts. I modified the screw lock to fit the Penn screw, and the finished product looks and feels fantastic. I have a feeling this thing is going to find it's way onto a rod real soon! Cool


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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2018, 10:05:08 PM »


 That's one sweet looking levelmatic Mo

 I really like the single cork knob too !!

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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2018, 05:24:51 PM »

MO I'm late to this party.  How did you bend the star on the Cortez???  One got a Revo handle I want to adapt to Penn but need the star out of the way
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« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2018, 05:45:53 PM »

MO I'm late to this party.  How did you bend the star on the Cortez???  One got a Revo handle I want to adapt to Penn but need the star out of the way

   I used a small smooth jawed vise and just bent it by hand, one arm at a time. The brass star bends very easy...so go slow...just a little at a time. Cool
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« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2018, 11:56:22 PM »

A few days after reading this I ordered two handle knobs from these guys, even for us pretty cheap, including bearings.

I have been burnt before, but could not resist.

They have not yet arrived, but it usually takes a long long time to get here!

Will let you know how they hold up!
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« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2018, 06:25:32 AM »

I have been burnt before, but could not resist.

They have not yet arrived, but it usually takes a long long time to get here!

   We were talking about these cheapo handles on another thread here and I summed it up like this: A $10 chinese handle is like a lottery ticket...might be a winner...and it might not! Cool
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« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2018, 06:49:11 AM »

I have been burnt before, but could not resist.

They have not yet arrived, but it usually takes a long long time to get here!

   We were talking about these cheapo handles on another thread here and I summed it up like this: A $10 chinese handle is like a lottery ticket...might be a winner...and it might not! Cool
Maybe I did not make the connection or did not see.   Ill let you know what I recieve, maybe suitable for a sinker Grin Grin
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« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2018, 07:05:42 AM »

   Ill let you know what I receive, maybe suitable for a sinker Grin Grin

   I ordered a few more around the time I made this post too. The one I really want hasn't shown, and that wacky chinese tracking doesn't seem to work. If it's any consolation one of them showed a few days ago, it was a $5 item, but you'd have no trouble paying $20 for that handle. It's nothing I'd put on a heavy duty application, but for what it's designed to do it should be fine.
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« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2018, 12:57:49 PM »

I can't figure out how the Chinese can mail stuff overseas so cheaply.  They must have some sort of government subsidy or incentive program.
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