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Conventional and Bait Casting Reel Rebuild Tutorials and Questions => Fin-Nor Tutorials and Questions => Topic started by: SeaDawg on August 29, 2017, 03:50:56 PM



Title: Fin-Nor OFS55 ANTI - REVERSE problem
Post by: SeaDawg on August 29, 2017, 03:50:56 PM
I can't seem to get the ANTI - REVERSE on this OFS55 to work. I have cleaned it several times and removed the spring in an attempt to tighten it up. Am I missing something obvious or not so obvious? Any help will be greatly appreciated!


Title: Re: Fin-Nor OFS55 ANTI - REVERSE problem
Post by: alantani on August 29, 2017, 06:51:01 PM
pull the spool and the rotor and you should be able to see the anti-reverse pawl in action.  i'm sure you've done that already.  maybe a short cell phone video of the pawl in action might help us.  i'm not familiar with the reel at all.  hopefully someone here will be.   :-\


Title: Re: Fin-Nor OFS55 ANTI - REVERSE problem
Post by: SeaDawg on March 28, 2018, 03:06:03 AM
Well, don't I feel stupid............I bought this reel used from a guy who said the anti-reverse didn't work, and I am not familiar with these reels at all either. So I put it aside for awhile and worked on others, picking it back up every now and then looking at it trying to figure out what the problem was. A clear schematic was not to be had :) So after weeks/months of this, I finally saw the problem. Apparently the gentleman I purchased this reel from had disassembled it at some point and had reassembled it wrong. He had the anti-reverse pawl on backwards. I simply turned it around and the anti-reverse magically worked perfectly! Imagine that!!!  ??? I think I will keep this reel, I mean a $25 dollar Fin-Nor 5500 Offshore is a deal, right?


Title: Re: Fin-Nor OFS55 ANTI - REVERSE problem
Post by: handi2 on March 28, 2018, 04:34:38 AM
Thatís a a great deal  ;)


Title: Re: Fin-Nor OFS55 ANTI - REVERSE problem
Post by: alantani on March 28, 2018, 07:50:23 AM
6 months is not so bad.......   ;D


Title: Re: Fin-Nor OFS55 ANTI - REVERSE problem
Post by: ez2cdave on September 21, 2019, 12:57:20 PM
I think I will keep this reel, I mean a $25 dollar Fin-Nor 5500 Offshore is a deal, right?

And a $16.00 Fin-Nor 5500 Offshore, for me, off eBay  !

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fin-Nor-OFFSHORE-5500-Spinning-FISHING-Reel-FOR-PARTS-OR-REPAIR-/274002963549?nma=true&si=MV%252BtBcUefSVcnD9Zd01t3RTjoTg%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 (https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fin-Nor-OFFSHORE-5500-Spinning-FISHING-Reel-FOR-PARTS-OR-REPAIR-/274002963549?nma=true&si=MV%252BtBcUefSVcnD9Zd01t3RTjoTg%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557)

Seller Description : ( Initially, from the description and pics,I thought it might have a frozen bearing or two, since it is missing the Side Cap )

QUOTE :

"Fin-Nor OFFSHORE 5500  Spinning  FISHING Reel  FOR PARTS OR REPAIR  .  REEL HAS SCUFFS, SCRATCHES,  AND A MISSING PART  for being preowned, SHOWN IN MY LAST PICTURE. The reel doesnít spin or crank,maybe because of the missing part."

END QUOTE :

So, TODAY, the reel arrives and TURNS FREELY, but the handle turns forward and backward, without engaging the gears . . . SURPRISE, the only thing wrong with it was that the Handle was not screwed all the way in . . . Once I did that, all functions normally, but I am going to do a complete strip-down, cleaning, lubing, new drag washers, and all 3 bearings ( I think it only has 3 ), as a precaution.

I am fully expecting other issues, when I open up the reel . . .

I will take this reel for $16.00 ( + $ 9.99 shipping ), ALL DAY LONG !

Tight Lines !

Dave F.