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Conventional and Bait Casting Reel Rebuild Tutorials and Questions => Shimano Tutorials and Questions => Topic started by: publius on March 26, 2021, 11:42:02 PM



Title: Beastmaster problem.
Post by: publius on March 26, 2021, 11:42:02 PM
20/30 Beastmaster. Will only reel when in freespool with the preset backed almost all the way out. Haven't torn it down yet but is this because of the dreaded melted brake disk?


Title: Re: Beastmaster problem.
Post by: publius on March 28, 2021, 12:36:27 AM
Any ideas guys? I've never used a Beastmaster and it has been many years since I dealt with lever drags. Am I maybe just not understanding how it works?


Title: Re: Beastmaster problem.
Post by: alantani on March 28, 2021, 01:11:07 AM
Gotta be the right main side plate bearing.  It's always the first to fail.


Title: Re: Beastmaster problem.
Post by: publius on March 28, 2021, 01:30:31 AM
Sorry guys, I'm about clear as mud. With the drag preset backed way off I can reel up until I push the lever to strike then it is locked up. Tightening down on the preset even slightly causes this to happen sooner in the drag curve. ??


Title: Re: Beastmaster problem.
Post by: akfish on March 28, 2021, 01:55:36 AM
Odds are the right side plate bearing -- aka the pinion bearing -- is bad. As Alan said, it's always the first to go. I'd also look at the bearing on the left side of the spool and see whether the belleville washers are corroded together.


Title: Re: Beastmaster problem.
Post by: alantani on March 28, 2021, 01:59:14 AM
Yup, the bearing.


Title: Re: Beastmaster problem.
Post by: publius on March 28, 2021, 03:29:13 AM
Thanks guys. I'll be going in as soon as I get these 7 other reels put back together.


Title: Re: Beastmaster problem.
Post by: publius on April 01, 2021, 03:29:12 AM
Cracked it open just to take a look. I'm sure it's never been serviced and it is nasty. Absolutely no corrosion because there is so much dirty grease and that damn melted brake disc. Bearing definitely bad. Concerning the dreaded melted drag disc. Is Greg Pamaran (I think) still the only source for this part?


Title: Re: Beastmaster problem.
Post by: Drisse on April 24, 2021, 03:52:25 PM
I bought a new silicone washer on ebay from an Australian seller to my Beastmaster 50. Still haven't replaced it yet.


Title: Re: Beastmaster problem.
Post by: Makule on April 26, 2021, 08:25:02 AM
Instead of replacing the stock silicone cushion/washer with another silicone, I just cut a butyl rubber disk.  It provides enough cushion so the drag can be gradually increased and doesn't melt down like the silicone.