alan tani @ fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Shimano Tranx: Service Tutorial and Maintenance Tips
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« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2019, 10:12:11 PM »

Was looking at Marks post, and thought I'll show you my well used pair, to compare with his immaculate ones.

Also a photo of the reason why they look the way they do, fishing on rocks and fish that drag rod and reel around.

It has crossed my mind to try to remove the silver colour from the reel frames and make them black, anyone have any idea how to do that?

The arrow on the reel shows where the Clutch Bar Guide (BNT4483) has been removed from the one reel, Ill write some updates to this thread later and cover that.

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« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2019, 12:11:04 PM »

Just to add some further information to my comment above.

Firstly I think that my view expressed above is still a reasonable representation of my experience of the reels.

My oldest one is now in its 5th year of service, although I use all three, this is the one I use most, probably more then double of the others.

Most of the parts I replaced during this time can be seen as wear & tear related though I’ve never owned similar reels so its difficult to compare the service I receive from the Tranx’es with another reel.

I still think the amount of servicing required is a serious nuisance and perhaps these reels are not ideal for what I do with them, but they certainly are good for my needs!   The lack of spares in S.A. should be a serious consideration for someone here thinking to purchase one.    I now keep an inventory of about $200 worth of spares which will grow over time. Shocked

Subsequent to my above comment:-
•   I broke two Pawl Caps BNT3595
•   In my oldest reel I’ve removed the Clutch Bar Guide A  BNT4483.   Both sides have become fairly scarred and because of the flex of the Clutch Bar, it causes the clutch bar to wedge and to stick.   This solution does not seem to have any negative effects so I’ve not bothered to source new Clutch Bar Guide A’s    See above photo.
•   I replaced the Belleville washers as the old ones became nearly completely flat.
•   I have mentioned before that the spool is of very soft aluminium or some other alloy.  I now happened to drop another spool, after having warned everybody against this, I put it down on my work bench and it rolled of.   Luckily it is still functional but has a significant dent. Cry Cry
•   I have replaced the whole level wind mechanism, all bushes and e clips, spacers, bushings and line guide, everything on my oldest reel.   I do think the old line guide may still be functional and will put it back some time to test this.

A final positive comment, the fine tooth gears in these reels last pretty well!   My oldest one has not developed a roughness that can be attributed to gears.    My Diawa reels used to last one season before they started to feel like an old diesel engine.

All three my reels are mechanically sound and still work well, though perhaps they do not look so good.   Still caught a fish today on the oldest one!
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« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2019, 06:48:02 AM »

Great info on how these reels have been standing up. I have to keep reminding people that just because it is called a TranX it is not a 500 so fish it accordingly.
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« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2019, 12:17:30 PM »


do you know if the bearing on the spool is the same size of the bearing on the left side plate part bnt4488 ?

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