alan tani @ fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Zebco XBL45
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« on: June 11, 2019, 10:39:58 AM »

   This is one sweet little Zebco. It's design is simple, serviceable, and effective...what else do you need from a reel? This model appears to be exactly like Chester's XRL40 with the exception of a ball bearing on the pinion instead of an Oilite bushing. Popping off the side plate reveals the anti-reverse mechanism. I love how it has so many teeth...almost no back play...really nice feel. Pull that little spool shaft pin and the whole thing comes apart enough to perform a simple servicing.

   Looks like this ease of access has paid off. Not to nasty in there, the greases are still soft. The pinion and main both look sharp.

   I guess at least one part has to be different. Zebco has Fort Knox holding down the pinion bearing. Tongue

   In a time when so many other companies started using plastic parts, these reels remain entirely metal. That spool sleeve, oscillation block, and drag clicker are parts that we've all seen become trouble when made from plastic.

   This drag stack provides all the power the reel could handle. The detented washer is a nice addition. The big coil spring brings on the power nice and smooth. I greased the phenolic washer and it feel much like a carbon fiber drag.

   It's not a flashy reel, but I kinda like the basic hot rod grey primer look. It's well balanced and has a nice handle knob too. I'd have killed for one of these when I was fishing with my little Zebco 77. Cool



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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2019, 12:40:32 PM »

Great look at this reel; thanks, mo.

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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2019, 01:28:04 PM »

You're right, Michael, your reel looks like the next level above my XRL40.  I bet several parts would interchange.  Drag stack is practically the same also. The old Zebco  catalog lists it as an ultralight.
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