alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Ceramic bearings
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« on: May 03, 2021, 02:50:57 AM »

I saw some ceramic bearings on eBay (whittierte eBay store) and ask Ken for the low down.  He was kind enough to send me a set to try.  I put them in one of my Newellís un-lubricated and gave them a spin.  A tiny bit of noise and good free spool time but no much difference from the SS bearings I normally use. What was suprising was the improvement in cranking smoothness. I filled the reel with fresh line, like butter going on. Supposed to be fishing on Tuesday and going to give them a workout. Iíll follow up hopefully after getting a few fish with it


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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2021, 12:34:41 PM »

Sheridan, I saw those and was curious.  Did you leave them dry or put any kind of lubricant on them? 
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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2021, 01:30:55 PM »

I left them dry
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2021, 01:43:39 PM »

I saw Ken had those too. Iím mainly wondering about the strength. Iím sure the spool spins exceptionally well.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2021, 07:42:23 PM »

The full ceramic bearings from Boca cost three times as much.  I don't know if that's good or bad.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2021, 11:25:10 PM »

If the bearings are strong enough, then these may be a great deal becuase it'll be virtually maintenance free.  You could just wash them out with water and a degreaser, such as Dawn dish soap.
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2021, 02:54:45 AM »

Interesting.  Looking forward to more follow-up.

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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2021, 03:53:35 AM »

as far as strength goes, I wonder if cracks from jarring impact are more of a concern than failure under load
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2021, 06:29:53 AM »

as far as strength goes, I wonder if cracks from jarring impact are more of a concern than failure under load
not to mention the suggestion that they would crack and crumble if run through an ultrasonic cleaner!
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2021, 12:58:58 AM »

Gave the new bearings a work out yesterday, got a few chunky fish, one I though might spool me and the bearings worked great. I was using a heavy jig so distance casting was on the agenda but they held up just fine.  They're a little louder not in a bad way just a different sound than the SS bearings I'm used to.  I have 3 trips coming up at the end of the month, be flinging the surface iron, this is where they ought to shine. 
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