Penn 450 SS front loading spool issues

Started by bamacrazy, June 23, 2022, 10:27:47 AM

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I have an old 450ss that I bought new 30 years ago. I took it to a shop for service 15 years ago. Since then, the reel winds more line on the front of the spool. There is about a 35 degree incline in line level going from back to front. what causes this and how can I fix it?


Sounds like you need to shim your spool higher. These reels will never have perfect line lay but it can certainly be improved.
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Line diameter and shims go hand in hand .  Generally the smaller diameter needs more shims .
   You can make shims from plastic containers .   Add two shims , pull off some line and rewind it .

    Repeat until you are happy with the results ..
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I had a 450ss a while ago and the whole rotor assembly was bottoming out and grinding when turning the handle. Couldn't figure out what it was for the longest time - then I looked up the schematic and it turns out that those little thrust washers are important.  ;D