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difficult to maintain!
on October 26, 2013
I liked the idea of having the drag in the rear. It seems more convenient. The reel is smooth and the bail closes well. I went to take it apart to oil it and then the nightmare began. In order to take the side plate off you have to remove the bail but instead of having just washers and a bolt, this thing has a pin. I couldnt pull the pin out and i didn't want to pound on it hard cause the reel feels delicate. I figured I would call shimano so I dont break the thing. They tell me that I have to get the pin out. I asked them how they do it and they said they have a tool. I asked if I can order a tool and they said that it is something they picked up from a hardware store! What is up with that! After that mind blower I decided to pound the pin out with a hammer and luckily it didn't break. I yanked the bail off which is tough and I've never had that problem with any other reel. I thought I was done and then I realized I somehow needed to get the drag knob off in order to remove the side plate! There are not directions or guidance for this and I ended up getting it off by applying tons of force counterclockwise and it came off. I oiled and cleaned it and reasembled and the anti reverse quit working!
I would use this reel for freshwater but I would recommend using the forward drag version if you want to go cheap for saltwater cause maintaining this thing is a nightmare. I have a wide range of cheap reels and this one is a pain! I like the concept of a rear drag but the design is horrible!