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Original (Green) ABU Mag Elite - does it need brake blocks fitted?

Discussion in 'Tackle & Equipment Discussions' started by bigcyprinus, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. bigcyprinus

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    I've got a new ABU Mag Elite. I've had a look inside and there are no brake blocks fitted. I've only ever had used ones before and I'm not sure if I should fit the brake blocks or just rely on the mags.

    Can anyone offer advice please?
     
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  3. blakdog

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    Rely on the mags.
     
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    My dad uses two and puts the mags on two. Makes it fool proof.

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    :) Is your dad a fool then? :)
     
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    If you haven't got anything good, or constructive, to say, why don't you get your rod out, rather than your keyboard.

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    Had mine for nearly 20 years now. First a CS Mag Elite which I then bought an Elite CT cage and switched to CT. Then bought another CT Mag Elite.
    I used 1 little brake block and play with the mags depending on the wind direction when fishing. No birdies on that.
    Think I might just try without the brake blocks and see how it goes. ;)

    Just ordered 2 speed bullet from you Blackdog to replace the plastic cog on the CS, and the brass bullet on the CT. Hope that will make the spool run smoother.

    It has been years that I have not cleaned the bearings. Is the lighter fluid still okay for soaking the original bearings ?

    Read somewhere that the Avert 7 ceramic bearings and sea water don't mix well ? I am using these reels for fishing so hope the original bearings are good enough ?

    I think I will hold back on going the fixed spool way and stick with my multis for the time being. Well, since I have waited a long while for a manufacturer to come out with a Mag CT reel, and me having spent so much time and effort to learn to cast well with it. Why chuck the thing that what I have worked hard for, is my reason. :BigGrin:
     
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    No right or wrong, just what works tbh. I haven't used a brake block in a reel for a very long time personally though.

    Should do ... certainly should be a lot faster on the CS.

    Absolutely fine

    Any decent bearing will work ... worn or crap bearings feel horrible and can lose you distance but for most of us there isn't any gain in distance between bearings so long as they are of decent quality and looked after. Ceramic bearings are fine with saltwater so long as the metal parts are stainless and you either oil them or clean them straight after every session.

     
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    Thanks for your valuable advice Russ ( Blackdog ). Much appreciated.
     
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    No blocks, mags fine.
     
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