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looks very technical and fiddly, I couldn't manage it well done mate (y)
 

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Good evening!

I have just returned home after 4 months at sea and decided to do a full overhaul of my 525 before I start my winter fishing season. I thought I'd put up a guide of how I did it in case anybody fancied having a go at doing theirs. By the way you can click the pictures below so that they will become bigger so you can see them better.

I highly recommend that you have a copy of the reel schematic before you start and get all the tools and oils etc together.

Get yourself some lighter fluid (or similar):



and some grease:



and some de-greaser (or similar):



and some Rocket Fuel :showoff:



I also used some waterproof chain oil on the handle bearing and the spool drive bearing.

Firstly by following the schematic and disassemble everything and lay it out nice and tidy so you can see everything. I recommend you lay it out in an order so that you know where everything goes like I did:





Next put the spool bearings to soak in lighter fluid for about 30mins or so until you are happy that all the oil and rubbish has dissolved:



Once the bearings have soaked, remove them and put them on some dry kitchen paper in a warm place until they are TOTALLY (AND I MEAN TOTALLY) dry:



Whilst the bearings are soaking you can clean all the parts using de-greaser and a bit of WD-40 so they are nice and clean:







AFTER THE BEARINGS HAVE COOLED (if you dried them on the radiator like I did). The bearings need to be oiled using the rocket fuel by putting 2 or 3 drops onto the top face (while they are laying on the dry paper) and you will be able to see when the oil has soaked in as it will appear on the paper.

Put the bearings back into the spool and re-assemble it. When you are reassembling the rest of the reel make sure that all moving parts are oiled and greased nicely. Especially pay attention to the gears and bearings.

Just a few useful notes: When you remove and put back the circlip thats on the drive end of the spool, be very careful as it has the tendency to spring off. You can place your hand over it to stop this from happening. I found out the hard way and spent an hour looking for it :cry:

Also when you re-assemble the clutch parts make sure they are very clean and dry to prevent you loosing your reeling power if you get a nice cod on :1a:

Sorry its not an in depth guide, but I am happy to answer any questions anyone has and will help you out as much as I can.

I am going to go for some casting tomorrow to make sure the reel is working OK before I go fishing on Thursday morning for the first time in AAAAAGES. Can't wait!

All the best!
hi m8

i have a pair of 525 mag 2's and stripped and cleaned them as soon as i bought them. i soaked the bearings in petrol to get the blue grease off of them and replaced it with rocket oil.
since i have done this i have had nothing but trouble with them. they blow up on me at about 70% after casting as the lead starts to fall downwards in the arc .i have the mags on full and no play in the spool as if i have them set any other way they blow up immediately. i am a competent caster and have no trouble with my slosh 30's.
do you think that if i put some grease back into the bearings this will help matters? i could send them to a reel specialist but this would cost me £40. the bearings nearest to the gears seemed to have a lot more grease on them than the bearings on the other side when i first took the reels apart.
looking at the schematics it dosnt say whether to put grease or oil on the bearings.there are 4 sets of bearings in them and i dont know which ones to grease and which ones to oil
hope you can help.

thanks
rich:oops:
 

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so how do we get the bearing off the main shaft ? i though i ask as it has a screw head but cant seem to do it or is it just brut force
 

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If you haven't got a vice, Kris - reattach the handle on the other end of the gear stud - you don't need to screw the handle nut on for this, either. That will help you gain some added torque for unscrewing :thumbs:
 

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If you haven't got a vice, Kris - reattach the handle on the other end of the gear stud - you don't need to screw the handle nut on for this, either. That will help you gain some added torque for unscrewing :thumbs:
cheers also the bearing that is attached to the cage !! tiny thing one !! how the feek do u get the new one back in ? to big
 

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I bought a 525 on here, ive built one from old different 525's and its still going strong, I had ordered any parts I needed from Ewan hill but don't know where to get them now.

The reel I bought on here free spool does not engage when you pull the lever down, now my suspicions are someone has had it apart to clean it before sale and not put the lever spring in the correct way, well I hope that's what it is. Im reluctant to take it apart my self just now as the seller seem to think I am trying to con him lol, so it will have to go to a shop for a diagnosis and quote. Once that's done I will strip down and post the results. :)
 

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hi m8

i have a pair of 525 mag 2's and stripped and cleaned them as soon as i bought them. i soaked the bearings in petrol to get the blue grease off of them and replaced it with rocket oil.
since i have done this i have had nothing but trouble with them. they blow up on me at about 70% after casting as the lead starts to fall downwards in the arc .i have the mags on full and no play in the spool as if i have them set any other way they blow up immediately. i am a competent caster and have no trouble with my slosh 30's.
do you think that if i put some grease back into the bearings this will help matters? i could send them to a reel specialist but this would cost me £40. the bearings nearest to the gears seemed to have a lot more grease on them than the bearings on the other side when i first took the reels apart.
looking at the schematics it dosnt say whether to put grease or oil on the bearings.there are 4 sets of bearings in them and i dont know which ones to grease and which ones to oil
hope you can help.

thanks
rich:oops:
use diawa oil or 3 in 1. rocket fuel is not good for fishing, its a long distance low viscosity bearing oil better suited to big hitters, light baits or tournament casters.
 

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well guys the usual suspect being the lever spring not in place or lever engaging was wrong, it turns out it was even simpler, the hole in the freespool lever had rounded off ad was not turning the freespool mechanism, looks like tightening the screw up tight was how the action was intermittend, heres the pics of what I mean.

One 525 handle, all normal eh?


The culprit, the hole has no straight edges in which to turn the freespool mechanism, its just a circle hole with no grip
 
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