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The bearings that are in there are rubbish :) no idea where to source new ones. Someone who runs one of the country's top online tackle/ reel spares/ tuning shops ought to start doing a kit really with full a set of bearings and new circlips. Bet he'd sell loads ;)
i think the standard bearings in all penn reels are poor. the grease problem hasnt changed sine the very first 525 and 535,s came out either. think i must have done about 20 of them when they first came out for mates and club mates. new bearings or bearing washed out and oiled.

i used to be able to get quality bearings at better prices than penn and daiwa from the local bearing services place, but the funny sized ones daiwa use in slosh,s have gone up a helluva lot. a pity as it used to be economical to buy a new main shaft when the end snapped off and a new bearing kit from the local place, now they are the same price as daiwa the reels just go in the bin.
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what is your opinion of these reels blakdog ? i am thinking of getting one or a pair for the mixed ground fishing we have up here now the cod are spreading out a bit and the usual marks are getting very busy. they look well built at a glance , like they will take a bit of abuse withoyt problems.
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Very good for the money ... cheap bearings can be changed when they get rough (probably won't last long for you on the rough stuff) but they cast well and have pretty good gears. The parts aren't stupid money and they do have bearings in all the right places, though I think the lower drive bearing is a bit too small. The pinion face is square which makes the link between gears and spool very sound but you do have to watch that it is lubed ... and the plate it engages with on the spool is steel so that needs to be watched but personally I like them. All the good points of the old 525s but without the plastic. I don't think you can do better for the money at the moment.
 
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Very good for the money ... cheap bearings can be changed when they get rough (probably won't last long for you on the rough stuff) but they cast well and have pretty good gears. The parts aren't stupid money and they do have bearings in all the right places, though I think the lower drive bearing is a bit too small. The pinion face is square which makes the link between gears and spool very sound but you do have to watch that it is lubed ... and the plate it engages with on the spool is steel so that needs to be watched but personally I like them. All the good points of the old 525s but without the plastic. I don't think you can do better for the money at the moment.
thanks blakdog ,that is what i was hoping to hear . they are nice compact reels as well. by the sounds of it a mag conversion will be well worth it .do i need to send the reel down to you, or is it new parts i can fit myself ?
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We need the side plate and the white cog/brake assembly from the end of the spool. You just bolt back on when we send it back.

I have a 12 and love it ... very clean ground down here which means this reel will handle absolutely anything I'm likely to come across - the worst it gets is the odd bit of lumpy bottom, big weed or winding Dvices up the side of deep gulleys ... it doesn't even get a sweat on and has really fast retreive. As you say, they are compact and feel good on the rod, they don't feel like a compromise to balanced gear like some of the other "toughies" do.
 
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thanks blakdog, i will send it down once i pick it up .
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Can't fault the price of the fathom's great reels. Bet it's one of the best sellers now! Lol.
 

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Sorry to bump this but!!!...
Does this part sit this way
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or this way
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