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.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 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.