Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

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Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by Iowa Matt » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:02 pm

A friend of mine (Good351 on TT) got a crazy cheap price on a 7' 11" MH Cumara a while ago. He prefers full grips on his rods, so we decided to see what we could do about making one for the Cumara! I have built a few rods, but my experience is limited compared to many so this was bound to be a fun learning experience.

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The rod on the operating table!

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First step completed.......getting the butt cap off was a struggle! Turns out it has an aluminum stud that is epoxied into the butt of the rod......had to use a hacksaw to deal with that! Used a file to flatten the backside of the buttcap so I could re-use it. Took the foam,winding check, and thread off with a razor knife and used some sand paper to remove old epoxy.

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Same thing for the other part of the grip. Used a flat screwdriver to remove the old foam from the mortise on the rear of the reel seat.

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Used a piece of handle foam from Mudhole.com and began by cutting it to rough length and reaming the inside to get a snug fit on the blank. Tried doing this by hand, but gave up and used the drill pretty quickly!

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Put the rough grip on a mandrel and then used my benchtop lathe to take it from 1.375" to the 1.10" diameter of the rear of the reel seat. It looked pretty plain this way, so I made a very slight taper towards the back and then a little flair back out to mate with the buttcap.

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Cut to final length on the lathe and also cut the tennon to slip into the reel seat.

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Used epoxy to glue the new grip on.

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Done!

Fun build and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again............might have to try it on one of my own Cumaras!

Matt

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Re: Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by Iowa Matt » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:06 pm

I know this might be more suited to the Rob Building section, but I was hoping that more people might see it here since its something that anyone can do without special tools or knowledge.

Thanks

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Re: Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by JDLaman » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:08 pm

Looks really nice. Great Job! Did it affect the balance very much?

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Re: Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by Iowa Matt » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:09 pm

JDLaman wrote:Looks really nice. Great Job! Did it affect the balance very much?
IMHO, it made the balance slightly better since long rods with a split grip tend to be tip heavy.

Matt

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Re: Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by rh_916 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 5:11 pm

Looks great and it doesn't seem to hard to convert it =D>

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Post by Katron » Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:45 pm

Very good job! That is how they should have made the Cumara ](*,) .

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Re: Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by TeamDaiwaRick » Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:57 pm

Great idea =D> Nicely done =D>

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Re: Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by ogrich31 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:17 pm

Great job. I might have owned one or two of these if Shimano made these in full grip.

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Re: Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by rp346 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:47 pm

Very clean job.....

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Re: Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by bimmer » Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:40 am

Very nice job.

Y don't like the cumara's split handle [-( , the bottom grip is too small, IMHO

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Post by USA-RET » Mon Mar 07, 2011 12:48 am

Great Job. I've become a fan of the full grips over the split lately.

Very nicely done..professional =D>
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Post by Fishingboy » Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:15 am

Looks even better than the original! good job =D>
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Re: Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by jimmyb » Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:35 am

good job!

never thought I would see the day that guys would be going to full grips!

next thing will be guys building. with macro guides! hehe

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Re: Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by vArm » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:00 am

Iowa Matt wrote:
JDLaman wrote:Looks really nice. Great Job! Did it affect the balance very much?
IMHO, it made the balance slightly better since long rods with a split grip tend to be tip heavy.

Matt
I like split grips on all my rods up to 7', I prefer a full rear grip on rods over 7'. It making them balance better thus making it feel lighter.
Great build Matt, thanks for posting all the steps.

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Re: Ever seen a Cumara with a full grip? Now you have!

Post by JerryC » Mon Mar 07, 2011 3:27 am

looks factory.. awesome j0b!!!
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