Balancing pre-existing rods

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Balancing pre-existing rods

Post by ss30378 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:23 am

How many of you have taken a fully finished rod and retro fitted balancers or some type of weight system? Besides the slip on balancers what other options are there to balance rods?

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Post by ShimanoFan » Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:34 am

Remove large heavy guides and put on micro guides.

But yes, I have done some balancing of off the shelf rods.

Since the rod blank is hollow, I can drill into the butt cap and screw or glue a screw holding weights to butt similar to how Bass Pro does it. They use to sell an off the shelf balancing kit for their rods.
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Post by OkobojiEagle » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:00 am

Yes, I fine tune the balance on most of the rods I use. As above, I weight inside of the rod butt with "pencil" drop-shot weights. Most of my rods have brand identifying "medalions" glued to the butt cap that can be peeled off before I drill through the remaining butt cap into the rod cavity. The medalion can be re-glued when done and nobody is any the wiser. With reels attached, I tape the weights to the outside of the butt cap to determine how much weight I'm going to need. Usually takes me less than an hour to complete. I use a little cloth tape around the weights when necessary to prevent rattling. Playing with the amount of tape, I can usually fit the necessary weights into the rod shaft without needing to glue them.

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Re: Balancing pre-existing rods

Post by Mattman » Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:57 pm

I've used Matagi's screw on balancers a number of times as upgrades to factory rods. Looks good and you can adjust your own weight as you see fit.

I have a mold for pouring my own weights for placing inside a blank. I use those weights frequently.
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Re: Balancing pre-existing rods

Post by ss30378 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:41 pm

Matt do you happen to know the diameter of the matagi balancers? I like the look of those. Doesnt look too complicated, may just turn a similar setup on the lathe to match my rods OD...

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Re: Balancing pre-existing rods

Post by Mattman » Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:45 am

ss30378 wrote:Matt do you happen to know the diameter of the matagi balancers?
1.063"
27mm
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Re: Balancing pre-existing rods

Post by ss30378 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 6:35 pm

Mattman wrote:
ss30378 wrote:Matt do you happen to know the diameter of the matagi balancers?
1.063"
27mm
Thanks!

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Re: Balancing pre-existing rods

Post by IlliniDawg01 » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:20 am

I like the rubber chair tips you can get at Walmart or most hardware stores. They are cheap, come in multiple sizes and colors, and aren't permanent. Stick a couple coins in them until you find the right balance.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Waxman-Consu ... thena=true

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Post by mark poulson » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:47 am

IlliniDawg01 wrote:I like the rubber chair tips you can get at Walmart or most hardware stores. They are cheap, come in multiple sizes and colors, and aren't permanent. Stick a couple coins in them until you find the right balance.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Waxman-Consu ... thena=true
I do the same thing.


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Re: Balancing pre-existing rods

Post by MikeK » Tue Mar 05, 2019 7:18 pm

OkobojiEagle wrote:Yes, I fine tune the balance on most of the rods I use. As above, I weight inside of the rod butt with "pencil" drop-shot weights. Most of my rods have brand identifying "medalions" glued to the butt cap that can be peeled off before I drill through the remaining butt cap into the rod cavity. The medalion can be re-glued when done and nobody is any the wiser. With reels attached, I tape the weights to the outside of the butt cap to determine how much weight I'm going to need. Usually takes me less than an hour to complete. I use a little cloth tape around the weights when necessary to prevent rattling. Playing with the amount of tape, I can usually fit the necessary weights into the rod shaft without needing to glue them.

oe
Similar process but I use tungsten bullet weights.

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