Spool Bearings DC Reels

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Spool Bearings DC Reels

Post by a1712 » Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:58 am

Has anyone upgraded their spool bearings in a DC Reel? Anyone with an opinion on this? Thanks all, Brian.
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Re: Spool Bearings DC Reels

Post by rp346 » Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:43 am

All my DC reels still have the stock bearings in them never felt the need to take them out.

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Re: Spool Bearings DC Reels

Post by Gone Phishin » Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:03 am

rp346 wrote:
Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:43 am
All my DC reels still have the stock bearings in them never felt the need to take them out.
Yup, same here.

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Re: Spool Bearings DC Reels

Post by Dalleinf » Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:56 am

I have put 3 full ceramic bearings in my exsence. I keep telling myself that is has helped with light lures and distance, but I have not done any serious measurements.

Distance was good from the get-go.

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Re: Spool Bearings DC Reels

Post by eklikewhoa » Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:26 am

A good flushing with light oil would probably make the difference as new bearings.

With that said I've changed some of mine to the Hedgehog AirHD

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Re: Spool Bearings DC Reels

Post by goldrod » Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:43 am

eklikewhoa wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:26 am
A good flushing with light oil would probably make the difference as new bearings.

With that said I've changed some of mine to the Hedgehog AirHD
How much more over the stock bearings have you found them to be inside the platform that you are using?
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Re: Spool Bearings DC Reels

Post by SSS » Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:15 am

I have a pair of zpi in my Met DC. No difference in performance. It adds a bit of that sound from ceramic hybrid bearings, which i don't want to hear on a DC reel. Not worth using on a DC reel.

If you somehow have problems with the originals, i'd buy the hedgehog ZR bearings instead. Silent, cheaper and perform very well.

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Re: Spool Bearings DC Reels

Post by eklikewhoa » Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:00 am

goldrod wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:43 am
eklikewhoa wrote:
Tue Jun 15, 2021 3:26 am
A good flushing with light oil would probably make the difference as new bearings.

With that said I've changed some of mine to the Hedgehog AirHD
How much more over the stock bearings have you found them to be inside the platform that you are using?
You mean flushed stock vs out the box stock? For some folks it'll be noticeable difference in performance.
The airHD vs out the box, a big difference.

I'm a believer of fully servicing a reel prior to use

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Re: Spool Bearings DC Reels

Post by DrPerf » Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:02 am

I have installed a set of high-performance ceramic bearings in my OG Conquest 101DC (primary cranking reel since 2007) and the performance is measurably better than the cleaned (flushed with acetone in ultrasonic) stock bearings.

In fact, the OG 101DC has significantly better casting performance than my new Conquest DC 101HG with stock bearings (also flushed and reoiled) and all braking 'off'.

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