Upgrading a $39.00 Chinese Centerpin Reel

Discussion in 'Center Pin Fishing' started by boppa, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. tincanary

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    The Sapporo bearings for the reel in question in this thread run about $12 per pair. Any reel I build with stainless bearings gets them, they're awesome and don't cost much.

    This reel I redid uses Sapporo spool bearings.



    This one uses Boca Lightning ceramic hybrids

     
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    I don't think that is the same size as
    7x14x5 mm
     
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    I had the wrong link, fixed.
     
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    How do they compare with the ceramic ones?
     
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    Honestly, ceramic has a much faster startup than stainless due to ceramic balls being both lighter and smoother. You can see in my two videos above, the bottom video reel has ceramics. Ceramics would work great in a pin for that very reason. I typically recommend ceramics if you're drifting, floating, or pier/surf fishing where distance is a concern. For somebody that makes shorter more accurate casts, like bass fishing or salmon/steelhead guys throwing hardware, I like to use steel because they're easier to control in a level wind reel. The thing with ceramics is they don't require lubrication, and oil is often used to slow them down to make them easier to tame.