Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

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Postby pharmboy2010 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:06 pm

IlliniDawg01 wrote:I went fishing with one of the original blue tdz spools today. Worked great for the first half hour then after a bad backlash when I tried to throw a senko way too hard suddenly I had no mag braking. Sure enough the inductor turns all the way around now. The plastic piece that attaches to the inductor isn't holding it any longer. I put some super glue around it this evening. Hopefully it will hold this time.

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That's what I'm afraid of with using it in my Zillion for frogging [-o< ....I guess we'll see. Definitely keeping the stock spool just in case.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby LowRange » Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:33 pm

It seems like it's inevitable that after some use the inductor will detach from the air brake mechanism with these spools. It can always be epoxied back on with some Devcon but that will require the removal of the retainer clip and spring. I'll leave the disassembly and reasembly of the air brake to the pros when this happens to my spools. I would almost certainly damage the thin inductor trying to remove the snap ring.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby swoffer » Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:35 am

Hi newbie here looking to see if I can upgrade my own T3 MX 1016. Please be a little understanding if the questions seem basic. I have been trying to learn as much as I can.

1. So I will need to buy a Ray's Studio spool compatible with T3 on aliexpress like this one. https://www.aliexpress.com/store/produc ... 98716.html. Has anyone tried dropping this yet?

2. Does this spool come with bearings or no?

3. Should I be buying new bearings for the Ray's Studio spool and fix it up?

4. Should I be buying a pin remover kit or something like that? Or this Ray's Studio spool that I should be buying from Aliexpress is just a direct drop in to the T3 without the need for modification?

5. I have seen some websites that said the replacement spool should be ordered with a different set of bearings, apparently 1050 instead as the T3's default is 1130. Not sure if this is true or necessary.

Thanks!

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby Loafer » Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:38 am

Pictures of "shimano" spool for scorpion 1001, placed by member of fisherman's society in social web:
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Owners impression:
Spool for scorpion xt1001 from Ming. High quality, brakes works, it goes without weights. It works with 2 gr and above.

Link to buy: http://ali.pub/xvwqb

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby silversix » Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:05 pm

swoffer wrote:Hi newbie here looking to see if I can upgrade my own T3 MX 1016. Please be a little understanding if the questions seem basic. I have been trying to learn as much as I can.

1. So I will need to buy a Ray's Studio spool compatible with T3 on aliexpress like this one. https://www.aliexpress.com/store/produc ... 98716.html. Has anyone tried dropping this yet?

2. Does this spool come with bearings or no?

3. Should I be buying new bearings for the Ray's Studio spool and fix it up?

4. Should I be buying a pin remover kit or something like that? Or this Ray's Studio spool that I should be buying from Aliexpress is just a direct drop in to the T3 without the need for modification?

5. I have seen some websites that said the replacement spool should be ordered with a different set of bearings, apparently 1050 instead as the T3's default is 1130. Not sure if this is true or necessary.

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1-yes
2- yes. it includes a micro ceramic BB. they're pretty good, but loud.
3- you can buy better bearings if you want to. Hedgehog/ZPI has the best ones in my opinion. not sure on the bearing size needed for the Ray's Studio spool, tho. Some1 else should clarify on the size needed.
4- you don't need to modify anything unless you want to replace the stock Ray's Studio spool bearing to something higher end. Then a spool pin remover will be the preferred option (you can do it with pliers but a pin remover is better)
5- you won't need to replace anything on the spool. Its a direct drop into a T3 without needing to do anything.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby swoffer » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:02 am

awesome. thanks!

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby LowRange » Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:13 am

Alphas DIY spool is back. Satin finish, new porting pattern, matt black inductor and a different bearing. Interesting.

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/produc ... 02817.html

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby silversix » Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:21 pm

looks much better than the previous ones

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby Sore Thumb » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:22 pm

Seems like a lot of problems with these spools. Are there any, of similar abilities, that have less problems. Dont want to spend money on a spool that is this fragile. TIA.

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Postby IlliniDawg01 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:03 pm

The spools aren't fragile at all, but the glue used to attach the plastic piece to the inductor seems to be questionable. The machine work and metal quality is exceptional imo. Similar spools that might not have the glue problem cost like 3x as much. I'm handy, so I prefer to save $80 and reglue if necessary.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby Sore Thumb » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:20 pm

Thanks.

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby Houndfish » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:42 pm

I picked one of these up for my PX68 and the reel will now cast lower weights than my rod will load without a lot of force. With a lot of force it will throw a true 1/8oz lure as far as the combo used to be able to throw a 1/4oz one, which was it's old comfortable lower limi. I do worry about the durability a bit, but for $50 rather than $150, I am willing to roll the dice a bit.

I will say the spool bearing pin is super loose, I didn't even need a tool to remove it when I stuck a Air BFS bearing on it. I assume the pin is pretty well captured when the spool is in the reel? Or is this something I should be worried about?

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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby zodiak311 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:57 am

Houndfish wrote:I picked one of these up for my PX68 and the reel will now cast lower weights than my rod will load without a lot of force. With a lot of force it will throw a true 1/8oz lure as far as the combo used to be able to throw a 1/4oz one, which was it's old comfortable lower limi. I do worry about the durability a bit, but for $50 rather than $150, I am willing to roll the dice a bit.

I will say the spool bearing pin is super loose, I didn't even need a tool to remove it when I stuck a Air BFS bearing on it. I assume the pin is pretty well captured when the spool is in the reel? Or is this something I should be worried about?

I noticed this as well, the spool pin is actually tapered. The only thing that really holds it in place is the textured part of the pin. Could be an issue in the long run if the pin gets loose over time, and comes out when the reel is disengaged.
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Re: Anyone tried DIY spools? $29-$40 BFS spools!

Postby mark poulson » Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:59 am

zodiak311 wrote:
Houndfish wrote:I picked one of these up for my PX68 and the reel will now cast lower weights than my rod will load without a lot of force. With a lot of force it will throw a true 1/8oz lure as far as the combo used to be able to throw a 1/4oz one, which was it's old comfortable lower limi. I do worry about the durability a bit, but for $50 rather than $150, I am willing to roll the dice a bit.

I will say the spool bearing pin is super loose, I didn't even need a tool to remove it when I stuck a Air BFS bearing on it. I assume the pin is pretty well captured when the spool is in the reel? Or is this something I should be worried about?

I noticed this as well, the spool pin is actually tapered. The only thing that really holds it in place is the textured part of the pin. Could be an issue in the long run if the pin gets loose over time, and comes out when the reel is disengaged.


Would a drop of loctite fix that?


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