Abu Garcia 5501 Super Tuned

ABU 5501

At first glance this appears to be a stock ABU Garcia 5501 C3.  However, looks can be deceiving.  We have all seen the  plain old car that has a 454 under the hood!  I start with a straight stock eBay Abu 5501.  Very capable little reel that is very popular.   At a list price at $125.00 new, I paid  $33.00 on eBay for this one.  Take this modestly priced bait caster and make it the undercover muscle car!  Parts list from Jerry at  Hookless.com:

  1. Dual bearing worm drive $21.00
  2. Dual bearing cog wheel $15.00
  3. Smooth drags Carbon tex $7.50
  4. Stainless Steel Drag Washers Ground Flat $7.50
  5. Ceramic Pawl $5.00
  6. Abec 5 Ceramic Hybrid Bearings $16.00
  7. TSI 321 bearing oil
  8. Cal’s Drag Grease
  9. Yamalube Marine Grease

Total Investment $97.50

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Reel, Worm Drive, Cog Wheel, Drags, Pawl, and Bearings… $97.50  That is a net savings of nearly $25.00 and the final product puts the reel in a class of $200.00 reels for half the price!

So now the fun!  I will take you through step by step the process I follow to tune these reels into smoother, faster, more reliable,  stronger fishing machines.

Initial notes on the reel:

  • Condition was average
  • No noted rust or corrosion on exterior
  • Needs oil
  • No noises or grinding
  • Schematic Printed
  • Upgrades ordered
  • No additional parts needed









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