This little reel with have the stopping power and strength of reels twice its size. Most of the upgrades are in route as we I write. I choose stainless steel and Anodized Aluminum on the majority of upgrades for strength and corrosion resistance. From gears, to drags, to gear sleeves everything is stainless steel. Stock drags and reel are rated at 12lbs of drag. With these upgrades I am looking at 24-30lbs of drag. Big sting in a little package! First the Ebay purchase of a stock Penn 501 reel.
Eva knob is a dream, dual bearing smooth as silk knob that is large and comfortable for any size hand. Highly recommend this upgrade to any of your reels you plan to spend time cranking in heavy baits and fish. Matched it up with the stainless steel handle from Motive Fabrication.
Stainless steel double dog bridge, pinion, yoke, and gear matched with a Stainless steel gear sleeve and stainless steel washers and carbon matrix drags, this little Green Hornet will bring the sting!
Parts List and Sources:
- Aluminum Frame Tiburon (P21)
- Aluminum Spool Tiburon (501)
- Aluminum End Plates Cortez Conversions
- Aluminum Ball Bearing Cups Cortez Conversions
- Stainless Steel Gear Sleeve Fine Thread Alan Tani
- Stainless Steel Bridge double dogs, Gears, Pinion, Yoke. Pro Challenger
- Stainless Steel Handle Motive Fabrications
- EVA Knob Pro Challenger
- 5+1 Stainless Steel and Carbon Matrix Drag washers Brian Young
- Stainless Steel Star Drag Motive Fabrications
- Thick Drag Sleeve
- Stock Penn 501 Reel from Ebay
All of these custom parts come at a cost and not all are plug and play. Some need slight adjustments, shimming, polishing etc to get the perfect fit. When all complete the complete package is stronger, more rigid, with maximized stopping power. 30-40lb reel in a small package. The dual bearings for the spool allows for great casting. I am experimenting with oil thickness to slow it down and make it a little more manageable in free spool.
Stainless steel will provide maximum strength and corrosion resistance in saltwater applications. The final product: