I had the pleasure of building a Newell reel for a customer today that included the new Cortez Conversions aluminum side plates offered by Bryan Young. They are everything that we have come to expect from Cortez Conversions. Fit was perfect, craftsmanship outstanding and finish is superb.
This reel started life as a Newell 338 J. We installed the new 5+1 drags from Bryan and his plates on a new Tiburon frame. We also upgraded the handle and knob. This off set handle and knob came from Ulua Junkies and is a retrofitted Shimano. This all black beauty is going to scream! If you want to add strength without a lot more weight this upgrade is the ticket!