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Printed Date: 11 Aug 2020 at 9:28pm

Topic: Reel bearings
Posted By: 14thebin
Subject: Reel bearings
Date Posted: 17 Jun 2012 at 9:40pm
Hi, Anyone know what the bearing identifications/ numbers are for the Shimano stradic 2500 fi reel. I have pulled the reel apart, cleaned it and it still feels gritty. Must be the bearings I think. Also is their a supplier you have used that can send them direct. I am hoping that the shielded ball bearings are not unique and that you can get them from a reasonable bearing supplier?

Posted By: EditB
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2012 at 3:12pm
If you think the bearings are stuffed, rip the shields off them, clean them with carb cleaner and apply some marine grease and see if that fixes them. If it doesn't and they're still shot, download the schematic from the shimano website" rel="nofollow -  find the bearing code and then give Hunts in Milford, Jeff Murray out West, or swordfish steve here on the forums a bell and ask for that part number. 



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Posted By: the angler
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2012 at 5:38pm
yeah its a good day for that today aye
no left overs after greasing washers and cleaning everything either ,always a bonus

Posted By: of2fsh
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2012 at 5:43pm
Take the bearings out and take to a bearing place,i use auckland bearings on the nth shore,average price is $ 6. The arb bearing wont be available but they are definatly a pull apart and clean bearing.dont over grease the arb bearing or it wont work...

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Posted By: Finatic
Date Posted: 15 Jul 2012 at 10:27pm
x2 for Auckland Bearings in Diana Drive, GlenfieldThumbs Up

What's the cheapest type of meat? Dear balls. They're under a buck.

Posted By: EditB
Date Posted: 22 Aug 2012 at 10:45am
x3 For Auckland Bearings! Had the 3 bearings I needed for my sl30sh, casts like a dream now

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Posted By: rockit
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2019 at 11:35pm
Originally posted by EditB EditB wrote:

download the schematic from the shimano website -
There is also good source for Shimano JDM spinning reels' schematics: -

Posted By: Steps
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2019 at 7:58am
Try swordfish Steve.. 

Drags whatever sent out by courier real quick..
And is very good if need a pointer here and there..

Bearings/ bushes , no matter how big small etc.. hydro plant or a reel.. are basically std sizes..
Then there are the materials made of.

Shimano are not primarily makers of fishing reels, but rather high end bearings and gears for reels, cycles and such....Even then they make them to different specs for different uses/ models
So when getting replacements, dont just go for  brand X. Wink

And then there is where they are made.. a lot of chinese stuff has slightly higher,  lead content enough to maybe just meet spec.. in the test sample, to cut back on tooling costs...

Example: a exercise machine bearing maybe same size as a skateboard.. when they die, competition skate board will last forever.

Posted By: Tagit
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2019 at 9:12am
This is a 7 year old thread Steps. Resurrected by a guy with a Russian name pushing a Russian parts website. Could be all genuine of course

Posted By: Steps
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2019 at 10:27am
Hmmm .. missed that.

 Regardless an update to plug Swordfish Steve...Thumbs Up

I go on about lack of professional professionalism.

My dealings , even thu small.. very professional and informative.

Posted By: terrafish
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2019 at 7:09pm
That aside....
I'm interested to know if any one else has put ceramic bearings in their reels. Have just put some in a couple of mine, but too soon to tell longterm. They do run silky at the moment tho.

Posted By: Tagit
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2019 at 7:37pm
You get them locally Terry? Have  Curado that I need to do bearings in when I have time.

Posted By: terrafish
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2019 at 8:12pm
No I bought them off ebay, come out of china. Put them into a couple of 20/40's as spool bearings, replacing the bush on the ratchet end and the standard bearing on the other end. The other reel was a td sol, and that was the bail roller. There was a guy in Christchurch that was selling them, but the cost prohibited me, on something that I knew little about. If you're unfamiliar with them, basic run down is, ceramic balls with stainless retainers.

Posted By: waynorth
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2019 at 8:13pm
http://" rel="nofollow - NZ Miniature Bearings   have a good range - you just need to know the size. I've done a few of my reels recently, including my 200 & 300 Curados. They've got a range of ceramic/stainless hybrids but big jump in price.

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Posted By: terrafish
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2019 at 8:20pm
That the christchurch one? Sounds familiar. Yeah there was a big difference in price between the stainless and ceramic but if they last 4 times as long...….
And don't no-one start up about maintenance. I know!

Posted By: terrafish
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2019 at 8:21pm
And for the price of what I got em outta china, its worth a try

Posted By: terrafish
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2019 at 8:34pm
Just looked it back up. Cost me $25 for abec7 bearings for the spool on 20/40 delivered. Just had to visit the letterbox for 3 weeks

Posted By: muchalls
Date Posted: 22 Apr 2019 at 8:05pm
I put ceramics In a Curado, it spinned for over a minute. Now have them in my Calcutta.

Posted By: atis
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2019 at 2:49pm
Just noticed this thread, here's my experience.
I have ordered some time ago ABEC7 full ceramic bearings for reel handles.
The bottom handle bearing gets the most of the salt water, so I thought its a good idea to keep it rust free. After serving around 6 months of a charter boat (Snap fishing) I had a look and the bearing just fell apart. The casing and the balls were so worn, that the bearing just woudn't hold together. 
Got replaced with stainless. 
I reckon, the ceramic bearings could be good if someone uses the reel only few times a year and not too fussed about the cleaning. 
I wouldn't recommend them for sustained heavy usage or for the main spool bearing. 

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Posted By: Steps
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2019 at 9:26am
Atis you have used a ceramic bearing where the is side loading.. Yes they will shatter.
Incorrect application.

Ceramic bearings and shafts are designed for things like centrifugal pump shafts and bearings.. Usually a bush rather than a bearing.
Replacing spool bearings in an egg beater where no side loading would last longer than the reel.. Or rather bushes..
The down side maybe with many yrs use the shaft would wear and the ceramic bush will not.

Posted By: honestbruce
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2019 at 11:36am
Anyone want bearings go to: GoFish, Gregg has bulk volumes that he wholesales to reel repairers but also resells them by the each. A very general comment is many are interchangeable so what might seems hard in fact isnt.

Posted By: terrafish
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2019 at 7:17pm
correct hb, all you need is I/d, e/d and depth of bearing. only need set of calipers to do this, then a quick search will provide you with all the answers you need

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