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Cork Drag Maintenance

Postby MalcolmRobertson » Thu May 07, 2009 2:40 pm

Brian,
How often do you crack open your Tibors and do any sort of real "maintenace" to the drag? (Don't count the time you told me about cranking down the drag knobs with pliers for tuna either :D )

I only ask because I read several other forums and whenever the subject of saltwater reels comes up, someone invariably knocks cork because of the maintenance factor. I just don't see it. I've got a bunch of Abels and sure, I've had to add a few drops of neatsfoot oil to them every now and then, but it's hardly a chore. I've got a handful of Tibors and the most I've ever done to them is maybe smear the grease around a little more evenly after a week in the Keys--I know Juracsek says don't open them for 5-6 years between lube jobs.

Am I missing something?

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Re: Cork Drag Maintenance

Postby bhorsley » Thu May 07, 2009 3:30 pm

Tibor uses super lube on their drags--able uses neatfoot oil. I rarely ever put any superlube on my tibors--only when they begin to sweek--which means dry drag.
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