No matter whether you are a hobbyist or a pro, getting an upgrade on your fishing reel bearings is an incredibly easy way to improve your performance. Ceramic bearings are the latest trend to hit the fishing world, and for once, there actually is "substance" to this craze. This is a trend that is here to stay!
All reels have ball bearings that are rated on the ABEC scale. ABEC stands for Annular Bearing Engineering Committee of the American Bearing Manufactures Association. The ABEC scale is the industry accepted standard for the tolerances of ball bearings. Bearings are scaled from ABEC 1 to ABEC 9.
However, as easy as it is to find out ABEC rating, you might be hard pressed to find out the exact rating of bearings from the reel manufacturer. Using the Daiwa TD-ITO as a baseline, most reels in this category have somewhere in the neighborhood of an ABEC 1 rated ball bearings.
A noticeable improvement in casting performance can be obtained by upgrading the spool bearings to BOCA BEARINGS Ceramic Orange Seal ABEC 7 Fishing Reel Bearings. The lightweight, hard, and smooth finish of the ceramic components will provide a faster spool startup and higher sustained spool speeds every time you use your reel. Ceramic balls will never corrode, which is a huge improvement over stainless steel balls which will rapidly corrode if exposed to water - especially salt water! Ball bearing corrosion soon becomes very costly when they start to corrode in your favorite reel. Besides the increased durability, ceramic bearings have a much greater appeal to just about every fisherman, since their installation allows for longer casting distances.
So, changing out your factory-installed stock bearings to precision ceramic bearings like the BOCA BEARINGS Ceramic Orange Seal ABEC 7 Fishing Reel Bearings is a smart upgrade for you reel. You'll get longer and easier casting out of your reel once you replace your stock bearings.
By placing this super slick ceramic bearing on your spool, you will unleash the full potential of your reel. You can choose to do it yourself, or get a professional to do it for you. If you are mechanically inclined and would like to attempt this, bearings are fairly easy to replace in most reels. We will show you how to do it right, so that you don't have to worry about causing damage to that expensive spool! The installation will require some simple tools that most fishermen should have lying around the house. Here's a step by step video that will show you how to change out your stock factory bearings from a Daiwa TD-ITO and replace them with Daiwa TD-Ito ceramic hybrid bearings.