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Boca Bearings Fishing Newsletter: Issue 12
In the past years tuning and customizing reels got a voice of its own, and starts to change the face of fishing. Faster bearings, lighter and lighter spools, more performant braking systems, out of this world handles, full bearing supported knobs, and lots more can make a reel more than you bargained for.

But the question is: "Is it all worth it? Are there tangible results? Or is it just playing tricks on us?" We are trying to find some of the answers in the next test. We have chosen 2 reels for the test to see if Boca Bearings really make a difference: an old and famous reel, Abu Morrum 3601 Mag, and a new Shimano model, Scorpion 1501X.... more
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Daiwa Steez 100HLA Bearings
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Stainless Steel, Ceramic Hybrid, Orange Sealed bearings are specially designed for any application seeking a high precision, free spinning bearing. These are the true secret weapon for serious rc racers and long distance casters. ABEC 7 tolerances makes the Orange Seal line the closest precision tolerance that Boca Bearings has to offer. The removable, non-contact rubber seals results in a bearing with less drag and that requires less maintenance than a typical...more

Question / Answer
Q: Should I grease, oil or run the hybrid ceramic bearings dry?

A: For spool bearings for bait casters, we do not recommend using greased bearings, oiled or dry bearings will give you better performance. If it's a saltwater conventional reel and casting is not required a greased stainless or ceramic bearing is preferred. If it's a baitcaster, you can run the ceramic bearings dry or oiled with out any loss of performance. The ceramic balls are lighter and denser than the stainless steel balls and they have a slight chatter to them when they spin because of the speed of the bearing. By adding a drop of high speed oil it lubes the races and balls and quiets them down. The best way to oil the bearing is to remove the orange seal, add a drop of oil to the bearing and install the seal back on the bearing. Oiling the bearing also increases the life of the races by keeping everything lubed up. If you are going to oil your bearings make sure you use an oil that is designed to be used with ceramic bearings like our high speed oil.

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Stay away from oils that claim to bond to stainless steel bearings. Since the bearings in the orange seals are ceramic that type of oil will gum up the inside of the bearings because the oil will not be able to penetrate the ceramic balls causing the bearings to spin roughly.
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