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Polishing Up the TD-Sol, an exercise in tuning (continued)

Super Tuning cont'd: The design of the Daiwa low profile reels requires the Pinion Gear partially travel axially (e.g. back and forth), through the center race of both Pinion Gear Bearings as the reel engages and disengages with the spool.  While the fit between the Pinion Gear and each bearing on either end can only be described as an ‘extremely loose interference fit’, sufficient contact must maintained with each center race to adequately support the radial load developed across the gear, while still maintaining a loose enough fit that allows the gear to travel freely.  As a result, the ease of Pinion Gear travel is essentially related to the condition of the components that come in contact with the each end of the gear and condition of the surface of the components that cause it to travel.  In other words, the lubrication, cleanliness, and finish of the Pinion Gear where it contacts its bearings, the Yoke Plate, and the Clutch Trip Plate all play a role in how well the gear travels.  [The condition of the Yoke Plate Spring and 2 Yoke Springs can also have an effect, but it won’t normally be that significant, since they typically don’t relax very much with normal use.]

TD Sol Pinion Gear Showing Areas to Polish that Contact the Bearings

Polish the Pinion Gear in the area that contacts the center race of each bearing, and try to minimize any contact while polishing/buffing with the gear teeth in the mid section.  Also lightly polish the groove edges on the end that is supported by the larger bearing, in order to remove the sharp edges, any burrs, etc. that will interfere with engaging the spool pin.

TD Sol Clutch Cam Plate Showing Areas to Polish

Polish the top of the Clutch Cam Plate where it contacts the Clutch Trip Plate.  Also polish the two inside surfaces of the vertical tabs which contact the leading edge on the trip plate, to reduce any likelihood for hanging-up.

TD Sol Clutch Trip Plate Showing Areas to Polish – Top (left) and Bottom (Right)

Polish the top and bottom of the Clutch Trip Plate, in the area that contacts the Clutch Trip Plate Washer and Clutch Cam Plate.  Also lightly polish the leading edges of the trip plate which contact the vertical tabs on the Clutch Cam Plate, to reduce sharp edges that can hang-up.  It is not necessary to polish the entire top and bottom surfaces of the trip plate – just those areas that contact adjacent parts.

TD Sol Pinion Gear Showing Areas to Polish that Contact the Spool Pin

The condition of the surfaces on top of the Pinion Gear (that contacts the Spool Pin), also determines how succinctly it allows the pin to be captured or released, while engaging or disengaging the reel.  Although the gear is finely machined, the edges on the grooves and its front surface are sharply cut, and may eventually develop burrs or blemishes with use.  As a result, the pin can momentarily ‘hang-up’ on the surface or an edge of a Pinion Gear groove.  So lightly polish each top tapered surface and the kerfs cut in the end of the pinion gear (groove), to knock down the sharp edges, any burrs, etc.

TD Sol Spool Shaft Showing the Area to Polish that Contacts the Pinion. The Spool Pin and Bearing Have Been Removed Beforehand.

If you examine the spool shaft tip with a magnifying lens (where it contacts the end of the Pinion located under the Tension Cap), you may see subtle surface discontinuities, light scratches or even minor corrosion in the area.  With use these blemishes can cause the tip of the Pinion to begin to wear, and can make the Pinion vibrate at moderate to high spool speeds, especially at higher tension settings. [And if you’ve ever accidentally scratched a spool tip while removing the Spool Pin, you know exactly what I mean!]  The net effect of this condition is that a very light and muffled buzzing sound can often be heard while casting and retrieving at relatively high spool speeds.  [Adding a small drop of spool oil on the tip of the pinion will usually only temporary resolve the condition – but may be a good way to detect if a light buzzing noise is being caused by any spool tip blemishes, scratches, etc.] 

You will need to remove the Spool Pin and Bearing before buffing the end of the spool tip.  This will prevent rouge, emery sand, debris, etc. from getting in the bearing.  Also be sure to clean the hole in the spool shaft out well when finished, since the debris may result in the pin getting stuck when you go to reinstall it, and be sure to clean the side of the spool.  Don’t get carried away while polishing the spool tip, because it can reduce the maximum amount of spool tension that can be placed on the spool.  Less is definitely better in this instance!

Exercising Magforce V Braking System

Follow up with exercise: Now may also be a good time to service the Magforce V braking system located on the other side of the spool.  I typically give the side of the spool, braking tabs, spring, and insulator a light shot of Reel Magic aerosol spray, and follow-up by exercising the inductor.  To exercise the braking system: pull it lightly from the side of the spool while watching the red tabs move up the side of the spool (grasp the inductor with a thumb and finger); and then allow it to return back to into the side of the spool; repeating the processes a few times.  Afterwards, I blow off any remaining Reel Magic and loose debris with a can of compressed computer keyboard air. Although I try to do this each time I lube my spool bearings, I really don’t worry about it but if I happen to skip a couple times. Now your done, and you should feel a noticeable improvement to reel disengages/reengages, tension adjustment, and overall refinement.










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