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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I just bought one on that auction site, but don't have it in hand yet.

Do bushings go south like bearings do, and need replacing? If so, how do you tell? Feel? Sound?

Can this reel be retrofitted with bearings?
post #2 of 9
newell makes teflon bushings called LC-1's under $5.00 put a drop of teflon oil like treflon in each one and it will seems like like you have ball bearings
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by WalterLars View Post
newell makes teflon bushings called LC-1's under $5.00 put a drop of teflon oil like treflon in each one and it will seems like like you have ball bearings



I'm not entirely sure if I heard corectly but I think newell also makes bearings that fit the jigmaster.



But if kept clean you really don't have to worry about it, I use mine hard and cast them hard, and they (the bushings) still look new after 3 years, but who knows how old the reels are lol. The bearings are only gonna give you more distance if anything
post #4 of 9
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Originally Posted by cobia_slayer View Post
I'm not entirely sure if I heard corectly but I think newell also makes bearings that fit the jigmaster.

But if kept clean you really don't have to worry about it, I use mine hard and cast them hard, and they (the bushings) still look new after 3 years, but who knows how old the reels are lol. The bearings are only gonna give you more distance if anything


I don't know if they do or don't I haven't realy got into Hot Rodding 500 other than a good cleaning degreasing adding HT100's and LC-1's
sometimes if My srougeing is good and I can come up with a newell spool I will switch it out or cross bars or reel seat
I haven't done one in a while but reading this board I am inspired to

last time I did any hot rodding auccuplates and tiberon frame were just comeing out so maybe its time I upp'ed My game a lil bit
post #5 of 9
You can do a lot with a basic 500 Jigmaster. Newell, Tiburon, Accurate and other companies have had quite a few accessories for it.







This is one of mine that started out as a run of the mill 500SL. I added a Penn power handle with Newell bars and base along with upgraded drag washers. It's now my heavy boat reel. In this picture you can see the Newell Bearings, they've since been swapped back out for the Penn steel bearings.















This one started out as a basic black 500 which I modified into a 501 narrow spool.



First it got magged for casting then I swapped out the chrome spool and the wide bars for the Penn aluminum spool and the Penn Narrow bars. I also added the Newell base, Newell Teflon Bearings (not in this picture) and a Pro Gear power handle. Like the other reel this one got a new set of carbon washers. This one serves as my backup bridge bait reel (with the Penn steel bushings) and beach casting reel (with the Penn Bushings swapped out for the Newell Bushings) for throwing ridiculously big weight n baits.















There's not much point in adding the Newell Teflon bearings, which are not actually bearings, they're bushings, to the 500. Due to the size and weight of the fully loaded spool it's never going to be a great casting reel.



The 501 is a different story. With the aluminum spool and the Newell Teflon bearings the 501 is a surprisingly good casting reel.







The biggest negative about the Newell bearings is the strength. Being made of molded plastic and Teflon they are not even close to as strong as the stock steel bushings (Obviously). They do NOT handle the intense pressure of winching 10# fish 40' in the air very well. I trashed a set in one night doing that.







If you're going to be predominately fishing up and down, minimal casting, there's no point in the added expense. If you're going to be beach casting with the 501 then you should pick a set up.
post #6 of 9


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Originally Posted by Sudsy

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You can do a lot with a basic 500 Jigmaster. Newell, Tiburon, Accurate and other companies have had quite a few accessories for it.







This is one of mine that started out as a run of the mill 500SL. I added a Penn power handle with Newell bars and base along with upgraded drag washers. It's now my heavy boat reel. In this picture you can see the Newell Bearings, they've since been swapped back out for the Penn steel bearings.







Attachment 210128







This one started out as a basic black 500. First it got magged for casting then I swapped out the chrome spool and the wide bars for the Penn aluminum spool and the Penn Narrow bars. I also added the Newell base, Newell Teflon Bearings (not in this picture) and a Pro Gear power handle. Like the other reel this one got a new set of carbon washers. This one serves as my backup bridge bait reel (with the Penn steel bushings) and beach casting reel (with the Penn Bushings swapped out for the Newell Bushings) for throwing ridiculously big weight n baits.







Attachment 210129







There's not much point in adding the Newell Teflon bearings (which are really bushings not bearings) to the 500. Due to the size and weight of the fully loaded spool it's never going to be a great casting reel.



The 501 is a different story. With the aluminum spool and the Newell Teflon bearings the 501 is a surprisingly good casting reel.







The biggest negative about the Newell bearings is the strength. Being made of molded plastic and Teflon they are not even close to as strong as the stock steel bushings (Obviously). They do NOT handle the intense pressure of winching 10# fish 40' in the air very well. I trashed a set in one night doing that.







If you're going to be predominately fishing up and down, minimal casting, there's no point in the added expense. If you're going to be beach casting with the 501 then you should pick a set up.











That one there on the bottom is a freakin monster! I sure would like to have the parts to do that with mine! Nice reel!
post #7 of 9
Katmandeux,
The Penn 500L/500 cannot be retrofitted with ball bearings. The bushings that come with that reel are a shared part with many other Penn conventionals, and have more then stood the test of time. They also cast nicely and require less up keep then a ball bearing. Clean the reel up, use a light oil, and that reel will cast nicely with some practice. The reel is on the beefy side for other then bait fishing and sits further from the rod then it's brothers the Squidder (ball bearings), Surfmaster (bushings) and Beachmaster reels. The Jigmaster is still made and parts at this point are still available. It is also a great Cod/boat reel. Hopefully Jarden Corp. will keep it in the line up for a long time to come!!!
Steve
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone for all of the good info...this is a great site!

The reel in question is a 501 L, and looks to be in like new condition. This should be fun.
post #9 of 9
go with the Newell bushings at under $5 they cheap enough
I normal have a extra set in my tackle box
I have done a couple instant upgrades for guys on the boat whose 500's are crappy out My tackle box set
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