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Shimano Baitrunner 4000D

post #1 of 42
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Love, love, loved the reel until yesterday. I had a 2# Octopus (not very big) bite my hook and I winched it in - dead weight. Shallow water so needed to reel it in fast - it kept grabbing on to rocks. Today I hear the gears grinding. I'm really bummed because I thought that reel was a "workhorse" type of reel before this. I'll still use it but the smoothness has definitely disappeared. This is the first time I've had an experience like this from a Shimano reel.
post #2 of 42
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Originally Posted by ematsuda View Post
Love, love, loved the reel until yesterday. I had a 2# Octopus (not very big) bite my hook and I winched it in - dead weight. Shallow water so needed to reel it in fast - it kept grabbing on to rocks. Today I hear the gears grinding. I'm really bummed because I thought that reel was a "workhorse" type of reel before this. I'll still use it but the smoothness has definitely disappeared. This is the first time I've had an experience like this from a Shimano reel.


Wow.....never heard of that before on these reels. I beat mine to death. CCC and reeling in 1000lb balls of mono off the rocks, lol. Can you send it in at all, or is it really old?
post #3 of 42
Don't suprise me that reel looks like junk.
post #4 of 42
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Originally Posted by WetSideShawn View Post
Don't suprise me that reel looks like junk.



I guess that means it doesnt work...
post #5 of 42
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Originally Posted by WetSideShawn View Post
Don't suprise me that reel looks like junk.


What's make you say that?
post #6 of 42
Looks like a okuma baitrunner that thing is junk too the best baitrunner too buy is the Shimano 4500/6500B or the thunnus BR.
post #7 of 42
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Originally Posted by WetSideShawn View Post
Looks like a okuma baitrunner that thing is junk too the best baitrunner too buy is the Shimano 4500/6500B or the thunnus BR.



Oops...I have the older 4500 too....my bad.
post #8 of 42
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Oops...I have the older 4500 too....my bad.


Correct me if I'm wrong but its a totally different design than the reels I mentioned it just looks like it would snap in half on some bigger fish maybe I googled the wrong image but thats my opinion
post #9 of 42
The new D series are great reels. If what you say is true send the reel to shimano and they will repair or replace it. Give them a call.
post #10 of 42
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The new D series are great reels. If what you say is true send the reel to shimano and they will repair or replace it. Give them a call.


I'll call them but I'm afraid that nothing is actually "wrong" with it. It works well, just rough where I can hear the gears moving now - not silky smooth as I first got it. I'm worried that if I pay the shipping that they'll say "nothings wrong" and ship it back to me. That'll totally suck. I had that experience with my Saltist 30h where my star drag kept stripping and they just sent it back. I had to buy and replace the star and main shaft on my own. As of now, I have the Stradic and Stella 4000 that I use instead. Not sure if the cost is worth it or just replace the gears myself.
post #11 of 42
Your probably right, there is nothing wrong with it. I own the 4000, and

the 6000 D models, and so far they are fine.



The baitruners do not have the PALADIN coating on the gears. Paladin

only extends the smoothness, it does not make it permanently smoother.

I had just purchased a spheros 4000 a while back, and after 15 good

bluefish runs, it wasn't as smooth, but it worked properly. Shimano makes

great reels, but they never stay Stella smooth. I have had stradics that didn't

feel as smooth after a season.
post #12 of 42
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Originally Posted by ematsuda View Post
I'll call them but I'm afraid that nothing is actually "wrong" with it. It works well, just rough where I can hear the gears moving now - not silky smooth as I first got it. I'm worried that if I pay the shipping that they'll say "nothings wrong" and ship it back to me. That'll totally suck. I had that experience with my Saltist 30h where my star drag kept stripping and they just sent it back. I had to buy and replace the star and main shaft on my own. As of now, I have the Stradic and Stella 4000 that I use instead. Not sure if the cost is worth it or just replace the gears myself.



I don't care what kind of coating the gears have or don't have, the reel should be smooth still. I had a 6000D and fished it hard several times this year and everything was very smooth. Are you positive you didn't accidentally dunk it? Either way..I see what you are saying. I'm not sure which island you are on but here are the 2 HI service centers. Take it in and ask them what they think.

Roy's Fishing Supplies
Satellite Service Center
98-025 Hekaha Street #12
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 487-7690
rfs001@hawaiiantel.net

S. Tokunaga Store
Satellite Service Center
26 Hoku Street
Hilo, HI 96720

tokunaga@hialoha.net
post #13 of 42
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Originally Posted by ematsuda View Post
Love, love, loved the reel until yesterday. I had a 2# Octopus (not very big) bite my hook and I winched it in - dead weight. Shallow water so needed to reel it in fast - it kept grabbing on to rocks. Today I hear the gears grinding. I'm really bummed because I thought that reel was a "workhorse" type of reel before this. I'll still use it but the smoothness has definitely disappeared. This is the first time I've had an experience like this from a Shimano reel.


That sucks. Are you going to send it back or crack it open and take a look see? Let us know what happens.

I sent my 8000D back for a bail problem and they sent me a new body with my old spool.
post #14 of 42
A quick search (new baitrunner problem) on google brought this up:

I recently purchased the new Shimano 8000D baitrunner. I inspected it thoroughly prior to purchasing it and after line was spooled on the reel, no problems with reel. I used it for the first time Monday in Delaware Bay bunker chunking. Caught a little 25 inch bass (released). Went to set the line back out and noticed the spool was crooked. Removed the spool and found the shaft was bent. Took reel back to tackle shop where I purchased it and they replaced it with no problem, cant say enough about the great sales staff and customer service. I was told by the staff that it was the second baitrunner 8000D brought in within the last two weeks with same problem. I was wondering if anyone else is experiencing the same problem with these new baitrunner reels?
post #15 of 42
the new D series reels are not bullet proof but maybe "knife proof" in comparison. ALWAYS properly gease your reels before using out the box. You will find out that since most manufacterers moved to 3rd world countries the quality of work is bad. I busted open my 6000D the day I bought it and it was a decent grease job but seriously lacked grease on the main gears, etc. I bought a Shimano Tyrnos (completely unrelated to surf) and I was not surprised to find absolutely no grease on the gears and whatever grease that was left was black! so this goes for any company, grease the reels right out of the box when you buy. with a proper grease job most people will agree that the reel with have more longevity!
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