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bushings and bearings

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Can somebody please explain the pros and cons of bushings and bearings? All my conventionals have bearings in the drive train or spool, and they are pretty smooth, easy to crank, and cast well...but, i just picked up an old 8600 abu, and it's got bushings...the first thing i noticed was that it's a little harder to crank...it requires a little more torque to get the drive train moving. Otherwise, it's a rock...haven't had a chance to open up the side plate yet. Can i take out the bushings and replace with bearings or should i just leave it alone?

 

P.S., i was discussing this with Sudsy via pm's, but i thought i'd let it out in the open. smile.gif

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Like I said in the PM, the 8600's best use is for dropping bait and metal off a boat and swimming live bait - for that bushings are plenty.

I'd add bridge fishing but that's too special a reel to beat the crap out of up on a bridge.

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