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Complete 2017 Shimano Tranx 400 tear down, feature overview and comparsion to the Lexa 300, 400, Abu Revo Toro Beast and original Tranx 500

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Thanks for all your hard work Scooby. Lots of good info here. You mentioned that the Non-HD version of Daiwa's Lexa is still a good reel compared to the more expensive HD model. I do have one of those standard Lexa's and I was considering upgrading to the HD version but now you've got me wondering if it's going to be worth the effort of selling one to get the other. Will the HD version and its stainless parts really improve things for me or should I stick with the standard version? The reel will be used for plugging.

 

Valentine

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Thanks guys..........and a compliment from Levari....holy ****....Never thought I'd see the day!

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Thanks for all your hard work Scooby. Lots of good info here. You mentioned that the Non-HD version of Daiwa's Lexa is still a good reel compared to the more expensive HD model. I do have one of those standard Lexa's and I was considering upgrading to the HD version but now you've got me wondering if it's going to be worth the effort of selling one to get the other. Will the HD version and its stainless parts really improve things for me or should I stick with the standard version? The reel will be used for plugging.

 

Valentine

 

Thanks!

That's a really good question......If you have the standard....is it worth upgrading.........If you plan on fishing it hard.  And for big fish in heavy current....I guess.

 

If you're happy with it....have some time on it...and it's no worse for wear....keep it.  

 

IF you were trolling baits...or dropping a pound of lead all the time i'd say it's a no brainer

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HD reel porn...amazing job.

 

The internals of the 300 exactly the same as the 400 correct?

Wait until you see whats next  :)  

Hint...you could see my hair in the intro

 

Truthfully....I don't know...I assume the parts inside the handle sideplate are identical.

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Awesome video scoob, thanks for making it. I'm still trying to decide if I want a Calcutta, tranx, or Lexa hd, right now I'm leaning towards the tranx.

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Awesome video scoob, thanks for making it. I'm still trying to decide if I want a Calcutta, tranx, or Lexa hd, right now I'm leaning towards the tranx.

Thanks....that's a fun decision to try and make!

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Scoob, which do you rec.? (sorry did not watch yet)

If you want the latest...tranx all the way.

The sealing of the tranx is real.  It does work.  But it has access at the thumbar and drain hole.  So it's not waterproof 

The tranx is the best designed salt water low profile reel i've ever seen.  

 

I will say though...for fw swimbaits.  I think the lexa casts better.  If i set the brake at 2 or 3 for a big glider or spook.....I can throw a gantarel on that same setting...but if i set it to five it will always fly straight.  So i can cast more accurately.  If i throw an Onimasu.  I'd go another click or two up and it wont banana or spin.  So I can get more consistent distance.  To me that is important when throwing at the bank under overhanging trees.  I don't know just yet how the tranx spool tension knob will compensate. 

 

I don't use the spool tension knob for braking on any reel I own.  I always set it to wide open and rely on the brakes and thumb.  Advantage Daiwa there

 

The tranx feels more solid.  It's obvious it's more precise internally.

Under load  and no load it's just as fluid.

 

The thumbar detent is better and more solid.  So if you are using the power handle...if you're concerned with breaking off a plug from the handle turning on the cast.....

 

If the tranx had an external brake....there would be no question.  

The attention give to the handle side is amazing......but they  phoned in the other side.

It's like they tossed a bone to every other reel in the category and said....here.   We aren't going to eat everything in one sitting.

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Nice, Thank You, I would be using it off the Yak for saltwater fishing

If you go tranx.....and have a concern about dropping the sideplate if you need to access the brakes.....I gotcha covered!  LOL

 

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