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Stradic 5000FK spinning reel issues or my imagination?

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Reel is going through it's third season, including now midway through its third false albacore season...based on the noise it makes, it's a foregone conclusion that the roller bearing is toast...I don't have an issue with that since, other than being noisier, it was functioning just fine (was going to take care of that after the season). However, I noticed during my last two trips that there are times where the pressure of having a fish on has made the handle much harder than normal to turn...It hasn't seized up, but it seems like it could progress to that...is there anything that could be causing this, or could I just be imagining it. The handle turns fine otherwise

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Yeah, I love Shimano reels but have had some bearing issues myself so I’m less of a fan than I used to be. Last time I had to replace a line roller and bearing on a Stradic, my jaw dropped when the guy at the shop told me how much those parts were. I really Love Shimano products when they are working well  but after I  replaced some parts in one of their spinners and then they needed replacing again, I was done with repairing that reel. Gave it away to a friend. 

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Stradics were my go-to reels until I bought a Daiwa BG 3000 for short money 3 years ago. No issues so far. Just bought another. I got tired of the "Stradic noise" and the needed repairs.

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Best thing to do with the FK stradic to resolve the crappy line roller bearing issue is to replace the unit with a Stella FI line roller bearing -  when that bearing claps out, simply gently heat the line roller (with blue rubber seals removed) and push out the inner bearing / clean any locktite green seating compound and insert a new bearing of your quality / choice. 

 

Within regards to the rest of the reel, what let's them down out of the box is how dry they're built in factory, the bearings are literally sneezed on with grease when assembled. 

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