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Reel lube ports

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I was playing with my old Shimano Saros (2500’s & 4000) that are at least 8 years and noticed they have a service port on the side. This seems like such a great feature to remove screw to see if you accidentally got water in the reel or just to spray reel grease. I wonder why most reels got away from this? Not sure if Shimano puts them on any reel nowadays. BTW, those old Saros reels are bombproof and they came with an extra aluminum spool. 

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If I am not mistaken, I do believe that the new Visser reels have a port similar to what you are describing. In my opinion, it's just another place for water to get into. But if you're not looking for sealing then it does seem like a good idea. 

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I drill new oil ports (aka drainage ports) wherever I think there should be one.  The tip of my oil can fits the hole.  

 

McMaster-Carr sells the little spring-load ball ports if you wanted to get fancy

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