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Abu Garcia Upgrade

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I have a 5500 C3 Abu Garcia reel that I would like to upgrade. My favorite reel is my Abu 6500 TCST, I replaced the plastic gear on the left side of 6500 reel (don't know the name of it) with one that has a bearing. That reel now has 5 bearings and is smooth as silk.

I have the power handle on my 5500, but it is just not as amooth as the 6500, any thoughts would be appreciated.
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I copied this (see below)from the Abu Website. The 6500TSCT come with 4 bearings from the factory, I added one more to make 5. And it really is one of the smoothest reels that I have ever seen.

I have the entire cleaning process down to about 30 minutes, the are easy to work on. I wouldn't want to bother you with looking at my reel with all that you are going through, I'll try to replace the plastic gear on the far side of the spool to se if that helps.

The reel is smooth, but not when you match it up with my 6500.


The series designed for larger gamefish. These reels feature power÷ handles, and to ensure virtually frictionless rotation, each precision bearing meets tolerances of .0002 inch.

Model No. Ball Bearings Config. Gear Ratio Line Capacity Price
6500TC (1117031) 4 Right Hand 6.3:1 14/245 109.95
6501TC (1117109) 4 Left Hand 6.3:1 14/245 109.95

6500TC (1117031) Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur® Trophy6501TC (1117109) Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur® Trophy
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