NEWELL S' SERIES>>>
Sea SLug, i was just wondering if this was a loaded question about what the S' designation means!
First, Carl Newell when he released a new series of his reels that had stainless ring on the plates, gave them letters such as P', G', C' and finally S'. For years the only letter that made any sense was the G' desgination which came about in the early 80s' when Carl started to produce a all graphite reel.
The S' series are his current line of reels which were a slight improvement over the quickly discontinued C series. Even though your reel might be a S' reel, their have been a few changes such as the addition of a stainless bearing adjuster to the leftside plate and a new stainless cap add to the rightside plate. The gears are also been cutting to a higher precision then in the previous years, thus less gear noise when you turn the handle. Their are also other minor changes, but these are the most noticeable.
Newells drag material has a reputation for being sticky when the drag is compressed for a long period of time. Carl Newell over the years has looked at over a thousand different types of drag materials for his reels. He has never be satisfied and keeps changing the composition of the drag materials. This new line drag washers, which has been around for a few years is made from sheets, where the actual washer is punched out. These washers are similar to the Super Smoothies in texture, but they are not Super Smoothies.
What i would do immediately is change out the newell washers and put in Penn jigmaster sized Ht-100s (6 pcs in the package). Also purchase the penn 505 ss belleville washer and switch it out with the newell one which sits ontop of the drag stack. Use a dremel tool to open up the hole where the drag spacer sits, to allow more room at this location. These tweaks should make a noticeable difference in both the smoothness of your drag system and lessening the resistance needed when you turn the handle.
The clicker inside of the newell is compromised of all graphite parts. What i would do is contact newell and order a complete stainless clicker kit which should run less then 15 bucks. I remove those graphite clicker parts, and literally toss them into the garbage. You can also purchase clicker kits from accurate which have a similar kit as the newell, except for the clicker button. Both work much better then what you have in your current reel now. If you ever break the clicker spring, a quick replacement can be found in any tackle shop that carries penn parts. Spray all the stainless parts with Corrosion X, and put the reel back together.
EC NEWELL MAN>>>>