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PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:38 pm    Post subject: Calcutta TE 401 Reply with quote

What type of drag washers are present in this reel? Is an upgrade available that would increase the drag?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi. Dawn at smoothdrag offers carbon washers. Insist on the thin ones. The
thick ones are too thick. I assume you are in America.

The killer of the dartanium set: they break and shatter when you try and take them out of the reel, as they impregnated with Shimano drag grease, which is like elephant snot. Use a really thin knife, and pray !!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:07 am    Post subject: Re: Calcutta TE 401 Reply with quote

Anonymous wrote:
What type of drag washers are present in this reel? Is an upgrade available that would increase the drag?

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Gary


Yes, add Carbontex to a Calcutta, you will not regret it. Don't forget to grease them with Magnalube-G or Cal's grease, or they will stutter when they gets wet.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMO the dartaniums will melt and wear down fast, no matter what grease you use. Unless you clean and relube them often. I have not used Shimanos grease on dartanium, but Cal's and the result was the same.

I have serviced several (guide service)Stella spinning reels, who had taken some intense beating from GT's to medium sharks. Here the stock washers are carbontex like washers, lubed with Shimanos grease. They have held up fine for several seasons.

Cal's, Shimanos's ace-2, and Magnalube-G are as far as I can figure out, all PFTE/Polyurea thickened greases.
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