Now available with Porting or without (standard). Ported version weighs 2.09grams, original weighs 2.49grams....almost 19% weight savings!
We have successfully added 2 stainless steel ball bearings to an Ambassadeur idler gear. Custom machined in house, we have made these idler gears to fit 2 ABEC 7 bearings (supplied), which effectively increases idler speed giving you a longer, smoother cast. Idler will fit a multitude of reels from 4000 up to 6600 size. This includes most all classic style round Ambassadeurs. Original gear part number is 23404 and this kit replaces 23404 Idler gear and 23403 Spool gear. This kit includes: Idler gear machined for bearings, spool gear, 2 stainless bearings and a 4490 c-clip in case you lose it or don't have one, and a tuning shim washer.
See videos below for old idler gear removal instructions AND the Spin Test video!
Please note: these idlers will not work in a few models, such as the UC series which take the 23293 idler gear. (the teeth are a different profile)
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my first upgrade was with dual stainless bearings and was very pleased,,,,,,,this gear with ceramic bearings is the only way to go,,,,FAST
Holy sh*t these spin fast! All my reels have these kits now