SERVICING – Shimano Talica 8II initial Servicing
Got this reel for an upcoming Sailfish trip this weekend. Initially I had wanted to get the more nicely priced Tyrnos, and I didn’t need a 2-speed for this small reel but I was smitten by the looks of this reel instead and decided to follow my heart instead of my head.
The reel came spooled with 300yds of 50lb Izorline and on first view, looks like the spool is a bit lopsided on freespool.
Cracked it open to reveal very sparing use of grease. Maybe Shimano have utmost faith in their EI coating to thwart corrosion.
Horrors! Plastic on a game reel!
Frame and left sideplate sans grease. Ugh! The clicker spring is a plastic piece. How long can this last?
There’s no Instant Antireverse clutch bearing on this reel. Instead, is a silent twin dog antireverse comprising an ABU Ambassadeur-style dog at the top and a spring loaded dog below.
At least the gears are well greased
I don’t know what kind of black grease Shimano used, but due to lack of time, I’m not going to strip the drive train out to regrease since I see there is grease on the gears.
Drag shield is a plastic piece held by 6 tiny philips head screws.
Alarm Ratchet is not lubricated and also made of plastic. No wonder it is not loud.
Greased Spool Bearings
For a reel that is touted to be a good caster, it has a very brief freespool spin time straight out of the box. Removed the bearings and found them to be grease filled ARB- treated Shielded bearings.
Simple teardown of the main parts and spool bearings. Since the bearings have a press in shield and I don’t have spares at hand, I decided on not attempting to pry out the shields this time. Degreased the bearings (there are 3 bearings, the third is still sitting in the drag pressure plate when this picture was taken) and oiled them with TSI-301. Freespool time improved. A nudge of the spool with my thumb while holding the shaft ends got me at least 20 seconds. Time to slap on some grease and hurry out.
Time To Butter Up
Quicksilver 2-4-C Marine grease with Teflon is not pretty, smells bad but works well to delay corrosion. I noticed all screw threads to be blued with Loctite.
Reassembled with more grease inside. I’ll do a more thorough stripdown after I get back from fishing.
Till then, Happy fishing!
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