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Modification, tuning up: ABU Ambassadeur 1500-6500 reels

Basics: Remove friction, install lighter spool, period.

I've been a keen fan of classic ABU Ambassadeur 2500C reels for freshwater fishing. I've modified my reel with some B-Trap, Avail parts, and enjoy performances similar to recent Shimano or Daiwa's. Recent years I do a lot of bobber fishing from banks with 5.3m rod and ABU 6500CS Rocket. Now I walk along the similar "try and error" process with the reel as I did with the 2500C. It is easy to obtain the latest "performance" by purchasing low-profile reels, but I will love these classic reels. Here are some tips for the classic lovers.

<1500C and 2500C>

 

These small reels are quite popular for freshwater bass and trout fishing. Level winder is engaged, and it has a lot of friction. Spool bearings are large, and they have relatively large frictions than smaller bearings. Spool is relatively heavy. These points are to be improved.

Tuning menu

Effectiveness in casting 7gram, 1/4oz rigs with 8lb nylon line

Products

Comments

Tuning spool reducing spool total weight by 20%

10

Avail 1520 2520 2560 3540 spools

The most effective tune up

Ball bearing level winder, 1 ball bearing for ABU

10

ValleyHill ball bearing level line

Removing the major friction from level winder is essential

Lighter aftermarket oil for spool bearings

4

IOS-01, Alchemy, Bantam, Daiwa Super finesse

ABU genuine oil is relatively thick, and you may remove frictions by lighter oils

ABEC5,7 or SIC bearings for spool

4

ZPI SIC ceramic bearings

High quality bearings spin with less dragging,  requiring lighter oil

Ball bearing cog wheel

3

ValleyHill super 5152 gear

Magnet brake system

(5)

Avail Magnet brake system

You may obtain a different brake profile, with more brake force at latter half of casting, but may not add casting distance easily.

<4600C and 5600C>

These middle-sized reels are quite popular for freshwater bass and inshore fishing. Level winder is engaged, and it has a lot of friction. Spool weight is well balanced, but lighter spools improve performance. Spool bearings are small and frictions at them are not much large.

Tuning menu

Effectiveness in casting 10gram, 3/8oz rigs with 10lb nylon line

Products

Comments

Ball bearing level winder, 2 ball bearing for ABU

10

ValleyHill ball bearing cross bar

Removing the major friction from level winder is essential

Ball bearing level winder, 1 ball bearing for ABU

8

ValleyHill ball bearing level line

Removing the major friction from level winder is essential

Tuning spool reducing spool total weight by 20%

5

Avail 4550 5500 spools

Lighter aftermarket oil for spool bearings

3

IOS-01, Alchemy, Bantam, Daiwa Super finesse

ABU genuine oil is relatively thick, and you may remove friction by lighter oils

Ball bearing cog wheel

2

ValleyHill super 5152, 2BB 23404 gear

ABEC5,7 or SIC bearings for spool

2

ZPI SIC ceramic bearings

High quality bearings spin with less dragging,  requiring lighter oil

Magnet brake system

(5)

Avail CL, CR brake

You may obtain a different brake profile, with more brake force at latter half of casting, preventing bird's nest well.

<6500C, CS Rocket>

This large sized reel suites best for large freshwater games like pikes, snakehead, walleyes and for surf casting. Engaged level winder has a lot of frictions to be removed. To keep the large line capacity of stock spools, no tuning shallow spool is offered. None-level widner model, CT is popular among tournament casters, but it is not much easy to use in actual fishing. Therefore, modifying level winder 6500 is quite popular.

Tuning menu

Effectiveness in casting 30gram, 1oz rigs with 16lb nylon line, 50m

Effectiveness in casting 90gram, 3oz rigs with 25lb nylon line, 100m

Products

Comments

Ball bearing level winder, 2 ball bearing for ABU

10

10

ValleyHill ball bearing cross bar

Removing the major friction from level winder is essential

Ball bearing level winder, 1 ball bearing for ABU

8

7

 

ValleyHill ball bearing level line

Removing the major friction from level winder is essential

Lighter aftermarket oil for spool bearings

4

4

IOS-01, Alchemy, Bantam, Daiwa Super finesse

ABU genuine oil is relatively thick, and you may remove friction by lighter oils

ABEC5,7 or SIC bearings for spool

3

5

ZPI SIC ceramic bearings

High quality bearings spin with less dragging,  requiring lighter oil

Ball bearing cog wheel

2

3

2 BB 23404 gear

Tuning spools

5

0

Avail 6550 spools

It is good for lighter rigs than 1oz. For 3oz rigs, you'll need well balancd genuine spool. Dimpled spools are the best. 

Magnet brake system

(5)

(8)

Avail CL, CR brake

You may obtain stronger brake force, while keeping high initial casting speed

 

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