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Ball bearings, Pin remover

Ball Bearings for fishing reels

Ball bearings are used to reduce frictions in fishing reels. And you may add more casting distance by reducing friction, especially around spools of bait casting reels. There are a few types of bearings and please understand them well before you invest in expensive products. Size: inner D. x outer D. x thickness in mm.

Stainless steel bearings are the standard product, and good enough product for fishing reels. I normally recommend these. Those we deal with are high-quality bearings from Japanese manufacturers, and they conform to Japan Industrial Standard class 4 (JIS-4). The JIS-4 is the equivalent of ABEC rating 7 of USA, DIN P4 of Germany. They have enough salt-resistance, and they are inexpensive. They have the hardest race surface among these three to last the longest if serviced adequately. Material gets rust if left with salt and water.

Anti-rust bearings Called as SA-RB, A-RB, CRBB or HCRP by Shimano, Diawa or ABU. They are more resistant to saltwater than stainless steel, and more suitable for saltwater / blackish water fishing. Metal surface is treated to stand for salt, but it still gets rust left long with salt.


SIC ceramic bearings Ceramic balls are used to spin the fastest. They are built with the minimum tolerance between balls and laces, like ABEC 7, to spin with little wobbling at fast speed. They need very light, clean oil to lubricate. Frequent maintenance, after every fishing trip is required. I recommend them for surf casting competitions, and anglers who want to cast the longest.

Micro ball bearings This kind of bearings are assembled with smaller bearings and outer housings, to make spinning part the smallest to remove innertia to accelarate the fastest. For example, Daiwa SV spools employ the assembled bearing, 3x10x4 bearing and 11mm ourter housing. They are suitable for ultra light rigs, but durability will be reduced when used wtih heavy rigs.

Bearing size (inner dia x outer dia x thickness mm) Reels
3x7x3, 3x7x3 Shimano 15Aldebaran BFS XG Ltd. 16Aldebaran BFS
3x7x3, 3x10x4 Shimano 00Conquest 50, 05Calcutta 50, Calcutta XT50, 12Aldebaran BFS
3x10x4, 3x10x4

Shimano Most Shimano's except following: 00Conquest 50, 05Calcutta 50, Calcutta XT50, Aldebaran BFS. 15Conquest300/400, 16Metanium MGL, Antares DC

ABU Old 4000-6000 spool shaft fixed to spool, ABU Low Profile models

Daiwa (spool bearing inside 11mm housing) 16Steez SV, 14Steez Ltd, 14SS SV, 16Zillion TW SV1016, 16Zillion TW HLC

3x8x4, 3x8x4 Daiwa 2004Presso, PX68 Finesse spool
3x8x4, 3x10x4

Daiwa 17Tatula SV, 15Tatula, 16Tatula CT, 16Tatula HLC, 16Tatula Type-R, 16Tatula CT Type-R, (inside 11mm housing) 09Zillion HLC, 12Zillion J Dream, 09Zillion PE-SP, PX68, PX68 SPR, Ringa HLC, Ringa SSS

3x8x4, 3x11x4 Daiwa Alphas Air (spool ball bearing 3x6x2.5 housed in collar)
3x8x4, 5x9x3 Daiwa TD-X103Hi, TD-X103HSDF, TD-X103HV/PV, TD-S103Hi, Smack, Viento
3x8x4, 5x11x4

Daiwa TD-Fuego(2006), TD-Zillion (2006-2012, except HLC, J-Dream, PE-SP), TD-Z/X/S, Millionaire(CV-X, CV-Z), Alphas 103/150, Alpha R-ed, TD-Sol, Pixy, ProcasterZ, Tryforce103

Megabass IP, ZONDA

3x10x4, 3x11x5 Daiwa T3 Air, SS Air (spool ball bearing 3x8x4 housed in collar)
3x10x4, 5x11x4

Shimano 15Conquest300/400, 16Metanium MGL, 16Antares DC

Daiwa 17Steez A, 15Zillion TW 1516(Export 15Zillion TW100), 09Steez100-103, Ryoga1016/2020, Z2020/1016, T3(original, MX, SV), Aggrest, US Advantage, Millionaire-Snakehead, Millionaire Black sheep, Ryoga Shrapnel

Megabass IS, LIN

Abu Revo (SX, Premier, Elite, STX, CB, Aurora, Akatsuki)

3x10x4, 4x10x4 ABU Morrum ZX1600/3600, Morrum SX-Mag, SX-Ultramag, Forrel
4x10x4, 4x10x4 ABU Ultra Cast 4500-6500C models, spool shaft separate from spool
5x11x4, 5x11x4 ABU 1500C 2500C 3500C, Morrum SX High-speed

For the bearing installed onto the spool shaft, you'll need a pin remover to replace. Here is how to replace spool bearing. Please choose plain bearings than BFS housed bearings for Daiwa with already housed bearings. Fitting housed bearing into housing might lose the balance of spool and casuse vibrations.

  • Hedgehog Studio Air HD ceramic ball bearing kit (2 bearings for spools)

    Air HD bearing. Super performance bearings with durability. Bearing balls are made of ceramics in Japan. Outer and inner laces are made of anti-rust treated steel, to offer the best salt-resistance. Suitable for rig weight from 2gram-200g.


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  • Hedgehog Studio Air BFS micro ball bearing kit (2 bearings for spools)

    Smaller stainless balls are employed to reduce inertia drastically. Light-weight aluminum housing. Suitable for rig weight up to 14gram, 1/2oz.


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  • Hedgehog Studio Air micro ceramic ball bearing kit (2 bearings for spools)

    Bearing balls are made of ceramics in Japan. Smaller balls are employed to reduce inertia drastically. Light-weight aluminum housing. Suitable for rig weight up to 14gram, 1/2oz.


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  • Hedgehog Studio ZHi ball bearing kit (2 bearings for spools)

    ZHi anti rust bearing kit. Super performance bearings with durability. Outer and inner laces are made of anti-rust treated steel HRCB, to offer the best salt-resistance. Suitable for rig weight from 5gram-200g.


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  • ZPI SIC ceramic Ball bearing kit (2 bearings for spools)

    Balls are made of SIC silicon carbide, the hardest material except diamonds. They are lighter than stainless steel, to spin faster. These ball bearings have less tolerance than regular bearings, and they are under ABEC7 standard. Because of the little tolerance, they spin without wobble. Please lubricate these bearings with very clean oil or balls will be stuck.


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  • Mike's Ceramic ball hybrid bearing kit ABEC7, 3x10x4, 3x10x4

    ABEC7 class precision bearings with ceramic balls to accelarate fast. Suitable for long distance casting, and casting for light rigs.

    $20.00
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  • Mike's Ceramic ball hybrid bearing kit ABEC7, 4x10x4, 4x10x4

    ABEC7 class precision bearings with ceramic balls to accelarate fast. Suitable for long distance casting, and casting for light rigs.

    $20.00
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  • Daiwa SLP Works, BB bait spool ball bearing kit, light spin bearings  30% OFF sale

    Spool bearing kit, de-greased, ready to use for finesse fishing.


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  • High precision Anti-Rust bearing kit (CRBB / A-RB) (2 ball bearings, JIS-4)

    2 Anti-rust treated ball Bearings from Japanese manufacturers. More salt resistance than stainless steel bearings. These ball bearings conform to JIS-4, Japan Industrial Standard Class 4.


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  • High precision stainless steel bearing kit (2 ball bearings, JIS-4)

    2 spool bearings from Japanese manufacturers (NSK, MNB) These ball bearings comform to JIS-4, Japan Industrial Standard Class 4, suitable for high speed spin, and they are often used on HDD.


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  • Regular Stainless steel ball bearing 3x10x4 3x10x4

    Regular bearings, ABEC7 standard, 2pcs

    $6.00
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  • Ball bearing 3x9x4

    Ball bearing to use Daiwa SV spools onto Daiwa TD-X103Hi, TD-X103HSDF, TD-X103/105HV/PV, TD-S103/105 reels. You'll need a pin remover to replace the bearng under the spool shaft pins.

    $8.00

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  • Ball bearing 4x7x2.5

    Ball bearing used at handle knobs for Shimano and Daiwa bait casting reels, spinning reels for 1000-4000 models. Please refer to this page, How to change knobs

    $6.00
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  • 4 Bearing 4x7x2.5

    Ball bearing used at handle knobs for Shimano A and Daiwa S. Please refer to this page How to change knobs

    $20.00
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  • Hedgehog Pin Remover Type-R

    This tool is to remove spool shaft pin to replace bearings on spools. Shaft size 3-5mm dia. Fits to most casting reels like ABU, Daiwa, Shimano, Quantum, Lew's, Phlueger and etc. This modified Type-R model has steel thread insert to the aluminum body for durability. Made in Japan How to change spool bearings

    $27.00
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  • Spool shaft pin for Daiwa/Shimano

    Spool shaft pin. 3pcs Daiwa/Shimano fit to bait casting reels of Daiwa and Shimano.

    $5.00
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  • Spool shaft pin for ABU

    Spool shaft pin. 3pcs ABU fits to ABU Revo reels except Big Shooter or Salty Stage. It also fits to Phlueger Patriarch reels.

    $5.00
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  • Spool bearing installation service

    This is the fee to install bearings onto spools. This service is only for customers who purchase bearing and spool together. Bearings on short shaft model, like Daiwa, Revo (except Gen 1 S and ST) requires to use pin remover, and this service is to do it for you. For long spool shaft reels like Shimanos, you don't have to replace the bearing on the shaft because it is not related to casting performances. It is to support shaft in case very large load is applied. For those reels please replace the two bearings at the both ends of spool shafts.

    $5.00
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