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Ceramic reel bearing upgrade [2023]

Ceramic reel bearings are a popular upgrade for fishing reels as they can last longer, cast smoother and farther, and stop bearing rust. Ceramic hybrid bearings consist of ceramic balls enclosed in a stainless steel cage, and are used in applications with extreme temperatures due to their low thermal expansion. Spool Speed Bearings are the planet’s fastest fishing reel bearings, made from chemically polished ceramic, and Carbon Handle and Hybrid Ceramic Bearing Upgrade Kits are available from Six Gill Fishing.

Upgrading to ceramic bearings in fishing reels can provide a number of benefits, such as increased longevity, smoother casting, and rust prevention. Ceramic bearings are usually “ceramic hybrid bearings”, which consist of ceramic balls enclosed in a stainless steel casing. The non-porous nature of ceramic, the mass of the balls, and the need for minimal lubrication allow these bearings to achieve higher speeds and greater efficiency than traditional stainless steel bearings.

In addition to ceramic hybrid bearings, there are also other types of fishing reel bearing upgrades available. These include stainless steel radial ball bearings, Corrosion Resistant Ball Bearings (CRBB), and XCR Ultra ceramic bearings. Each type of bearing has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to research each option before making a decision.

For those looking for an even more luxurious upgrade, carbon fiber crank handles can be added to fishing reels. These handles save weight over traditional aluminum handles while providing a more comfortable grip.

benefits of ceramic reel bearings

Ceramic reel bearings offer several benefits for fishing reels, including being lighter than steel, highly corrosion resistant, and non-conductive. They can be used without lubrication, but lubrication can extend the fatigue life of the metal components. Ceramic and ceramic hybrid bearings are also available as alternatives to stainless steel.

Ceramic reel bearings offer several benefits over traditional steel bearings for fishing reels. Ceramic bearings are much lighter than steel, making them ideal for reducing the overall weight of a reel. They are also highly corrosion resistant and will not corrode in exposure to freshwater or salt water. Additionally, ceramic bearings are non-conductive and do not require lubrication, making them more durable and longer lasting than steel bearings.

Ceramic hybrid bearings are also available, which combine the benefits of ceramic balls with stainless steel races for increased durability and corrosion resistance. These hybrid bearings can be used in high-torque situations where stainless steel bearings may wear out quickly.

Overall, ceramic reel bearings offer superior performance compared to traditional steel bearings due to their light weight, corrosion resistance, and lack of need for lubrication.

ceramic reel bearing inspection

Inspection of ceramic reel bearings should include checking for signs of incompatibility, testing for minimum properties on strength, fracture toughness and other characteristics, and ensuring the bearing balls are sealed with rubber material, waterproof and rustproof.

Inspection of ceramic reel bearings is important to ensure that they are functioning properly and not showing signs of incompatibility. To evaluate the properties of ceramic rolling elements, new test methods have been developed by SKF and research partners. These tests include bulk ceramic scratch tests, which can be used to evaluate ceramic brittle fracture on ceramic balls. Additionally, it is important to check for signs of corrosion or lubrication issues in order to maintain the reel bearings. we offers fishing reel shaft bearings with ceramic rustproof reel bearing and stainless steel waterproof for fishing line reels.

ceramic reel bearings maintenance

Maintenance of ceramic reel bearings should include cleaning with regular tap water or a standard bearing cleaner product, soaking for a few hours if lubricant is used, and checking for smooth, free rotation without noise. CeramicSpeed bottom brackets and wheel bearings should be maintained every 5,000-8,000 km or 3,000-5,000 miles and lubrication may be used to preserve the life of the bearing, prevent corrosion, and keep it running smoothly.

The maintenance of ceramic reel bearings depends on the type of bearing used. Full ceramic bearings are maintenance free and do not require lubrication. Hybrid ceramic bearings may require lubrication, especially when performing at higher speeds. To clean and relubricate a hybrid ceramic bearing, the circlip retained bearing shields should be removed and the bearing should be washed with regular tap water or a standard bearing cleaner product. The bearing should then be dried before replacing it.

When choosing a bearing for a harsh environment, it is important to seek advice and consider operating requirements. Quality reels typically use stainless-steel ball bearings while cheap reels might use chrome-steel balls, which are harder but more susceptible to corrosion. Boca Bearings makes two types of ceramic hybrid bearings for fishing reels: Ceramic Orange Seal and Ceramic Metal Shield. Replacing original factory bearings with Ceramic Orange Seal bearings can increase casting distance.

To maintain smooth casts, the bearing should spin smoothly, freely and without noise or erratic rotation. It is also important to flush out the bearings to ensure they are completely dry before use. Lubrication is not required for full ceramic bearings but may be used with hybrid bearings depending on operating conditions.

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