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Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:35 pm 
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I wasn't 100% sure where to put this so if it needs to be moved to a different section, please do so.
I looked quite a bit around the internet and never found anything that quite covered what I was curious about. Most vintage spinning reels I have encountered all suffer from a similar problem, poor balancing of the rotor assembly. This imbalance causes the reel to wobble while cranking, some worse than others. Some reels I have used extra material cast into the rotors to help (I assume) with balancing the rotor...none of them are balanced well. I have other reels that the manufacturers never even attempted to balance the rotors in any way, shape or form.

Some may find the rotor imbalances not to be a problem. I use my old reels and I try to make them a little nicer to use. I came up with a way to balance older rotors which worked very well in my first attempt and thought I would share what I came up with. The process can easily be undone should you ever want to return the rotor to its original state. My first attempt to balance a rotor was on a reel I bought recently and have been working on, a Shakespeare 2052. The more I work on it the more I am liking the reel as a user.

This method may not work for every reel. If you have some old user reels that you wish were a little smoother this may be the ticket.



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Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:28 pm 
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Nice, Kevin! and in the right place, as well!


Posted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:58 pm 
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Thanks! I actually figured out the correct weight and placement before shooting the video :D
I didn't figure anyone want to watch me fumbling around dropping split shot in a rotor for 5 minutes!


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