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Crappie Gear / Re: Trailer Bearings and other extras to always have on hand
« Last post by OneBlade on April 20, 2018, 04:30 PM »
Buy a spare hub with the bearings already in it.  That way, instead of fiddling around with bearings and lots of tools on the side of the road, you simply remove the castle nut from the spindle, pull the old hub off, put the new hub on, tighten the castle nut to approximately 50 foot lbs, back the nut off 1/4 turn, cotter pin back in and you are good to go.   
I asked about this and the guy seemed to indicate I needed somewhere on my boat to hold the spare otherwise grease gets all over.  Not sure what he meant but I have the hub and bearings separate.
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Crappie Gear / Re: Trailer Bearings and other extras to always have on hand
« Last post by OneBlade on April 19, 2018, 06:55 PM »
Matt, another trailer shop a freind has used and says is very good and reasonable is Randall's VIP trailer service over their in the Mesa area.
Yes I heard about Randalls as well as JacksSons.  Posting info here in case someone later wants it:

Rucker Trailer Works
   Address: 224 S MacDonald, Mesa, AZ 85210 (Broadway and Country Club)
   Website: http://www.trailerrepairandservice.com/
   Phone: (480) 964-1503

Wrangler Trailers
   Address: 1128 S Lewis, Mesa, AZ 85210 (Southern and Center)
   Website: http://wranglertrailers.blogspot.com/
   Phone: (480) 600-2317

JacksSonís Trailers
   Address: 3054 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85213
   Website: https://www.jackssonstrailers.com/
   Phone: 480-467-3730

Randallís VIP Trailers
   Address: 17066 S 54th St, Chandler, AZ 85226 (I-10 and San Tan Loop 202 Freeway)
   Phone: (480) 940-1660
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Crappie Gear / Re: Trailer Bearings and other extras to always have on hand
« Last post by Fishless on April 19, 2018, 06:08 PM »
Matt, another trailer shop a freind has used and says is very good and reasonable is Randall's VIP trailer service over their in the Mesa area.
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Crappie Gear / Re: Trailer Bearings and other extras to always have on hand
« Last post by Fishless on April 19, 2018, 07:13 AM »
Matt, have heard good things about Wrangler trailer shop
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Crappie Gear / Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Last post by craigm on April 18, 2018, 12:55 PM »
I also use Shimano for my open face reels.  I have several Zebcos including Omega but I only put fluro or mono in those as the crystal fireline/braid doesn't work as well.  I use crystal fireline/braid for a couple of my open face reels I like the line has no give and easier to pull snags out of trees with that line.

I was having issues with the braided line on my spinner reels. I wasn't able to get it to grip onto the reel for most of the morning. Once the line got wet and was wound a few times it got better, but was never perfect. Is there something I need to do different when spooling it? I don't have this issue on my deep sea reels, so I know it's not "that's just how braided line works".
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Most new reels hav a rubber insert on the spool to keep Braid from slipping , but a trick I learned many years ago when Braid first came out , use a regular slip knot ,loop it several times around the spool then give it a drop of super glue , let it dry the spool it up.
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Crappie Gear / Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Last post by PhishingPhreek on April 18, 2018, 11:06 AM »
I've got 14 or 15 Shakespeare Sigma 200's and have been using them for many years. They were $19.95 per at Wally World. Oh yea, sorry, they don't make them anymore! ......Art

I have 2 or 3 of those that I got on combo rods for trout fishing when I was in high school. I think I still have 1 of them with string that I occasionally use. It's definitely been my longest last reel.
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Crappie Gear / Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Last post by Art Chamberlin on April 18, 2018, 10:23 AM »
I've got 14 or 15 Shakespeare Sigma 200's and have been using them for many years. They were $19.95 per at Wally World. Oh yea, sorry, they don't make them anymore! ......Art
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Crappie Gear / Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Last post by sandman on April 18, 2018, 09:55 AM »
A wrap of electrical tape around the spool keeps the braid from spinning too.. You can really cinch your arbor knot down with that 'cushion'.

90% of the spinning reels are made by Pinnacle/Silstar, no matter whose name is on them. Different quality gears and bearings is about the only difference.

I've had my best luck with some DAM reels that I got in Germany.

Next would be some Shimanos and Daiwas. Not the bottom end but not the top end either. For most crappie fishing, the reels are just line holders. Good castability is not always important.

For the casting reels, look for the better line roller setups on the bails. That makes the most difference in my book as far as twists and tangles are concerned,
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Crappie Gear / Re: Spinner Reels For Crappie
« Last post by Tweeder on April 18, 2018, 08:42 AM »

The BPS Johnny Morris bait casters are not all that quality either for the price you pay?

I haven't owned a Johnny Morris but I bought a pro qualifier a few years back that I wasn't impressed with.  still have it and use a backup mostly.
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Crappie Gear / Re: Trailer Bearings and other extras to always have on hand
« Last post by Stevert on April 18, 2018, 08:30 AM »
Matt;

Buy a spare hub with the bearings already in it.  That way, instead of fiddling around with bearings and lots of tools on the side of the road, you simply remove the castle nut from the spindle, pull the old hub off, put the new hub on, tighten the castle nut to approximately 50 foot lbs, back the nut off 1/4 turn, cotter pin back in and you are good to go.  If you get your trailer serviced by a shop before you go to Powell, they can sett you up with it and show you the steps.   
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