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Old 05-19-2012, 05:28 PM
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Default Question about Newell drag washers . . .

So about four or five years ago I bought some fiber and metal drag washes directly from Newell. Life kinda got in the way and recently as I was going thru my fishing gear for the up coming season I discovered my stash still intact. Anyway, in the package was the following washers that I forgot thier application that I was hoping Reel man or some other knowledgeable person can set me straight.

Fiber washers:
FD-3 - seems to be the Penn 500/ Newell 200, 300 and 400 series?
FD-5 - seems to be the Penn 113/ Newell 500 series?


Metal washers:
DW-3 - same as FD-3 above and works w/ FD-3?
P3-144 - concaved washer that pairs with DW-3?
DW-5 - same as FD-5 above and works w/ FD-5?
P5-144 - concaved washer that pairs with DW-5?

I think I figured all those out, but, the one I'm not 100% is a fiber washer TW-3. I think it's the washer that goes between the main gear and the bridge sleeve. Would that be right?

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Old 05-19-2012, 06:34 PM
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Forward to Alan Tani, he will have your answer.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:30 PM
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the metal washers will be fine, but they rarely have to be replaced. for the fiber washers, i would throw them away. get a set of carbontex drag washers from smoothdrag.com and add some cal's grease to the order. you will be amazed at the difference. alan
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:32 AM
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I too would throw away the Newell fiber washers. Go with Penn HT-100 or Smoothie Carbontex for the 200/300/400 sizes and Carbontex for the 500's.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:35 AM
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get a set of carbontex drag washers from smoothdrag.com and add some cal's grease to the order. you will be amazed at the difference.
Wow, they're that good? I will pick some up for sure. But I think I'll keep the cheapy drag washers for the local bite (sandies/barries and stuff).

Thanks for the replies guys!!
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:50 AM
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Well, the Newells are that bad. As I recall they're cut out of gasket material and don't really hold up that well and get sticky. Carbon fiber washers are much better.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:21 PM
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Use either Carbontex, or HT100 for drag material with a very light film of grease to make them work smoother.

As for the stainless drag discs I would prefer to use the lapped discs from Smoooth Drag because they are very flat which makes for a broader contact between the drag material and the drag material.

The stock ss drag discs are concave/convex therefore only about 30% contact with the drag material. This is the problem with stamped ss discs.
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Use either Carbontex, or HT100 for drag material with a very light film of grease to make them work smoother.

As for the stainless drag discs I would prefer to use the lapped discs from Smoooth Drag because they are very flat which makes for a broader contact between the drag material and the drag discs.

The stock ss drag discs are concave/convex therefore only about 30% contact with the drag material. This is the problem with stamped ss discs.
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Learn something new everyday.

Thanks again guys.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:51 AM
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I remember in the day, when we would take those metal discs and sand them down using a piece of plate glass as the base with wet/dry sandpaper. The plate glass was to have a flat surface to grind against. Took hours to get one disc done this way.
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