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Avet SX - Tear Down and Rebuild - Part 2

By Alan Tani

Ok, here goes the editorial part.

I will start out by saying that these are tough little reels. You are about to see some pretty ugly stuff. Remember while you are looking at these photos, that all of these reels had good to excellent freespool. They also all had good to excellent drag. Well, one reel had a sticky drag, but it would have still caught fish. So i’m going to show you the photos and make a few explanations. Then i’m going to say what I like about the reel, then what I do not like, and then i’m going to duck out for a little bit while the fur flies! I know these are very popular reels. That’s why it’s taken me so long to work up the courage to write this post. So here goes.....

So a guys sends me six avets just before christmas. Ok, fine, I don’t get many of these (this is a good thing). I’ve never written an avet rebuild post so I grab my camera and I take a shot of the reels....

Avet Reel

I open up the first reel and I’m horrified! Here was the working side of the drag washer....

Avet Reel

But this is what I found underneath. We’ll call this reel #1

Avet Reel

I called Avet and they said to just clean it and reinstall it. So i cleaned it....

Avet Reel

But decided to order new washers....

Avet Reel

and some grease from cal sheets.

Avet Reel

Here’s reel #2 with drag washer that’s clean as a whistle.

Avet Reel

Here’s reel #3 with a stuck clicker and minimal salt water corrosion in the drag.

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Here’s reel #4 with extensive salt water intrusion.

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Here’s reel #5 with moderate salt water intrusion

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and here’s the JX, in perfect condition

Avet Reel

The reels were all rebuilt with no change in bellville configuration. The first three MXJ’s had drag washers that were greased with shimano drag grease and all three delivered 9 pound of drag at strike before losing freespool. The last two MXJ’s and the jx were rebuilt with cal’s drag grease. The two MXJ’s delivered 9 pound of drag at strike before losing freespool. the JX delivered 12 pound of drag at strike.

So here’s what i like. I like the open design of the Avet drag chamber. without a spool cap to cover the drag chamber, yes water will get in, but it will also get out. Sure, a cap on the drag chamber will keep small amounts of water out. But if water gets in, it’s trapped. That’s the main and fatal problem with the Penn 975 lever drag.

I don’t like the fact that Avet uses a dry drag washer. I saw no loss of drag range in these six reels with grease on the drag washers. And i’m certain no one would disagree that grease would stop the corrosion dead in it’s tracks. It’s my opinion that a grease drag is a good thing. Either shimano or cal’s drag grease should work just fine.

So now that everyone knows how to tear down and rebuild these reels, I have a question.....

What’s in your avet?