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Title: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on September 10, 2018, 10:41:26 AM
Just watched a video on this reel while having my morning breakfast. It looks pretty good in the $100 mark, and the size is rather impressive. Low bearing count, but I believe there is plenty of "room" for my tuner habit. Anybody order one yet? Anyone used one yet? Thoughts?

I am asking because I was a ble to take Daiwas Fuego CT and make it perform like a $300 reel, so Im intrigued to do the same with the SLX.

In the video he took spool weight, compared size to the Curado 70 and Casitas,  and showed the features of the brakes. Im highly thinking of picking one up to play around with. I kinda like the blue accents.

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Mike Cork on September 10, 2018, 10:55:15 AM
I came across it the other day and spent some time looking at it. Didn't see the video yet. But at the price, the spool capacity and 8:1 retrieve, I was thinking it could be a good frog fishing platform that I can trash through the year and rebuild each season.

I have burnt my Mentanium in 18 months. It needs new gears and bearings bad.  :surrender: If I have to go through replacements versus just cleanings every year, I may as well look for a cheaper platform.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on September 10, 2018, 10:58:38 AM
I came across it the other day and spent some time looking at it. Didn't see the video yet. But at the price, the spool capacity and 8:1 retrieve, I was thinking it could be a good frog fishing platform that I can trash through the year and rebuild each season.

I have burnt my Mentanium in 18 months. It needs new gears and bearings bad.  :surrender: If I have to go through replacements versus just cleanings every year, I may as well look for a cheaper platform.

Yeah, I knew that was gonna happen with Mets, those gears are weak. One of the reasons I built the Citica I for Lou was the cost, and for frog fishing is a killer reel. This SLX seems like it would be a good contender for what you said about frog fishing. Hmm, Wife needed an idea for my Birthday gift... I am in the process of finding out what the levelwind and pawl materials are.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Mike Cork on September 10, 2018, 11:48:23 AM
I'll bet it is the new stuff. I personally haven't had a problem with the gear, nor have I had a single customer have issues with it.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on September 10, 2018, 12:42:29 PM
Metal pawl, plastic levelwind shaft.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Mike Cork on September 10, 2018, 01:15:53 PM
Metal pawl, plastic levelwind shaft.

So is that a no go for you? I know your opinion on the levelwind being space age plastic :surrender:
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on September 10, 2018, 01:59:20 PM
So is that a no go for you? I know your opinion on the levelwind being space age plastic :surrender:

For a reel thats $100, Im not gonna be as picky. Now, when you wanna do that garbage in a reel thats $200 and up, then I get a bit pissed.  lo

Im sure I can get the reel for a good deal under MSRP, I just have to be patient.  ~rant
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Mike Cork on September 10, 2018, 02:24:11 PM
I hear ya about money and materials.

Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on September 10, 2018, 02:35:00 PM
I hear ya about money and materials.

Yeah, just makes no sense. Im just still boggled why they would use a metal pawl if they are using a plastic levelwind? They should have stuck to using the plastic pawl with the plastic levelwind.  ~b~
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Mike Cork on September 10, 2018, 09:31:18 PM
Plastic and metal don't make sense to me either. But they test, retest and field staff test this stuff so I have faith. Besides, I don't keep reels that long, well I still have several E models in service but the rest don't last a year or so before I resale. I imagine you could move it quick if it didn't work for ya.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on September 11, 2018, 08:40:29 AM
Just got confirmation on a few other things with this reel. There is no dual bearing support on the pinion, nor is there micro module gearing. Its got Super Free, and a VBS system. So basically, its like an E series with updated looks, and brakes. Im wondering how that is going to work with sales, as you can get the Citica I all day for $100 off ebay. Looks like they may pull the plug on the Citica I , and maybe bring out a Citica based on the K. ?
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: SteelHorseCowboy on September 11, 2018, 10:04:59 PM
How do the specs compare to the Caenan? Only reason I ask is because I've got that older model Caenan that I've beaten the absolute hell out of, and it's been great for what I've put into it: $15, clean and lube, and some spray paint.

Really, if anyone put me through the hell I put that reel through, I'd just roll over and die. But it's still kickin.

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Dangerfield on September 12, 2018, 09:20:35 AM
This one should be interesting LMG I think we watched the same YTer "The Reel Test", he did a good job of breaking the reel down. I think it might be more solid then the Canen, as it has an aluminum frame with graphite side plates. Depending on what they charge for these north of the border, I might get ones of these add some new bearings over the pricier Tatula 3.0
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on September 12, 2018, 09:24:20 AM
This one should be interesting LMG I think we watched the same YTer "The Reel Test", he did a good job of breaking the reel down. I think it might be more solid then the Canen, as it has an aluminum frame with graphite side plates. Depending on what they charge for these north of the border, I might get ones of these add some new bearings over the pricier Tatula 3.0

Yep, that was the channel.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: SteelHorseCowboy on September 12, 2018, 11:21:02 AM
This one should be interesting LMG I think we watched the same YTer "The Reel Test", he did a good job of breaking the reel down. I think it might be more solid then the Canen, as it has an aluminum frame with graphite side plates. Depending on what they charge for these north of the border, I might get ones of these add some new bearings over the pricier Tatula 3.0
So would you say it's about the same class as the Caenan but stronger?

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on September 12, 2018, 11:54:12 AM
So would you say it's about the same class as the Caenan but stronger?

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Yes. And a bit "updated".

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: SFL BassHunter on September 12, 2018, 01:47:30 PM
Looks like a decent reel. Whats the frame made of?
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on September 12, 2018, 01:57:58 PM
Looks like a decent reel. Whats the frame made of?

Aluminum frame, graphite sideplates.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: SFL BassHunter on September 12, 2018, 02:45:20 PM
Aluminum frame, graphite sideplates.

I see.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: SteelHorseCowboy on September 12, 2018, 02:52:20 PM
Yes. And a bit "updated".

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Excellent. I've been happy with mine, may just get one of these sometime or another.
But I'm also really digging this round Black Max I picked up a few months ago, so may sink some money into it instead with some upgraded bearings and handle.

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 12, 2019, 08:46:37 AM
Finally got around to ordering one of these. Lets see what I can do with it.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Pipepro on January 12, 2019, 11:46:28 AM
Watching to see what you can do with it.

I also like the blue accents and for the $100 price range some of the video reviews say it fishes way above its price.

I am going to pick one up so keep us posted on the upgrades you make and your opinion on durability and value.

Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 12, 2019, 11:56:33 AM
Watching to see what you can do with it.

I also like the blue accents and for the $100 price range some of the video reviews say it fishes way above its price.

I am going to pick one up so keep us posted on the upgrades you make and your opinion on durability and value.
I will have a full tear down coming.

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Title: Shimano SLX
Post by: BrandonK on January 12, 2019, 12:23:50 PM
Buddy of mine seems to absolutely love his
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: rb-nc on January 13, 2019, 07:29:42 AM
I bought my son two of these for Christmas. I personally saw him catch 15 on a jerkbait with it on New Years and he won a tournament flippin with the 8.1 last week. He seems to like it so far. He fishes every day and is going to evaluate and decide before the Classic if he wants more. The other he loves is the Daiwa Cr80 
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 01:17:22 PM
Its here!
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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 02:05:23 PM
Just got a chance to look over the schematics of the reel. Each knob has 2 bushings, the crankshaft has a bushing, and the levelwind has a bushing. I am going to be able to add a total of 6 bearings to this reel, making it a total of 9 plus the roller clutch bearing. You can definitely tell that there arent many bearings in this reel, but it should turn it into a different animal once changed. So lets see how this goes...who knows, I could end up really liking this reel when its all said and done.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Bud Kennedy on January 16, 2019, 02:24:40 PM
Maybe so, but you can't fix that ugly color
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 02:29:02 PM
Maybe so, but you can't fix that ugly color

Yeah, Im not crazy about the flat black either. Same goes with the Curado K, ugly looking.
Title: Shimano SLX
Post by: BrandonK on January 16, 2019, 02:29:47 PM
Maybe so, but you can't fix that ugly color
Id be much less concerned with color and more concerned with performance. But I think it looks good
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 03:34:57 PM
Id be much less concerned with color and more concerned with performance. But I think it looks good

You got to look at it like this, you cant just have a reel that performs good, but looks hideous. Yes, there are people out there that dont care for the "looks". When you really think about it though, its kind of like food. Presentation is everything. Shimano has really been lacking in the looks department on some of their stuff. I know Bud went from mostly using Lews reels, to now the Daiwa Tatula SVs, which are really nice looking, as well as performing. You put that Tatula SV next to a Curado K, and the Curado looks cheap. Sure, Daiwa had the flat black look on the Fuego CT, but its a $100 reel, not pushing $200. The SLX, well its $100 reel, so I really cant complain.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Bud Kennedy on January 16, 2019, 03:48:06 PM
Like the song says, the girls all get prettier at closing time.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 03:49:26 PM
Like the song says, the girls all get prettier at closing time.

So...what you are saying is its drinking time? Finally Bud, Id thought youd never come around!  ~beer~

 ~roflmao
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Bud Kennedy on January 16, 2019, 04:06:23 PM
Oh I have a nip from time to time.  Kinda fond of Tequila these days.  Too old to do anything else I may as well start drinking. 
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 04:20:51 PM
Oh I have a nip from time to time.  Kinda fond of Tequila these days.  Too old to do anything else I may as well start drinking.

My Man!!!  ~c~
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: BrandonK on January 16, 2019, 04:47:59 PM
Like the song says, the girls all get prettier at closing time.
Hahahaha
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:09:39 PM
So here we go, its time to get inside this thing and see what its got. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/b38dca5c5043e47680116d394d90a8e6.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:15:41 PM
Lets start with the handle assembly. Sluggish, with 4 bushings and a ton of grease. These bushings got changed out for bearings, and it makes the world of difference in this reel. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/57781c3bc8a56e51f532a114fad51eb6.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:16:35 PM
The drag star and drag clicking system. Simple Shimano design is present. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/a736b0400c030fb94b5d2f9b97b6b8d4.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:18:08 PM
Opening up the crank plate, again, simple design, and a change to plastic on the clutch yoke guide. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/b673092029e9f0515c7cf5778d20675c.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:19:28 PM
The crank plate. Plastic plate, and the regular spool bearing under the cap. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/733bcddf7b3a07212b3abdb3829467e6.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/edc73348d47562e7d52221d518003057.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:20:42 PM
The main gear and drag stack. No carbon drag in this reel, but yet claims 11lbs of drag. So, thats kinda impressive. I just hope its smooth enough. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/2660ca2cd6295994f7c04309ca0d4ab5.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:22:23 PM
Heres a better look to thw clutch system. The yoke guide is black, and plastic. Not a deal breaker as its not a moving part, and just guides the yoke up and down via the posts and springs. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/38c905dd529d2697c56162a79e5d28e0.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:25:05 PM
Here is the infamous plastic levelwind shaft. Now, here is where I dont get Shimano. On this reel they make the pawl metal. I see some models are plastic with that part as well. Shimano is a head scratcher...

Now that white bushing on the levelwind is another one that is getting changed out for a bearing. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/f5d0ad303427abbb71fbb4327b44587c.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:26:27 PM
The drive shaft and its bushing. Yet another part that is getting changed out for a bearing. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/0468619fa9049dc1f9801f2475421502.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:27:22 PM
So here it is, and the 6 bushings that have been changed out for bearings. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/788b7329cef151dd6b21aac385183cc2.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:29:16 PM
Here is the part thag I am most impressed with, the size. I said it was tiny, and I wasnt kidding.

The first picture is next to a 200E, the second next to the Tatula CT variation, and the third next to the famous 50E platform.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/ca531ceab16d198944ad998655c7c582.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/37d16f476aaa2ec479b0aa5a46db9b42.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/c488b7985f87b09cbd65a36fa12901e6.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 16, 2019, 09:35:07 PM
So far my impressions are this...

After the swapping of bushings for bearings, the reel isnt as smooth as the Daiwa Fuego CT was after I modded it. The SLX is nice, and its smoother, but just doesnt feel as refined as its Daiwa competitor.

Where the SLX gets the Fuego is in the ergonomics. I like the size and feel in hand better. Seeing it next to the 50E, shows you just how small it is.

Another plus for me in the SLX is the braking. Its just like the VBS brakes of the past, but with a modern twist. Taking the brake blocks like the SVS Infinity, but without the moving brake pipe in the palm plate. Not saying its better than the Magforce Z of the Fuego, but its nice to have some old skool back.

I changed out the spool bearings for HawgTech ceramic hybrids, and spooled the reel with blue 10lb mono. I need aome water time....

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Bud Kennedy on January 17, 2019, 05:01:38 AM
The first picture made the reel look like it was an olive drab color.  The later pictures reveal that it is indeed flat black.  Not all that bad looking as compared to the original picture.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Oldfart9999 on January 17, 2019, 07:28:00 AM
I kind of dig flat black, different strokes......
So what's the final cost to have it modded?
Rodney
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: rb-nc on January 17, 2019, 10:24:30 AM
Robert likes his
(https://uniim1.shutterfly.com/ng/services/mediarender/THISLIFE/001004410835/media/124302298791/medium/1544015423/enhance)
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 17, 2019, 12:24:06 PM
Oh man. This thing is fun for little baits. It really sings with them HawgTech spool bearings.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190117/c81e7f23756cef2c5381948e54bfc555.jpg)

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Pipepro on January 18, 2019, 04:53:51 PM
Nice write up/tear down!

I got mine in the mail today!

(https://i.imgur.com/xK6e8K3.jpg)

Do you think its worth it for a weekend fisherman to upgrade the bushings to bearings? What kind of cost is involved?
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 18, 2019, 05:18:06 PM
Nice write up/tear down!

I got mine in the mail today!

(https://i.imgur.com/xK6e8K3.jpg)

Do you think its worth it for a weekend fisherman to upgrade the bushings to bearings? What kind of cost is involved?
Depends on who you are. If you enjoy refinement in things, yes. You will notice a difference in how smooth the retrieve is.

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Pipepro on January 19, 2019, 04:04:02 PM
I was checking out some of my other reels, and I think the bushings in the handle knobs have to go. The bummer is, I think the Curado DC that I just got has the same handle and knobs on it.

Is there a place you recommend for bearings?  I think hawgtech was around $8 per bearing, $32 per handle. I dont mind the grips on the shimano so I dont think I am ready to get a whole new handle for it.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on January 19, 2019, 04:05:29 PM
I was checking out some of my other reels, and I think the bushings in the handle knobs have to go. The bummer is, I think the Curado DC that I just got has the same handle and knobs on it.

Is there a place you recommend for bearings?  I think hawgtech was around $8 per bearing, $32 per handle. I dont mind the grips on the shimano so I dont think I am ready to get a whole new handle for it.
Just type in the bearing size on ebay and you will get plenty of options. Handle bearings are 4x7x2.5

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Pipepro on January 19, 2019, 04:17:37 PM
Handle bearings are 4x7x2.5

Thank you for the info, I appreciate it.

Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: cbburke on February 09, 2019, 07:53:22 PM
Nice write  ~c~

Would you still buy this for crankbait purpose or go with the fuego ?
reason is that I need a crankbait reel and I'm considering those two due to small frame.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on February 10, 2019, 03:14:21 AM
Nice write  ~c~

Would you still buy this for crankbait purpose or go with the fuego ?
reason is that I need a crankbait reel and I'm considering those two due to small frame.
The best advice I can give is that you cant go wrong with either reel. You are basically gonna get the same build quality, plus or minus. The difference is, and what I like about the 2, is that now you have a good solid choice of braking profiles for $100. If you prefer Daiwas Magforce braking, go with the Fuego. If you prefer Shimanos VBS braking system, go with the SLX.

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on February 25, 2019, 08:22:17 PM
Juat got done tuning a SLX for a member on another site. Also sent spool bearings and frame bearings to a person who was a member here to install, and he is now a believer in the abilities of this reel.

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: SFL BassHunter on February 26, 2019, 06:12:56 AM
You got to look at it like this, you cant just have a reel that performs good, but looks hideous. Yes, there are people out there that dont care for the "looks". When you really think about it though, its kind of like food. Presentation is everything. Shimano has really been lacking in the looks department on some of their stuff. I know Bud went from mostly using Lews reels, to now the Daiwa Tatula SVs, which are really nice looking, as well as performing. You put that Tatula SV next to a Curado K, and the Curado looks cheap. Sure, Daiwa had the flat black look on the Fuego CT, but its a $100 reel, not pushing $200. The SLX, well its $100 reel, so I really cant complain.
I personally like the flat black on the fuego and the color on this reel aint that bad. Maybe the accent color could have been a little better.
But for a 100 dollar reel...whatever.


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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Bretts_daddy on April 01, 2019, 08:58:44 AM
Juat got done tuning a SLX for a member on another site. Also sent spool bearings and frame bearings to a person who was a member here to install, and he is now a believer in the abilities of this reel.

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So, how much is it to upgrade this reel like you did? How much for the parts and how much would you charge if I bought this reel and sent it to you?
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on July 18, 2019, 09:14:49 AM
Used the reel a bit last night with pitching some 1/2oz weight, punch skirt, and a craw bait. Was pitching that around with my 6'8 Powell Endurance. I set the brakes to all 6 on, and went to town. This reel still impresses me everytime I use it. That being said, I can definitely feel the "power" difference in this reel vs the Bantam. The Bantam is just more solid feeling with heavier baits. The SLX was still no slouch. Pitches were smooth and consistent.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: 3crows on August 13, 2019, 09:05:12 AM
I do not have an SLX but have used one. I just bought the new XT and DC versions. Both in the XG. I also have three Curado 200, a Curado 70 and a few others. I really like the DC. I bought it to supplement my Shimano Stradic for kayak fishing. I figure the DC braking will be helpful because often I have a paddle in one hand or at least am very uncoordinated, to say the least. So the DC, which works amazing, should be helpful.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: 3crows on September 19, 2019, 11:18:31 PM
Been using the SLX DC all week. So, two weeks ago I fell from a ten foot ladder to a concrete floor and hurt my left hand and wrist. I was rescuing a Humming Bird. Yes, I caught him and he survived the fall. This makes it difficult for me to cast left hand or to reel right hand holding left hand. The SLX DC allows me to cast left handed because I do not need to feather the spool nearly as much as my other reels. Yeah, it still needs a little touch but I can manage a little touch. Yeah, I cast a bait caster equally well both left and right, but I reel in right with a bait caster. But with a spin caster I can only cast right handed and reel in with the left hand, beats me, just the way it is. Anyways, the DC is definitely easier to cast with and has no downside I can see.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Jacobguy on September 20, 2019, 05:47:59 AM
I know this thread is pretty old but my dad recently got the slx and he doesnt use it so I love the thing. It's a great reel I can no thumb it no problem with long smooth cast. But I am curious to what you did to the fuego to make it such a machine? I'm wondering if its somthing I could do with mine. I'm a pretty handy dude. Thanks.

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on September 20, 2019, 09:24:59 AM
I know this thread is pretty old but my dad recently got the slx and he doesnt use it so I love the thing. It's a great reel I can no thumb it no problem with long smooth cast. But I am curious to what you did to the fuego to make it such a machine? I'm wondering if its somthing I could do with mine. I'm a pretty handy dude. Thanks.

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Pretty much the same thing I did to the SLX. Changed out all the bushings to bearings, and added HawgTech spool bearings to it.
Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: Jacobguy on September 20, 2019, 12:53:24 PM
Pretty much the same thing I did to the SLX. Changed out all the bushings to bearings, and added HawgTech spool bearings to it.
Was it an easy job or a little more technical? Also if I would plan to ever do this in the future got any bearing recommendations? And is there any downsides compared to bearings vs bushings? Thanks.

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Title: Re: Shimano SLX
Post by: LgMouthGambler on September 20, 2019, 01:22:45 PM
Was it an easy job or a little more technical? Also if I would plan to ever do this in the future got any bearing recommendations? And is there any downsides compared to bearings vs bushings? Thanks.

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Yes. It requires an almost complete disassembly of the reel. And I have sold quite a few "kits" to people already to complete the task with all the necessary bearings.