Got this gem on a lucky day. Newly listed, and of course a price I couldnt refuse. Looking through the pictures, the reel looked like it was dang near new. So I took the chance, from a Japanese seller Ive never bought from.
I received the reel today, and to my surprise, the reel was in almost perfect shape. Smooth, and recently serviced. The only thing I thought was holding this reel back was the handle assembly. So I looked through some handles I got laying around. Swept, thats all I have that will fit the driveshaft. A 95mm Lews handle seemed the best fit. But, its swept and the factory drag star wont allow it. Going through my threaded drag stars, all the skirts of them were too wide. They would not allow me to tighten down without hitting the cast control knob.
What to do? Then I remember another member from a different forum. A enthusiest forum, where all that is able to be done...is done. Daiwa Alphas, that reel had a similar drag star, and was straight arms as well. Couldnt put a swept handle on an Alphas without changing to a swept star. But one guy took the straigh star, and carefully turned it into a swept one. So, off to my tool shed I go.
Locking the star in my vice, I carefully worked each arm. Using a small adjustable wrench, I slid it over the arm, and gently started to bend them. One by one, I cringed the whole way. Not wanted to bend too far, I carefully kept checking. It really wasnt that hard to bend them, but trying not to break them was the challenge.
The final outcome was a swept factory drag star, and a 95mm swept aluminum handle, with paddle knobs with 2 bearings per knob.