Abu 6500 C3 CT Mag Hi Speed: The Tuning

December 24, 2007 at 5:16 am (Fishing Review) (, , )

Abu 6500 C3 CT Mag Hi Speed

If you had gotten your first set of the new Abu 6500 C3 CT Mag Hi Speed reel, then you might find the next part essential in setting up your reel. Setting it up will ensure you maximize the reel’s potential and minimize problems that adds up to your frustration.

Zippo FluidAs you may have known, the stock bearings in the new reel may be as good as new. But without cleaning it and lubricating it, it’s not good enough and will not improve it’s performance. The best thing you could do is to use a lighter fluid to degrease the factory grease it might have in the bearing. I personally use Zippo fluid to degrease my stock bearings. Just pour some fluid into your 35mm film container (if you have one, any small container is good enough), and dip your bearings for 10 mins.

After that you can blow dry it using a compressed air blower, or you can just use the blower that usually computer users use to blow dust from their keyboards etc.TG’s Rocket Fuel Yellow Label

After it’s dried, it’s ready to be lubed. You can use your favourite lube to lubricate it. If you want trusted performance, you can get the TG’s Rocket Fuel Yellow label from your local tackle stores. They usually stocks on them. If you want better performance, you can get the Red label. Either way, they usually costs almost the same so it really doesn’t matter which one you want to use. You just need to drip a few drops (2-3 is enough) on the bearing’s shield and let it seep through it.

Once all of that is done, your bearings are good to go.

Next you need to set up your mag. If fishing is your hobby, you might not want to remove any mag. If you’re going to do tournament casting, I’d recommend you remove 3 mags from it and leave just one. If you keep getting birdnests from your casts, you’ll probably need more mag, but at most, you’ll only need 4. Do not be a goon and install additional mags; it will only create a lot of resistance and will affect casting distance even if its at it’s lowest setting.

8 spokes, 6 brake blocksNext, you’ll need to set your centrifugral brakes. Now if you look closely, it has 6 spokes, with 6 brake blocks. But these brake blocks comes in “off” position. The difference between the “on” and “off” setting is just that in “off”, the brake blocks are pushed all the way down. You can slightly pry the brake blocks to turn it “on”, it should be released off a little “click like” feeling. If you want to eliminate all possible backlashes and over-runs, you can turn on all. However, it will only degrade your casting distance. My recommendation is to just turn 2 brake blocks to “on” (like 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock position etc).

If you’re a little adventurous, you can open up the whole reel and service the internals. All you need to do is to remove the stock grease, and re-apply the grease, ensuring all moving parts are lubricated satisfactory.

And viola! You now have a tuned Abu 6500 C3 CT Mag Hi Speed, ready for all your fishing and casting needs. All you need to do is to make sure you clean your bearings religiously to ensure it’s at it’s peak performance everytime you went for you next trip. And for that greased internal, don’t worry too much about it. If you get a good saltwater performance grease, it will not wear out so easily with water. You’ll probably need to regrease it once every 3 months.

Checklist (Equipments needed)

  1. The Abu spanner (the one that comes with the reel)
  2. A small philip screwdriver
  3. A pair of pincers
  4. A blower (if you have compressed air blower, that would be better)
  5.  One 35mm film container (or any small container will do). Fill it with lighter fluid.
  6. Zippo lighter fluid
  7. Saltwater performance grease
  8. TG’s Rocket Fuel (Yellow or Red Label) for the main lubricant. You can also use ZX1 C76 Microlube if you prefer.

Checklist (Bearings)

  1. Degrease the bearing by cleaning it with lighter fluid. Just soak it inside the lighter fluid for about 10 mins.
  2. Dry clean it with a blower.
  3. Drop a few lubricant onto the shield of the bearing, it should seep into it. If you over-lube, you’ll only waste lube which will go unused.
  4. Should keep it maintained after every fishing or casting trip to ensure tip-top condition.

Checklist (Centrifugral brakes)

  1. Ensure all are in “off” position. You can do that by pressing them “inwards” so that they “click”.
  2. Recommended to turn “on” 2, if you want you can turn “on” all (there’s 6). To “on” them, you can pry it a little using the Abu spanner.
  3. If you’re cleaning this part, make sure it gets lubed too. Unlubed plastic brake blocks will only burn it. Just a drop of any lubricant will do.

Checklist (Internals)

  1. Strip off everything.
  2. Clean all the old factory grease.
  3. Re-grease all essential moving parts. If you want you can grease all, but it’s not really recommended. Only grease areas where there’s friction. And do not over-grease.
  4. Can reapply grease every 3 months or as needed. Grease don’t normally wear out under normal circumstances.


  1. stiffmeister2 said,

    What a load of cod’s wallops I tournement cast these reels and you dont need to service a brand new reel out of the box simple as. Go fishing then just get a sponge with fresh water on and clean the outside of the reel just get rid of any sea water. A bearing service should be left to the local tackle shop if your not 100% on the internals and you only need to do this say every 6 months or a cod winter season and thats the bottom line because bigt said so 😉

  2. Penn Vaughan said,

    I have to take great exception with the comments made by “stiffmeister2.” While I will agree that greasing the internal pinion and main gear is not required as frequently as allowed for in the original post, I can absolutely verify that the factory lubricated bearings are inferior to re-constituted spool bearings. Factory spool bearing lubrication is lube, NOT oil. Removing the spool bearings from virtually ANY casting reel and removing the old lube and replacing with a replacement oil such as Quantum Hot Sauce Oil or comparable lubricant will definitely improve casting performance. I tune a hundred reels or more a year and bearing improvement is the single biggest step in improved casting distance. The only reel perfect out of the box was the Daiwa Millionaire 7HT Tournament Mag. The Squall is not bad out of the box either but even it is improved by bearing cleaning and treatment.

  3. Reduan said,

    Hi there,I would like to know weather
    This cleaning of stock bearing can be
    Apply to 7ht mag and 7ht mag st.
    And I like the step by step method.
    Thanks guy

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