ABU 7000i

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by FATDAD, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. FATDAD

    FATDAD New Member

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    just traded for one. never had a 7000 before. just wandered if they are good reels. thanks
     
  2. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    They are a good reel...The 7000I I believe has bushings instead of spool bearings.

    But it should do ya good!

    I had a 7000B once that also had bushings, I could not even notice the difference.
     

  3. catfishbill33

    catfishbill33 New Member

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    I have a 7000ic3 and its the best I have ever owned.I got it for a fathers day present.they are expencive.but I have always wanted one thanks to my daughters
     
  4. Chicago

    Chicago New Member

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    Okay,

    This is my second post about the 7000I tonight, so I'm gonna copy n paste the advice I gave in the other thread:smile2::smile2:.

    My advice is to take the 7000I and simply upgrade the bushings to bearings. I did the same thing about a month ago and it is SUPER easy. There are two bushings in the 7000I, one on each side of the reel in the crome scewable end-caps (the ones you use to adjust the brakes). Simple remove the end-caps, hold the reel on its side, pop out the bushings, and insert the bearings. Be careful not to lose the holding-pin on the left side.

    As for bearings, you can go with ceramics, hybrid ceramics, stainless, or plain old chrome. For price and performance I chose the stainless, shielded (which are covered on both sides and require minimal maintenance). The size for the 7000I is 3 x 10 x 4. Below is a website to order them from. They cost me $3.95 each.

    http://www.vxb.com/Merchant2/mercha...de=bearings&Category_Code=AbuGarcia&offset=60

    In all, a $10 upgrade (including shipping) basically turns a 7000I into a 7000 ICS. Only you save the $70 price difference from buying it in the store. My reel now casts smooth and far with bearings. I had the opportunity to use it once before my bearings came and I notice a difference after putting them it. Just my recommendation
     
  5. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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    Great Post. Thats the way to do it !!! :big_smile:
     
  6. Francachela

    Francachela New Member

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    I got the 7000iC3, but I prefer left hand retrieve, so I traded for a 7001i, the cast or the iC3 is better, but once added a couple bearings to the spool shaft the distance was equaled..... a good cleaning and relubeb cannot hurt either.... i wish there were more models in left hand retrieve. Get a spare worm shaft and pawl just in case..... you never know when this suckers will fail.....
     
  7. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the post boys... going to check it out.... got the left hand model 7001 i.....does the same bearings work for it?

    Bayrunner Ray
     
  8. Chicago

    Chicago New Member

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    It should. The only difference I would expect is the right side to have the lock-pin on top of the bushing instead of the right. You'll know exactly what I mean when you take the cap off. It's only a little circular wire that holds the bushing in place. Once you replace the bushing with a bearing, just put the lock-pin back on top of the bearing and you're ready to roll.

    PM me if you have any questions.
     
  9. Francachela

    Francachela New Member

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    Yep, same bearings.... 3X4X10 I got japan made SKF bearings, $5.50 each; a good oiled and ready to go......
     
  10. FATDAD

    FATDAD New Member

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    THANKS, WILL ORDER BEARINGS ALWAYS WANTED A 7000:smile2:
     
  11. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    I just got a 7000i for fathers day and love it. I lubed the bushings with Teflon grease and see no problem with the bushings. I have a 7000ics pro rocket and the 7000i on matching poles, line and sinker weight and notice very little difference in the two reels.
     
  12. Iowa_Josh

    Iowa_Josh New Member

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    I have a bushing one and a bearing one and the bushing one is much faster. I used to think it would suck to have bushings but that is not so. I guess they should have heavier oil on the bushings than I do.