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Hi Cliff! The Abu Garcia 6500 C3 does have the 3 bearings. It also includes.

Aluminum Spool - 35% Stronger Carbon Matrix drag
Smooth durable levelwind system - High Performance gearing
6 pin centrifugal brake spool control - Instant Anti Reverse
5.3:1 Gear Ratio

weighs 11.3 oz.
has line out alarm
capacity = 245 yds./14#

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Mark is right. It's already got three bearings. One in each end of the spool, and an anti-reverse bearing on the handle shaft. It's easily upgradable to even a C4 by installing the worm gear cover that has a bearing on one end instead of the nylon bushing, or even a C5 by doing the C4 upgrade with the worm gear that has a bearing on it also. I can see a difference in casting (minute) with the C4 conversion, but haven't seen any difference in the extra bearing of the C5.

Unless you're in a casting contest, or needing to cast extreme distances from the bank, I don't see much need for any more than the three bearings.
 

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I have 3 of the CL3 Abus(not sure if their the same) and have had no problems whatsoever with them. They are my main reels I use and I put them through the ringer(no pun intended xringer3). Main key is keep them clean, lubed and greased and an occasional pawl. Should last a lifetime!!!:wink::big_smile:
 

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I CHECKED THE WEB AT GARICA AND THEY DO NOT LIST ANY C REELS THERE ALL C3 AND C4 'S:confused2:
 

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i have 3 of them. 1 is a 6500 c4 and the other 2 are 6501 c4's (left hand retrieve). i like them very much. extremely smooth, great drag, and a loud line out alarm. get a few and you will not be disappointed.
 

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I have 3 different looking 6500 c3's... They are my go to reel and have never failed me, well except for the time I forgot to tie my line on to the spool and had a HUGE run :eek:oooh:

That might have been operator error, but I am not to judge!
 

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hey guys my reel just states its a 6500 C . it is not a 6500 C3, i have both.
Did yours come from wal-mart? I know I bought 2 from there. A 6500c it has bushings and then a 7000 and it also has bushings no bearings.
And if you look at Abu website it does not list the reels at wal-mart. Guess that is why they are cheaper in Wal-mart.
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