Abu's, converting non-clicker to clicker

Discussion in 'Reel Repair and Upgrades' started by dinkbuster1, Feb 9, 2006.

  1. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    very boring day here in Dink-land, so im gonna post how to modify a a non-clicker ambassador to a clicker reel. i have 4 different 5500/5600's that i channel fish with, two of which i got at a yard sale really cheap but they didnt have clickers. i rarely ever use a clicker while channel fishing but there are times i have to walk away from my pole, take a snooze, or want to try some live bait for flats. below are pics of how i modified them. all ambassadors from 5000-6500's have the same plastic gear under the sideplate for moving the levelwind and operating the clicker regardless if it has a clicker or not (pic-1). im not sure about the 4600's. Pic-2 shows the brass version of the clicker mechanism as it is on the plate and by itself. the local repair shop sold me the 2 parts for $4. if you have another ambassador WITH a clicker remove the side plate and clicker mechanism, put the side plate of the reel you want to modify next to it, align all the screw holes, and using a sharpie draw an exact copy of the groove on the spot where it should be. then, let it dry for a few and using a Dremmel CAREFULLY cut out a groove for the clicker mechanism (pic-3) and de-bur the edges. install mechanism, replace sideplate, and you have a reel with a clicker. if you do not have steady hands i wouldnt advise doing this, and please wear safety glasses. as you can see i cut a little close to the edge on the one in the pic (pic-3,silver plate), that was the first one i done, but it works just fine. if you do this be careful and go slow! cut the groove a little small then enlarge as needed.
     

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  2. Larry

    Larry New Member

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    Interesting Modifications Dinkbuster. How long did it take you to do and figure out. you might be onto something.
     

  3. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

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    dink that is very mcgiverous of you i like that idea
    i have a 4600 and my son does too actually he has a 5000 but its a 80.oo reel i dont know if he would want me to go modifying but he may if my 4600 turns out ok.
    great post
    cant give rep for a few more hours
     
  4. pendog66

    pendog66 New Member

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    great post Dink, fortunately all my reels have clickers so i dont have to go through all of that
     
  5. Larry

    Larry New Member

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    Still thinking about your post Dink. Can you tell any difference in the functionality after the modification. Also how did you take into account keeping the elements out. I may have more questions.
    thanks
    Larry
     
  6. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    if you cut it correctly then its the same as the one that came from the factory. theres no gasket or anything in between. there may be a little water that gets in but not much if any, that plastic thumbswitch fits really snug against the metal. besides, theres nothing in there to rust, its all plastic, aluminum, or brass. the rest of the reel is isolated from this section. as far as function, works just the same as one off the shelf!
     
  7. Larry

    Larry New Member

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    Sweet!!
    thanks
     
  8. stickthrower

    stickthrower New Member

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    Great artical buddy!!! This is library material & I have two 5000 series that I want to modify. If I can't find the parts I may PM you and have you get me the address & # of place you got yours.:thumbsup:

    Frank
     
  9. Manolo56

    Manolo56 New Member

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    Great piece of information. I have a couple of 5000's I've never been totally satified with because they didn't have clickers. I can't download your pic's until I have 5 posts. This is number 3. I'm somewhat of a new member.
     
  10. james

    james New Member

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    Man thats a good idea looks like library material to me
     
  11. MealsOnReels

    MealsOnReels New Member

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    Thanks for the great idea!
     
  12. Pennspin

    Pennspin New Member

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    Great Idea, Thanks
     
  13. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Hit the nail on the head. It'll be in there today. Thanks Dink!!
     
  14. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    thats nice work for a useless nut(buckeye) dink,love it!
     
  15. fishboy

    fishboy New Member

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    Me too, I hope to download the pics
     
  16. Michael

    Michael New Member

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    that is a great idea. in fact i just stripped the drag out on my abu 5000 and have to tear it down i think I'll try the clicker
     
  17. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations on a library worthy post, Dink! Great info!

    Did you see my post on the book I thought you would comment on?
    It's called "Take My Job and Ship It". Research it on the net. I think you might enjoy it. I read the first 4 pages and it appears awesome. Just waiting for winter so I can read it.

    Take care.
    Cheryl
     
  18. PeZ

    PeZ New Member

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    dink do you no what the part #'s are for the clicker
     
  19. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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  20. bigmike

    bigmike New Member

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    By george I think you have a good idea let us know how that turned out.