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Riverbud.... The stainless steel bearings are sealed, just what the bearing companies call shielded. I use them as they are when I receive them, they are a little faster than the original Ambassadeur Abec3 bearings so I replace the bushing and the original Ambassadeur bearing on the other side of the 5000 or 6000 spool so they are a matched set. I have heard of fisherman soaking the sealed bearings in lighter fluid and blowing out all the old oil with an air compressor so they can use a faster oil with them. They work fine for me as they are, and no maintainence required. I order all my Carbontex drag washers directly from Smooth Drag, best prices and very low shipping prices. For all other Ambassadeur parts I give Pure Fishing a call and order the Ambassadeur parts. I have never used the ceramic bearings, mainly beacause of the high price, maintenance and I am not a tournament caster. Aburiverbud55 said:abu your the man that bearing house is about 1 1/2mi from my work and what a deal, ya ever use the ceramic's? the ss bearings are sheilded is that the same as sealed and would u still oil em, are the ss bearings about the same speed as the stockers, bearings that is. another ? were da ya get other parts like gears and drag washers (thinken mite try carbon) thanks again