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Reel Seat cutout
Posted by: Gary Goldsmith (---)
Date: November 08, 2020 05:01PM

Building a 5wt with carbon fiber grips. I bought the CFX CF grip from mudhole. The reel seat is slightly larger than the cutout. Any suggestions? The CF comes right to the edge of the cutout so I'm not sure reaming it out is an option. Thanks. Gary.

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Re: Reel Seat cutout
Posted by: Norman Miller (---)
Date: November 08, 2020 05:26PM

I use a Dremel tool with an aluminum oxide grinding stone. Easy to gently move it around the perimeter of the hole to slightly enlarge it. Check for fit as you go.
Norm

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Re: Reel Seat cutout
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: November 08, 2020 07:24PM

The Dremel with a small sanding drum works very well, have done it a number of times/

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Re: Reel Seat cutout
Posted by: Gary Goldsmith (---)
Date: November 08, 2020 07:54PM

Thanks. The cutout is so thin I'm afraid I'll damage the CF. Is that possible?

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Re: Reel Seat cutout
Posted by: Ron Weber (---)
Date: November 08, 2020 08:24PM

Get a seat with a smaller OD hood

Ron Weber

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Re: Reel Seat cutout
Posted by: Gary Goldsmith (---)
Date: November 08, 2020 08:33PM

I really want to use this reel seat. I just looked up the diameters. Guess I missed it. They hand.le is .795 and the OD on the reel seat is .864



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/08/2020 08:55PM by Gary Goldsmith.

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Re: Reel Seat cutout
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---.68.237.121.hwccustomers.com)
Date: November 08, 2020 09:57PM

Exchange the grip for a larger one. If not possible, then stockpile it for another build and buy another. Not that expensive.
Herb

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Re: Reel Seat cutout
Posted by: Michael Sutheimer (---.wi.res.rr.com)
Date: November 11, 2020 06:28AM

With those dimension you would only be taking off about 35 thousandths off the edge of the existing hole which is not much. I would think it is doable. If your concerned about the the integrity of the cf coat the end of the grip with epoxy before opening up the hole. Clamp the grip vertical tape it off so no epoxy runs down the side. Couple coats of very thin epoxy. Will level out nice. Once cured no chance of the cf on the face being damaged as you sand the edge.

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