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There are many ways to make your own carbon drag washers. The technique explained here will produce a nice, concentric washer with a nicely centered hole.

I have embedded my YouTube video of the process here if you would like to view that. If you like this sort of thing, please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel so you will be notified as I put out more content. My YouTube Channel

Carbon based drag washers are a great upgrade for reels that do not already have them. They are smooth in operation, reliable, consistent and hold up to heat better than other types of drag washer material. Aftermarket carbon drag washers are available for many reels and are an easy, drop in solution. I enjoy fishing with vintage fishing reels and, more often than not, you will not find the exact size carbon drag washers you need. If that is the case, you can make your own washers from Carbontex sheet material. You can find the material online. While it isn't cheap, you get enough material to make drag washers for several different reels and it does actually work out to be a good deal.

How do you turn the sheet stock into finished washers? That is what I will be covering here in this instructable...let's get started!

Step 1: Disassemble/Label/Measure/Order

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Carbontex is available in different thicknesses. In order for you to find out what thickness you need, you will have to disassemble your reel to remove the drag washers. This process varies from reel to reel so I will not cover that here. If you don't know how to get to your drag washers, you may be able to find a tutorial online or a parts schematic that will help you out with the process. For this instructable, I am replacing the drag washers on a vintage Shakespeare 2052 spinning reel.

It is important to label your parts as you remove them. In my example here, the drag washers are in a six piece stack that uses leather drag washers and metal ones. I will also be making a new spool washer to replace the old leather one that goes under the spool. I have labeled the washers to make sure I reinstall them in the correct order. The leather washers are the friction washers that will be replaced with carbon based washers.

You will need a way to measure the material thickness of your old drag washers so you can determine what thickness your will need to order your Carbontex sheet in. Here I am using calipers to measure the thickness.

You can order your Carbontex sheet once you have determined what thickness you will be needing.

dsiddens1 year ago

Run carbon washers dry.