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Old 06-28-2006, 04:23 PM
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I am thinking about buying an aluminum reel frame for my TLD30II was wondering what you think about the Willfish Topless frame or the Tiburon frames?
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Old 06-28-2006, 05:31 PM
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It's a lot of money for little gain. Check out the tackle board over on Allcoast about this.
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Old 06-28-2006, 05:33 PM
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buy an aluminum reel and forget about the TLD
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TLD's are junk. I tossed the two I bought right into the deep after both broke on their first outing. Trash. Shouldn't be marketed to people who think it is a great light weight reel. Breaks at the reel seat with 20lbs of drag. Shimano should be ashamed of this reel. Just buy the Tiagra. It cost more, but will last a lifetime VS one outing. Shimano makes some great products and has passed up Penn the sleeping gaint. If the reel isn't made of aluminum either cast or machined I won't buy it. All composite fishing reels are caca.
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:24 AM
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That is what I am trying to do is keep from breaking one. I already have the TLD and don't have the funds to buy an other reel at this time. I was just wondering about trying to patch one with a frame.
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:44 AM
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Take it from someone who has a butt load of Shimano in his boat, buy AVET. I got one this year and it is MUCH better quality than Shimano, with a better drag system. Contact MikeW on this board for AVET reels. You will be glad you did.


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Old 06-29-2006, 07:49 AM
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To answer you question about the after market frames- I have only heard good thing about the "Willfish" Aluminum Frames.

Sure If you were to buy another reel you should start with only the stock aluminum frames ie: Tiagra, Avet, Accurate

but if YOU feel its cost effective, go for it !!

I think the frames are cool looking, personally
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Old 06-29-2006, 08:13 AM
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I just found one on Ebay and am I missing something...
the frame for a

TOPLESS FRAME FOR SHIMANO 20 OR 30 TLD 2-SPD

is selling for 180.00 plus shipping......

what is the cost of a new alum frame reel ??? in compairson to add 180.00 to an existing reel ???

john
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Old 06-29-2006, 09:24 AM
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I have two Penn 4/0 wides and a Penn 6/0 that I have fully Accuratized over the past 5 years. More of a hobby that a dollar comparison. I enjoyed doing the piece-meal upgrades. My advise for the TLD would be to use the Tiburon frame if you find one. Also, there are a lot of people that trash-talk upgrade parts but they have no experience with them, don't under estimate the upgrade of aluminum sideplates. They will perfectly align the spool, dissipate drag heat, and at least in the case of Accurate contain excellent bearings. Charkbait may be able to locate a Tiburon frame for your TLD, they are considerably cheaper than the local tackle stores for upgrade parts.
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Old 06-29-2006, 10:39 AM
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I have a TLD30II that I love, but this situation is really starting to bug me. I have not been worried because I fish at 15# drag on strike, and only go to max drag when I am out of the harness when the fish is close to the boat. But this is just getting to be too commom a failure.

I think if you buy a frame you are out $200. OR, if you sell the TLD on ebay for $200 (which is reasonable if in good condition, then buy an Avet for $400, you are still out $200.

I too bought the TLD because it was lightest 2spd reel available with the line capacity I needed.

Knowing what I know now, I would have bought an Avet in hindsight, so I am seriously thinking about it now.
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