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Changing out a roller tip on a Shimano roller rod.


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IMG_2516.thumb.JPG.1122bbd413540a81647d7656c5362de7.JPGHad anyone changed out the standard roller tip on a Shimano roller rod to a torpedo swivel tip? What is the easiest way to do it, I’ve never done one is there anything I need to be careful of?

 

 

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I would apply heat to soften the glue and remove the original tip. Next, measure the rod tip diameter to the nearest 1/64". Tip guides are sized by two numbers: the size of the eye in mm and the diameter of the hole the rod fits into is in 64ths. Yeah, weird, right? Order a tip guide and while you do that get the good brown hot glue. Heat up the glue, apply to the rod tip and then slide the new top guide into place and align. 

 

That's about all there is too it. 

 

The only weirdness on a swivel tip is that you may need to remove the wrapping and re-wrap. 

Edited by Chuck Smth
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Changing over to the Torpedo swivel roller tip is a little more challenging to do than replacing a common ring guide. Unless something has changed, there used to be only 1 size tube for the Torpedo tip. To install it correctly (with long-term durability) you need to build up the rod tip with thread and epoxy rod finish, let it cure, and then mount the torpedo tip with rod tip adhesive. If you skip building up and fitting the rod blank tip to the roller guide tube, it wont hold up long term.

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Jann’s Netcraft offers a PAC Bay Swivel Roller Tip Guide in multiple sizes that is similar to the Torpedo Guide.  I’ve used both and don’t see any difference other than the PAC Bay being about $10 cheaper.

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