Garcia Ambassadeur 6500 Casting Reel
for Striped Bass Fishing.
Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C4 Baitcasting Reels a true classic,
reinvented with a smoother drag, stronger gearing, and 6-pin centrifugal
The super smooth Abu Garcia Ambassadeur C4 Classic Round
Baitcast Reels are perfect when your fishing requires a quick retrieve.
3 Shielded Stainless Steel Bearings1 Instant Anti Reverse Roller Bearing
meets tolerances of .0002 inch.
Aluminum V Shaped
Precision Swedish Brass Gears
Carbon Matrix Drag
Chemical Nickel Coated Levelwind System
Six Pin Centrifugal Braking System
Line Out Alarm on 6500 & 6600 Models
6500C4: Exclusive Product - No Thumbar High speed 6.3 retrieve
Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur C4 Series
Each model features a three-bearing drive and an additional stainless
steel roller bearing for the hook setting power of Instant Anti-Reverse. Each of these
reels features Swedish cut brass gears, dual centrifugal weight-spool braking,
synchronized levelwind system, lightweight aluminum spools, and a flip-up thumb rest.
Modifications for the Abu Garcia® Ambassadeur 6500's
How far can the 6500 cast?
Tuning the ABU Garcia 6500.
TUNING by JEFF NIELSEN
Abu 6500 C3 CT Mag Hi Speed: The Tuning
The two most common lubricants are grease and oil. Grease is
basically oil with a thickener or soap. The thickener acts like a
sponge to soak up the oil when not in use.
What does it do?
|helps keep dirt out
||prevents material wear
|can suspend contaminants
||requires frequent servicing
|prevents material wear
||has low torque
requires little servicing
|does not last as long
|lasts a long time
There are two types of Covers on Bearings - Shields and Seals.
The 2 Different Covers on Bearings have quite an impact on the care and
Maintenance as well as the longevity of the Bearing.
Sealed Bearing have a bearing cover that is Rubber or
Neoprene and will keep the Elements out of your Bearings, which can make
your bearings last longer, however this could create drag on the inner
raceway if there is any Contact with the Raceways.
have a metal cover on the Outside of the
Bearing and is attached to the bearing either by:
(Serviceable) or is Pressed into the Bearing called a Stake Shield (once
removed it cannot be re-installed) and is most Common.
Shields do not
keep the elements out as well as a Seal but there is no drag on the
Bearing whatsoever making it a Faster Bearing as there is
no Contact with the Shield. It is also easier to maintain a Shielded
Bearing as you can lubricate the Bearings without having to remove them.
Tuning the ABU 6500CT Mag
There are four ways to control a 6500 CT Mag all four need to be in
harmony for things to run smoothly.
Use three or four of the standard rare earth magnets, suggest you start
with four and drop to three only if you need less magnet power braking. They
are held in place on the metal keeper plate by magnetism alone. There are
seven spaces for magnets but usually only four or five are actually fitted.
Use the positions in the centre of the plate rather than each end. The
magnet holder moves via a cam action so with the mags in the middle they
move further away than if fitted in the outer spaces when you slide them off
as the lead gets away. I normally cast with the slide set on no 4, then ease
them off to zero once the lead is well away. When will depend on many
things, not least being your own style, ambient humidity and wind
Too thin oil requires more brakes or mags and less line, too few mags means
thicker oil and more brakes, You get the picture. Two drops of Yellow Label
Rocket Fuel in each bearing. That's the oil in the clear plastic tube with a
red stripe that came with the reel. Remove bearings from reel and soak in
lighter petrol for five minutes, remove and place on kitchen tissue. Leave
for another five minutes for all traces to evaporate then add two drops of
the oil and allow to soak in past the dust covers. They are pretty fast
reels with this oil but should you find that three magnets and no block is
too slow, very unlikely, try replacing the Yellow Rocket Fuel with
Tournament grade Rocket Fuel.
Start with one of the standard items that came with the reel in the
plastic bag containing the oil and spanner. You will have to balance mags v
brakes for optimum performance depending on your style. You can wind off
magnets but you cannot alter centrifugal brakes during the cast. Aim to use
mags only in due course, but start with one block until you get more feel
for how the reel tune suits your style.
This is based on 0.35mm mono. If you are using a premium co-polymer line
load up to the top of the spool plus another 10 yards or so. Have a few
casts with the magnets full on to stretch and bed in the line before going
for the big one. The level is unlikely to drop much. If you use a standard
C26 type nylon allow overfill a little more then cast make two or three
gently casts with full mags. On the third cast let the lead dig in and give
the line a good stretch. Rewind under normal pressure and the level should
settle just above the spool lip. If you are using the new USA standard
0.32mm Stren line reduce line level by around 10 percent, corresponding to
line diameter. Too much thin line means the level will not drop quickly
enough during the cast to offer much in the way of natural braking.
However, all the above is of little use if the spool is out of balance.
The importance of spool balance when tuning a fast spool cannot be over
emphasized. You have to start off assuming the spool itself is in balance,
but it is the initial line lay that invariably determines whether a spool
runs like a dream or screams like a stuck pig. First time around set the
knot to one side of the spool and wind the line on cotton reel fashion for
three of four runs across the spool. Then concentrate on feeding it evenly
across the spool and fill her up. Now tape it down with some plastic
insulating tape run exactly twice round the spool. It must end immediately
over where it starts on the spool, an uneven overlap will put the spool out
of balance. Now with the magnets slid all the way off tighten up the star
drag, give the handle a good flip and put it into free spool with the spool
rotating as fast as you like. It should be perfectly silent with no hint of
vibration. If in doubt spin it again, place the reel on a flat surface and
listen closely. If it's out of balance it will vibrate and possibly move
across the surface in extreme cases. Bad news. Wind all the line off onto
another reel and rewind it but rather than an even line lay make it the
opposite. Wind on the line but keep it all on the right hand side to make a
hump 4mm to 5mm high, then take the line rapidly across to the left and make
a similar hump there. Finally a hump in the middle and then even it all out
and continue to wind on evenly as normal. Tape down the end, spin and see
how it runs this time. If it's still not right try variations of humping
left, right, middle or right, middle, left until you achieve vibration free
running. You either get it right first time or it may take a little while.
Balance is obtained by the lay of the first 20 yards of line. There cannot
be to much importance put on this subject.
ABEC rated bearings:
ABEC stands for Annular Bearing Engineers' Committee.
committee works to determine the standards for bearings for the
Anti-Friction Bearing Manufacturers Association (AFBMA).
The ABEC scale classifies different accuracy and tolerance ranges
for bearings. There are five ratings in the ABEC scale.
The ABEC rating is determined by the following.
How close the bore is to 8mm in microns
How close the outer diameter is to 22 in microns
How close the width is to 7mm in microns
The rotating accuracy in microns
The second column of the table lists the corresponding tolerance
classes as defined by ISO, the International Organization for
Standardization. Both systems are widely used in the bearing
An ABEC Rating refers to the Grade of the Bearing in Reference to
smoothness and Noise.
The quieter the Bearing and the TIGHTER the TOLERANCES between the
Radial Ball Run -In and the Run-out - the Higher the Abec Rating.
Abec is about Quality of Tolerances and an Abec 7 is not faster than
an Abec 1
What makes a Bearing fast is a lighter weight Lubricant. If you use
a lightweight Oil it will dissipate faster than grease and you must
remember to RE-OIL your reel on a regular Basis.
A Higher Abec Rating does not Refer to Speed.
Depending on how fast you want your bearings to go you must decide
on OIL (The fastest) or GREASE (The least Maintenance) If you don't
keep oil or grease in the Bearings they will run Metal to Metal and
will seize from Friction and Heat and break apart