Ultimate Upgrades by Bryan Young
Convert your 3-stack to the Ultimate 5+1 Drag System
"To give a a brief history of this set. The stock Newell Drag Set left a lot to be desired. It was often sticky during the run of a hooked fish. So, the first thing that we did was to replace the Newell stock washer with greased HT-100 washers by Penn or Carbontex washers by SmoothDrag. This was a great improvement, and this combination produced a very solid 12# of drag. Wanting more, with the help of Alan (Tani), I've created a 5+1 stack versus their 3 stack (3 + 1). This set produced a solid 18#-20# of drag.
Note that after installing the drag set, at rest, the height is slightly higher than the stock set. A 1/8-1/4 turn of the star will resolve the binding. of the top of the stack with the side plate. I hope you understand. Some solutions have a little adjustments.
The following pictures compares the differences between the stock and the 5+1 drag systems installed in the gear.
(2) - Thick Carbontex* Drag Washers
*Carbontex is a tradename of SmoothDrag.
(3) - Thin Carbontex* Drag Washers
(1) - Smaller Carbontex* Washer, Under Gear Drag Washer (Replacement for [KEY #4] Washer)
(3) - Stainless Steel Keyed Washers
(2) - Stainless Steel Earred Washers
(1) - Belleville Washer
Newell 500 Series