Ultimate Upgrades by Bryan Young
Convert your 3-stack to the Ultimate 5+1 Drag System
"Stock HT-100 drags are comfortable at max 12# of drag. The brass gears normally start to shread at 15# of drag. The brass gear sleeve also start to round at 12# of drag. So, this set-up does involve several things that need to be considered.
1) You should upgrade your gear sleeve to SS or Ti (still under development).
2) You should use Penn's old stock of steel gears or aftermarket SS gears, such as BlackPearl, SmoothDrag, Newell, or Accurate.
3) 5 stack drag set.
When you add it all together, it does add up and is not for the budget minded, but for those who still love to fish these older reels and bring them in par with newer fishing reels.
I have not taked up the drags to 25# as I am still afraid that this is too much for these tiny reels, but am comfortable at 20# of drag making this a viable to fish with 50#-60# test line with smooth drags at the upper drag settings. ~B. Young"
5 Carbontex* Drag Washers
1 - Under Gear Carbontex* Drag Washer
3 - Stainless Steel Keyed Washers
2 - Stainless Steel Earred Washers
1 - Belleville Washer to replace the wave washer provided by Penn.
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*Carbontex is a tradename of SmoothDrag.
Penn 112H. 210M & Jigmasters 500/501/505/506, 309M