How to Lubricate a Shimano Stradic 2500 Reel

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How to Lubricate a Shimano Stradic 2500 Reel
A few drops of reel oil will keep a Shimano Stradic running smoothly. (fishing reel image by Dawn Williams from

The Shimano Stradic 2500 is a medium-duty spincasting reel for freshwater fishing. The open-faced design helps the line fly off the spool for accurate casting under a variety of fishing conditions. Shimano recommends regular cleaning and maintenance of the Stradic with reel oil to lubricate key points.

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Things you need

  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Reel oil
  • Clean cloth

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  1. 1

    Clean the exterior of the reel with cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove grit, grime and mineral deposits from the water before lubricating the Stradic reel.

  2. 2

    Remove the spool from the reel by unscrewing the drag knob on the top of the reel and lifting off the spool.

  3. 3

    Clean inside the spool housing with a cotton swab, then apply two to three drops of reel oil on the shaft where it enters the reel housing.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the locking knob opposite the handle to remove the handle assembly, then swab inside the threaded hole with a clean cotton swab.

  5. 5

    Place two to three drops of oil in the hole for the reel handle and another two to three drops in the outer ring around the hole for the handle.

  6. 6

    Wipe down the handle shaft with a clean cloth, reinsert the handle and secure with the locking knob on the opposite side of the reel.

  7. 7

    Unscrew the threaded plug on the upper left of the handle to open the maintenance port. Apply one to two drops of reel oil into the maintenance port to lubricate the internal gear mechanism, then screw the plug back over the port.

  8. 8

    Add a drop or two of oil to the bail assembly, which is the metal wire that runs halfway around the spool. The spring-loaded bail assembly has two points where the wire connects to the bail. Lubricate each point with oil, then open and close the bail several times to work the lubricant into the hinges.

  9. 9

    Wipe down the reel with a clean cloth to remove any excess lubricant before storing the equipment or reattaching to a fishing rod.

Tips and warnings

  • Use only reel oil to lubricate the Stradic 2500. Shimano advises against using any other type of lubricant or degreaser on the reel to prevent premature wear of the bearings and gear mechanism.

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