Replacing Grip and Reel Seat

Discussion in 'Rod Building' started by jsuyes, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. Hi,

    Im looking at buying a classic Sage rod. Its pretty cheap but needs a new grip and probably a new real seat. I will probably have someone else make the repair.

    I have two questions:

    1.) Any one know of a person who does a good job repairing rods? Any of you guys interested?
    2.) Roughly how much should I expect to pay for this kind of work?


  2. Greg's Custom Rods in Lake Stevens could probably handle it. What's wrong with the grip and reel seat? If the cork is just dirty and pitted you could use filler and sand it down.
  3. It is possible to cut out one or more cork rings and replace just the damaged area without removing the entire grip.

  4. It looks like it was put back in the rod tube wet. The cork looks rotten.
  5. A rough guess at retail for parts--pre-made half wells cork grip, basic reel seat, and winding check would be around $40 (sales can be found for a bit less and much, much more for high quality cork and fancy reel seats). I don't know the hourly rates for rod builders but if it was a couple of hours of work at least another $20-30 for labor.

    Installing the grip from the bottom (since removing all the guides to slide it down is a PITA) will require the grip to be over-reamed and then shimmed slightly. The winding check will cover most of the gap but then a slight thread ramp may need to be formed to cover the remaining bit.
  6. Scrub the grip with a de-greaser and see what you come up with you might be shocked at how it cleans up. Are you able to add pictures for it might be a quick fix
  7. Here is a picture:

    Thanks for all of the replies. They have been a lot of help.
  8. It could use some love, but I would start by cleaning her up like Matt said. Might try something like Flitz and a Dremel on the reel seat. You can get small bristle attachments to get down in to the threads. You can skim coat the cork with Elmers wood filler paste to fill the pits and voids. Then sand it down with light sand paper and hit it with some cork sealer. If you mess it up your just back to replacing it.
  9. Thanks for the input guys. I didnt end up getting the rod. It was an auction and the price went too high.

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