View Full Version : Guide Alignment

04-27-2016, 04:25 AM
Did my 1st all guide replacement came out ok but my guides are not spot on thankfully it doesn't look like an Acid wrap.. any tips would be great

04-27-2016, 06:30 AM
Oh boy, so you have caught the virus.

They do make a fancy laser light you can put in the rod holder but you don't need that.

After you get all the guides on and they are 98% good take the rod out of the rod lathe or whatever you used and hold it and look down the blank several times, have a beer, look down it again.

When you see one a bit out of alignment you can carefully take your thumbs and give it a tweak and look down the blank again. The guides are tight but not that much that you can't give it a tweak before finishing.

04-27-2016, 08:21 AM
I find that looking from above and then below and then from above and back and forth adjusting until I get it "good enough" works for me. I have also found that placing the rod tip on the ground and flexing the rod on its side with each guide toughing the floor can help to line them up. In the end as long as they pretty much line up I am sure you'll never experience any noticeable difference while on the water so long as the guides end up on the right side of the blank

04-27-2016, 02:45 PM
Thanks for the feed back , I like the ground flex idea Haven't got the bug to build just repair my own stuff trying to keep it fun

04-30-2016, 04:58 PM
Eye ball as best as possible even with a lazer level odds are that blank is not 100% dead nuts straight. Sighting down the blank as Toby states is the best bet.
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05-01-2016, 08:13 AM
Here's an old easy trick. Take a penn squidder or something close. Put in tight in the reel seat. Now you have a machined set up . Should be about as close as you can get. Put rod on flat surface. go to but and adjust guides then go to tip an make final adjustment. guides should be spot on. Just make sure the rell is centered in the reel seat. learned this trick from Whitey Krueger way back when. Good way to align guides especially on re-wraps.