How To: Upgrade Carbontex

Guide to upgrade your drag in a Threadline / Eggbeater reel.

Prepare your reel for the Carbontex Drag Washer upgrade

First of all the reel

Undo the drag on fishing reel by completely winding off the drag knob

Remove the spool and drag knob from base of fishing reel

Undo the drag completely

Looking down from the top you will see where the drag is located

This drag is situated in the top of this reel

Locate the drag spring and prepare to remove it with a small tool

Remove the drag spring clip

Remove the drag spring clip by putting pressure on one side of the spring

Drag spring clip removed

Remove the old drag washers from the top of the reel

Remove the drag washers

Place all the reel parts carefully, make sure not to lose anything

Parts of the drag spread out. Remember the order

Make sure you remember the order the drag washers were in when removed

Separate the drag washers and the drag components

Measure the old drag washer sizes or find the correct punch to match them

Measure the size or match the outside diameter

Double check you have the right size measurement

Check that it is the correct size. Its better to be slightly smaller than slightly wider.

Prepare to cut the first of the three drags out of the Carbontex sheet

Cut the first of the three drags. Cut the outer ring first and make sure you can relocate the centre again. The outside can be cut with a Wad punch.

Then relocate the centre and cut out the correct size. This can be done with a hole and eyelet punch.

Lay out the new drags and the old drag washers to check they are the correct size

Lay them out and check they are the correct size.

Stack the new drag washers and smooth the edges with sandpaper

Smooth off the edges by holding all the carbontex washers and carefully drag along some smooth grit sandpaper

Once the drags are smooth check the original drag stack size

Now that they are all smooth check for correct thickness.

Original Drag Stack

Compare the new drag stack size to the old

New upgraded drag


Note that there is some difference in thickness here.

Replace the drag back into the reel and check that the Drag Spring Clip is EASILY situated back into position. You should NOT have to push the drag down to replace the clip. Because this reel had some play in the drag already the slightly thicker drag stack was easily placed into the spool.

If you need to push down on the drag stack to replace the Drag Spring Clip then drag has already been applied and this will reduce "free spool" level. The spool should easily spin with the drag and drag spring clip correctly in place.

If the drag is slightly thicker than the original and can not be placed exactly back then the CENTRE carbontex drag can be remove and replaced with the thinner original drag. This should reduce the overall height and "fix" the problem.

This drag system can be run wet or dry. I prefer to run it wet as this aids in the smoothness of the drag.


Re-assemble the drag knob and check that the spool can easily turn with minimum drag applied.

Put the reel back together with the new drags and enjoy your new carbontex drag upgrade

Now tighten the drag knob down and spin the spool by hand.

This will help seat the new washers and aid in the small amount of "breaking in" required by this new drag.