Stella FJ (Stella 2018) Warning
Earlier this year Shimano released the 2018 freshwater Stella, known as Stella FJ in export markets. The reel first appeared in exhibitions in Japan at the beginning of the year, then they went into serial production and were sold retail beginning April-May 2018.
During the 4 months since release I began receiving reports of a problem where the bail hits the spool when the spool is near to or at the highest position. Sometimes the hit is on the side of the spool, and others it's in the centre of the spool. Here are two video samples of reports I received, one is the 4000 Stella, and the other is the 2500 size
Once the number of reports I received reached 6, I made some enquiries with contacts in the trade in Japan, and was told that the first production runs did have this problem which was not in pre-production exhibit reels. I was informed that Shimano quickly rectified it in subsequent production runs, and so far I'm being told that they are doing a good job replacing the affected reels no questions asked. Up till now I have counted 11 different such cases, and the the problem is not limited to a size or a geographical region.
If you have one of these reels in any size check if your bail clears the spool at the highest position, and if it has the problem get in touch with your seller or Shimano to get a replacement, and send me an email using the CONTACT form and let me know which size and what's the code on the round sticker found on the foot.
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September, 14th, 2018