Troubleshooting your Easi-Troll Downrigger

If you are having issues with your Magnum Downrigger, you can do some basic troubleshooting. Click on the button below to open the troubleshooter. You can also have the downrigger repaired by an Authorized Service Center. To find your closest service center, click the link below. The link below the button will open in a new tab. 

Click here for the Authorized Service Provider Locator

Common Issues with the Easi-Troll

3-digit meter does not keep accurate count of cable deployed.

  1. The amount and type of cable on the reel affects the counter’s accuracy. Changing the stainless steel cable length or replacing the cable with monofilament or braided line will affect the amount of line released with each reel rotation.
  2. Check position of meter to make sure that it lines up correctly with the reel gear.
  3. Check gears on both reel and meter to make sure that all teeth are intact.

Reel seems to slip in downrigger, won't retrieve properly.

  1. Check set screw in reel to make sure that it is set correctly into the reel shaft hole.
  2. Check clutch pad to see if pad is worn smooth and no longer functional.
  3. Check reel for cracks.

Handle when turned backwards does not release weight.

  1. Check the dog ratchet to see if it worn / no longer keying into gear.
  2. Check to make sure that when handle is turned backwards, it does start to turn off and to release the clutch.
  3. Check under the clutch cover to make

Replacing the Clutch

Recommended Parts to Replace and Part Numbers

  1. Rotate the Crank Handle Counterclockwise until it is removed completely from the Ratchet Shaft.
  2. Carefully remove and set aside the Crank Spring; remove the Thrust Washers and Torque Transfer Bearing (these should be replaced during clutch service).
  3. Remove the Clutch Cover, take note of the orientation of the Dog Ratchet, this may vary slightly depending on model.
  4. Pull the Ratchet Shaft, Ratchet Brake Plate, Clutch Pad, and Clutch Brake Plate out of/off of the Reel Shaft.
  5. Place the Clutch Brake Plate, new Clutch Pad, and Ratchet Brake Plate on the Ratchet Shaft and slide it into the Reel Shaft.
  6. Feed the Ratchet Shaft into the Reel Shaft. As the Clutch Brake Plate contacts the Reel Shaft, orient the Clutch Brake Plate so the protrusion from the Reel Shaft is captured in the center opening of the Clutch Brake Plate.
  7. Verify the square end of the Ratchet Shaft is fully seated in the square center opening of the Ratchet Plate.
  8. On the handle side of the downrigger, place a Thrust Washer, then the Torque Transfer Bearing, and the other Thrust Washer on the end of Ratchet Shaft.
  9. Place the Crank Spring on the Ratchet Shaft, the smaller end of the Crank Spring goes toward the Downrigger Frame, away from the handle, the larger end makes direct contact with the Handle.
  10. Hold the Ratchet Shaft in place and install the handle a few turns to keep the ratchet shaft from backing out and allowing any part of the Clutch Assembly to misalign.
  11. Make sure the Dog Ratchet and Dog Ratchet Spring are aligned properly.
  12. Install the Clutch Cover.
  13. Hold the Spool and tighten the handle fully.
  14. Verify operation, when turning the handle clockwise the ratchet should click, and the spool should turn with the handle, counterclockwise handle rotation should engage the dog ratchet and the handle should begin loosening, relieving pressure on the clutch and allowing the spool to turn freely.


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