Came home from Montauk Tuesday to find a set in the mailbox (Thanks Bob Hulme from Abu! )
Very, very nice and very similar to the Penn HT100's. Switched out the super smoothies that I had in there and gave the new system a test run on a few zillion blues today.
If you have a 6500 series Abu reel get a set of these immediately ! Much better then the Smoothies and a world of difference from the old Abu drag - always the achillies heel of the reel.
The old machine gun feeling the drags once had is a thing of the past and, best of all, the initial pull is very smooth - no hard jerk to get it started.
Also, I received the newly designed cog gear Part #1117079 and ball bearing insert - it's the white plastic gear on the mag side that engages the levelwind. It's now machined to take a ball bearing - As soon as I can find a ball bearing levelwind assembly I expect to significantly add to my casting distance.
Again, Good job ABU