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Taking a Closer Look at Daiwa's Monocoque Reel Bodies

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Daiwa launched their Monocoque Body five years ago in 2016, putting an end to the convention that the housing of a reel must always be a combination of two parts.
Instead of the conventional split between the body and the body cover, Daiwa came up with a design where the body itself is a rigid frame. However, while it was durable to twists and bends, it is also space-economizing and compact. 
It is this durability and space efficiency under extreme conditions that have seen monocoque design technology used in everything from Formula One vehicles to rockets. Since the design eliminates the need for screw space it allows Daiwa to expand the drive gear to its maximum size relative to the dimensions of the body. This meant that bodies could remain the same size as before, but house much larger gears. Alternatively, if the gear sizes are kept the same, then extremely light bodies could be used instead.
Another advantage of Daiwa's monocoque models is the screw-in side cap that allows for 360 degrees of gear stability. This is in contrast to reels with multiple screw port sideplates as these tend to have material inside the reel for the screws resulting in a loss of overall space within the frame of the reel. Some models try to overcome this with bigger reels, but this not only adds more weight while increasing frame movement which means less rigidity. 
Daiwa Field Marketing Manager, Marc Mills, sums it up by saying that without adding multiple screw ports and having just one thread-in side Daiwa can make the reel smaller, but utilize bigger gears. He added that putting a bigger gear in the reel allows for the same gear ratios as other reels in the industry, but with more power and torque as well as efficiency when turning the handle. 
Monocoque technology also comes with the benefit of offering a much greater seal. It is more efficient for keeping water, contaminants, and debris out of the real, which means gears that last longer. According to Mills, the technology allows Daiwa to transfer gear power to the reel at the same gear ratios, but as a smoother, easier-to-turn reel than the competition making use of regular sideplates. Daiwa makes monocoque reel bodies in a variety of different materials, from diecast frames to machine frames to Zaion. Mills also said that thanks to monocoque, pretty much the whole gear box is a gear, so there's no offset little areas or screw ports taking up valuable space. 
For more information about Daiwa's monocoque reel bodies as well as their other products visit their official website at http://www.daiwa.com/us/
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