Re-shafting LeLure Globes
By Craig Sandell 2019

Over the past couple years, I received quite a few e-mails from musky anglers who had the shaft on their LeLure globes break for no apparent reason. In this article, I will show you how to re-shaft your LeLure globe.
 

A Little History
 

For years, Frenchy LeMay custom made his own brand of lures. In the mid-90s, Frenchy and a few of his fishing friends began to market production runs of his lure designs under the brand name LeLure.
 

After Frenchy's death, the production of the lures was outsourced to China. Because the LeLure company did not have the manpower or production resources to oversee the production of their lures in China, it was forced to rely upon the Chinese quality control and assurance. In addition, in order to be cost-effective, single lot quantities of the lure models were ordered.
 

Once the lures made in China began to hit the American market, complaints from the field began to surface. There were complaints about the eyes falling out and the paint peeling off as well as the shaft of their globes breaking for no apparent reason.
 

After a little investigation of the globe problem, it became apparent that there were likely two reasons why the globe shafts were failing. The first reason was the application of excessive heat on the shaft during the production process.

The second was the inferior quality of the metal used for the shaft. Either of these two conditions will result in shaft fracturing for no apparent reason. Since all the globes were made in a single lot, all of the globes (about 5,000) have the potential for this type of failure.
 

 

If this has happened to you, your LeLure globe sits in pieces in a drawer somewhere. The step-by-step instructions in this article should help you add your LeLure globe back into your arsenal of lures.

Tools and materials that you will need:


Split Rings

Use a .051 globe shaft diameter unless you want to try
to replace the through tube in the globe head.

Before You Begin

 

Caution: Read through this entire article before you begin !

 

Take the time to snap a photo of the globe so that you have a record of how the globe was constructed...this may be important as you re-assemble the globe.
 

Note: Your globe may have a metal clip or swivel attached to the shaft, as shown below, to which the body hook is attached. Make sure that you take a picture when you remove the old shaft from the LeLure globe.
 

Remove any hooks from the old globe to be sure that you do not puncture yourself. Now that you you have the hardware and shaft removed from the old globe, you are ready to begin.

Re-assembly Activities

Using the pre-bent globe shaft, slip a cup washer on to the shaft and then slide the shaft through the globe head. Now place a cup washer onto the shaft between the globe head and the globe body...this will allow the globe head to spin freely.

 

If your globe has a metal clip or swivel that should be attached to the globe shaft, now is the time to position it into the globe body as you insert the shaft into the globe body.

Now that the shaft is inserted into the globe body, you need to make a circle bend in the shaft protruding from the rear of the globe...there should be about 1 inches of shaft protruding from the rear of the globe. Before closing the rear loop, slide a split ring onto the shaft as shown above.

 

It is now time to close the rear loop and trim any excess wire:

Step 1

Take your vice grip pliers and clamp it of the loop as shown.  This is done so that you will be able to exert
leverage on the through wire as you close the loop.

Step 2

Using your channel lock pliers, grasp the tag end of the through wire and wrap it around the shaft of the through wire as shown here.

Step 3

You can now use your wire cutters to trim off any excess wire.

Completed Globe

Your globe is now assembled and should look similar to the globe pictured.

Note: The globe head should spin freely on the through wire shaft.  Also, the globe blade should rattle freely.

Now it is a simple matter to to install hooks onto the split rings that you installed and you are ready to hit the water.

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