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MB 550 prep #6721308
01/08/20 06:04 PM
01/08/20 06:04 PM
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Upper Peninsula, Mi
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coykill Offline OP
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I have some MB 550 shipping to me. They are two coiled and probably will never add two more springs to it. Do you grind off the two rods where the springs go to make them four coiled? Will the chain get caught on them and hinder the swivels? I watched some you tube videos and guys where talking about bending the dog so it has a curve in it. Do you do that or just for adjusting pan tension? They are suppose to be set at 2.5 lbs. pan tension and that is what I want.

Re: MB 550 prep [Re: coykill] #6721317
01/08/20 06:12 PM
01/08/20 06:12 PM
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Arizona
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I cut my pins off with 5/8 sticking out then file them smooth. Never messed with the dog.

Re: MB 550 prep [Re: coykill] #6721328
01/08/20 06:25 PM
01/08/20 06:25 PM
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Indiana
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Indiana
Originally Posted by coykill
I have some MB 550 shipping to me. They are two coiled and probably will never add two more springs to it. Do you grind off the two rods where the springs go to make them four coiled? Will the chain get caught on them and hinder the swivels? I watched some you tube videos and guys where talking about bending the dog so it has a curve in it. Do you do that or just for adjusting pan tension? They are suppose to be set at 2.5 lbs. pan tension and that is what I want.

Do not touch! Not necessary to grind pins; they're just fine out of the factory. As age sets in on springs, you might want to add two more anyway. Don't touch dog. Set for 2.5 lbs or so. Great coyote trap.

Re: MB 550 prep [Re: coykill] #6721493
01/08/20 08:44 PM
01/08/20 08:44 PM
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West Central MN
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I bend the pins inward so the swivel don't get caught in them. By bending them, should you ever want to 4 coil them, you simply bend them back out.


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Re: MB 550 prep [Re: coykill] #6721514
01/08/20 08:57 PM
01/08/20 08:57 PM
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carolina, Alabama
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I cut off the spring pins to half inch or so and i bend the dog slightly to lower pan tension.


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Re: MB 550 prep [Re: Backbreaker] #6721607
01/08/20 10:03 PM
01/08/20 10:03 PM
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Maine, Aroostook
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Originally Posted by Backbreaker

Do not touch! Not necessary to grind pins; they're just fine out of the factory. As age sets in on springs, you might want to add two more anyway. Don't touch dog. Set for 2.5 lbs or so. Great coyote trap.


I fondle mine, they're a work of art. I don't do a thing to mine modification-wise, they're fine right out of the box. Caught a snowshoe hare in one this winter. Fox got to it before I did.
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Re: MB 550 prep [Re: coykill] #6721657
01/08/20 10:47 PM
01/08/20 10:47 PM
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West Texas
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You can bend them in or cut them off. If you use them a lot you will have problems with the swivel hanging up. I set a lot of traps and had it happen pretty regular until I cut them off.

Re: MB 550 prep [Re: coykill] #6722861
01/09/20 10:30 PM
01/09/20 10:30 PM
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Huntingdon Co. Pa.
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I don`t think you have to do anything but I change the swivel that connects to the trap just because I think it makes it easier and quicker to bed.I do have to weld them but its a simple and quick fix for me.With this find of swivel I have never had any trouble with the pins. [Linked Image]
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Re: MB 550 prep [Re: coykill] #6722868
01/09/20 10:34 PM
01/09/20 10:34 PM
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Eastern Mt, 31 yrs old
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Same as the others, the only mod needed is the swivel. The stock one gets stuck in the spring pins a lot


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Re: MB 550 prep [Re: coykill] #6722908
01/09/20 11:06 PM
01/09/20 11:06 PM
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Indiana
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I bend mine

Re: MB 550 prep [Re: coykill] #6722989
01/10/20 12:05 AM
01/10/20 12:05 AM
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South MS
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Either bend or cut the spring pins then it's ready for action.

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