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Adding Baseplates to DLS #7263838
05/13/21 09:35 PM
05/13/21 09:35 PM
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I am adding some baseplates with D rings to some Bridger No. 4 DLS. I was going to weld them but thought about bolting them instead. What do y'all think?

Thanks in advance.


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Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Blaine County] #7263848
05/13/21 10:01 PM
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I welded mine and I guess bolting never really crossed my mind.

Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Blaine County] #7263854
05/13/21 10:09 PM
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I welded and bolted mine, I know overkill

Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Blaine County] #7263856
05/13/21 10:18 PM
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I was just thinking of how they are bolted to my coil springs. Three holes, three bolts and three nuts and you would be done. And it would look a little nicer. I know, who cares? But I am weird about that kind of stuff.


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Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Fiske] #7263857
05/13/21 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Fiske
I welded and bolted mine, I know overkill


I do the overkill thing too.


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Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Blaine County] #7263873
05/13/21 10:58 PM
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Hope you can see bolts [Linked Image]

Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Blaine County] #7263895
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I can. Is that a PIT pan? And, which long spring is that?

Thanks for posting.


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Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Blaine County] #7263901
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Bridger #4, pit #2 pan

Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Fiske] #7263951
05/14/21 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Fiske
Hope you can see bolts [Linked Image]

Perfect both the trap mods and the pad catch. Nice job!


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Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Blaine County] #7263989
05/14/21 06:52 AM
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You can barely see it, but i just run a j-hook through the bottom.
(But to each his own haha)

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Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Blaine County] #7264051
05/14/21 08:17 AM
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While either will do the same outcome I would trust a weld done right more then a bit and bolt. Of course that comes down to personal preference as the MB and many other very well made and highly used trap models have nuts and bolts. While I have done the base plate on longs and it did work of course I leave the chain on the spring do to how the mechanics of the trap. More of a friction lock then a Constant Spring pressure that gains and loses power depending on the spring tension if that makes any sense. But again either one works and go with maybe some with a bolt and nut and some welded and see what you like better. The j hook through the frame with a good j hook is also not a bad option to try as show above.

Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Blaine County] #7264059
05/14/21 08:30 AM
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Some of the traps that had bolt on baseplates from factory are because cast jaw traps need to have a two piece frame as you can't really flex the jaws to install them.

Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: nov1181] #7264096
05/14/21 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by nov1181
While either will do the same outcome I would trust a weld done right more then a bit and bolt. Of course that comes down to personal preference as the MB and many other very well made and highly used trap models have nuts and bolts. While I have done the base plate on longs and it did work of course I leave the chain on the spring do to how the mechanics of the trap. More of a friction lock then a Constant Spring pressure that gains and loses power depending on the spring tension if that makes any sense. But again either one works and go with maybe some with a bolt and nut and some welded and see what you like better. The j hook through the frame with a good j hook is also not a bad option to try as show above.


I was thinking about just leaving the chains on the spring too. Your reasoning makes sense.


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Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Blaine County] #7264186
05/14/21 01:05 PM
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I moved my chains to the bottom from the spring because I occasionally catch wolves and I didn’t think the smaller hardware on the spring attachment was up to the job. I can’t speak for newer traps, but the victor and b and l #4’s have plenty strong baseplates stock. No need to add another baseplate. It just makes them heavier…. I have added some baseplates to some traps just because it was an easy way to move the chain attachment. I have also used lap links welded shut and also the j hook setup shown above. I like to keep it off to the side to make it easier to set over my knee, but I can still set them over my knee with the attachment in the middle. I wouldn’t use nuts and bolts and welds…. Then again, modding traps is not an activity I look forward to…..


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Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: Blaine County] #7264635
05/15/21 06:36 AM
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Haven't baseplated mine but I did center mount and swivel with better chain. At some point I would like to laminate the jaws on all of mine.
Someday....
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Re: Adding Baseplates to DLS [Re: jabNE] #7264888
05/15/21 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jabNE
Haven't baseplated mine but I did center mount and swivel with better chain. At some point I would like to laminate the jaws on all of mine.
Someday....
[Linked Image]

I laminated the jaws on a couple of #4 traps a few years ago. It really slowed them down. I’ve never actually seen a need for the laminations so I quit doing it.

Those are nice looking traps btw.

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