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How to install weld on Expanded Pans for #3 and #4 Longsprings

How to install weld on Expanded Pans for #3 and #4 Longsprings

Wild River Traps makes expanded, weld on pans for some of the more popular Bobcat traps.  These include the #3 and #4 long-springs, MB-550, Bridger #3, Duke #4 and CDR's.  All of these pans are made to fit the trap exactly with no further modification.  These pans are made of heavy duty 16 gauge steel. Welding is my preferred method, but the same steps can be taken, but using a drill bit and pop rivets to attach the Wild River Pan on top of the factory pan.  No matter which way you decide to attach the pans I suggest at least 3 points of attachment,

This tutorial is for the #3 and #4 Longsprings


Step Zero -  Order the correct pans for your traps! Find them here: 

#3 LS Pans:  http://www.wildrivertraps.com/products/victor-3-long-spring-expanded-pans-dozen

#4 LS Pans:  http://www.wildrivertraps.com/products/copy-of-3-long-spring-expanded-pans-dozen


Step 1:   You will need an Long Spring Trap, a Vice Grips, and a Wild River Expanded Pan



Step 2:  The expanded pan is cut out to fit over the hump where the pan post is raised on the factory Victor pan.  Line this up and attach the pan with a vice grips.  Once it is attached, make sure it looks square.


Step 3:  Tack Welf a few spots on the outside of the pan.  Once it is tacked, take the vice grips off and make sure the trap functions properly.


Step 4:  After making sure it functions properly, finish welding the pan at your desired locations.

Step 5:  Treat the trap how you treat the rest of your traps (Dip, Dye, Wax).  If your using exposed sets there are some great ways to blend the pan in.  The link below uses a glue and your choice of dressing (dirst, sand, corn cob grit) to make the trap pan as natural as possible for the bobcat to step on.



Results you ask?  Yeah they produce results!


  • Thomas

    I’m sure someone else has done this, but instead of investing in welding gear and learning the skill, I find that 3 small blobs of J B Weld works faster,,,,,and it’s cheap. Use about 1/2 the size of a pea in 3 spots and clamp with a wood clamp or vice-grip.

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