Went through my 1 1/2 Jumps that are going on my rat floats this year to see how strong they are. I found 6 that were rather iffy. I have tried to replace the springs on the jumps before but never had much luck bringing them back to life, my guess is the base looses its arch so the new springs adds little to it! What I have found is if I wedge a washer slightly wider then the spring slot in the base tight and let it stick out the slot (see pic) I then weld the washer so the weld "bumps" won't let it come back through the slot and the washer is to wide to pull through the slot. This increases the spring tension for next to nothing and no welding is done on the trap so the parts are still reuseable for trap parts later. I only had plated washers but will pick up some regular ones the next time I buy washers! Was thinking this could make a strong 1 1/2 Jump into a better coon trap if a guy was going to use them for that!!!
Born in the Big City will die in the Country OK with that!!!
Post by walkercoonhunter on Aug 5, 2011 14:49:34 GMT -5
lawdog that is the fix i have done in the past with some #3 jumps for a guy...when he got them back he said they was stronger than when they were new...only i actually put the washer between the spring and the basewhere they meet under the pan.
all you are basically doing is making a different point of spring in that spring steel...a fresh spring..if that makes sence....the only thing your using for spring on the spring arm is about 1/2 inch of the spring steel by the bend..by adding a washer or "wedge" you create a fresh spring point in the new "old" spring steel.....