I just read an article about a product that says to weld it to the main plate of my spring to replace the U-Bolts. I thought you couldn’t weld to a spring?
This question does come up from time to time for various reasons. You are correct. Your should NEVER weld to any spring. For ANY reason.
Here is our official answer when it comes to welding on or near your springs:
DO NOT DO THIS!
Any welding and/or weld splatter onto a spring WILL cause a stress riser which WILL cause breakage.
Heat generated during the welding process WILL cause spring failure, (There are special high cost welding rods which do allow for welding on leaf springs. However it is not a simple process. There is no need to even consider this process.)
Suspensions must be treated as a safety item. The failure of a suspension or suspension part can result in catastrophic damage.
If welding needs to be performed in an area of your vehicle near a spring, you must either remove the spring from the vehicle before welding, or take proper precautions that the spring does not come in contact with either the heat generated from welding, or any weld splatter.
If you feel you wish to weld to a spring, contact us. We will help you find the proper procedure to accomplish what you wish, without welding to a spring. Welding to a spring endangers the health and well being not only of your vehicle, but also you and your family.