Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: St. Louis MO
2004 in Black and now 2005 in Black, what a pair
In this modern day world we live in today, that is ruined, I mean run by lawyers, welding on the hitch may have ruined it from the manufacturers point of view. The hitch maybe heat treated to some point and welding on it will change that heat treatment. Even if it is not heat treated the manufacturer is going to exclude them selves from any liability by stating it was modified beyond what they intended it be used for. Now in 99% of the use age that these hitches will see, might it effect it? Probably not, but if god forbid something did happen, it could fall back on the person who modified the hitch. Now putting a bike rack off of it with the weight of less than 100 pounds would that ever effect it, most likely not. But if the person slide in a hitch and hooked up their travel trailer to move it across town, that may get into a whole different can of worms. And again it may not be the person who welded it and knew the limitations of what they did, but if it got sold and someone had no idea is where things could get cloudy.
I don't mean to be Debbie Downer here but I deal with product liability on a daily bases and we always fall back to our safe legal CYA manual and if it has been modified we are released of all liability because it is outside of what it was designed and tested for.