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Desk Pad, final thoughts

Ed,

My parts manual is the one supplied by Porsche Classic at its website.  The Workshop Manual, page SS 28, XXV, 1973, point 4, states, "Do not forget to re-install the steel washer between the ball joint sealing bellows and the suspension or shock absorber strut," apparently shown in Figure 11.  So, it appears the "desk pad" is a washer,  What is its use?  I have no idea.  If it is really important it should still be available, but it is not.  Thanks very much for your help.  Ed

Desk Pad, Revisited

Ed, thanks for the reply.  The term "desk pad" comes from the parts manual.  It says, "desk pad only together with ball joint 901 341 049 00."  I've seen the term "desk pad" used on a part for the door also; that door part (901.531.391.20) was a spacing device.  I have assumed, perhaps incorrectly, that the "desk pad" at the strut is synonomous with thick washer.  With my ball joint installed, properly pinched, the rubber washer does not bottom against the Koni strut.  There is about a 2 mm gap.  Thus, I'm wondering if there needs to be a washer between the strut and the rubber washer.  The

Desk pad?

Ed, PN 901.341.659.00 is a "desk pad" for a strut using ball joint PN 901.341.049.00.  My guess is that a desk pad is a washer that is no longer is available.  If the ball joint was designed to bottom against the strut, I can understand using a washer to fill the gap between the strut and the ball joint.  But, the new ball joints have a rubber washer that does not bottom against the strut, so what is the purpose of the "desk pad?"  Since it is NLA, do I need to fashion one, or forget it?  As always, thanks for your help.

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