I too have the same dilemma - on all the fittings - upper,lower balls, idler
arms joints, a flat 'washer' with holes. No way of knowing if they were inside
the rubber or outside - cos the rubber was trashed. They certainly had a
purpose - but what and where do they go - inside or outside. Logically it
would seem that when you have compressed rubber 'rotating' boots, there would
be something to reduce the friction to minimise trashing the boot - but why
the holes - and they are relatively slender/thin. On the lowers that I got
from Linda's endeavour, they fit nicely in a 'depression' in the rubber boot.
Inquiring minds need to know since I am in the same space as Fergus -
rebuilding the front end.
So info, insight would be apreciated
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> Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 20:15:32 +0000
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [Roadsters] suspension teardown notes, and a few questions
> I seem to recall a metal plate under the boot when I cleaned up my ball
> joints. I left them in and replaced the boots with polyurethene from one of
> our vendors.
> I have KYB gas-a-justs. They seem to ride just fine. I would think your
> springs would have much more influence on the stiffness and handling. I
> know if you would notice much difference between the shocks.
> Dan McHatton
> '66 1600
> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: "O'Farrell, Fergus P (AS)" <Fergus.OFarrell@ngc.com>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Subject: [Roadsters] suspension teardown notes, and a few questions (kinda
> Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 11:36:50 -0600
> But when I get down thru the ball of grease and expose the ball joint
> there is a washer right above that, larger
> enough ID to clear the shaft, small enough OD to fit under the boot. Is
> a remnant of the old boot (some sort of metal piece that rode at the
> top of it), or is it one of parts #19/20/21 in the diagram, and is meant to
> between the b/j lower surface and the mass of grease, acting as some sort
> of metering device?
> Any preference as to using the Gas-a-justs vs the GR-2s I had purchased for
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