VPI TNT help

As VPI is closed for the weekend, looking for some help.

I have TNT Jr.

I got it several years ago and of course upgraded here and there.

I recall using the VPI screw clamp when I first got it, but since have been using various weights.

I am now back to a Black Diamond racing 2 piece screw clamp.

I seem to recall the VPI clamp had a little round foam ring with a hole which went over the spindle, but under the clamp. is that correct?

I ask, because I've noticed with a screw clamp, some records tend to have a small hop or what appears to be a warp at the outer edge of the LP.

Thanks for any info
It's not made of foam. It's a delrin, (rubber) washer and
yes you put in on under the record. This forces the LP up
just a tad and allows the clamp to "press out" the
record at the edges on the platter for a flat fit.

From the manual:

 Place the rubber washer over the spindle and gently push
it down so that it rests flat on the center of the platter.

 Place the record to be played on the turntable. Take the
clamp and screw it down and tighten it enough that the
periphery of the record is brought in contact with the
platter. You will notice that over tightening will sometimes
result in the periphery lifting off again. Do not over

 After using the clamp system for a while, the proper
amount of tightening will become pretty much automatic.

 The action of the clamp system is to provide uniform
compression of the record at the outer edge of the label
area. First, the periphery of the record is forced into
contact with the platter. Then, the rest of the grooved area
is pushed into contact.
Go to your local hardware store and get a 1 1/4 inch diameter rubber washer
I might add that it needs to be thicker than the recess in the platter. Even metal washers can be used, but it's best to stay with rubber, I suppose.
thanks everyone!

off to the hardware store!