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Old 01-27-2010   #11
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Stretching or cutting gaskets happens all the time but that does not make it the best fix. Altering a gasket is inviting trouble like gasket failure while in the field. If it were mine, I would be replacing them with the proper sized gaskets. Since the top is new, why not send it back instead of screwing around with it?

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Old 01-27-2010   #12
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As a creator of Gaskets and Drytops, here is my researched and tested answer.

It is best to trim the Gasket, with a sharp pair of seizers. There are ribs on the gasket; cut one rib at a time and test the sizing.
Whenever latex is stretched over time it will weaken, crack and degrade. You want the gasket to fit as tight as possible without stretching too much. Lots of stretching will significantly cut down your Gaskets life.
Sunscreen and bug repellent are terrible, for the durability of your gaskets, avoid contact as much as possible. Teflon based solutions, such as 303, do help.

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