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Old 04-14-2009   #1
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Drytop Question.

I just bought my wife a new drytop, but the neck gasket is tight. Has anybody cut a neck gasket down to fit. Is this a good idea, and if so, what is the best way to do it.

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They say you can but I wouldn’t. Just put something in there to stretch it out a bit, I used a new roll of paper towels for 2 days. Just keep an eye on it so you don’t stretch to much.

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Somewhere I read someone actually advocating cutting the gasket if it is too tight. Basically their argument was that the latex gaskets are only meant to stretch so much and if your neck is stretching it too much (or you need to use a can), you're screwing up its properties and shortening its life. They do put the little lines around the gasket for a reason I guess. Whether or not you want to brave it probably depends on just how unreasonably tight it is. I find after several days of use the gasket always becomes significantly looser, so a tight fit right out of the bag does not necessarily mean it needs to be trimmed.

As for how, I think most people lightly stretch it around something and use a razor blade. Fortunately I have a fairly skinny neck so never had to worry about it. Here's the Kokatat info, but I'm sure google will turn out all kinds of directions:
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I cut

All of my gaskets have had some breaking in time. They stretch out a little with use. I've had to cut some of mine after the break in period and have never had and issue. I just cut one rib at at time till it fits. I would suffer for a bit though, you don't want to cut to fit and then have it break in/stretch to much.
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Thanks for the good advice!
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