spoke to Cometic gasket company this morning and they were very helpful, no shit what so ever. i sent them the photo's of the gasket along with an explanation of what i thought was wrong with it. they called me back within a short time and said that they agreed and that they had a different base gasket that might be better. it is supposedly for "older" lc4's but he said that it would match up to my cylinder. hopefully this one will work. ill post some pics and a part number when i get it.