Thanks for the reply, help, and your time.
Using the Cometic exhaust gaskets I always had a good 1/8" gap or more and when I went to the stock gasket it really bothered me to have it draw down so far, the one thing I don't want is to have the gasket protruding into the exhaust port and I was very careful to torque the flange down evenly to hopefully prevent any blockage.
Again thanks and Good on ya both!
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