Thanks E.Yep, better to be a little too much rather than too little on ring gap.
You'd have to blow another .010" out of those gaps before it might be a performance drop off.
Mahle is a very good ring, don't worry about that. I see it is in the thin metric sizes too, with standard tension oil .
An oldtimer's speedway rule on rings I read or heard somewhere once...
"Too big a ring gap, nobody will notice it"...."too small a ring gap, everybody (the whole speedway) will soon know it"
This motor is going in a nice car, so I was worried about blowby. But I heard Smokey talk about going waayyy bigger, and not having problems.
Im gonna let it rip, Tater Chip!!!