I'd like to find a test that would tell us if lateral gas ports really work. Mostly because a piston manufacturer I really respect once told me "lateral gas ports don't work."Total seal makes spacers to use a thin ring in the 1/16 ring land. They even have gas ported spacers. This has been done in Stock eliminator engines for many years. Unless its a real high end build the 1/16 ring will work fine in a street strip type engine.