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The ring manufacturer will typically provide a chart with the ring stagger, which is the position of the gaps. Compression rings are usually installed 180-degrees apart. The best way to install rings is to insert one end into the ring groove, and wind the ring into position. Lightly oil the skirt and rings for installation. Most rings are designed with one side that must go up to operate properly, and are usually marked. Check the ring instructions for the specifics.