So I pushed it with the rubber, thought for sure i could take one more off, nope. Was going to sell it but decided I wanted to wear the thing after only having it a couple days.
So I hacked it again, it is definitely not the prettiest job, but it fits perfect and feel pretty damn secure. I'll have another one coming soon and will probably just keep this one around in case I want to make it unbranded. I will say the cut rubber is way more of a lint magnet.
Crazy how much changing 5mm made for my wrist.