Project complete. Thank you again for this great post, we just saved $80 dlls on the installation. Washer is working great and so far so good.
Hopefully it will take another year before we have to do this whole thing again. I believe the problem with the front load washers is that they are still pretty new in the market and this could be a design problem which GE is ignoring. The rubber material in the gasket looks of good quality, I am pretty sure the problem is with all the vibration and impacts during the normal wash cycle.