It's difficult to see in this pic but my 4th Gear batch 24 is an 8-top manifold. She's a little stretchy, but nothing unmanageable. What you see in the center are two random limbs that grew a little faster than the other six. This is on 11/8, day 29 of 12/12. I'll get better pics tonight at lights on.
These were taken 10/30, and show a better pic of what is going on.
Soooo, there's three shorter limbs on each side, then to even out the canopy without bending them out a foot on either side bent each limb like a bow - secured at the base to keep the spread, then tightened in the middle and let them all do the phototropic-mambo north to look all pretty.
Here is a few angles of my 4th gear.
Day 31 of 12/12, and only vegged long enough to form the manifold.
I prune any lower shoots that have their own 1st node on the day I see pistils, so I usually end up with one set of lower flower sites per limb that develop a "larf-node" before they stop stretching and start stacking. It seems to make everything that's left a lot plumper.