2nd Gen Ram Tech1994-2001 Rams: This section is for TECHNICAL discussions only, that involve the 1994 through 2001 Rams. For any non-tech discussions, please direct your attention to the "General discussion/NON-tech" sub sections.
Well I went ahead and bought a Flowmaster cat-back, plenum repair kit, new NGK O2 sensor, MSD 8.5 plug wires, NGK iridium plugs, Harland Sharp 1.7 rockers and Superchips programer to go with the new Gibson headers. So I guess I will keep the truck for a while. :-)
OP were there any other symptoms from the cracked exhaust manifold as i get intermittent cel #8 misfire?
Heavy pinging under load. Slugish performance. Rattle sound coming from the cat sometimes during idle. Oil usage with no external leaks to account for it. The #8 plug was not excessively fouled compared to the other cylinders but the plugs were worn and due for replacement.
The truck is in very good condition with 108k miles on it.
I do not drive the truck daily to work and am doing a little bit at a time. I now have the plugs, wires, headers, and rockers installed. I hope to get time to do the intake kit install today.