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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.
What did you have in mind? And how much did you plan to spend? Crank position sensor deals with all the engine timing issues. Sensor in the dist is simply for injector timing. Has nothing to do with ignition.
Could do a blaster coil, and MSD smart box.... won't give you any noticeable power improvement, but, might idle smoother, and a bit better throttle response up to about 3000 RPM. Really, unless you are building a fairly powerful performance motor, the stock ignition system is pretty good. Spend the money on other stuff..... SCT tuner, Harland Sharp 1.7 roller rockers, headers. That would be right around a grand, and would give you a NOTICEABLE improvement.
Shorties will bolt right in. Lots o' folks make em. They will give you some improvement, but, on your truck, biggest restriction is right where the two pipes go into the cat. If you don't have emissions testing where you are, you could get an 'off road' y-pipe. Flows MUCH better than stock..... If you DO have emission testing, you could still get the off road y, and just splice in a high flow cat, or, just pick up the magnaflow high flow cat. It's a direct bolt on as well. (instead of the off road piece)
Long tubes would be a bit more beneficial, but, would cost more, as you would have to do some other work to finish out your exhaust. Duals would be an option.... Pacesetter is about the only manufacturer that still makes long tubes for our trucks though..... they also make a y-pipe to make hooking up the rest of the exhaust a bit easier. (would make putting a single out exhaust dead easy.)