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.
With a tuned pcm, you need to run premium gas, your truck is trying to tell you this because its pinging. Running regular gas with octane booster won`t fix the problem your having at all, not even a little bit. You need to run premium gas all the time.
I have an all stock 08 Dodge Ram 1500, and I used to run regular gas in it all the time, but when they started putting ethanol in the gas my truck started running like crap and had no power. I changed over to premium and got the power back, and it once again is running like it should.
So with your truck having a tuned pcm running it on regular gas would be much worse.
I agree with the popular consensus, bump up the octane. Much easier to do that then throwing parts at it! And its a fast diagnosis.
1998 Ram 1500 Sport 4x4 - DC Power Alt, SuperChips tune, Spyder Headlights, 35x12 A/T Tires, Flip-out 7 inch radio, back up camera, tow mirrors, 2" lift, Cobra 29 lx CB radio, FireStik 5' antenna, Cherrybomb glass pack, Klein Train Horn, lots more to come