Okay, I originally typed this up on my phone at work. Maybe I can be a little more clear with the computer. It seems to drive better. (maybe it's just a placebo effect) Prior to the new manifold the temp never went above the mark just below 210 on the gauge. Now it just hovers a mm away from 210. Now, I'm not complaining. Just bothersome. I can't smell any emissions like the previous manifold. It's just the ticking that is concerning. I can't achieve the noise while parked with no load applied. I must be driving with "weight" behind the motor. I was thinking my fuel ratio had improved to a leaner mixture causing slightly higher combustion temperatures. But I doubt this is the issue. I just don't know how I either misaligned the exhaust manifold, which I would that would be impossible, or maybe the intake is a tad off. But I don't think that is possible. I would like to at least re-torque the bolts like previously mentioned. Does anyone have a diagram? I torqued the bolts at 24 lbs:Sq". I'm that is wrong as well. Funny thing, while cruising down the highway at 60-70, purrs just fine. No noise. Maybe the lack of load.
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