Well, my manifold finally gave up on me. It is cracked about 10 inches from where it meets the exhaust pipe. It is only about half cracked. I am going to order a new one, but it might take a little while due to the holidays and need my Jeep. I have heard of some type of exhaust tape that can be wrapped around. Does anyone have any experience with this? I have to go to school next week and its a decent drive there and might have to put it on after the drive. Let me know what anyone knows about the tape or any suggestions. Thanks alot guys.
P.S. I found a new one on Ebay which I used to replace the cracked one on my old TJ for around $88 shipped. Let me know if anyone has another website for one.
Make sure that eBay header (it's a header, not a manifold) you found for $88 is not just an one that had a crack welded up. The type of header to stick with has a flexible accordian-joint added at each of the two points where the OE header tends to crack at.
I purchased the same manifold from EBay about a year ago. It appears to be good quality, fit perfectly and has not given any problems in a year of driving. The gaskets, however, were completely bogus. I pitched them and used a Felpro manifold gasket and a ?? donut gasket from NAPA.
I just replaced one on a 99 TJ about 4 months ago and the funny thing is, the one I replaced was just like the one I bought on ebay. Regardless, it fixed it and I sold the jeep. Hopefully the new exhaust will last you for a good while.