^Thanks a bunch!
This is a discussion on Troubleshooting Ping, in over my head within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; ^Thanks a bunch!...
So I got some gas from a busy Shell 20 minutes out of town, changed my oil after the detergent (very black) and found several rather loose hose clamps on the intake.
I can't make the car ping audibly no matter what I do right now. My gut says the intake was the problem the whole time. I'll do another log to see if all is better, then I might even see how the regular 91 map does for now (knocks on wood). I thought for a bit there I had installed stage -2, but now I can see what all the fuss is about.
Anyways, thanks again to everyone who pitched in and to my good friend the search button.