I searched, but I couldn't find a collection of the info I'd like to consolidate. I know this subject is as old as the V6 Fiero, and I know it's been beaten into the afterlife. My purpose in this post would be better served in a poll, but since that isn't possible:
If you've experienced what you thought was the V6 "exhaust tick" and fixed it, what was the actual issue? The choices are below; please don't post what you THINK the problem was, only what you know for a FACT.
Based on 3 responses, ticking caused by:
67%: Cracked manifold
33%: Blown gasket
0%: Warped manifold due to broken bolts/studs
0%: Other/not exhaust
[This message has been edited by Hulk (edited 12-22-2014).]