2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, BMR Trailing Arms Install in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; So I finally got around to putting my BMR trailing arms since it's finally nice out.
Tools you'll need:
So I finally got around to putting my BMR trailing arms since it's finally nice out.
Tools you'll need:
21mm socket (trailing arm bolts and rear cradle bolts)
21mm gear wrench
24mm socket (front cradle bolts)
Long Pry Bar
Breaker (or Break Over) Bar
Install was pretty straight forward, even though BMR instructions are kinda lame. http://bmrfabrication.com/INSTALL/TCA018.pdf
They say remove the front trailing arm bolt first. Well, there's not enough room to get the bolt out until you lower the cradle far enough to get it out.
To get the front trailing arm out, I had to take the front two cradle bolts completely out. I took the rear ones out so I could grease up my BMR bushings (for good measure) but you could probably get by with just loosening them to the point where they are barely screwed in.
I had to use the pry bar to get the front part of the cradle down the rest of the way to get the bolt out as well.
No pics of the process, as it's just two bolts, and the BMR pic shows pretty much all of it.
Here's the driver's side installed....cradle still not bolted back up....ya I know...dirrrrrty
BMR's on top, stockers on bottom.
Ok, for the results:
As you can see, they look the same diamter as the stockers, so I didn't expect much.
Well..........I took it easy at first around corners just to see any difference, and didn't notice much. Hard cornering I noticed the rear is much more planted. It pulled a .90 on the G meter, which I haven't done driving around town in a long time.
I figured they would make alot more noise, but I didn't notice any. I didn't have the balls to clutch dump, I'll let you do that when you install yours....but spirited take-offs hook much better.
My "clunk" seems to be reduced by about 60%!!!!!! Wooooooo!!!
If they didn't even help performance wise (which they do), I would've bought em just for that!
I'm very pleased!
Side Note: I probably should've tried the DIY washer trick while I had it all apart but I didn't have the washers. I'm still pleased, but it would be a good time to do both since it's all apart.