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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well last wk in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Yikes. Been driving this dream car since 2006 hard .. and having her always hold up or save me, I ...
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    After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well last wk

    Yikes.

    Been driving this dream car since 2006 hard .. and having her always hold up or save me, I finally spun her last weekend and bounced off a wall with my front left side.

    I mean, I have 70k miles and I'm still on the first clutch. I guess I just started to think my V was invincible. Incredibly there wasn't a big amount of damage to the body, but I'm in a tight sppot and I was hoping I could call on the knowledge of the forum to help me out with this question...

    It looks like I might have damaged my front left FG2. I talked to Luke at lindsey cadillac (if you don't know who Luke is, you clearly don't love your V) and he says that FG2s can only be found in sets of four these days.

    I'm going to keep the insurance company out of this if I can, but I really don't want to buy a full set of FG2s just to replace one. I mean the rest of them are pretty cake....

    Can I take it somewhere and get it rebuilt?

    Has anyone heard of a v that was wrecked recently but happened to have a good front left FG2?

    Hope everyone else is doing okay!

    Where are all my florida friends at? Remember when we all used to line up in boca??? good times.

    - faylix, just graduated law school. Still poor. Better at beating speeding tickets ;-)

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    Re: After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well las

    The FG2 is not rebuildable. For what it is worth, if you cannot find a single FG2 somewhere you can install a single FE4 in its place. It is my bet that you will not notice the difference unless you track the car.

    I say this because: (a) folks have reported several instances where the dealer substituted an FE4 when an FG2 failed under warranty and they did not discover it for months and only then based on visual inspection; and (b) I replaced a front FG2 with an FE4 and drove it for awhile before I installed the second FE4 - it was unnoticeable to me even in pretty hard cornering.

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    Re: After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well las

    +1 on the FE4.

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    Re: After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well las

    Sounds like a perfect time to buy coilovers...

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    Re: After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well las

    yea 70k on the OEM shocks are borderline done from what i have read.. i would just replace all 4 at the same time if i couldn't find another used FG2

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    Re: After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well las

    Why are you so hesitant to go the insurance route? I'd be willing to bet that if you hit hard enough to screw up one of your struts, that there's some other (perhaps not so obvious) suspension component damage in there. Buying replacement parts for the V, even sourcing them yourself, and buying 2nd hand, used, or even junkyard parts can get expensive pretty quick, without even taking into account what sort of body repair it might need. Got any pics of the damage by chance?

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    Re: After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well las

    Im not sure why everyone is so afraid of going the Insurance route. Yeah, you will have a deductible and possibly a claim surcharge, but the checks from insurance companies cash with no problems!

    Even with a surcharge, (if there is other damage for say... $1000 total) it comes down to paying a $500 ded(or whatever yours is), plus a surcharge over 3 years, and it still probably comes out cheaper than paying out of pocket.

    Now if you make a habit out of hitting things its a different story.... Just pay it out of pocket.

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    Re: After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well las

    Agreed on the insurance, particularly Edmund's point about other suspension damage that you might not catch but a professional shop will.

    As for finding single FG2s, try Cleveland Pick-a-part. They specialize in salvaging performance vehicles (Vettes, GTOs, CTS-Vs, etc). I see them advertise quite a bit on ebay, and their website shows a number of CTS-Vs.
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    Re: After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well las

    I have a blown FG2 up front and just bought FE4 as replacements... if the other side is still intact I'll sell it to you if you're interested... I'll be doing the swap this weekend most likely

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    Re: After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well las

    Quote Originally Posted by shadybx7 View Post
    yea 70k on the OEM shocks are borderline done from what i have read.. i would just replace all 4 at the same time if i couldn't find another used FG2
    Just turned 67k and mine feel great...I hope they last longer than 70k.

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    Re: After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well las

    There is a guy on craigslist in the Inland Empire area parting out his Cts-v. Might want to are if that's an option?

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    Re: After years of driving my V like I stole it... well it didnt work out so well las

    After a very quick search on Ebay ...

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