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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, New Owner of an 04 V. in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Wednesday I pick up an 2004 CTS-V from the original owner. No mods, clean, all factory recall, diff mess, etc. ...
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    New Owner of an 04 V.

    Wednesday I pick up an 2004 CTS-V from the original owner. No mods, clean, all factory recall, diff mess, etc. have been done. So the rear is upgraded. The motor mounts have been done. The NAV refurbished with latest DVD. New dash cover. Interior and exterior look like new. Well maintained and driven by a car guy. He owns an 09 V now and decided he didn't need 2 Vs...

    I've been looking for a while and this is local and fits my requirements. I've owned an 06 CTS and own a modified 02 Z06. I do almost all my own wrenching. So I'm familiar with a bunch of things in the car. The rest I'll learn as I go. Since I modified the hell out of my Z06 and it is now a fairly dedicated track car. I promised myself I would not mod this one or put it on track. I also lie sometimes...

    I did notice the car is too quiet... so maybe a catback... It has new tires on it but I don't like them much and will probably toss them and put some PS2s on it. I'm thinking of staggered tire sizes. The pictures I see of the ones with a bit lower profile and fatter in the rear look better. Ok, so maybe a couple of upgrades. lol.

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    Welcome and congrats on what sounds like a very nice car. Post some pics. I would also spend a couple of weeks just going through new and old threads, and learn what works and what doesn't. If your suspension is completely stock adding wider/stickier rear tires is gonna make the wheel hop even worse (I think).

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    Re: New Owner of an 04 V.

    ^^^ Yeah, that.

    If you want a little extra sound, don't do a Corsa ... too quiet with OEM cats. A B&B or a Magnaflow will give you a bit more, but you probably know that already.

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    Congrats! I agree, stock exhaust is much too quiet. X pipe and magnaflows are in my future.


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    Re: New Owner of an 04 V.

    Love my Corsa!

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    Re: New Owner of an 04 V.

    Thanks guys. I've been on this forum on and off for 3 years. Studying an 06 CTS that belongs to my now, ex... Drove it a lot. Always liked the CTS, love my Z06. So the V is just a perfect balance of both. I've been reading the V section for some time now. So I'll try not to ask too many silly questions. The usual stuff newbies ask about what tires, brakes, oil, blah blah I'm good with. Already know what I'm doing on that. Some particulars to the V I'll ask fore input on and lend a hand where I can. This will be my DD/waxer car. I want it to look sharp and don't need to rag on it. So I might do wheels, definitely don't care for the Hankooks he put on it. Still have a nice kit from Zaino laying around so it'll get polished up next weekend and really shine. Then I'll take and post some pics.

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    Re: New Owner of an 04 V.

    I just picked up my '05 a few weeks ago myself and also have thought it's way too quiet. I'm hoping to change that here real soon. I just found an '05 parts car that looks like it might have a Magnaflow system on it so I'm crossing my fingers.

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    Re: New Owner of an 04 V.

    congrats on the new pickup and enjoy her! I have Hankook ventus V12 on my car and they grip good and are quiet with great mileage, but everybody has their own preferences for a tire. Magnaflow is awesome... although I haven't heard it without headers. Anyways enjoy the car...

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    Re: New Owner of an 04 V.

    Let me know how it works if you do it. I've tried Magnaflow in the past and didn't like their product. The quality as far as construction goes looked great. The car resonated badly though. They didn't do a good job with low rpm booming in the cabin. I took it off and sold it 2 days later. Young guy bought it and thought it was awesome. To each his own. I just want a bit or umble and raspy when wide open. Corsa rocks for removing resonance and their quality is good but pricey and tends to be more quiet. I had one of those too. Borla and B&B are somewhere on the order I'm looking for.

    First I'll clean it up and just feel it out. It needs the alignment done so I'm thinking more aggressive. I'm used to running with a lot of negative camber and bit of toe.

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    Re: New Owner of an 04 V.

    I also have Hankook ventus V12 and I think they perform all around very well. I use the RS3 for auto-x and love them! I have the SW header back exhaust and quite satisfied with the sound.

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    Re: New Owner of an 04 V.

    Quote Originally Posted by vms4evr View Post
    Let me know how it works if you do it. I've tried Magnaflow in the past and didn't like their product. The quality as far as construction goes looked great. The car resonated badly though. They didn't do a good job with low rpm booming in the cabin. I took it off and sold it 2 days later. Young guy bought it and thought it was awesome. To each his own. I just want a bit or umble and raspy when wide open. Corsa rocks for removing resonance and their quality is good but pricey and tends to be more quiet. I had one of those too. Borla and B&B are somewhere on the order I'm looking for.

    First I'll clean it up and just feel it out. It needs the alignment done so I'm thinking more aggressive. I'm used to running with a lot of negative camber and bit of toe.
    What I was getting at was I have kooks headers and magnaflow and it sounds awesome. First day I had it driving it home up the hills in Pennsylvania I thought it was a little loud but I got used to it and it is quiet at cruise, but a can of whoop ass when you get on it.
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    Re: New Owner of an 04 V.

    Well it turns out my parts car does have a Magnaflow system on it so that'll be my first mod. So excited! I'll do a before and after video...as if there aren't enough of them already.

    Let me know if you decide to chuck your tires as I'm going to need a set here real soon and if they still have plenty of life left I might be interested.

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    Re: New Owner of an 04 V.

    Finally got it. We had some delays between our schedules.

    Quick cleanup and wax just to grab a few pics.

    Oh and I installed the rear spoiler. It didn't come with it.

    http://s242.photobucket.com/user/vms4evr/library/CTS-V

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