Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install
Cadillac
 

Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds / (Old System)

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

CadillacForums.com is the premier Cadillac Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 119
2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; I changed out my Stock Sway Bar Links with some much beefier Z06 End links to go with my Hotchkis ...
  1. #1
    lollygagger8's Avatar
    lollygagger8 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): Platinum 2004 CTS-V
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    4,929

    Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    I changed out my Stock Sway Bar Links with some much beefier Z06 End links to go with my Hotchkis Sways. I also added the Collars (clunk fix) to the inside of the sway brackets to keep the sway from moving too much and clanking into the shocks. While I had it apart, I put on my drilled rotors (which are freaking awesome) I decided to write it all up at the same time, so here we go.

    You'll need the following tools to complete the prodecure(s)

    15mm, 17mm, 18mm sockets
    15mm wrench
    3/16' allen wrench (or bit)
    T30, T40 torx bits
    15/32" drill bit
    Red Loctite (only if changing rotors)
    M10 x 1.5 threaded nuts (z06 sways don't come with them)
    Collar Kit from Hotchkis for a CTS-V


    You can see in PIC 1 how much beefier the z06 links (silver) are compared to our stock sway links (black) they are also about 2" shorter.
    PIC 1


    PIC 2 is the Collar kit that comes from Hotchkis. The silver rings are the actual collars, and the slotted bars go underneath the brackets holding the actual swaybar in. They raise up the brackets so the collars will clear the frame, and give a little extra strength.
    PIC 2



    Once you have your V up in the air and the wheels off, remove the stock sway bar links. The nuts are 15mm bolts, and the allenhead stud in the middle is 3/16". You have to hold the nut with the 15mm wrench and turn the opposite way with the allen wrench. You can see in PIC 3 that the stock sway link is still inserted in the control arm, where we'll drill (#1) in a sec.
    PIC 3


    PIC 4 (#2) is where you need to use the 15/32" drill bit to drill out that hole larger in order to accomodate the z06 links (since they are larger than stock)
    PIC 4



    PIC 5 (#3) shows drilling the hole out. Make sure you are drilling it straight on! There's only enough room to do it from backside of control arm on each side. Also BE CAREFUL to NOT hit the ABS sensor wire. But you were smart enough to unclip it to get it out of the way already, right?
    PIC 5


    PIC 6 (#4) shows me drilling out the Hotchkis Sway Bar since the hole wasn't big enough to fit my Z06 links in either. You can take the swaybar out and drill, or hold it while it's in the car already like I did. Again, make sure you drill straight on!
    PIC 6


    PIC 7 (#5) shows the new Z06 links installed already. You can see the Torx head (T40). The nuts I bought to fit the links were 15mm. I got em at Lowe's and the threads are M10x 1.5 (I bought nylock nuts) I can't remember the torque values on the nuts (37 or 44 ft lbs?) But snug em up with the T40 bit holding the link stud 15mm wrench turning the nut.
    PIC 7

    After you do the same thing on the other side, you are done with the Link Install!! Drink some beers.



    Now if you got the Collar Kit from Hotchkis it's time for that portion.....

    Line up the sway bar to the center of the car. Look for the same amount of clearance on each side. Once you have it where you want it, install the collars.
    It's really tight underneath there, so you should really get the 3/16' allenhead bit instead of trying to use a allen wrench in there to tighten them down. In PIC 8 (#7) shows the collars on the INSIDE of the brackets.

    NOTE: I installed my brackets so the zerks pointed forwards. That way you can still get to em by turning the wheels all the way left or right and grease em up if need be.

    I suppose you could put the collars on the outside of the brackets, but I did the inside. Tighten a little on one side of collar, and then the other side, back and forth until completely secure. (#8) shows where the slotted bracket from the collar kit goes underneath the actual sway bar bracket.
    PIC 8


    Once you have the collars in, tighten the front bracket bolt (15mm) and the rear bracket bolt (17mm) on each side, grease the zerks and you are done!!

    The rotor install is very easy. The caliper bolts are 18mm, and once removed, pull the caliper out of the way and secure it up with a bungee cord, or if you are close enough to the ground, set it on a piece of wood. The Torx screw holding the rotor to the hub is a T40 bit. Loosen and remove, and the rotor will come right off.
    PIC 9


    Install your new drilled rotors (I bought GM assy ones from Luke) and line up the screw hole with the hole on the rotor, and tighten it back down. C-Clamp on the pads to push the piston on the calipers back in. Put some of the red loctite on the threads of the bolts and retighten them back down. Put the wheel back, on step back and admire your work!!!!
    PIC 10


    Hope this helps anybody looking at this mod. I can 100% say my V is handling even better than it was before!!
    Also, my V is at stock ride height and I haven't had any problems with the Z06 sway links at all! Don't know if the collars help with that or not, but it's better to be safe than sorry! Oh, and besides looking badass....the drilled rotors are the BOMB!

    Any questions?? PM me!
    (And thanks to my bro Derrick for taking pics!)

  2. Remove Advertisements
    CadillacForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    NormV is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): Kooks,MOMO seats,C5 hubs,3489#
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    OHIO
    Posts
    1,949

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    i used the C5 hotchkis end links with the Eibachs and GM racing sway. Just got to update those hubs and wheels to something. . Lighter than OE stuff.

    Looking good!

    Norm

    Norm

  4. #3
    buf05CTSV's Avatar
    buf05CTSV is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 2005 Cadillac CTS-V LS6
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Buffalo, NY
    Posts
    49

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    that's really nice... you've got me wanting to pull apart mine...

  5. #4
    terminal Velocity is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    132

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    Excellent writeup with great pictures!

  6. #5
    Naf's Avatar
    Naf
    Naf is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    2,089

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    Amazing writeup and thought put behind your mods...But why the one piece rotors? Two pieces rotors ROCK...I have them on my car and WOW, i love it...

  7. #6
    odla's Avatar
    odla is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): Cadillac platinum 04 & Blk 05 cts-v
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    miami ,Fl
    Posts
    2,051

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    naf do you have pics of your 2 piece rotors?

  8. #7
    Naf's Avatar
    Naf
    Naf is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    2,089

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    Quote Originally Posted by odla View Post
    naf do you have pics of your 2 piece rotors?
    Not to steal from your thunder

  9. #8
    rjoffe is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    1,577

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    Naf,

    Do you have a source for those rotors ?

    Ron

  10. #9
    Naf's Avatar
    Naf
    Naf is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    2,089

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    Pete hooked me up...

    You can find him on the forum...Very nice guy and he sticks to his product and supports u the whole way...I have to say with my drivin, i have gone through all sorts of rotors, but these hold tight and true....try drivin at 125mph and slam on the brakes a few times due to a slow driver cuttin you off...I tried DBA and OEM and both started to crack on me with in the first month...I have had these and ran them when it was 55C outside with my habits...I would have to say they look sharp without a single crack...

  11. #10
    lollygagger8's Avatar
    lollygagger8 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): Platinum 2004 CTS-V
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    4,929

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    Thanks fellaz......

    How much are those two piece rotors though? I haven't had any cracks with the GM assy rotors yet....but I dont slam on my breaks at 125 mph either lol

  12. #11
    Naf's Avatar
    Naf
    Naf is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    2,089

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    A very pretty penny and many lonely nights....But it puts you track ready...You can get slotted or cross drilled...Check the history, he posted my GT8 pistons there as well....

  13. #12
    lollygagger8's Avatar
    lollygagger8 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): Platinum 2004 CTS-V
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    4,929

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    I'd track the GM drilled rotors anyday.......and I didn't have any lonely nights!

  14. #13
    terminal Velocity is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    132

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    Give me OEM solid rotors any day.

  15. #14
    Naf's Avatar
    Naf
    Naf is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    2,089

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    You have benefits with two peices as well as hub bearin longivity...plus its weight off you car and suspension...I took 20lb off the car switchin just the rotors...I think i finally am on my way to to my goal...thus far 100lb+

    Hood, Fenders, trunk, rotors, wheels, engine parts...And ashtray...

  16. #15
    lollygagger8's Avatar
    lollygagger8 is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): Platinum 2004 CTS-V
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    4,929

    Re: Z06 Sway Link & Collar Install / Rotor Install

    I'll just kick my gf out the passenger door if I need to lose some weight!!!

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Bookmarks

Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum
Need products for your Cadillac? Check out your options at the links below:

custom floor mats | Cadillac Chrome and Black Chrome Wheels | window tinting