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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Got the K dubs installed today in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Originally Posted by AAIIIC Nothing like waiting for the last minute to prep for a track day - I've got ...
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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    Quote Originally Posted by AAIIIC View Post

    Nothing like waiting for the last minute to prep for a track day - I've got the endlinks being delivered tomorrow, some Hawk DTC-60s coming tomorrow, some titanium front shims coming tomorrow, and a pair of spare front brake rotors to pick up at Autozone tomorrow. Gotta get all that stuff in hand, then drive down to Portland tomorrow afternoon/evening, then install the rotors and pads, bleed the brakes, and find somewhere to go bed in the pads.
    That usually doesn't work out for me...

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    Very nice write up on the install and the KW feel. I am interested in seeing your thoughts after track day. Mr. KW himself is here in town for a couple weeks and I will be seeing him. I will show him your posts as this will make him happy to see them.

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    WOW... is all i have to say after getting a ride in mikes V, i didnt believe that these coil overs would make that big of a difference . mike just took me on a ride that i wont forget the car handles unbelievably well compared to my stock V it would blow mine away on the track it was a legit NIGHT AND DAY DIFFERENCE .

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    Got the T2s on the rear tonight. They are firm, for sure. But they are nice and quiet...

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    Pat, Rota's look great with a drop.. thanks for the pics of the install.

    -will

    mike, i need a ride i a Kdubed , hook a brother up

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    Wednesday, the 26th. Wycoff dmv.

    I also took lilg on a silly ride through a real twisty road I know real well, and can enjoy what the car can do. I can't wait for the next track day. It might be dangerous.

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    Quote Originally Posted by ahahnu View Post
    A) you are crazy.
    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    That usually doesn't work out for me...
    This is pretty typical of my track day preps. It doesn't help that, as with previous events, I was originally planning to take one of my other cars, and once that plan fell through I'm into extremis with getting car #2 ready.

    Quote Originally Posted by ahahnu View Post
    B) if you can/will please take a picture of the endlinks attatched to the sway bar. I want to see the angle it is at.... I know everyone is doing them, but is seems like it will be pulling the bar down at a wierd angle. I dunno. Thanks, and good luck this weekend!
    Actually, from my somewhat limited view, they look pretty good. I might be able to get the car on a lift tomorrow - I'm curious to see how level the swaybars are - but they look pretty damn good.

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    And rear:


    Quote Originally Posted by Beardog View Post
    Very nice write up on the install and the KW feel. I am interested in seeing your thoughts after track day. Mr. KW himself is here in town for a couple weeks and I will be seeing him. I will show him your posts as this will make him happy to see them.
    Please ask Mr. KW if there's some reason the rear adjustable spring perch can't be made with the same type of thread and perch to allow for height adjustment on the car. The front spring perches have a little set screw you tighten down to help lock the perch in place; the rears don't have that, which leads me to believe it's a different style of thread entirely. (I remember years ago reading about coil-overs for one of my other cars, and that there are threads that don't need the perch to have a locking device of some sort because the threads themselves are effectively locked in place once they're loaded by the weight of the car on the springs.)

    As I've already pointed out, the directions tell you to actually remove the height adjuster from the vehicle to change the height in the rear, which is horribly inconvenient. It would be just about impossible to corner weight the car, which is one of the primary reasons to have adjustable spring perches at all 4 corners. With every other aspect of the KW kit being so well engineered it just seems really strange to me that they would design the rear height adjustment this way.
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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    Quote Originally Posted by AAIIIC View Post
    Please ask Mr. KW if there's some reason the rear adjustable spring perch can't be made with the same type of thread and perch to allow for height adjustment on the car. The front spring perches have a little set screw you tighten down to help lock the perch in place; the rears don't have that, which leads me to believe it's a different style of thread entirely. (I remember years ago reading about coil-overs for one of my other cars, and that there are threads that don't need the perch to have a locking device of some sort because the threads themselves are effectively locked in place once they're loaded by the weight of the car on the springs.)

    As I've already pointed out, the directions tell you to actually remove the height adjuster from the vehicle to change the height in the rear, which is horribly inconvenient. It would be just about impossible to corner weight the car, which is one of the primary reasons to have adjustable spring perches at all 4 corners. With every other aspect of the KW kit being so well engineered it just seems really strange to me that they would design the rear height adjustment this way.
    Yeah, that really is a big deal - seems like a glaringly huge oversight to have made the rears not adjustable while installed. Probably the most important thing you could have pointed out.

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    Question, Can you adjust the shock firmness easily? do you need to lift the car to do that?

    any track comments yet?
    how's turn in ability in the corners?

    jerrycecco@tx.rr.com

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    The bottoms aren't too bad. The top you have to remove the rear seat. It all depends on how you like it, the settings I used are a similar to stock setup, but can always make it stiffer. After install you'd want to go for a ride with the back seat still out to see if you need to make any adjustments.

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    Quote Originally Posted by ahahnu View Post
    The bottoms aren't too bad. The top you have to remove the rear seat. It all depends on how you like it, the settings I used are a similar to stock setup, but can always make it stiffer. After install you'd want to go for a ride with the back seat still out to see if you need to make any adjustments.
    Do you use a long screw-driver type tool to adjust?
    Q: Will a small hole on the top of the plastic trunk housing work to access the adjustment?

    I'd like to have if FG2 firm on the street, then rock hard at the track...

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    That was the best thing about the QA1s. Install with the knobs facing inward and they were easy to reach lying on the ground(and the V grounded) and reaching for the knob. Seconds for each corner...

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    Quote Originally Posted by jerrycecco View Post
    Do you use a long screw-driver type tool to adjust?
    Q: Will a small hole on the top of the plastic trunk housing work to access the adjustment?

    I'd like to have if FG2 firm on the street, then rock hard at the track...

    jerrycecco@tx.rr.com
    The kit comes with little tools to adjust. I think one is an allen wrench for the top, and the other is a little thingy (great vocab word) that you insert into a hole on the bottom and adjust. AAIIIC took pictures of the tools and where they go earlier in this thread.

    Yes, post 39 on page 3

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    Quote Originally Posted by ahahnu View Post
    ...and the other is a little thingy that you insert into a hole on the bottom and adjust.
    Yeah. hmm...

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    Re: Got the K dubs installed today

    ..and the other is a little thingy....a.k.a the shock spanner wrench.

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