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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Katech/Aftermarket shifter installation (w/o removing exhaust/shaft/trans) in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; These are notes I felt were needed following this how-to ( http://www.trafficjams.ca/Performanc...9SuedeKnob.htm ) as it was no where detailed enough ...
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    Katech/Aftermarket shifter installation (w/o removing exhaust/shaft/trans)

    These are notes I felt were needed following this how-to (http://www.trafficjams.ca/Performanc...9SuedeKnob.htm) as it was no where detailed enough for me. A supplemental if you will.

    TL;DR (cliff notes): You can R&R any shifter w minimal parts removal but it's a PITA. Get PISNUOFF's shifter or UUC.

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    I installed the same katech shifter (purchased from lingenfelter) without removing anything other than the center console (apparently also not needed) and ran into a few issues not really covered. If you follow the how-to or a variation of it, you will probably need a second person. If you're going solo, you'll need to follow the included instructions, be a bit creative or have good dexterity and mechanical ability. I highly recommend removing the exhaust regardless the method as the kit includes exhaust gaskets. The rest I don't believe is absolutely necessary though it'd be more convenient.

    I also highly recommend a ratcheting wrench in 10mm and 13mm vs a regular wrench and/or ratchet/socket combo. The 10mm for most of the interior bolts/nuts and the 13mm for the linkage itself.

    So on to the how-to install (my addendum/notes):
    When removing the center console follow the same instructions EXCEPT pulling up and popping off the plastic rivets/welds from the console to support bracket. You can unbolt the bracket and be able to move the console out of the way with it still attached.

    With this how-to you will be drilling the rivets from the "wrong" side of the rivet. Make sure you drill it centered as it is possible to oval the holes in the linkage plate. After you finish drilling, sweep and/or use some compressed air to remove the filings.

    When you go under the vehicle you will see why it is preferable to remove the exhaust as it is fairly cramped. I believe it was a 3mm allen needed for the bolt and 13mm for the nut. In the how-to there is no mention of exhaust removal though it is clear from the pictures it was taken off prior. If you do not remove the exhaust, the ratcheting wrench will earn its keep as it feels almost too tight for a ratchet/socket, even a 1/4".

    When reinstalling, this is where a second person will help tremendously. You should ensure the shifter bushing in the shifter are fully seated into the shaft as well.

    The bolts included to replace the rivets in my kit were SAE using a 3/16 allen while the nut was metric 10mm. It is close enough that it will thread but for obvious reasons will slightly round the threads on the bolt. In any case, you will need that second person to either hold the allen from the console side or to tighten the nut from the underside. If you replace either the bolt or nut, I recommend using loctite.

    For the boot and nut, I just used the nut as a spacer to raise the knob up slightly. The kit includes two washers and I assembled it in this order: nut, washer, boot, washer, knob.

    As with all how-to's on the internet, take it with a grain of salt, allocate more time than you think you need, save the beers for the after mod celebration and most of all, a little bit of common sense goes a long way.

    Note on the Katech shifter itself:
    The shifter does it's intended job (the throw is roughly halved and shifts are more positive) and is a quality piece however if I had to do it again I'd go with PISNUOFF's custom short shifter with the UUC bushings and save a bit of money or if i needed to go aftermarket, spend a bit more and get the UUC. The main drawback with the Katech I feel is the threading they used is an oddball 5/8 18 which is not "industry standard" and I can't see why they didn't use 16mm x 1.5.

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    Re: Katech/Aftermarket shifter installation (w/o removing exhaust/shaft/trans)

    It's not necessary to remove the center console either. That will save some time. The 10mm ratchet wrench is a must for the nuts inside the console. I send 1" long 1/4-20 bolts to replace the rivets. The longer length really helps.

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    Re: Katech/Aftermarket shifter installation (w/o removing exhaust/shaft/trans)

    I installed my Katech V1 shifter solo without any problems. As far as the threading, I don't feel it is a drawback at all. Hell they include the 5/8-18 tap with the shifter! The UUC is not threaded, I don't believe the PISNUOFF is either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PISNUOFF View Post
    It's not necessary to remove the center console either. That will save some time. The 10mm ratchet wrench is a must for the nuts inside the console. I send 1" long 1/4-20 bolts to replace the rivets. The longer length really helps.
    thinking back, i didnt think so either but it was my first time attempting it and figured there was more to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by winstonlv View Post
    I installed my Katech V1 shifter solo without any problems. As far as the threading, I don't feel it is a drawback at all. Hell they include the 5/8-18 tap with the shifter! The UUC is not threaded, I don't believe the PISNUOFF is either.
    if it wasnt a PITA doing it yourself following the same method, then you're more mechanically inclined than I. I needed help bolting it back together.

    when i say its main drawback it is still a minor issue at most. with the odd threading it limits your choices of knobs. and if it was meant for the stock knob anyway then having it press fit the same way would make more sense to me if not using the "standard" 16mm sizing

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    Re: Katech/Aftermarket shifter installation (w/o removing exhaust/shaft/trans)

    yea i agree with knock on the shift knob threading. it should be the same as an F-body or vette, more cars sold so cheaper option + i dont want to deal with re-threading a knob i already paid $ for..

    check this: https://www.speeddawg.com/shifter-thread-sizes
    NO other Car uses 5/8-18

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    Re: Katech/Aftermarket shifter installation (w/o removing exhaust/shaft/trans)

    You can use a F-body black or white ball with the 6 speed pattern

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    Re: Katech/Aftermarket shifter installation (w/o removing exhaust/shaft/trans)

    I threaded mine and made an adapter.



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    Re: Katech/Aftermarket shifter installation (w/o removing exhaust/shaft/trans)

    When I installed my B&M, I didn't remove the console, exhaust (Corsa), driveshaft, trans or anything else...just removed the knob and boot, and took the stock shifter out. Drilled 2 holes through rivets. Put the B&M in. Wife from above and me below, for the 2 bolts. Done.

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