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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money? in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Originally Posted by braaaaphd Completely stock as of now and for milage i'm right around 70k also for install i'm ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by braaaaphd View Post
    Completely stock as of now and for milage i'm right around 70k also for install i'm not to sure if i trust myself trying to install all of that (being that i'm 16) and what do you think i would pay for the installation?
    The exhaust isn't bad, its just tedious and a little time consuming. You will want to have the entire thing on jack stands or ramps. Most of those headers will need a lot of room under the car in order to wiggle em in there. I did them on my own in like 6 hours. The rest of the exhaust took like 30minutes.

    I have stainless works header back exhaust. It sounds awesome and it went together real easy. I had no fitment issues at all

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    I had zero fitment issues running B&B headers to a B&B catback. Sounded downright amazing, too...
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    Re: NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    I had zero fitment issues running B&B headers to a B&B catback. Sounded downright amazing, too...
    cant wait to get mine on

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    Re: NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money?

    Best for the pricing... Pacesetters. I don't see how people can downplay them. Kooks makes a 1 3/4, same as Pacesetter... the collector is different, but pricing difference between the two is astronomical. F body guys have no issues with Pacesetters. There's a thread on here with alot of people stating their positive opinions on Pacesetters as well.

    I recall reading this on corvetteforums a while back
    http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c6-z...xperience.html

    Although it doesn't apply to every single type of headers made, you shouldn't base your opinion with bigger is better. If it always was, we'd be running 7" exhausts. LOL

    An option you can have to conserve money would be pacesetters with either cutouts, or muffler delete.
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    This is my personal setup (pacesetters with cutouts pre-mufflers, no cats.) This was prior to tune.

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    Re: NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by odthetruth View Post
    ... Although it doesn't apply to every single type of headers made, you shouldn't base your opinion with bigger is better. If it always was, we'd be running 7" exhausts. LOL ...
    Agreed. I almost always agree with Fuzzy, but on this one point he differs from what I'd always heard, and that is go with the 1-3/4" primaries on NA Vs, and go with the 1-7/8" on FI Vs. Personally, I have 1-3/4" headers because I didn't know I'd be getting a maggie later on.

    Whatever you do, you're going to see 20+ hp and the sound will be amazing. B&B all the way back will sound the most manly, but may not pass the wife test. My setup does pass ... barely ... if that matters.
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    Re: NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by OneFast V View Post
    Why not just buy OBX headers and the OBX high flow cats. on amazon they go for around $600 for both

    Thats what I did. Cheapest headers I have ever had and have zero complaints.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rand49er View Post
    Agreed. I almost always agree with Fuzzy, but on this one point he differs from what I'd always heard, and that is go with the 1-3/4" primaries on NA Vs, and go with the 1-7/8" on FI Vs. Personally, I have 1-3/4" headers because I didn't know I'd be getting a maggie later on.

    Whatever you do, you're going to see 20+ hp and the sound will be amazing. B&B all the way back will sound the most manly, but may not pass the wife test. My setup does pass ... barely ... if that matters.
    Agreed.

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    Re: NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money?

    http://www.svtperformance.com/forums...8-headers.html

    But people can and probably will continue to go back and forth with "authoritative" posts that show one thing or another for a long time to come. For instance:

    http://ls1tech.com/forums/generation...xperience.html

    From my perspective: if you think you'll be upgrading to a larger displacement motor or a blower at some time in the future, go 1-7/8". Future proof your car. Have a plan and stick to it--don't fall into the trap of buying and rebuying and rebuying better and better versions of the same part, because then you're wasting time and money.

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    Re: NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money?

    Will there really be that much left on the table between 1 3/4 and 1 7/8 with 500+rwhp?

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    Re: NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by I8URSVT View Post
    Will there really be that much left on the table between 1 3/4 and 1 7/8 with 500+rwhp?
    I assume that, along with every other intake/exhaust restriction improvement, the bigger your engine's displacement (or equivalently, the higher the boost you drive into it), the greater the benefit you'll realize.

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    Re: NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by I8URSVT View Post
    Will there really be that much left on the table between 1 3/4 and 1 7/8 with 500+rwhp?
    I say hell no! Braap it's good to have another Minnesotan on the forum and welcome!. What puzzles me the most is why a 19 year old would choose a caddy...you have sooo many great options(not that this is a bad one) for having a chick magnet?. Caddy??.. I'm new as of July of this year, newbie too.

    Anyway this is a clip I shot just this past month when I parked my V for the winter...I go back to it often as I'm having V withdrawals.. Your going to love the car and spank some tuner ass!. Get your dad involved to build up within reason. I'm slightly mod'd with kooks 1 7/8 no cats magna muffs... Turn up the volume!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=R80i1H9xKqs

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    Re: NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mn800r View Post
    Why can't I get it to play?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rand49er View Post
    Why can't I get it to play?
    Hmmm...I can try using a different link?..let me know if this works..

    http://m.youtube.com/?reload=5&rdm=m...%3DR80i1H9xKqs

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    Re: NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mn800r View Post

    Hmmm...I can try using a different link?..let me know if this works..

    http://m.youtube.com/?reload=5&rdm=m...%3DR80i1H9xKqs
    That's louder than i expectd. Still got the stock resonator on there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mn800r View Post

    Hmmm...I can try using a different link?..let me know if this works..

    http://m.youtube.com/?reload=5&rdm=m...%3DR80i1H9xKqs
    That's louder than i expectd. Still got the stock resonator on there?

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    Re: NEW TO THE V WORLD- what headers/exhaust are the best for the money?

    ^^no res...no cats, off road tubes to xpipe then muffs! Rear o2's deprogrammed along with knock sensor deprogrammed due to harmonics from headers.

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