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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Mod progression/route? (for track/street) in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Originally Posted by AAIIIC Cool, I'll have get in touch with them. Did you just contact them through their contact ...
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    Re: Mod progression/route? (for track/street)

    Quote Originally Posted by AAIIIC View Post
    Cool, I'll have get in touch with them. Did you just contact them through their contact info here - http://www.kw-suspension.com/us/kw_contact.php?
    Pretty much but here is the guy I contact:
    Brent Estrada
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    1.559.875.0222 ext. 145
    brent.estrada@KWautomotive.com


    Quote Originally Posted by AAIIIC View Post
    Interesting, it appears the forum is disabling (some) external links. Fuzzy's post originally had the word "these" hotlinked to something, but now that hotlink is gone. And the ebay link in Fuzzy's post about the PS cooler is also no longer a link.
    I don't have the link but the seller (ebay) is as follows:
    tmvtaylor
    FHP-10029 - listed as Automatic transmission cooler

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    Quote Originally Posted by mackey View Post
    http://www.amsoil.com/locator/index.aspx

    unless its a "race" shop, i havent seen amsoil being sold. for instance, im not sure youd find it @ an o reillys, advance auto, or pep boys.

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    these are the ones to get? or just the type to get?

    nevermind, saw your post in ls1tech. thanks

    http://ls1tech.com/forums/cadillac-c...end-links.html
    The NAPA down the road from Brainerd, in MN, has a full array of Amsoil products...


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    may have something to do with being in reasonably close proximity to a racetrack?

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    hmm...

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    What it does say, though, is that it is possible for large auto parts chains to carry it...


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    Re: Mod progression/route? (for track/street)



    Got mine in, install was simple but due to the HEX coolant tank i had to mount it opposite of the FAQ

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    Re: Mod progression/route? (for track/street)

    one piece of the puzzle purchased. did the intial baseline ride height adjustment per philistine's how-to thread and going with something conservative (12.5"f/1.5"r). unless there's a big performance benefit to go lower, it'd still be primarily a street car and i'm not one for scraping my undercarriage going over potholes.

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    I currently have my fronts at the lowest recommended setting (300mm) which I think im going to raise just a bit as I scrape the rubber skirt under the bumper getting in and out of my driveway. The rears I have set at about 26mm I believe. No issues scraping headers or anything under the car driving around but im sure to avoid known problematic areas.

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    Re: Mod progression/route? (for track/street)

    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzyLogic View Post
    Your first steps should be aimed at replacing the three weak points of the V1:

    1. Stock clutch and shifter slop
    2. Drivetrain mounts and subframe bushings
    3. High center of gravity and mediocre suspension

    You already have the Katech shifter (which I have too), but there are a plethora of additional shifter linkage mods (beyond the basic Creative Steel / UUC bushings) that will further shore up the shifter's performance. You're going to need to source the necessary parts from a couple of different places, including Brian (PISNUOFF) and Home Depot. Read through this thread on LS1Tech, paying special attention to Cadzilla's posts and pictures.

    The second thing that you need to upgrade is the stock clutch. The easiest and cheapest route is to pick up an LS7 clutch kit from F1 Racing on eBay ($550-650, depending on your power needs), but you'll also want to procure a remote bleeder line and a Motive Power Bleeder to allow you to quickly and effectively bleed your clutch periodically. If you're planning on a major motor/blower upgrade in the future, or you just want a nicer twin-disc clutch, consider the McLeod RST (organic) or RXT (ceramic).

    As far as bushings and mounts go, Revshift is your one stop shop. Get the Revshift 80A (blue) motor mounts, the Revshift transmission insert (only one hardness offered--80A), and their red (95A) bushings for everything else--trailing arms, control arms, differential, and subframe.

    When it comes to suspension upgrades, you have a surprisingly large number of options. From personal experience, I would immediately bite the bullet and buy a set of KW Variant 3's. They cost $1950 including shipping if you know where to shop. If you absolutely can't handle the price, you could try a set of d2/K-Sport coilovers ($900) or the Ground Control coilover kit ($500), but if you're an aggressive driver, you'll ultimately wind up upgrading to the KW V3s or LG Motorsports Penskes ($3000). In all three cases, plan on spending about $400 extra to buy adjustable end links (not PowerGrid ones--these) and a stiffer set of springs.

    With regards to sway bars, the no-brainer upgrade is the Hotchkis 2280 kit ($425). If you don't mind adding some weight, the solid-core Addco set is even stiffer, and slightly less expensive ($350), but it's three times as heavy.
    I just got the lg setup, how far did you cut down the miata end links?

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    Re: Mod progression/route? (for track/street)

    Quote Originally Posted by liqidvenom View Post
    I just got the lg setup, how far did you cut down the miata end links?
    Pretty far. Check out the pictures below--the last one shows how many threads I'd have to unscrew it to match the stock rear end link.






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    Re: Mod progression/route? (for track/street)

    will be doing the suspension swap this coming weekend. i'll hold off on the hotchkis sways for now. i like to feel each upgrade vs throwing them on all at once.

    ordered the adj. miata end links. if i keep with a conservative set up and not drop it low, will i need them? guess we'll find out.

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    Re: Mod progression/route? (for track/street)

    Hey Fuzzy,

    Did you ever get your KWV3 installed? Or figure out if the Addco bars are going to fit with the KW?

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    Re: Mod progression/route? (for track/street)

    Quote Originally Posted by Andringa View Post
    Hey Fuzzy,

    Did you ever get your KWV3 installed? Or figure out if the Addco bars are going to fit with the KW?
    Working on it right now.

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    Re: Mod progression/route? (for track/street)

    end links have arrived.


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    installed the KWs and the end links. now theres a clunking at low speed when rolling over potholes, dips, etc. dont hear or feel it with faster speeds. almost feels like something is loose but everything is torqued to spec (confirmed this past weekend).

    KWs? end links?

    initial impressions are good on ride feel. stiffer yet still compliant. less bodyroll. havent tried putting it through its paces yet till the clunking is resolved.

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    Re: Mod progression/route? (for track/street)

    Quote Originally Posted by mackey View Post
    installed the KWs and the end links. now theres a clunking at low speed when rolling over potholes, dips, etc. dont hear or feel it with faster speeds. almost feels like something is loose but everything is torqued to spec (confirmed this past weekend).

    KWs? end links?

    initial impressions are good on ride feel. stiffer yet still compliant. less bodyroll. havent tried putting it through its paces yet till the clunking is resolved.
    There are so many different things that it could be. You need to narrow down the suspects. Is it coming from the back or the front? One side or the other? Does it happen when you corner? Does it happen when you hit bumps with both wheels? What about when you hit a bump with one wheel?
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