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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; Good to hear its sorted out and working. I must have overtorqued the bolt previously because it snapped on my ...
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    Good to hear its sorted out and working.

    I must have overtorqued the bolt previously because it snapped on my last twist, with very little pressure. This was 2 days before attending a BBQ in Chicago. Spent hours trying to get the bolt out.

    Finally, we went with that.

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    Re: Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit

    Quote Originally Posted by nikdsctsv View Post
    So, is handles nice? Have you done any weight reduction to the car? Clutch exhaust etc? I have been doing as much weight reduction as I can and I track my car so I'm thinking your spring choices will be ideal for me as well. Are you planning on corner balancing it?
    Haven't done much weight reduction at all. The car does have aftermarket exhaust from the heads back. And I'm pretty sure my new brake rotors and pads combo is lighter by a little bit than what's on there but nothing dramatically so.

    I'm probably done modding the performance side of it for the near future, as she is a daily driver for my gal, I will say I was pleasantly surprised when she told me she wanted to try and get out and so an scca event this upcoming season, she said, as good as it handles now it'd be a shame not to. That's cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    Good to hear its sorted out and working.

    I must have overtorqued the bolt previously because it snapped on my last twist, with very little pressure. This was 2 days before attending a BBQ in Chicago. Spent hours trying to get the bolt out.

    Finally, we went with that.
    I'm telling you man you gotta check the car out sometime, I think you'd be very pleased.

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    Re: Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit

    Go do some spirited driving and report back!

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    Re: Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit

    Quote Originally Posted by nikdsctsv View Post
    Go do some spirited driving and report back!
    I woke up today and it was 0 degrees. The snow and crap we've had has had the roads a mess, salt and runoff and what not make that a dangerous proposal.

    Installing the new ceramic pads and slotted/drilled rotors sometime this weekend. I keep putting it off cu it's so damn cold. But that'll be fun.

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    Re: Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit

    Quote Originally Posted by farsighted770 View Post
    I woke up today and it was 0 degrees. The snow and crap we've had has had the roads a mess, salt and runoff and what not make that a dangerous proposal.

    Installing the new ceramic pads and slotted/drilled rotors sometime this weekend. I keep putting it off cu it's so damn cold. But that'll be fun.

    Ahhh! Haha didn't realize where you lived! FWIW it was 70 here yesterday! lol I DO NOT, miss the north!

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    Re: Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit

    Quote Originally Posted by nikdsctsv View Post
    Ahhh! Haha didn't realize where you lived! FWIW it was 70 here yesterday! lol I DO NOT, miss the north!
    so much hate.

    so got the new brakes on and they look great, feel pretty good, just bedded them i've whipped the car around a few turns and it felt great, but no real sustained performance driving.... prolly gonna be another month or two before i get to go back roading with it. i'll keep ya'll posted.

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    Re: Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit

    Finally clean enough for some "after" pics.




    So with the crap weather still haven't went out and shredded with it yet but every bit of "playing" I've done with her the car feels planted, I did back off the rebound dampening a little bit as it was a bit stiffer than I wanted a Cadillac to be, the gal didn't mind and said she enjoyed it being stiffer(insert joke and other things here,lol) either way it got turned a couple clicks softer on all four corners, the bias feels about spot on so that wasn't needing adjustment, but I have plenty of adjustment either way to suit my needs. The car handles very flat it's super predictable and even on banked sweepers like some of our cloverleaf/merge ramps I can keep it flickable mid corner at .8+ Gs with what feels like TONS of room to spare. salt, sand and leftover snow has made me nervous enough to not try it but I am of a mind that I wouldn't be taking too big a risk.

    Couple "cons" I've come across though, it's such a fight to get height out of these fronts. after settling they dropped further than I expected, I've rolled the fenders and it hasn't given me a lick of trouble but out of my own paranoia I'm prolly gonna raise the whole car another cm or two. Other con is that service requires cleaning the threads every time you wanna make an adjustment. Not bad but I grease em each time too so there is no cross threading or binding... Lastly it should be noted that this is not a "set it and forget it" install it takes A lot of trial and error getting it where I wanted and since than it's settled a little bit and I'm gonna go in and tweak it some more. If you aren't patient and mechanically aware than I recommend against this setup or any other coilover for that matter.

    Just my .02 cents.

    When the weather turns and I lift her up again ill post more pics and a real review from serious back roaring

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    Re: Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit

    Maybe you could do a measurement once you get the final setting. This way the next adopter could save a bit of time and get the initial height close.

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    Re: Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit

    i will once i get the time, the weather has been so hit or miss lately, and we finally get some decent days i'm out on my motorcycle not messing with the cars at all. lol

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    Re: Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit

    Quote Originally Posted by farsighted770 View Post

    and so it begins...

    just putting up the rear now, weather is crap and the heater isn't helping enough so I only spent a few hours out at a time, and I've reached the end of my motivation. HA!

    I started by taking the rear struts/springs apart, since I am doing it as a true 4 corner coilover I took the perch setup out of the equation.


    I backed out the bolt on the bottom of the strut for a little extra clearance then a little bit of prybar on the control arm helped yank the spring out, just a little finagling got her outta the way.

    Then there is only a 14 mm nut and bolt to remove the ground control top mount, the bottom pulls out cleanly with a gentle tap up.


    It was an extra few minutes to figure out the order and the preload and what not but after I got my head outta my butt it was pretty straight forward. you'll see the body is threaded so i took off the base and the lock from the perch setup that came with the kit and just threaded them on, i purchased separately thrust sheets for the springs so as to avoid any kind of bind, and when i tightened those i did it it to snug and 1 turn... just to keep the spring from rattling... d2 calls for no preload on the spring itself, but I didn't want it loose either (CLUNK), and for the sake of NVH I cleaned then used the OEM spring isolator for the top, this wasn't in the directions but to me, from an engineering standpoint, it just made sense... there will be no deflection as its all on the same axis and it mounts flush, and the distance it takes wont be cause for any concern with the travel of the strut or the overall height of the vehicle beyond what the kit is intended for... if you wanna drag frame skip the isolator... then again if you wanna drag frame this probably isn't the car for you.


    I'd say old ones were kinda blown...




    New ones built and measured... pretty



    Installed (not set to ride height yet)


    (cool look at the ss lines (THANKS JIM))

    As far as the ride height I'm gaining on it, little at a time, I've got it down after a few times my measurement from the base of the shock body to the top of the perch for the springs ended at 1-5/16" and its got it pretty close... Really I think where you measure from is just academic so long as you pick the same place and repeat till you get your final desired ride height, and keep in mind there will be some settling, and you need to leave room for the suspension to actually work, allow some travel in both directions.

    I'll spend more time on the height and the impressions when the whole kit is done, but from the 5 minute cruise I went for its a whole nother animal, already more planted, not harsh but positive feel, I'm 9 clicks from full hard and its not rough at all.
    Thanks for this; just what I was looking for.......GOOOOOOOO search button...

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    Re: Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit

    Quote Originally Posted by farsighted770 View Post
    i will once i get the time, the weather has been so hit or miss lately, and we finally get some decent days i'm out on my motorcycle not messing with the cars at all. lol
    farsighted, how are you liking these coilovers after a few months of driving? Are they a marked improvement over stock handling, or just more of an appearance mod?

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    Re: Suspension help!!! D2 coilover kit

    These rebuildable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdmundGTP View Post
    These rebuildable?
    No. Replacements are $100-$120 each

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