Hi, I have a 2012 CTS sedan RWD performance w/FE-2 suspension. Disappointed with its ride, can onloy imagine what the FE-1 is like. Can I gather from your experience with the Eibach springs that I can expect to eliminate some of the roll when cornering. The lower look is great but I'm hopeful to flatten things out a bit upon turn in. Thanks,
Yes the roll is significantly changed. You will notice a much flatter feel to the car during cornering all the way up to the point where you cause the car to break and the transition to slide is very predictable. Even with the invasive traction control on its much more fun.
Thank you, now I just have to find the right mechanic to do the job. Can I assume the springs will eliminate some of the wallowy/ride softness experienced on some road surfaces? Any suggestions on swaybars. I saw some on D3 for $695. I was wondering if the bars from CTS V will fit.
Just installed the Pro-kit per this DIY write-up without a hitch. Thanks for posting! One minor snag, though, when trying to get the upper strut bolt off - a quick internet search showed that I had to use a spark plug socket and hex key to remove the bolt.
I had an air impact gun which negated the necessity for the Strut nut removal kit or spark plug socket and hex key. Good note!
I am thinking of going with coilovers and noticed the rear in our cars only have springs with no strut/shocks. How would coilovers work for the rears?
Check this link for my notes/comments on Coilovers.
Great write up. Thanks......I'll be doing this
That looks great. Thanks for posting the step by step process. SICK CTS Coupe!
Looks great! I have the kit waiting to go in myself.. Question I have is how bad is the cambering in the rear & Front? Is there any seriously poor wear on the tires? ( Is the camber adjustable on the car or does anyone make a camber kit for the car to address the negative camber? although id expect a little more wear, I don't want to constantly eat up 600.00 in tires every 5 months... Input please! :)
I have seen alignment kits available for the CTS... In fact, they are recommended if you lower the car.. In addition to the lowering, I think larger sway bars are a must.... Also get rid of the OEM tires. And then slowly replace the OEM bushings at specific points with poly bushings. One thing I liked about my 2010 CTS with the FE1 was the steering ratio. Better than the 2013 with the FE2, had a heavier feel to it... Improved tires would be a great help.
In the turns ( I did a Nascar scrub (weaving) as soon as I got it off the jack stands)) and I can tell you the reaction of the steering is SUPURB!
Very responsive no creaks noises or other!
Heres a pic Post drop.. BTW When I put on the rims and Tires, I put on a 20" rim but went with a 40 Series tire. I did this to Increase the cars actual height to 1/8" above OEM Height this filled the wheel well a little more. Additionally I wanted to slightly smoother ride ( Like a cadi' not a dropped civic***.) After the kit went on, it dropped the Body .8" but the realized drop is about a 1/2" below OEM Now it stands flushed, Lowered filled Wheel Well, and I can still just clear Parking Bumps and curbs without damaging anything on the front end.. The filled wheel well makes it look lower than it actually is.. Mission accomplished!
Oh and FTW I painted the calipers Brembo Red just to offset the black color, Silver Rims, with a little contrast... Eventually I will get a new set of Calipers and have them Powdercoated till I have an extra 8K for a BBK..... :)