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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Appearance Mods Discussion, D3 Springs and New Wheels in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Originally Posted by Vrocks I think the angle of ChopMeat's photos throw off how much rake his car really has ...
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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by Vrocks View Post
    I think the angle of ChopMeat's photos throw off how much rake his car really has (about the same as a stock V).

    To me the bigger problem is the way the fenders are curved relative to the wheels on the V. Compared to the S5 or M5, the V just doesn't look as good when it's lowered - there's too much space in front of and behind the wheels. It's very noticeable when the car is lowered a lot and I think it makes the car look longer when viewed from the side.

    For some reason they never seem to get this just right...
    In the case for the front and rear spacing of the tire thats just the design of the wheel wells. To fix that you'd have to run 20" wheels w/ the stock springs/suspension.

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by Vrocks View Post
    To me the bigger problem is the way the fenders are curved relative to the wheels on the V. Compared to the S5 or M5, the V just doesn't look as good when it's lowered - there's too much space in front of and behind the wheels. It's very noticeable when the car is lowered a lot and I think it makes the car look longer when viewed from the side.
    This is what I've noticed as well. When the car sits lower, the incoming and outgoing angle of the fenders (especially before and after the wheel) really accentuates that wheelwell spacing. It seems to make the wheels/tires look too small for the car. Putting larger wheels and keeping the tire diameter the same doesn't seem to help.
    Profile shots from the 3/4 front and back look fine but it's the direct side profile that it's most noticable.
    Not picking on anyone's cars here, just my general observations.

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    I had the Eibachs at first and since they are not made for the V they buckled and made horrible loud embarrassing noise.
    For me, at least the stock springs still have the tags on them and look stock when and if I have to go to the dealer.
    I'm still thinking about springs but those D3's make the car look like it has something wrong with it in the rear.
    They seem like the front is higher than the rear? I don't know...

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    D3's post has lowered V pictures and their pictures look awesome.
    Maybe I was thrown off because of the aftermarket wheels this dude put on!

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    I'm thinking if you (anyone) cut .25 to .50 coil off the front D3 springs, they would be just about right. Can't stand more gap in the front wheel well vs. the rear.

    JMO,
    Mark

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    Chopmeat,
    how much did you cut off the stock springs? Is there any issue with them not beeing long enough and "falling" out of place with weight off the car?

    Looks good!!

    Mark

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    Hey Mark, you think the D3's aren't low enough?
    I cut less than an inch off all 4 evenly..
    I may do the D3's. I will be in LA in the spring and will have my car.
    I'll go see them.

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    No offense to anyone else but Chopmeat's V2 is perfect. Congratulations. I might reach out to you about your cut springs. The thread starter's car looks amazing as well, but I have had Chopmeat's car as my computer background for months. Take care!!


    Quote Originally Posted by chopmeat View Post
    After waiting so long for these, I not getting them.
    The rear is too low, it doesn't look right.
    I know I'm gonna start a big fight here, but I cut my springs and I think it still has a rake and it's better looking...





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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    Chopmeat,
    I like the rear on the D3 sprongs, but I feel the front should come down a quarter inch. I like the slammed look... not "ghetto" but lowwww. My Z06 was slammed as low as possible on cut bushings, and I loved it and it looked sinister. I guess "ghetto" now is raised on 26's or whatever... LOL.
    When you say you cut less than 1 inch off each spring, how were you measuring the inch. Spring height, or spring length?

    thanks,
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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    Thanks ItsJustMyCaddy !
    Mark, I just measured along the top as the spring curls down...
    I can't explain it right! lol
    I didn't measure it vertically, if that's what you mean.

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    Chopmeat,
    What is the height from the ground to the top of the wheel well on the front and rear? Mine are 26 1/4 front and rear with the D3 springs

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    Chopmeat, I get what you are saying.
    thanks!!

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by Everlast13 View Post
    Chopmeat,
    What is the height from the ground to the top of the wheel well on the front and rear? Mine are 26 1/4 front and rear with the D3 springs
    But you have undersized tires (30's front and 25's rear if i remember correctly) on your car that don't have same overall diameter as stock size tires. So it would not be a fair comparison.

    With my eibachs, my front is 26 5/8, and the rear is 27 1/8. Tires are 245 35 20 and 285 30 20.

    Mark

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    Mark,
    I wasn't comparing the actual height of the car, but the difference between the front and rear heights. I was thinking maybe cutting the front springs a little to give it an ever so slight rake. Thoughts?

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    Re: D3 Springs and New Wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by chopmeat View Post
    I am a HUGE fan of lowering cars.
    I always do it to every car I own.

    But the D3 springs actually look too low to me.
    ??
    No way...

    Had a set installed, the positon of the car is perfect and is ride.

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