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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Hey Guys, New to the V, but not modding. Just picked up a V-Coupe and wanted to improve on the ...
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    Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    Hey Guys,

    New to the V, but not modding. Just picked up a V-Coupe and wanted to improve on the already awesome performance. Car is a lease, so don't want to get too crazy, but what are the best BFTB mods? I see some Caddy tax at most big vendors, so would love to hear some input from the forum.

    TIA

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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    Airaid intake. If you ball-so-hard, lighter forged wheels.

    Anything else doesn't provide a significant benefit or requires tuning.

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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    Second on the Airaid. Noticeable SOTP HP feel and SC whine increase.

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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    Airaid. Get it.

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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    How much bang do you get for the buck though? My experience is that intake does not add much horsepower. How about lower pulley and a tune? That can be reversed, right?

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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    carbon fiber driveshaft?

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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    HPDE's seriously.

    The difference between an average driver and a good driver are more than mods can normally get over, plus it's much cheaper.

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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    Quote Originally Posted by TKDalumni View Post
    How much bang do you get for the buck though? My experience is that intake does not add much horsepower. How about lower pulley and a tune? That can be reversed, right?
    If you look inside the stock intake you'll see several u-shaped tubes to reduce noise, not helping performance. The airaid seems to really wake the LSA up!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIwuW1ovkW4

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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    Just get it tuned

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luna. View Post
    Just get it tuned
    Does just a tune offer an advantage on an all stock motor

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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    Thought I recognized the screen name.... Still have the TT? She is a beauty!

    I too have a leased V and decided to go with some springs, exhaust and a few new body parts. Left the engine alone so I wouldn't deal with any issues from dealership even though they were OK with a CAI. Good luck with the mods and enjoy your new ride.


    Quote Originally Posted by TKDalumni View Post
    Hey Guys,

    New to the V, but not modding. Just picked up a V-Coupe and wanted to improve on the already awesome performance. Car is a lease, so don't want to get too crazy, but what are the best BFTB mods? I see some Caddy tax at most big vendors, so would love to hear some input from the forum.

    TIA
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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    Quote Originally Posted by MPNX2 View Post
    Does just a tune offer an advantage on an all stock motor
    yes, you can pick up probably around 15-20whp, and alot under the curve with just a 93 octane tune if available to you......also most likely pick up some fuel mileage if you do a good part throttle street tune adjusting the fuel and timing while cruising on the highway. This would work well with an intake as well if you are going to do it anyway, but not necessary if you are leasing.

    I would recommend getting a second ecm and put the tune on that, when you return the car, put the original stock ecm back in, and sell the extra to one of us on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptrd
    HPDE's seriously.

    The difference between an average driver and a good driver are more than mods can normally get over, plus it's much cheaper.
    Agree this is the ultimate mod but its FAR from cheaper. Most HPDEs are $250/day with another $250 per event for insurance if you want it. Add maintenance needs on top and you're spending serious coin. But I can tell you it's the most fun mod you'll ever do with your car and you'll be a killer driver after you do it regularly for a few years.

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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    Quote Originally Posted by spearfish25 View Post
    Agree this is the ultimate mod but its FAR from cheaper. Most HPDEs are $250/day with another $250 per event for insurance if you want it. Add maintenance needs on top and you're spending serious coin. But I can tell you it's the most fun mod you'll ever do with your car and you'll be a killer driver after you do it regularly for a few years.
    The hard part is finding them - but I would say that when people spend $400 on an intake, $4-6K on wheels, $2K on audio systems, $2000 on exhaust systems, $600-1200 on protective films/clear bras, $1500 on carbon-wrapped whatever... etc - HDPE's are not terribly expensive comparatively.

    And drag strips are cheap - we numbnuts with manuals can practice no-lift shifts there "legally."

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    Re: Best "Bang for the Buck" Mod

    Quote Originally Posted by Random84 View Post
    The hard part is finding them - but I would say that when people spend $400 on an intake, $4-6K on wheels, $2K on audio systems, $2000 on exhaust systems, $600-1200 on protective films/clear bras, $1500 on carbon-wrapped whatever... etc - HDPE's are not terribly expensive comparatively.

    And drag strips are cheap - we numbnuts with manuals can practice no-lift shifts there "legally."
    While they are more common in the southwest and on the east coast, I bet there is a track hosting driving events or driving schools within 4 hours of most anyone in the US.

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