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2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, 5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated. in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; So I'm going to have 5k or so to play with for my V in a month and I wanted ...
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    5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated.

    So I'm going to have 5k or so to play with for my V in a month and I wanted some peoples opinions on my mod path choice.

    I have airraid intake already,160* thermostat, D3 Comps going on in spring.

    I'm thinking cams, upper & lower pulley, port and polish everything, possibly tune it on E-85(it's readily available) & some fat stick tires. I've heard the exhaust isn't that much of a restriction, with this much increased flow though I'm thinking it may become a bottle neck....thoughts?

    I have no specific brands selected yet as I am still doing research on the various companies. Looking to achieve around 650-700whp. Previously dynoed at 524 with just the airraid intake in May. Stock V makes about 475 on this places dyno. I will go back to the same dyno in May with similar conditions to get as accurate of a comparison as possible. I will of course get her dynoed in the dead of winter for some feel good runs haha

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    Re: 5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated.

    Don't see upgraded injectors and Heat exchanger.

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    I wasn't sure if injectors were needed, I assumed they were but only if I run E-85 if I'm not mistaken? Is the heat exchanger a must?

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    Re: 5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated.

    If you're doing upper and lower pulleys AND a cam......man you're going to need injectors. If you're doing all that it will be a waste without a larger HX. Without it the car will run hot, you'll pull timing and almost never be a full power.

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    For 650 to 700 whp? You may get all the parts you need for $5,000. If it's bhp your looking for your good to go. For the money injectors are good piece of mine in any build IMHO.

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    Re: 5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated.

    650 whp is do-able but 700 at the wheels is strong.

    I got 640 at the wheels on regular gas for under $5000.

    If you want to climb into the 700 whp you are looking at some internal upgrades if you want the car to last. imho.

    I think you will be happy with a cam, upper and lower pulley, injectors, cam sprocket, CAI, Ported Snout, HX, heads with springs and push rods, and free flowing exhaust. The stock is a restriction. Now you are close to $6000.

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    Re: 5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated.

    You got 50hp from just the air raid?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TKDalumni
    You got 50hp from just the air raid?!
    The dyno operator was amazed at the gain from the airraid, I did not dyno it stock for all I know I got a factory freak. A V dynoed at 475 no more then a month earlier with colder weather. Is the stock intake that restrictive?

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    You can't do that. The car needs a baseline and then after. Otherwise, its all guessing and conjecture...


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    Re: 5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated.

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    You can't do that. The car needs a baseline and then after. Otherwise, its all guessing and conjecture...
    Yeah, could have gained you 50 or could have gained you 1. Without a baseline there is nothing to compare it to so just guessing.

    On the mods, pulleys, cam, intake, headers, heat exchanger should net you over 600hp at the wheels. If you are willing to do any of the work, you can do it pretty cheap.

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    Re: 5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated.

    injectors, upper and lower pulleys, nitrous system, tires, install....rest is gas money
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    Re: 5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated.

    2.4 upper, HX, 1000cc+ injectors, ported snout, flex fuel conversion. You'll be 650ish rwhp on e-85

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    Re: 5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated.

    IMO how to spend depends on how you plan to use the car. If it's street/strip/bragging rights, HP/torque and cooling. Street and road course/track use, HP/torque isn't the issue. CAI, ZL1 lid, HX/pump/reservoir, a rear diff cooler that works, brake upgrades, a safe tune not on the edge, and take the rest of the $$$ and put it in the suspension.

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    Re: 5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated.

    All good info from local peeps.

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    Re: 5k to spend on the V, opinions on mod path are appreciated.

    I'm working through my shopping list using black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. So far:

    1) ID850's - $762
    2) Airaid CAI - $252
    3) Track attack HX - $508
    4) 29gpm HX pump - $260
    5) Dual catch cans - $130
    6) NorCal tank - $365
    7) ZL1 Lid - $250
    8) Kooks headers, coated, catted Xpipe - $1,750 (we have emissions so I needed cats, may gut them later.)

    Total $4,277 so far.

    Below is what I still need and simply guessing at the costs:

    1) $250 - 2.4 upper pulley only. Changed my mind on going with the lower.
    2) $850 - Cam kit (springs, pushrods)
    3) $65 - Plugs
    4) $100 - Ported TB (labor only)
    5) $2,000 - Tune & install

    Grand Total - $7,292

    Shooting for around 625rwfrwhp (reliable, worry-free, rear wheel horsepower)

    Still need my drag rims and tires. Looking for used deals on those.
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