sorry but LOL .....
Thanks for all your ideas about how to improve my CTS.
I found some info over my engine googling:
The CTS originally offered either a 5-speed 5L40-E automatic transmission or 5-speed Getrag 260 manual transmission. The Getrag was replaced with an Aisin AY-6 6-speed for 2005.
The Opel-derived 3.2L V6 has 220 hp, which it makes with minimal fuss at 6000 rpm. We question why Cadillac didn't use the 3.8L Buick V6, but we suspect the Opel's overseas breeding, higher DOHC technology, and its uniqueness among domestic GMs give it enough snob-power to overcome its lack of horsepower. Perhaps the fact that European models get a smaller 2.6L version of the same engine (which is already available on Opels and Saabs and built at GM's Ellesmere Port, England engine plant) makes the odd choice of powerplants a done deal.
NOTE: I noticed that people out there is making fun about the music I'm playing when I shot the pictures, so next time I will post photos with Shakira or Beyonce, do you agree or have any other suggestion?:hide:
Yes, I was born in Madrid and my parents are from a lovely city called Málaga (I would recommend to go there to spend your holidays).
My Grandpa came from England with his parents (his father had a job at the Embassy) in the 30s but he decided not to return with them and to burn the money of the family in wine, women, bull fighting, cars , etc ... and then to waste the balance.
That's how we became an average family.
Actually my father never learnt English and none of my borthers did either, but I had the skill to learn it by watching movies when I was young and now I can apply for good jobs because of that ...
I'm sorry for posting this message, but I am so new that I cannot send you a PM.
We'll soon have you up to 50 posts so you can PM.:thumbsup:
IMHO the carputer is better than the stock NAVI...i h8 the navi...
just wanna give u some pounds 4 the niceness u pulled off....
I investigated a little to improve the performance of my CTS. First thing is to program the ECU to get more HP.
There is a Magnaflow dealer in Spain that would make a custom exhaust for me for € 1,000 (quite cheap, right?). They have one for the CTS-V already homolagated at € 2,500.
I will install a couple of Eibach products:
EIBACH PRO-KIT 3878.140
EIBACH ANTI-ROLL 3878.320
And the BMR STB008 Strut Tower Brace.
I think I will get a Fram AirHog PPA7597 to follow the guide of RobertCTS for a Tony A Ram Air.
Now here comes my doubts:
If I low the suspension I must change the shock absorbers, but which one should I choose?
Since I'm getting more power my brakes would get too weak to eventually stop the car. Which one should I install?
Would you give me some leads?
NOTE.: I'm joining a Spanish club at www.silver-road.com so if some of you happened to come to Spain maybe you could come a get a ride with us.
I made a CAI following your instructions and it seems like something changed a bit ...
However, I'm making a decision over the other mods so this is what I'm doing shortly:
HOTCHKIS TVS 80079-1, $ 609.99 at www.tbyrnemotorsports.com
People at Hotchkis told me that it will work fine with my factory absorbers.
Strut Bar BMR STB008, $ 249.95 at www.jannettyracing.com
New custom dual exhaust by Magnaflow, including a high flow catalytic converter that would give me like 20 extra HP. This will cost around € 1500.00.
If anybody knows a better source for the other components please let me know.
Future modifications will be to change the wheels (17" or 18"), shock absorbers and brakes.
I finally installed a dual exhaust by Magnaflow and this is the result.
In addition, I'm waiting for a strut bar from a V series I purchased at ebay so I will complete the suspension with the Hotchkis TVS.
I don't think that STB will fit. If that 2.6L is a variant of the 3.2L, and your CTS is an early 04, or older, you probably won't have clearance in the hood for the STB. It's worth checking out.
You are probably right. I checked the hood and I'm nout sure I will have room enough for it, but the part was so cheap that I took the risk anyway ($ 70).
However, I'm taking the car to a race expert and I expect he will manage to make a custom strut bar for me.