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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, Just got an 03 CTS in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Originally Posted by Hippiehead025 ok, ifound a set of rims i like, they are 18x8 and 18x9, 5x114.3mm bolt pattern, ...
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    Re: Just got an 03 CTS

    Quote Originally Posted by Hippiehead025
    ok, ifound a set of rims i like, they are 18x8 and 18x9, 5x114.3mm bolt pattern, that .7mm isntgoin to make a difference and put any stress on the wheel is it? also what side backspacing do i need forthe 18x8 and 18x9 to fit correctly? Thanks - Roger
    Many here are running the 5x4.5" (114.3mm) wheels. They seem to fit fine, although they won't be hubcentric, and rely on the wheel studs to keep the wheel centered. You need to stay with backspacing in the range of 40 to ~44mm. Too far out (less than 40mm) and you run the risk of rubbing on the fender. Too far in (less than about 44mm, with 245's) and you'll rub the tire on the upper A-arm pinch bolt (very bad). You can feel it behind the top of the front tire. Put your finger in there . . . there's not much more than about 1/3" of clearance, with stock wheels/tires.

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    Re: Just got an 03 CTS

    so then u run a higher risk of breaking off wheel studs.....

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    Re: Just got an 03 CTS

    Quote Originally Posted by Hippiehead025
    72 roadster sweetness man.... i wanted a 72 coupe to customize, i wanna take the exhaust and run it out the side gills.... I restore corvettes professionally so Im like a corvette maniac over here...haha sweet cra man - Roger
    The red side exhaust on my car are from the 1969 Corvettes

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    Re: Just got an 03 CTS

    yeah i know, but iwanna take out the side gills and run my exhaust out through those, just having tips out the gills.

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    Re: Just got an 03 CTS

    Quote Originally Posted by Hippiehead025
    72 roadster sweetness man.... i wanted a 72 coupe to customize, i wanna take the exhaust and run it out the side gills.... I restore corvettes professionally so Im like a corvette maniac over here...haha sweet cra man - Roger
    Really. I actually own a Corvette Mailorder Warehouse. www.vansteel.com You shoulld ceck it out. We do mostly older vettes but we have some C4 & C5 parts too.

    Dan

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    Talking Re: Just got an 03 CTS

    Quote Originally Posted by pjohnesq
    Hey Hippiehead025, Welcome to the forum!!! I went with a Volant Intake and Magnaflow Exhaust....I'm waiting on Pete's supercharger...this what my 3.6 sounds like with the magnaflow magnaflow3.6
    Hi Mr. Paul, Yes I survived the surgery Your car sounds awesome
    Peace

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    Re: Just got an 03 CTS

    Quote Originally Posted by Xrayqueen
    Hi Mr. Paul, Yes I survived the surgery Your car sounds awesome
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    JP,
    I thought we were friends. You never told me about theXRay Queen. Was your surgery cosmetic or health? I'm glad you recovered well my Queen. I'm CTSRobert from Ohio. I see you're part of PJ's SoCal group.
    P.S. PJ we gotta talk

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    Re: Just got an 03 CTS

    Does your Vette have the L98 or the LT5?

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