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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Originally Posted by SdMarineGuy I went to Nabers Cadillac to install the Volant and the Magnaflow exhaust today. Well what ...
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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    Quote Originally Posted by SdMarineGuy
    I went to Nabers Cadillac to install the Volant and the Magnaflow exhaust today. Well what they do is Charge you the $550 and take it to Mesa Mufflers down the street from the dealer and have them do it. Before they installed it I went to the muffler shop where Sal took my car and asked the installers what size pipe they would use and I was shocked to hear that all they WERE going to do is replace the mufflers and put tips leaving the stock 2" pipe. I kinda knew it was took good to be true to get a magnaflow catback system $550 so I didnt get the work done I will get a Corsa exhaust and pay the extra $500 or hopefully Borla will make a Catback system for the 3.6L because I dont think they have one now. These are the mufflers Nabers Cadillac uses model #11225
    http://shop.ivalueinternet.com/bigex...ct_id/1318.htm
    and puts no name brand tips Mufflers are $59.92 each and tip they use are no brand tips so basically Nabers is pocketing around $300 to drive your car 4 blocks down the road to Mesa Mufflers. The guy at mesa mufflers said he charges around $50 for labor.
    Have you checked the B&B exhaust? They make one for the 3.6. The website also has a sound bite!
    http://www.bbexhaust.com/New/auto-fl...?page=cts.html


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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertCTS
    Have you checked the B&B exhaust? They make one for the 3.6. The website also has a sound bite!
    http://www.bbexhaust.com/New/auto-fl...?page=cts.html
    From what I have read all customers with a B&B where very dissatisfied with it and I havent read any forum users give good comments about the B&B everyone puts them down.

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    Quote Originally Posted by SdMarineGuy
    I went to Nabers Cadillac to install the Volant and the Magnaflow exhaust today. Well what they do is Charge you the $550 and take it to Mesa Mufflers down the street from the dealer and have them do it. Before they installed it I went to the muffler shop where Sal took my car and asked the installers what size pipe they would use and I was shocked to hear that all they WERE going to do is replace the mufflers and put tips leaving the stock 2" pipe. I kinda knew it was took good to be true to get a magnaflow catback system $550 so I didnt get the work done I will get a Corsa exhaust and pay the extra $500 or hopefully Borla will make a Catback system for the 3.6L because I dont think they have one now. These are the mufflers Nabers Cadillac uses model #11225

    http://shop.ivalueinternet.com/bigex...ct_id/1318.htm

    and puts no name brand tips Mufflers are $59.92 each and tip they use are no brand tips so basically Nabers is pocketing around $300 to drive your car 4 blocks down the road to Mesa Mufflers. The guy at mesa mufflers said he charges around $50 for labor.
    So SDMarine, basically you're gonna pay an extra $500 for .5 inches....If you get the Corsa, (or B&B) for that matter and your Volant, let's meet on the track one day...see if that extra $500 was worth it....Just kidding...The CTS stock pipes are pretty good but if you prefer the bolt-on over priced Corsa, go ahead...I think the Magnaflow does a pretty decent job....(Damn, now I sound like Robert talking about Volant and TonyA )

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjohnesq
    So SDMarine, basically you're gonna pay an extra $500 for .5 inches....If you get the Corsa, (or B&B) for that matter and your Volant, let's meet on the track one day...see if that extra $500 was worth it....Just kidding...The CTS stock pipes are pretty good but if you prefer the bolt-on over priced Corsa, go ahead...I think the Magnaflow does a pretty decent job....(Damn, now I sound like Robert talking about Volant and TonyA )
    Sure lets race for slips Well the whole reason to get a catback exhaust is to increase that 1/2" in your exhaust so your engine can breathe better no to change out your mufflers. Especially if you have the Intake done. Yours Volant is pushing Air In a lot more than your stock intake but then your making that poor air go through 2 inches instead of 2.5". No matter what some guys say "SIZE DOES MATTER"

    So Are we racing for titles?

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    Quote Originally Posted by SdMarineGuy

    So Are we racing for titles?
    LOL

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    Here's a thought for some to consider. One of our members has done this with good results. He found a scrapped CTS-V exhaust system. Only slight adjustment were needed for the catback system. The pipes and mufflers are much larger. If your looking for performance but don't want the Caddy sounding like a racer, this could be another option. You should be able to find this thread in the search feature.

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    I had the exhaust system from my CTS-V installed on my wife's 3.6L CTS. Looks great, sounds good, and seems to have a bit more power. I think that it is a good compromise between the stock CTS system and the Corsa. As Robert said, it still sounds like a Cadillac but with a gentle rumble.The CTS-V has 2 1/2" pipes vs 2" on the CTS. If interested, you might check the CTS-V forum to see if anyone would sell their exhaust system cheap. I don't know what it would cost from GM. The installation cost me $60.

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    Quote Originally Posted by MLV
    I had the exhaust system from my CTS-V installed on my wife's 3.6L CTS. Looks great, sounds good, and seems to have a bit more power. I think that it is a good compromise between the stock CTS system and the Corsa. As Robert said, it still sounds like a Cadillac but with a gentle rumble.The CTS-V has 2 1/2" pipes vs 2" on the CTS. If interested, you might check the CTS-V forum to see if anyone would sell their exhaust system cheap. I don't know what it would cost from GM. The installation cost me $60.
    So there was a slight change in the sound?

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    Robert, there is a subtle difference in the sound, not as loud as the Corsa. Inside the car it is quiet; outside it definitely sounds better, the way a very nice V6 should.

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    Quote Originally Posted by MLV
    Robert, there is a subtle difference in the sound, not as loud as the Corsa. Inside the car it is quiet; outside it definitely sounds better, the way a very nice V6 should.
    Cool. Is there a for sale section?

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    I haven't noticed any of the V guys trying to sell their exhaust systems, but many of them have changed them for Corsa, B&B, etc. Why not go to the CTS-V forum and ask? The only risk is a few flame throwers who think V parts should stay on Vs. You can also check with GM to see what a new system would cost.

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    Quote Originally Posted by MLV
    Robert, there is a subtle difference in the sound, not as loud as the Corsa. Inside the car it is quiet; outside it definitely sounds better, the way a very nice V6 should.
    Good info to hear! Do the V mufflers look like the funky wrinkled OEMs on my 3.6?

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    They look the same. The cadillacfaq has pictures of the underside of the CTS-V. The part numbers are different, however.

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    SdMarineGuy,
    Firstly, nice ride. I got a couple questions,
    Did you put on the Corsa exhaust yet? Would like to know how it sounds or hear a sound bytesince I am considering installing Corsa through dealor here in San Diego.
    I see on your web page you went to bigger tires, how did that effect the ride and handling?
    Stationed in SD? I am at North Island, Navy going on 26 yrs.
    Thanks

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    Re: 05 CTS 3.6L exhaust

    Quote Originally Posted by John&Sandy
    SdMarineGuy,
    Firstly, nice ride. I got a couple questions,
    Did you put on the Corsa exhaust yet? Would like to know how it sounds or hear a sound bytesince I am considering installing Corsa through dealor here in San Diego.
    I see on your web page you went to bigger tires, how did that effect the ride and handling?
    Stationed in SD? I am at North Island, Navy going on 26 yrs.
    Thanks
    I have the Corsa exhaust on order from GMParts Direct. As soon as I get it in and installed you can come listen to it since you are soo close. I think putting on the 20 inch tires gave me better handling on turns since the tire is wider so it grips the road better. I am stationed in Miramar in the Marines.

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