: New guy just picked up a 99 Catera



Silentalero
11-10-09, 09:24 AM
After reading the issues im glad I got the aftermarket warranty on it. Got it for a hell of a deal. 99 Catera sport with 52k on it for 3k. I couldnt pass it up. The interior is immaculate.

I do however have a few question. I've been researching and there are a few projects that are gonna happen right off the bat.

1. Lowering - What kits do each of you have? I found eibach springs so far and its a subtle drop but i always wanna see what else is out there.

2. Lip kits - I saw a few kits for the opel (obviously not under the caddy name). Anybody have first hand experience with the fit n finish?

3. Wheels - What is our bolt pattern?




I've got a group of plans for it already since i just picked it up yesterday. Today the pioneer z110bt is goin in, windows getting tinted, and maybe the system going in depending on how creative i wanna get with the trunk. (I build custom cars for a living)

CateraMV6
11-10-09, 12:44 PM
1. Lowering - What kits do each of you have? I found eibach springs so far and its a subtle drop but i always wanna see what else is out there.

I would go with GTO Springs, and those will give you around 1" drop.
Here is my car sitting on the GTO springs (Cost me 40$ parts and few hours labor)
http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab263/MV6Catera/BEAUTY%20Shots/DSC04018.jpg




2. Lip kits - I saw a few kits for the opel (obviously not under the caddy name). Anybody have first hand experience with the fit n finish?
Shipping will kill the deal and as always fiberglass will not fit on there too easily... then you have to deal with paint etc... so I would stay away.
Try to get a lip or make something out of a different bumpers/materials.
I have a 15$ HomeDepot Garage door seal lip on mine...



3. Wheels - What is our bolt pattern?


Stock is 5x110 with offset from 35-42mm
You can get addapter plates that would change that to whatever else you want but they cost as much as a set of nice wheels... ~250/pair and you will need 4 of them.

elvin315
11-10-09, 04:56 PM
If you're looking for suspension upgrades I have a long write-up covering front & rear bushings as well as dampers and springs.
http://cateraowners.forumotion.com/suspension-f11/catera-suspension-upgrades-part-1-t108.htm#409

One thing you should know is that the Catera is normally hard on the inside tire treads both front & rear. This is a function of the wheel camber. I suggest including a pair of camber bolts to any suspension modification.
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http://static.summitracing.com/global/images/prod/large/iec-i-81260_w.jpg/ (http://www.summitracing.com/parts/IEC-I-81260/)

AHazzardToAll
11-10-09, 06:49 PM
nice find, i'm jealous.

Jea3cd
11-12-09, 12:33 AM
I would go with GTO Springs, and those will give you around 1" drop.
Here is my car sitting on the GTO springs (Cost me 40$ parts and few hours labor)
http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab263/MV6Catera/BEAUTY%20Shots/DSC04018.jpg



Shipping will kill the deal and as always fiberglass will not fit on there too easily... then you have to deal with paint etc... so I would stay away.
Try to get a lip or make something out of a different bumpers/materials.
I have a 15$ HomeDepot Garage door seal lip on mine...


Stock is 5x110 with offset from 35-42mm
You can get addapter plates that would change that to whatever else you want but they cost as much as a set of nice wheels... ~250/pair and you will need 4 of them.



First off, what a beautiful car. Thanks for sharing the pics. Did you use 04 GTO springs in front and rear, with Catera Struts? How's the ride?

CateraMV6
11-12-09, 01:09 AM
Yes the springs are from a 06 GTO, but any year GTOs came with the same springs.

As far as ride, its no different then what it was with the stock SPORT springs.

Now the Non sports came with soft tune suspension.

Then the Sports got the MV6 Package from the European model which was 30% Stiffer springs and combined shocks and it truly handles. THe sway bars were also bigger.

On the other hand the GTO came with a big V8 and a lot of torque so they come with stiffer rear springs and the fronts are also slightly shorter so shorter springs mean stiffer.

The ride dropped 1" front and 0.5" rear at first but then I had to adjust the suspension leveling arm which allowed for another 0.5" drop and as a result it sits the way it does now.

Ride is smooth, and tight but not too stiff. I think on my car there was almost no difference but on a Non Sport model you will love the tighter ride.
Also the car doesn't squat as much on acceleration due to the stiffer rear springs.

Here is a side shot of the car.

Rear appears to be higher but its exact same hight from the tip of the fender to the ground. The rear arch is different from the front and the mud guard makes it appear that way as well.

GTO springs should run you no more then 50$ on ebay or the GTO forums...

http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab263/MV6Catera/BEAUTY%20Shots/DSC04040.jpg
http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab263/MV6Catera/BEAUTY%20Shots/DSC04042.jpg

Silentalero
11-16-09, 10:28 AM
Nice, i def think im gonna go that route.


Well update on the car, the next day after buying it the fking thing had a mental meltdown.

I threw 2 engine codes P1700 and P1870, both trans codes. The ebrake bracket snapped the second i yanked it up. The engine started smoking when id stop from driving. And the sport mode would flash fast on the expressway and force into winter mode when im stopped. So needless to say I tore the dealership a new ******* and they are fixing it for free. Just sucks I bought a car and cant even drive it.