: Hi new girl needs help 😉



lheimann
04-07-13, 02:12 PM
Hi guys, sorry if i piss someone off by asking since im new to the v forum but as a long time cadillac owner i figured family would help me :-) I currently own 08 escalade, looking at buying '11 cts-v but it has some minor performance mods and can't seem to find anything in previous threads about them. Can someone tell me the pros and cons of these mods:
KD innovations harmonic balancer 9.5" pulley
Kook headers
Kook mid pipes
Corsa sport exhaust
Airaid air intake

From what I have seen in previous threads looks like these are all racing mods but wondering if I'm not looking to have this as a track car and more of a bad ass sit pretty car... Should all these mods trigger to me that this car has been on courses? It states that it still has factory warranty but previous threads have told me LMAFO mods are not covered on power train warranty! Thanks to the "threw a rod" thread. Much learned there!
Thanks in advance for your help!

Smokin80
04-07-13, 02:31 PM
if it has a 9.5 inch lower then it has a tune. Which almost always voids wty. Plus the dealer will notice the pulley and void the wty for sure.(well...almost for sure)

Doesnt mean the car has been tracked though. If you are looking for a daily driver and want wty i would stay away from that one. If you plan on doing some mods in the future to add power then this is likely a good start assuming whoever tuned it for the added boost knew what they were doing....

my .02

lheimann
04-07-13, 02:40 PM
Thanks smokin80 not necessarily looking for daily driver just want to make sure it's a solid running machine. Will prob only get 5k a yr on it as I drive my truck most of the time but don't want to get into it and then a yr later throw a rod or have other problems because of these mods then end up coating me an arm and a leg to fix. I'm doing a side x side comparison with a stock 12 and this mod 11 and just wondering what route to go. I have a tad bit of a lead foot but not a race foot by any means and just wondering if the 556 hp vs 680hp is something that really is worth it to me. Do you know are those mods a higher quality? It's fsbo not dealer and he states all done by performance shops but who knows about what type of PS he uses
Thanks (that was long winded sorry :(

V2 BRAWN
04-07-13, 03:06 PM
You might be better off looking for an unmodified car. I would want to know who did the tune and what is their reputation? 556HP is nothing to sneer at for a street car. It's only better than about 99% of the cars out there.

smackdownCTSV
04-07-13, 03:11 PM
Headers are usually a 'big no no' for a dealer.

lheimann
04-07-13, 03:19 PM
Didnt mean that 556 HP is not enough by any means, just meant that is the extra mods and the extra 124 HP worth the headache in the long run if I have no intentions on running this car on a course thats all. Im a mom with 2 kids, I think the HP is not the issue just more of the headache down the road. Thanks for your input.

staflyr
04-07-13, 03:38 PM
Get the stock V. It's still a bad a$$ vehicle with no mods and there will be no debates about your factory warranty….just saying...

Random84
04-07-13, 08:34 PM
You might be better off looking for an unmodified car. I would want to know who did the tune and what is their reputation? 556HP is nothing to sneer at for a street car. It's only better than about 99% of the cars out there.


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You have to blindly trust that the former owner was thorough and informed when he had the car tuned for serious mods (I count a pulley as serious). You also might wonder why the car was traded in - maybe the person moved on, maybe they drove the piss out of it and didn't want to risk future repairs. Simply put, there's far more amateur tuners out there than professional IMHO, and this is not a car I'd want someone learning how to tune on. IMHO, the odds are not in your favor - but it's anyone's guess and maybe it's a diamond.

There's NFW you will have powertrain warranty, so consider that a loss with any tuned/pullied car. I agree here - for your purposes, you're better off with a bone stock car or even a certified car, it will get plenty of attention (and be plenty of fun) in stock form. Just not worth the risk paying big money for a "who knows what?" modded car.

lheimann
04-07-13, 09:39 PM
Thank you for everyone's opinion. You are all V owners so that's why I came here... as a future V owner ;) ... With all of your advice I'm just going to get the stock model I was looking at :) thanks again for your opinions!

On another note... I know I want an exhaust.... Any opinions on which brand?.... I've read some good things about the corsca exhaust...

Smokin80
04-07-13, 10:39 PM
I suspect you will like the corsa touring or the stainless works. Both would fit the bill.

Rule12b
04-08-13, 03:34 PM
Thank you for everyone's opinion. You are all V owners so that's why I came here... as a future V owner ;) ... With all of your advice I'm just going to get the stock model I was looking at :) thanks again for your opinions!

On another note... I know I want an exhaust.... Any opinions on which brand?.... I've read some good things about the corsca exhaust...

If you check a few of my posts you'll see just how big a fan I am of Corsas. There are some soundclips I've put on as well. Quieter than stock at cruise, wails like crazy when you hit the fun pedal.

Welcome to the V!

Smokin80
04-08-13, 04:12 PM
If you check a few of my posts you'll see just how big a fan I am of Corsas. There are some soundclips I've put on as well. Quieter than stock at cruise, wails like crazy when you hit the fun pedal.

Welcome to the V!

Do you have the sports or the touring?

Rule12b
04-08-13, 04:24 PM
Do you have the sports or the touring?

Headers with race cats, x-pipe, supplemental resonators and Touring.

MSOsr
04-09-13, 06:36 PM
Keep the stock for a time and you may decide you don't need a new exhaust. I had a big-time car detailer work on my car and he thought I SURELY put an after-market exhaust on my stock car! He couldn't believe how good it sounded.

Mike

lheimann
04-16-13, 12:26 AM
Thanks guys for all your help! I can say I'm officially a V owner. Bought a stock '11... Picking up Wednesday!


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Now hopefully this little girl can run with the big guys ;)
Anyone know of any good performance shops near good 'ol omaha Nebraska?
Lol don't laugh ... Looking good in the Midwest ;)

Random84
04-16-13, 09:05 AM
looks good! I'm not typically a white car guy, but Cadillac pulled this one off well.

Personally, I'd drive the car for a while and see how it shakes down, as you should have a decent warranty period remaining. Give it a few months and - since you're more of a street orientated girl, I'd suggest that when the time comes, the first mods could be an air intake, full exhaust and tune (for the sound); but with some extra HP to make it seem worth while. :D

lheimann
04-16-13, 11:54 AM
looks good! I'm not typically a white car guy, but Cadillac pulled this one off well.

Personally, I'd drive the car for a while and see how it shakes down, as you should have a decent warranty period remaining. Give it a few months and - since you're more of a street orientated girl, I'd suggest that when the time comes, the first mods could be an air intake, full exhaust and tune (for the sound); but with some extra HP to make it seem worth while. :D

Thanks this car is the first V I've owned but have had 2 hopped up camaros and I know intake and exhaust is a must for me. Something about the deep exhaust sound makes this girl get a little ..... Happy ;)

matt116
04-17-13, 06:12 AM
Thanks this car is the first V I've owned but have had 2 hopped up camaros and I know intake and exhaust is a must for me. Something about the deep exhaust sound makes this girl get a little ..... Happy ;)

A woman after my own heart

I have the B&B cat back on my coupe and it is very deep.