: Hood



ITSQUIK
06-14-13, 10:09 PM
Anyone know where I can buy an STS-V hood for a reasonable price? Salvage with a couple dings would be ok. The car is in the body shop anyway.
Any input would be much appreciated!!!!

ITSQUIK
09-07-13, 09:19 AM
Well guys, I've been posting all the in-progress pics in the Non-V forum since my car is not a V, but I figured I'd throw a couple pics up now that all the body & paint is finished & see what you guys think.

The mods are as follows:
1. Completely smoothed rear bumper
2. Wide bodied rear 1/4's by 2 inches each side
to be able to tuck the 315/25/22's
3. Fabricated a 1-off functional Cowl Ind. hood
4. All lights except front are Blacked Out.
5. I seperated the H/L & F/L Assy's to paint the
chrome housings gray to match the body.
6. I seperated all 4 corner marker lights &
installed a 9 LED strip to replace single 194
bulb
7. E&G mesh upper & lower grills
8. Complete repaint of the Dark Tarnished Silver
9. Painted the grill, hood, wipers/cowl, roof, &
trunk in Black Diamond
10. CTS-V coupe muffler.
11. 22x12 rears, 22x9 fronts with P-Zero's
12. Lowered 2.5 inches all the way around

That's all I can think of at the moment but I'll post more with all the appropriate pics as I go. Finishing the interior is next on the list!!

Let me know what everybody thinks. Positive & negative comments are welcomed as long as they are tactful. Lol, it is my car & I know not everybody agrees with getting this crazy.

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OMG-V
09-07-13, 09:57 AM
Waiting for the pictures! :)

youknooow
09-07-13, 10:51 AM
Pics please! I want to see your front LED setup

carter's_sts
09-07-13, 12:00 PM
I see the pics. I think it looks cool. Not sure I like the exhaust tips hanging that low. Seems like you need a cut out in the bumper and to raise them.

Can we see some nighttime pics of the LED headlamps?

OMG-V
09-07-13, 12:43 PM
I see the pics. I think it looks cool. Not sure I like the exhaust tips hanging that low. Seems like you need a cut out in the bumper and to raise them.

Can we see some nighttime pics of the LED headlamps?

Where are the pics? Send me the link please.

ITSQUIK
09-07-13, 01:12 PM
Waiting for the pictures! :)

It's weird but after you click on the thread, you have to then click on my actual text in the thread & the pics will then pop up.

Guy.Seminerio
09-07-13, 01:59 PM
Very nice. You already know how I feel about that hood though. I also second carter. When you were talking about doing this I thought there was going to be a cutout in the bumper for the exhaust to sit up in.

carter's_sts
09-07-13, 02:00 PM
I'm using the phone app and they just show up for me.

OMG-V
09-07-13, 02:03 PM
I see it now. The hood seems a little too ... not STS. How did you squeeze those tires in there? Looks mean!!

Guy.Seminerio
09-07-13, 02:12 PM
He had the fenders flared out to accommodate wider tires. Custom work. Very cool.

ITSQUIK
09-07-13, 02:43 PM
I see the pics. I think it looks cool. Not sure I like the exhaust tips hanging that low. Seems like you need a cut out in the bumper and to raise them.

Can we see some nighttime pics of the LED headlamps?

I have to take it to the exhaust shop Monday morning so we can raise the muffler & then right back over to the body shop to notch the bumper.

ITSQUIK
09-07-13, 09:17 PM
I don't have a pic of the LED markers in the car yet but here's the in-progress pics of that mod.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/02DSGHD/E74A38CE-D16E-4180-B66E-4C5DFE0C269F-4344-0000046593867913.jpg

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youknooow
09-07-13, 10:50 PM
Luv the colors, I think a v series hood will do you justice, a more substantial bumper will be needed to compliment your exhaust, your rear fenders AWESOME!

fast_lane10
09-09-13, 10:10 PM
more subtle hood and cutout for exhaust ....may be two exhaust tips on each side something like DTS to differentiate from regular STS

ITSQUIK
09-14-13, 11:29 PM
Finish pics!!!!!! Spent all day detailing!!!! Turning heads & Thumbs Up everywhere, since I started driving her again!!

Here's the LED corner lights I made & Yes V Guys, that is a 315 tucked up under that wheel well!!

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Guy.Seminerio
09-15-13, 03:32 AM
Love those side markers. Excellent job on those. Car looks great. Love how the side views are painted black instead of grey. Good choice on that. I promise this is the last time ill say it but the stock sts hood would seriously clean this look up. But it's your car so do what you want. Nevertheless, it looks outstanding. Beautiful work.

todrules
09-15-13, 09:32 PM
I have to agree on the hood, but everything else looks really sharp! I definitely love the side markers, you could probably sell those sidemarkers to lots of people if you wanted to fab up some sets.

ITSQUIK
09-15-13, 10:46 PM
I have to agree on the hood, but everything else looks really sharp! I definitely love the side markers, you could probably sell those sidemarkers to lots of people if you wanted to fab up some sets.

Thank You for the compliment. I'm still not sure on the hood myself. Although I must say It looks much better in person than in pics. I was thinking about Fabbing up a few sets of the markers but man is it a Pain in the A$$!! Lol

1madstsv
09-15-13, 11:39 PM
I like your hood the car I not a v so it should not have a v hood. And yours is 1 of a kind this way. You need biger brakes with that big of a wheel. Look in to c6 zo6 ones they are not to bad and might fit with out two much trouble.

Guy.Seminerio
09-16-13, 12:57 AM
I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want to seem to critical because this thing really is a beauty. But I always laugh when I see cars with huge rims with tiny brakes. Luckily yours aren't the type of rims where it showcases the rotors very much. Your eyes are more drawn to the wheel design. But still, bigger brakes are now possible, and also would bring the look up.

ITSQUIK
09-16-13, 09:02 AM
I like your hood the car I not a v so it should not have a v hood. And yours is 1 of a kind this way. You need biger brakes with that big of a wheel. Look in to c6 zo6 ones they are not to bad and might fit with out two much trouble.

Thank you, I feel the same about the hood. That's exactly why I didn't put a V hood on it. It's not a V & I'm not trying to make it look like 1. I do have a stock hood also painted so I can switch at any time. This 1 is starting to grow on me though. Locally I am getting much more positive reaction than negative everywhere I go. As far as the brakes, YES, absolutely need bigger. I am going to convert to the V setup but I will refinish the caliper with the Brembo logo & remove the V logo.

ITSQUIK
09-18-13, 09:24 PM
Lays out a Caddy Hologram on the ground when u open the doors at night.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/02DSGHD/8092533B-A5D0-4411-9027-D30F80EAA4E3-3016-000003C538C96B77_zps5fdd90ef.jpg

Guy.Seminerio
09-18-13, 10:11 PM
That's really cool. How'd you manage that

ITSQUIK
09-18-13, 10:33 PM
That's really cool. How'd you manage that

Thanks!! I have a guy here in Florida that does all kinds of cool lighting things. But I'm pretty sure u can find them on eBay too.

1madstsv
09-18-13, 10:39 PM
Yep they sell v logo ones also.

Guy.Seminerio
09-18-13, 11:16 PM
Cool. So that replaces the courtesy light? Or flood light whatever you want to call it.

ITSQUIK
09-18-13, 11:28 PM
Cool. So that replaces the courtesy light? Or flood light whatever you want to call it.

With a little massaging, yes you can mount them in the courtesy light location in the bottom of the door panel.

parkeraire
09-19-13, 07:39 AM
Thanks!! I have a guy here in Florida that does all kinds of cool lighting things. But I'm pretty sure u can find them on eBay too.

Can you hook us up with a link? Please

Nimoch
09-19-13, 06:49 PM
Yes, the V logo or Caddy logo for a courtesy light is a "Shut up and take my money!" deal for me. :)

1madstsv
09-19-13, 07:08 PM
I found this http://www.tlg-auto.com/Cadillac_V_Produce_Logo_Projector_p/gtr-7010118-55.htm

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And this http://m.aliexpress.com/popular/cadillac-door-logo-light.html?tracelog=wssearch2mobilesearch

Guy.Seminerio
09-19-13, 07:44 PM
Whoever installs, pics please.

Fierofiend
09-19-13, 10:30 PM
People put these on Fieros too, I just don't see the appeal...

1madstsv
09-19-13, 11:35 PM
Bling man bling

Ludacrisvp
09-19-13, 11:52 PM
Whoever installs, pics please.
I've installed mine today (they have been sitting around since october of 2012 waiting to be installed) and did take pics of install, but didn't use the courtesy light location.
You can see them in the Show us your STS thread. (http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-sts-forum-2005-through-2012/104756-show-us-your-sts-10.html#post10976858)

Guy.Seminerio
09-20-13, 01:09 AM
The distance picture is pretty cool. Still I'd like to see a v one before going in on this. Come to think of it I don't know about drilling into the door. And I wouldn't want to replace the courtesy light.

ITSQUIK
09-20-14, 10:45 PM
It's not a V but I figured I'd show you guys the updates as well....Lol, iPhone mini shoot I did today.

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/02DSGHD/The%20Caddy/E27E5286-19B7-4E90-B9F4-6BA467552FDD.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/02DSGHD/media/The%20Caddy/E27E5286-19B7-4E90-B9F4-6BA467552FDD.jpg.html)

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Guy.Seminerio
09-21-14, 04:09 AM
Wow exactly a year to the date from the previous post. Love the flared fenders out back.

ITSQUIK
09-21-14, 12:54 PM
Wow exactly a year to the date from the previous post. Love the flared fenders out back.

Lmao, I didn't do that on purpose.....i changed the front bumper to the 08-11 with E&G grills, changed the paint scheme on the hood & around grill & integrated the V-coupe exhaust bezel into the back bumper so the muffler is not just hanging under the bumper anymore!!

Guy.Seminerio
09-21-14, 01:00 PM
Yep I've been following on the show me your sts thread. Lookin good. You already know my take on the hood. Other than that, looks great. Are you done cosmetically? If I recall, you're going to make your way under the hood eventually.

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New rims got it. Just read over there again Haha.

ITSQUIK
09-21-14, 02:06 PM
Yep I've been following on the show me your sts thread. Lookin good. You already know my take on the hood. Other than that, looks great. Are you done cosmetically? If I recall, you're going to make your way under the hood eventually. ---------- New rims got it. Just read over there again Haha.

May have to go a little wider once the wheels come...I'm sponsored by Lexani so I gotta make them work when they get here.......22x14 rears!!

jasonp12
09-21-14, 02:31 PM
May have to go a little wider once the wheels come...I'm sponsored by Lexani so I gotta make them work when they get here.......22x14 rears!!

Holy cow! I want some.

baller95
09-21-14, 03:27 PM
All it's missing is the STS-V engine! :p

ITSQUIK
09-21-14, 04:15 PM
All it's missing is the STS-V engine! :p

Lmao, Don't need it sir.....I like to think outside the box & do what others say can't be done. It will be way more Nasty than any STS-V out there when it's finished........

baller95
09-21-14, 07:00 PM
It will be way more Nasty than any STS-V out there when it's finished........
Aesthetically... Unless you plan on dropping some other engine in there.

boomys10
09-21-14, 09:07 PM
i would take that challenge, northstar against northstar. :)

ITSQUIK
09-21-14, 10:43 PM
Aesthetically... Unless you plan on dropping some other engine in there.

Aesthetically it's pretty much finished except for the new wheels & going wider on the rear 1/4 panels to be able to clear the new wheels when aired out. Performance wise I am keeping with the same base platform motor but we are getting a little crazy with it......

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i would take that challenge, northstar against northstar. :)

Wait for it.............it's not a Northstar! Lol

ITSQUIK
10-14-14, 11:58 PM
Well everybody, here she is....the 1st STS in the world to be riding on Direct Bolt-in Full AirRex Digital Air Suspension with 12 way adjustable rebound/dampening shocks & struts. The ride is better than stock & the handling is absolutely sick!!!!!

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/02DSGHD/The%20Caddy/C7901840-314A-4805-8E50-D223628A221A.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/02DSGHD/media/The%20Caddy/C7901840-314A-4805-8E50-D223628A221A.jpg.html)

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rbzstsv
10-15-14, 10:02 AM
Way more bad ass than any stsv? You mean sts. Let's be real here you say your thinking outside the box? Now I can understand that you've put blood sweat n tears into this build but this isn't civic.com man.. We all drive one of the lowest production Cadillacs ever built (not a modified sts). After u dump whatever money into your ride ( whether its badass or not) you still have an sts. I have plenty of friends who have gone over board on build. And out of the box? You did everything any other person basically does now adays. Stanced, blacked out, air ride , and center exhaust. I can respect what you have done on this build but your smoking that good crack if you truly believe anything but modding that motor is out of the box. Big rims, blacked out , lowered... You mean every sts CTS I see around Chicago Milwaukee?

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BTW every single one of those sts CTS with paint, rims, lowered, or w.e says the same thing... Damnnnnn that's a real V. Not look at the money I dropped into my base model. I guess I need to get out more lol

TimmyC
10-15-14, 02:07 PM
Ouch, that's a little harsh. The car would be EVEN cooler if it was a V, but it's still a bad ass ride.

Guy.Seminerio
10-15-14, 02:13 PM
Looks great man. The widened fenders make the car. Well done.

cadi509
10-15-14, 07:54 PM
A true car man can appreciate the work done no matter the make or model.

baller95
10-15-14, 08:11 PM
Our cars aren't really "photogenic" so I can't imagine what that'd look like in person!

rbzstsv
10-15-14, 08:14 PM
I agree. I've followed this thread since the start. I've enjoyed the photos Ive enjoyed the progress in every bit but its become stsv r ugly, stsv north star lol, I think in and out of the box.. Went from a proud papa to my car is better than ur Vs in the V section. This is the first owner of an sts or CTS non v I've heard/seen knock the upgraded version of their car ( a lot of differences from a sts to a stsv unlike other cars upgraded versions . So if his sts is better than any stsv world wide n his thinking is completly out of the box then my 2 cents is that we have all seen big wheel, lowered caddys, fender flares, paint n body work, doors, ect.. Now that isn't me saying this isn't way more tasteful than those and with way more blood sweat n tears but that's where I stand. We all dump money into our rides we will never seen again but as I said better than any stsv in world? I dunno...

2007blackbty
10-15-14, 08:50 PM
He can supercharge it,twin turbo it,I'll still take a stock sts-v over it anyday

06WhiteDiamond
10-15-14, 09:01 PM
He can supercharge it,twin turbo it,I'll still take a stock sts-v over it anyday

Mhhm.

ITSQUIK
10-16-14, 12:09 AM
I agree. I've followed this thread since the start. I've enjoyed the photos Ive enjoyed the progress in every bit but its become stsv r ugly, stsv north star lol, I think in and out of the box.. Went from a proud papa to my car is better than ur Vs in the V section. This is the first owner of an sts or CTS non v I've heard/seen knock the upgraded version of their car ( a lot of differences from a sts to a stsv unlike other cars upgraded versions . So if his sts is better than any stsv world wide n his thinking is completly out of the box then my 2 cents is that we have all seen big wheel, lowered caddys, fender flares, paint n body work, doors, ect.. Now that isn't me saying this isn't way more tasteful than those and with way more blood sweat n tears but that's where I stand. We all dump money into our rides we will never seen again but as I said better than any stsv in world? I dunno...

I can appreciate your thoughts....& I don't take it personally. I've been into cars all my life thanks to my dad R.I.P. I have a completely restored 66 DeVille Convertible & a 96 Fleetwood Brougham as well as my STS. Maybe I am misunderstanding your post but I don't think I ever said my car was better than any STSV anywhere & if 1 of my posts came across that way I apologize cause it definately was not meant that way. Unfortunately at the time I bought this car a few years ago I couldn't afford a V. Unfortunately I grow attached to my vehicles so I Definately got carried away with the build on a base model V6...Lol, I am in the process of turboing the car & it should be pretty sick when it's done!!! Most of the crazy mods were done via partial & full sponsorships because the car gets a lot of media attention. The only reason I post here in the V section as well as the regular section is because I just thought that some of you V guys would like to see what can be done to the STS platform especially this new suspension. It's not just to adjust ride height...if you go to the AirRex website or Google them they are largely involved in Road Racing & have huge success with their systems on the track & I know a lot of V guys are not completely happy with the performance of the factory suspension under very aggressive driving. All in all most of the feedback & PM's have all been very positive & again I apologize if I offended anybody.

baller95
10-16-14, 07:59 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing the turbo install! I've seen videos of the V6 0-60 and they're surprisingly quick!

Guy.Seminerio
10-16-14, 09:17 AM
I've been following as well and I don't recall any arrogant remarks about your car vs any other sts.

ITSQUIK
10-16-14, 09:26 AM
I've been following as well and I don't recall any arrogant remarks about your car vs any other sts.

It really bothered me that someone took one of my comments as me saying my Base STS is better than any STSV so I went back in the thread. I did say to Baller95 that when the performance stuff is done it will be way nastier than any STSV out there so I did kind of sound arrogant there & I apologize. But I was only referring to the power level. Overall my car will never have the advancements & technology of the V's!!

baller95
10-16-14, 11:11 AM
I did say to Baller95 that when the performance stuff is done it will be way nastier than any STSV out there...
Haha yeah I wanna see this! :p

rbzstsv
10-16-14, 11:14 AM
I was def a Lil too direct with my comments. After rereading I can see where I took thing out of context as they were car guys just bsing. Same goes for some of my comments. But this is the internet and tone of voice n body language are hard to pick up. Haha.

ITSQUIK
10-16-14, 03:20 PM
I was def a Lil too direct with my comments. After rereading I can see where I took thing out of context as they were car guys just bsing. Same goes for some of my comments. But this is the internet and tone of voice n body language are hard to pick up. Haha.

No problem at all bud....we are all proud of our cars & we should be, afterall they are Cadillacs!!!

PORGUY
10-16-14, 08:03 PM
No problem at all bud....we are all proud of our cars & we should be, afterall they are Cadillacs!!!

Uh...excuse me???...BAD AZZ CADILLACS!!!!

ITSQUIK
10-16-14, 09:10 PM
uh...excuse me???...bad azz cadillacs!!!!

absolutely!!!!!

rbzstsv
10-17-14, 09:47 AM
I hear you the stickers .. Not sure how they would feel about it but my friends and I have had customs magnets made for the advertising purposes in the past for our cars. A good friend of mine owns the gtr skyline that Paul walker drove n he refuses to put stickers onto her lol.

ITSQUIK
10-21-14, 11:51 AM
Couple of rollers from the photo shoot last weekend!!

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/02DSGHD/The%20Caddy/D34B6504-4D44-4961-A5FA-0631210AF1A6.jpg (http://s219.photobucket.com/user/02DSGHD/media/The%20Caddy/D34B6504-4D44-4961-A5FA-0631210AF1A6.jpg.html)

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Fierofiend
10-21-14, 01:52 PM
Nice pics!

(I think my GF has shoes by that same guy...)

Guy.Seminerio
10-21-14, 11:43 PM
Hey I saw the write up on how you custom did the side markers led on your car but what I might've missed is how you had the lens tinted black.

I think the front overhang on the sts/Sts-v is a little big and design tricks teach you that the long horizontal strip side marker could only serve to make the overhang look longer. If I could black that out against my black car, it would help matters. I know 550hpsts-v (who was banned long ago) once sold his v and he had done vht niteshade on them. Is that what you did?

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His car

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-sts-v-series-forum/252914-2012-550hp-sts-vs-progress-thread.html

He eventually sold it:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-sts-2005-later-classified-ads/258634-2006-cadillac-sts-v-supercharged-573hp.html

Rboughne1
10-22-14, 02:04 AM
Hey I saw the write up on how you custom did the side markers led on your car but what I might've missed is how you had the lens tinted black.

I think the front overhang on the sts/Sts-v is a little big and design tricks teach you that the long horizontal strip side marker could only serve to make the overhang look longer. If I could black that out against my black car, it would help matters. I know 550hpsts-v (who was banned long ago) once sold his v and he had done vht niteshade on them. Is that what you did?

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His car

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-sts-v-series-forum/252914-2012-550hp-sts-vs-progress-thread.html

He eventually sold it:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-sts-2005-later-classified-ads/258634-2006-cadillac-sts-v-supercharged-573hp.html

i was going to nightshade mine too, Guy, but when I was at my window tinter, he suggested vinyling them out instead. I was skeptica at firstl, but he convinced me that the labor was almost nil, and the process was easily reversible. Glad I did it! Side markers look black, unless on, where you can see the red or yellow glow, and he covered right up to the edges of the marker, which is what i was worried about. didnt even take them off the car to do it, which is why it was so cheap to install. theyre flat and recessed so they can easily cut a fine edge. no trouble with car washes or anything. Not saying I would do a whole taillight or third brakelight with it (not my style anyway on a black car) because of the complex curves and lack of fully recessed edges on the light,, but for the price, and the fact that its easily reversible,, Id give the vinyl a shot at it first!

ITSQUIK
10-22-14, 09:03 AM
Hey I saw the write up on how you custom did the side markers led on your car but what I might've missed is how you had the lens tinted black. I think the front overhang on the sts/Sts-v is a little big and design tricks teach you that the long horizontal strip side marker could only serve to make the overhang look longer. If I could black that out against my black car, it would help matters. I know 550hpsts-v (who was banned long ago) once sold his v and he had done vht niteshade on them. Is that what you did? ---------- His car http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-sts-v-series-forum/252914-2012-550hp-sts-vs-progress-thread.html He eventually sold it: http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/cadillac-sts-2005-later-classified-ads/258634-2006-cadillac-sts-v-supercharged-573hp.html

My lights are actually all candy painted to give the blacked out look. The vinyl doesn't allow the lens to reflect light properly. When the lights are on they will glow red, Amber or whatever color the lens is but with the lights off it won't really reflect light like it should. The Candy paint is actually translucent so it still reflects light properly.

rbzstsv
10-22-14, 09:29 AM
I learnded something new this morning

Guy.Seminerio
10-22-14, 09:42 AM
My lights are actually all candy painted to give the blacked out look. The vinyl doesn't allow the lens to reflect light properly. When the lights are on they will glow red, Amber or whatever color the lens is but with the lights off it won't really reflect light like it should. The Candy paint is actually translucent so it still reflects light properly.

With the reflective part being blocked out, that would make the mod done with vinyl illegal. Good thing is that this isn't something that is really enforced at all in my area. I haven't even been bothered for my tints yet. So the only concern would be visibility when my car is parked at night. It stays in a driveway or garage so I'm willing to take the vinyl route if...

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i was going to nightshade mine too, Guy, but when I was at my window tinter, he suggested vinyling them out instead. I was skeptica at firstl, but he convinced me that the labor was almost nil, and the process was easily reversible. Glad I did it! Side markers look black, unless on, where you can see the red or yellow glow, and he covered right up to the edges of the marker, which is what i was worried about. didnt even take them off the car to do it, which is why it was so cheap to install. theyre flat and recessed so they can easily cut a fine edge. no trouble with car washes or anything. Not saying I would do a whole taillight or third brakelight with it (not my style anyway on a black car) because of the complex curves and lack of fully recessed edges on the light,, but for the price, and the fact that its easily reversible,, Id give the vinyl a shot at it first!

... It's glossy. Is the vinyl a matte finish (which I don't want) or is it a gloss finish? What'd the job cost you anyway? Thanks.

Rboughne1
10-23-14, 12:14 AM
With the reflective part being blocked out, that would make the mod done with vinyl illegal. Good thing is that this isn't something that is really enforced at all in my area. I haven't even been bothered for my tints yet. So the only concern would be visibility when my car is parked at night. It stays in a driveway or garage so I'm willing to take the vinyl route if...

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... It's glossy. Is the vinyl a matte finish (which I don't want) or is it a gloss finish? What'd the job cost you anyway? Thanks.

The vinyl is gloss black. They make different shades and thicknesses, so you can get the transparency you want. Mine look smoked and shiny. They light well at night too, like a red or yellow halo'ed dot, more custom looking than the long bars. Almost like the fender markers, but more dull. Forgot what was charged but if I say $30-40 total, I'm probably STILL high. Had to be less than $10 per light... Had them done and rolled into the total cost of my window tint.

Not worried about reflectivity bc I rarely park on the street. And when I do, I'm going to get clocked from the front or rear by passing traffic, not by a grandma backing out of her driveway. If she cannot see a hulking black two ton object in her mirrors during the day, 5 sq in of red or yellow reflectivity at night isn't going to help either. Don't have side reflectors on my motorcycles now, or my bicycles from the time I was 9.

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The vinyl is gloss black. They make different shades and thicknesses, so you can get the transparency you want. Mine look smoked and shiny. They light well at night too, like a red or yellow halo'ed dot, more custom looking than the long bars. Almost like the fender markers, but more dull. Forgot what was charged but if I say $30-40 total, I'm probably STILL high. Had to be less than $10 per light... Had them done and rolled into the total cost of my window tint.

Not worried about reflectivity bc I rarely park on the street. And when I do, I'm going to get clocked from the front or rear by passing traffic, not by a grandma backing out of her driveway. If she cannot see a hulking black two ton object in her mirrors during the day, 5 sq in of red or yellow reflectivity at night isn't going to help either. Don't have side reflectors on my motorcycles now, or my bicycles from the time I was 9.

Though I should have kept em on the bicycles!

ITSQUIK
10-23-14, 12:28 AM
With the reflective part being blocked out, that would make the mod done with vinyl illegal. Good thing is that this isn't something that is really enforced at all in my area. I haven't even been bothered for my tints yet. So the only concern would be visibility when my car is parked at night. It stays in a driveway or garage so I'm willing to take the vinyl route if... ---------- ... It's glossy. Is the vinyl a matte finish (which I don't want) or is it a gloss finish? What'd the job cost you anyway? Thanks.

Unfortunately I get pulled over all the time & have to have my traffic attorney on retainer at all times, Lmao

Rboughne1
10-23-14, 10:49 AM
Unfortunately I get pulled over all the time & have to have my traffic attorney on retainer at all times, Lmao

You live in Hazard County!?! Or is CHP the Gestapo?!

BTW, I think the most stunning part of your car are those flared rear wheel wells. Cadillac should've done that stock to STS-Vs, like they did to the CTS V2. I also HATE the rear view on STS-Vs below the taillights...looks like a fackin' bumper car. The designers needed to cut some angles into the plastic bumper shrouding to dress it up, coincidentally also like they did to the CTS V2. The rounded corners and plainness of them don't really fit the angled features of the rest of the ride. Its like the design department got lazy, and gave up moulding the rear bumper cover. I do really like how your center exhaust breaks your shroud up a good bit, and it looks WAY better now that it is tucked up. Congratulations! Throw some Brembo brakes on there painted gold, and you're done (not that the stock calipers in gold don't look nice, but with those wheels, they're virtually showcased). Great car by far overall...

Guy.Seminerio
10-23-14, 02:52 PM
Hate the plastic unpainted crap on the cts-v bumper.

ITSQUIK
10-23-14, 08:37 PM
You live in Hazard County!?! Or is CHP the Gestapo?! BTW, I think the most stunning part of your car are those flared rear wheel wells. Cadillac should've done that stock to STS-Vs, like they did to the CTS V2. I also HATE the rear view on STS-Vs below the taillights...looks like a fackin' bumper car. The designers needed to cut some angles into the plastic bumper shrouding to dress it up, coincidentally also like they did to the CTS V2. The rounded corners and plainness of them don't really fit the angled features of the rest of the ride. Its like the design department got lazy, and gave up moulding the rear bumper cover. I do really like how your center exhaust breaks your shroud up a good bit, and it looks WAY better now that it is tucked up. Congratulations! Throw some Brembo brakes on there painted gold, and you're done (not that the stock calipers in gold don't look nice, but with those wheels, they're virtually showcased). Great car by far overall...

Thank you for all the compliments & Yes the brakes are next up!! I have the complete Brembo fronts & rears from an STSV but I was just approached by another company for sponsorship to run their system. 8 pot front/6 pot rear.....we shall see what transpires with that.

Guy.Seminerio
10-31-14, 09:31 AM
Bump.

Having the light/reflectors on the side of the bumpers vinyl wrapped.. gloss finish is an option I imagine?

Rboughne1
10-31-14, 05:21 PM
should be id think. mine were cut ou of a film sheet looking like tint.

Guy.Seminerio
10-31-14, 07:20 PM
Ok thanks.

bigburban
11-01-14, 06:11 PM
that is one sic v:cool2:

ITSQUIK
11-03-14, 12:10 AM
that is one sic v:cool2:

I'm not sure but I'm assuming you are referring to my car......She's not a V, but if you are referring to me. Thank You for the compliment!!!! Lol

rbzstsv
11-03-14, 10:48 AM
In your opinion, what do you think was the hardest part of this build so far?

ITSQUIK
11-04-14, 01:05 AM
In your opinion, what do you think was the hardest part of this build so far?

Bodywork for sure!! Lol