: Went Back to the Dealer for My OEM Shocks - Did I get the Right Ones?
So I called the dealer where I bought my 2006 CTS-V with the FG2 shock package and asked for the original shocks, they were very acommodating and said to drop by and pick them up. Today I stopped by and could tell they were searching around for them. While I was waiting, I went over to the parts department and asked them for the stock CTS-V front strut/rear shock part numbers.
When I got back to the service area, the had two rear shocks that matched the part number but had two struts that didn't match, they had 25772236 and 25772234. The service writer said he knew absolutely-positively that these struts came off a CTS-V (just not mine). I took the strut back over to the parts department, when they punched in the number it was not a valid GM part #. The parts guy said that GM parts often are marked with "manufacturer" numbers.
I'm wondering if I got the right parts back. :confused:
Here's the ask. :) If you happen to have your car on a lift, please look at the stock front struts and let me know if they look like these? I want to sell them but I don't want to screw someone over by selling them the wrong struts.
Here are the pics:
The struts have different part numbers, the spring bases are different
I think I've got the right struts but any help will be appreciated. :worship:
06-14-06, 09:44 PM
This image leads me to believe you have the correct shocks (borrowed from Reed's excellent .faq site)
06-14-06, 09:52 PM
The bigger question - did they actually install the FG2 shocks?
Great question. What do I need to look for? Gives me an excuse to go crawl under my V...
06-14-06, 09:56 PM
The easy way - the purple line around the yellow decal on the FG2 shocks is "dashed."
And the ride should be very different over cracks in the road, etc.
Here's what I saw:
My wife thinks I've lost it...
06-14-06, 10:07 PM
YAY - real shocks! :cheers:
We all have the same wife. :histeric:
Thanks StealthV and wildwhl! :worship:
Time for a :alchi:
06-14-06, 10:31 PM
You really need to clean your garage, lol
Looks like all is well. Enjoy. The FG2's are a HUGE improvement in my book. I regret waiting a year before springing for them (in retrospect).
The parts department gave you the wrong part numbers for the front stock CTSV shocks. The numbers you listed (25772236 and 25772234) are the correct numbers.
I don't have a frame of reference for comparison since the FG2's were on the car when I bought it. I drove a used 2005 CTS-V when I first started looking but it wasn't a hard core test drive so I don't recall specific handling impressions.
I traded in a 2003 50th Anniversary Coupe six speed 'Vette and I am much happier with the wind noise/tire noise/ride/handling/NVH of the CTS-V + FG2. The weight is carried higher in this car but it has a personality of a willing "partner in crime" that my 'Vette lacked - if that makes any sense at all...
As a bonus, I can scare the hell outa my wife and mother-in-law at the same time!
My apologies for the mess, I'll get the get the Swifter out ASAP.
06-14-06, 11:12 PM
The partner in crime part makes complete sense to me...just check my driving record :stirpot:
First Class Motoring
06-15-06, 01:19 AM
It's Funny Seeing This Thread And Saying How The Dealers Screw People Out,until I Checked My Shocks Part # Out And Guess What I'm One Of Them.i Got A 06 V In Jan. And Never Checked The Part #.so What Should I Do?is It Worth Going Through The Hassle Of Getting Them From The Dealer?
06-15-06, 01:27 AM
You paid for it, so why not? The FG2's are superior. The FE4's are an afterthought.
First Class Motoring
06-15-06, 01:37 AM
I Have 20" Wheels On The Car,will The Ride Be Stiffer?
I need to find my window sticker. I might be out of some FG2's too. :D
FZfan, you crack me up. Good you're on here.:highfive:
06-15-06, 02:23 AM
Swifter, stiffer, swiffer, kripes the grammar cops around here :histeric:
First Class Motoring
06-15-06, 02:27 AM
06-15-06, 02:29 AM
What's up with the Camvert on the CadV board?
(the other subforums around here don't count)
06-15-06, 08:51 AM
Yeah the FG2 shocks are far superior. I love them.
Warning: thread hijack
So is that your regular everyday garage? Damn, that looks fooking sweet. What coating do you have on the floor. I want to get this done to my garage but am not sure what route to go. Yours looks great.
This is the second one we've done and it turned out much better than the first. I used the U-Coat It kit on this one and I forget which one we used the first time. Stay away from the stuff at Lowes/Home Depot, blows dead bear IMHO.
The key is the preperation, you have to clean the floor with a commercial degreaser (even if the floor is brand new), rinse, shop vac up the remaining water, etch with HCL or muratic acid (to lower the pH), rinse, shop vac, rinse again with clean water, shop vac, and a final broom sweep. This takes a full day without :alchi: maybe two with...
The next morning make sure the floor is still spotless, good idea to give it another broom pass. Set up your pans, rollers and make sure you have an "exit strategy" a friend of mine literally "painted himself into a corner!" :histeric: Once everything is clean and you have a plan, roll out the color coat. As you go, have someone else apply the color flecks evenly into the wet color coat a section at the time, the wife is an expert at this now. She used a half quart tupperware container with small holes punched in the lid; the size and number of the holes will determine the denisty and size of the color flecks. The application video shows a guy just tossing them out over his sholder but you can't control the density that way.
Once the color coat is dry, roll on the clear epoxy coat (you need a vapor mask for this step or someone will find you lying on your partially finished floor!). It takes a few days to fully cure.
It's not hard, just time consuming and the temperature/humidity is also important. The weather right now is perfect.
Also, you may notice that the V is sitting on pieces of carpet. For some reason really high performance tires will leave "paw prints" even on fully cured epoxy floors. I have prints from the "Vette :mad: Spousal GMC Envoy has never left prints.
Let me know if you decide to go for it.
06-15-06, 01:31 PM
Very cool. Thanks for the info. The question is do I want to take the time to do it myself or hire a someone to do it.
But thanks for the info, I'll check out the web site and let you know which way I go.