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I have a 3.6L cts and am interested in doing some performance upgrades. I was wondering the best place to start since I am new to this car.
 

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Stubz said:
I have a 3.6L cts and am interested in doing some performance upgrades. I was wondering the best place to start since I am new to this car.
A cold air intake will give you the best bang for the buck. A good thread to read is the Great Intake Challenge:

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45707

A Volant can give you some extra HP for not much money.
 

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I have a 3.6L cts and am interested in doing some performance upgrades. I was wondering the best place to start since I am new to this car.
I'm beinning to think that regardless of your car type, Intake and Exhaust are generally the beginner's route to bolt-on power, however very few people go beyond that.

I've had 3 cars, My 97 Mustang, my 2000 Grand Prix and now my 05 CTS. For every car if you were starting off you did intake and exhaust first :)

Volant is the Suggested air intake king
A CTS-V exhaust is the cheapest and best (IMHO) way to go for exhaust

After that you're lookin at serious money for more kick in the pants.
 

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I'm beinning to think that regardless of your car type, Intake and Exhaust are generally the beginner's route to bolt-on power, however very few people go beyond that.

I've had 3 cars, My 97 Mustang, my 2000 Grand Prix and now my 05 CTS. For every car if you were starting off you did intake and exhaust first :)

Volant is the Suggested air intake king
A CTS-V exhaust is the cheapest and best (IMHO) way to go for exhaust

After that you're lookin at serious money for more kick in the pants.
I agree 100% after that the next step would be headers and high flow cats.
 

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:welcome: Obviously these guys know what they're talking about. I have to agree, as on almost any vehicle, you get the most out of it with an intake and exhaust upgrade. But, if you are looking for style first, then go with new wheels and tires. After that you may want to go with suspension and brakes. Your imagination is your only limit (other than your bank account).;)
 

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:welcome: to the Forum:yup::bouncy::D

Volant intake won the HP War. Costs about $250. Some of us have installed the CTS-V exhaust on the 3.6. Cost is about $125 used and installed. Lot of have done these things and can help you along when you're ready.:yup:
 

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After the Volant and V exhaust, things can get pricey, although their aren't many other options in the HP department. I think all of the supercharger kits developed by RSM and Lund have been pulled, since there's no way to reprogram the PCM. Marine has installed the headers and Cats that Lund closed out (and Pete purchased the remaining stock). They originally claimed something like 40 RWHP gain with an intake and cat-back exhaust, but Pete had all of them extrudehoned and ceramic coated, which would add even more RWHP. I think Marine's the only one who's done this, but they're pricey ($1500 to $2000) as I recall, plus the cat-back exhaust.
 

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Stubz said:
I have a 3.6L cts and am interested in doing some performance upgrades. I was wondering the best place to start since I am new to this car.
I can't really add anything new to what the guys have already posted except tell you to got to Cadillacfaq.com to check out some sound and video clips of what the 3.6L sounds like with the performance mod. I have a sound clip of my 3.6L with Volant and Magnaflow; DubbedStealth has a sound clip of his 3.6 with Volant, magnaflow and V-Exhaust; SDMarineguy has a sick ass video of him driving his 3.6 with Corsa, Volant and Magnaflow X-pipe...check 'em all out and welcome to the forum!!
 

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So how much would a voland air intake and cts-v exhaust cost together?
Depends - the volant price seems to be running around $230 - 270. You have to shop around. The V-exhaust is from $0 to even $150. It all depends how on availability of the used V-exhaust, how many V owners are in your surrounding area and how bad they want to get rid of it. Then you have to find a shop to do the install...
 

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Has anyone bought the v-exhaust new to put on thier cars? I wonder what that costs for those that dont want to wait for a used one to pop up. :hmm:
 

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New the V exhaust is $1,000 dollars. I lucked out and got the new one off my dealers fathers new V - $100. I know its hard, but be patient. Post your request on the V forum. Try like I did and contact your dealer(mine has 3 local locations) . Ask your dealer to contact you if someone orders a V with the corsa exhaust install. Robert CTS told me this same info and I waited 4 months (it was semi-agonizing) he suggested I try other mods in the meantime, which does help. Breath in -------- Breath out.
 

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Better yet, I found out the dealer in Orlando (John Young location) has another one! I saw it. Ask for Don the Asst Parts Mgr. I believe its the same as mine an 05 's. I'll check in on my man tomorrow as their is word of the part #'s we've been looking for. I can't help myself Robert my addiction its, its,its...................................I think its trouble. My wife will put me in the dog house for sure!!!!!!!
Thankfully I'm a liquor Rep!!!! :alchi:
 

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I have an 03 CTS, and the back facia only has 1 cut out for single exhaust pipe, how could i fit dual exhaust on this?
Jason
 

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I have an 03 CTS, and the back facia only has 1 cut out for single exhaust pipe, how could i fit dual exhaust on this?
Jason
You trace a template of your existing outlet to use for the other side. Your muffler guy may do this for you.
 
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