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I am taking delivery of my new to me 05 cts-v on wednesday and I am wondering what kind of parts to put on the car to get started. It already has a borla exhaust system on it. From what I've read the next step would be cold air. I'm not trying to spend a bunch of money but maybe 500-1000 to get the most gain for my money. I also may consider the washers in the rearend like what was on another thread to help with wheelhop. I'm not really great with working on cars, but I have enough common sense and can read instuctions to be confident with a little help by my cousin that is a cadillac mechanic although he's not real familiar with the v's. Any help would be greatly appreciated..
 

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save your money on the CAI and go for headers/tune instead

$1500 if done right...
 

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Instead of the CAI, make yourself a "homemade" intake tube.
If your looking for more power, and are willing to spend a little more, then do the headers.
But to stay in your budget, get a shifter. UUC is the most expensive at $400, but you don't get any noise. Heavy shift knob does a lot IMO, and is another $160.
if you like the lowered look and better handling, you can get a Ground Control kit for $500.
Lots of info on all these mods in the forum.
Have fun

Tony
 

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congrats on the purchase!!! take note of the above posts, there dead on. You wont get any real gain outa CAI if anything get a k&N drop in filter for $40, get a tune, and shifter, then maybe beef up the rear with specter, BMR, or $17 washer fix, and maybe a pinion support. then save up for headers, and then see from there...
 

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Forget the intake (unless you get a DIY one), but a shifter is a must do. UUC, B&M, Katech ... plus UUC bushings.

Either get a CAGS eliminator or a tune to keep the PCM from monkeying around with your shifting.

A B&M shifter, UUC bushings, and a CAGS eliminator will put you at just under $300. You can get a different shifter and do a tune, but these are basics to modding an '05 CTS-V.

After that, you could have as much as $700 to go a variety of ways. In fact, hi-flow cats would just about eat up the rest of your money, and the sound would not only be great, you'd get a little more hp out of it.

Finally, you'll get as many opinions on mods as there are members on here.

Enjoy!
 

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Congrats on the purchase of the "v". Which Cadillac dealer is your cousin employeed at? Yours still under any warranty? If so your lucky to have a relative to help you out. Some people have had issues getting gm to want to cover big ticket items. What part of town you from?
 

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search for "W4me tune"-- $160 canned tune best bang for your buck some guys have seen 20hp or so... get a shifter too
 

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Welcome.

You have no idea of what your in for.

I suggest you look for a second job as your never gonna have enough money to throw at the V. :eek:
Heavy: Got two jobs now to keep the V - Can't live without it.

No CAI - listen to Twitch - That would be the way to go. But if you real power you need to get Married to the bi#*h called Maggie or the Ugly red headed stepchild heads and Cam package :stirpot:

Mick
 

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Ok guys thanks for all your help keep them coming, I am actually from Alton, Il, but have just recently moved to Florissant. I'm not sure which cadillac dealer my cousin is a mechanic at, but its local here around St. Louis and I dont believe it is Lynch or Moore. As for the second job goes I have about 3 1 full time and 2 seasonal/part time so hopefully I can afford it. This is my first car I have always had trucks due to racing motocross. To be honest with you I like to keep it pretty simple and stock for most part, but I wanna prove to my girlfriends brother that caddy's are not for old men and I wanna see the look on his face when I am ahead of him or right next to him. He as I believe an 01 Trans am ws6 with some work done I think its about at 12.75. I know I probably wont beat him, but I would like to keep it close just to prove that you can have a fast car and be classy at the same time.
 

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get a 75-100 shot of NOS, a shifter, and a tune for under a grand an run him from 30 in 2nd or 60 in 3rd.... and take him easily ;)
 

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Ok guys thanks for all your help keep them coming, I am actually from Alton, Il, but have just recently moved to Florissant. I'm not sure which cadillac dealer my cousin is a mechanic at, but its local here around St. Louis and I dont believe it is Lynch or Moore. As for the second job goes I have about 3 1 full time and 2 seasonal/part time so hopefully I can afford it. This is my first car I have always had trucks due to racing motocross. To be honest with you I like to keep it pretty simple and stock for most part, but I wanna prove to my girlfriends brother that caddy's are not for old men and I wanna see the look on his face when I am ahead of him or right next to him. He as I believe an 01 Trans am ws6 with some work done I think its about at 12.75. I know I probably wont beat him, but I would like to keep it close just to prove that you can have a fast car and be classy at the same time.

Definately run him from a roll especially if you are out of warranty. Moore went under and Elco took them over for Cadillac. Then there is Bomarito in St. Charles, Marquitz? In Troy Missouri, and Plaza in Creve Couer. If you find he is at one of those and you use them let me know your impressions. I live right next to Florissant in Ferguson and I bought my "V" new in Texas so I have used Lynch for the convienience for the couple small things I've had to get done. My opinion of them is they have been very good customer service wise but are not real familliar with the V series. Just know what to look for on the reciepts to verify all was done properly for the V. Such as on the rear diff seal recall they did not think it needed the additive but when I told them it did they promptly verified and corrected. Also they use Enterprise for rental vehicles so if your under warranty and need something done you may want to see if your relative puts you in a caddy or similar. Just would be nice to have more feedback on another dealer. If the one you are getting has an aftermarket short shifter already in it I would like to meet up to see and feel it (without driving of course) as I need to feel the difference before I spend the money for the UUC.
 

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I believe he works at Bommarito, the only two things I know of that this car has done to it is borla exhaust, and K n air filter. I'm not the brightest when it comes to working on cars and knowing the abbreviations on here, but I'm slowly learning and I cant wait to get the car and do some more research to see if anything else has been done. From what some others posted earlier it looks like a shifter may be in the works for me as well. The car has 44k but now warranty which kind of sucks.
 

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Katech shifter w/bushings from luke......$350
Wait4me tune...................................$160
$17 washers.....................................$ 20 (gas money added)
Home made intake w/K&N panel filter.....$120
Diff bushing from luke.........................$ 80
Amsoil trans/diff fluid change...............$ 80
Motul fluid change clutch/brake...........$100
Grand total......................................$910

this is all the performance and preventative maintenance you can do for under $1,000



:welcome:
 

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I have had my V for two months. The first thing i did was get the Katech short throw and UUC shifter bushings with a MOMO handle. You will love that difference. I am saving up for B&B full exhaust: headers, cats, X pipe (H, if I can get him to build it) and muffs. Of course you have to get a tune with that. Then comes the juice.
 

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Well what is the update? Did you get it as planned yesterday? What are your thoughts now if so. Did you discover anything else that is aftermarket on it?
 

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No, I actually didn't get the car until tomorrow. He didn't pay the sales tax on the car when he bought it 8 months ago, so I had to wait for him to pay sales tax and send the title off and come back. So he called me today and said the title was in and I am meeting him first thing in the morning. I'm like a kid waiting for christmas morning. If he wouldn't have got the title I would have been flying to South Carolina to buy one this weekend. He did tell me today that the navigation does not have the disc so Im not sure about where to find one I guess I'll start looking on ebay.
 

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Can those disks be copied? If so you can copy mine. Too bad it is raining out so much lately so you can't even enjoy the purchase. Let me know if you need to borrow my nav disk.
 
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