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    Ontario / Manitoba
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  • Car Model and Year
    98 STS, 99 STS, 97 Eldo
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    Northstar 4.6L V8 (LD8/L37)

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  1. I have searched my email inbox and found one contact message from June 13th. I apologize that message was overlooked or missed. I am rarely on the forums here, and as a result I never received the private message here. I have replied to your email address- I will happily assist in providing any parts that you need for that Northstar build with the best shipping possible to the Netherlands Thank you. And thanks Mike for bringing this to my attention.
  2. Hey Jake when are you going to put me on the list for repairs. 

  3. Please watch this video in regards to head bolt hole repair methods. Timeserts work some of the time. They often fail because they have the same fine thread on the outside of the insert. In aluminum you want a coarse thread gripping as much as possible in that aluminum. As for the pistons and the rocking in the cylinders; this is normal for these Northstars. They run a pretty high operating temperature and that's when everything expands and tolerances tighten up.
  4. Barczy01 - $449 for a Stage 3 tune that gives the results as dynoed. On a VIN 9 I expect the results to be higher than on the Y because of the intake camshaft profile. I'll put it this way. The factory rated HP number is something the big automaker had in mind; then de-tuned the car to reach that mark. They knew full well that little motor was capable of a lot more. I've been inside the programming and I can see this. It was no mistake; it was intentionally tuned to give less than full power. Sometimes I wonder why they de-tuned an engine that they could have had so much more bragging rights on. Well for one; most of the people that were buying these cars at the time were happy with the rated power. And secondly the less power the less possible abuse on the drive/powertrain. Warranty is always in the minds of the bean counters. You can't blame them for that; they were running a corporation and profits had to be reported to shareholders.
  5. I have full - as in - 100% tuning capability on the 1996-1999 Northstar and Aurora PCMs - including first gear lock-out disable. You know, when you turn traction control off? You lose 1st gear and take off in second on all 96-99 Cadillacs. It is very annoying to some people - this includes myself.I have been tuning these PCMs for about 9 months now. As everyone knows there is trial and error, testing, tuning, development. Well I've been getting some incredibly positive reviews on the tuned PCMs. The latest customer has access to a chassis dyno at his place of work in Colorado. I asked him if he was willing to do a baseline run and a run after he swapped the PCMs.Here are the peak numbers on the chassis dyno (at the wheels) on a 1997 Cadillac Deville - VIN Y motor (base).Torque: 263 stock, 303 after the tuneHorsepower: 217 stock, 262 after the tuneThis is a 40 ft. lb increase at the wheels and 45 horsepower over stock. On a VIN Y motor!I feel comfortable using the baseline numbers and the factory rated brake HP/ brake TQ numbers to calculate drivetrain losses. So this is the result of the tune in calculated HP/TQ at the flywheel:The results, on a VIN code Y (275 HP/300 FT LB) motor is as follows:332 horsepower at the flywheel – 57 HP increase345 foot pounts of torque – 45 FT LB increaseCustomer was thrilled with the performance and told me his car is chirping between the 1-2 shift sometimes (3.11:1 gears).I had almost had hard time believing it when a customer of mine told me he was keeping up to a 2001 Corvette (LS1/ 6 speed) to 70 MPH. I believe him. It helps that it was a 98 ETC / VIN 9. So we really need to get a VIN 9 car dyno'd yet and see what the gains are on those motors. I believe it might be even more than on the VIN Y.Just keeping the Caddy world here on the forums in the loop.All I'm going to say about the factory tunes on the Northstars - from the factory, they were severely de-tuned. 2004, 2005 and the 2000,2001,2002,2003s are next. I won't go into full detail on how they're tuned from the factory or what I do to make them perform better. All I will say is ignition timing and AFR are key points. You can still keep the same fuel economy you had before the tune (or better) but have a lot more power when you need and want it.
  6. Did you find someone to take care of your PCM tuning? Right now I can only do 96-99's (Delphi PCMs) but the 00-03 Siemens tuning suite is under develpment. I expect completion mid winter.
  7. Is this Mike C.? I would like to get in touch with you. When you get a chance please email me. Thanks.
  8. Actually I tried to tell you "they will be on today's truck". And they were. I already had the tracking number before I called you, that's the reason I called; to give you the number. I am doing what I can and all that I can. We've produced and shipped a LOT of stud kits in the past 1.5 weeks. So if I am a bit behind with things right now and not quite always on top, there is a reason. Occasionally there may be a back order, sometimes we will have surplus stock. All I know is everything is working smooth, Purolator hasn't lost a kit at all since I started shipping with them. So if at all possible, if you know you will be doing the repair, order as quickly as you can to get your order in line. We ship as soon as possible. We supply Cadillac dealerships as well (7 currently) and even they've had to have patience with us. They have, because I explained to them that they day is coming soon when stock will be plentiful and kits will ship same day. Quality is already top-notch and has been since we started in-house production. Tolerances on the fixture plates, bolts, studs, is all much tighter. I will post a photo of our latest production when I get a chance. Last night we set up a new invoicing system that will automatically send an email with the invoice and the tracking number. Gotta get back to work-
  9. That he was and that's why I sent out the extra parts (timing guides, tensioners, intermediate sprocket, water pump and thermostat). Thank you
  10. I did too much business with companies that drove me into the ground. Not by choice, by necessity. I will leave the finer details out- but if I would have had that CNC Turning Center and thread rolling equipment in the shop when Northstar Performance was started, things would have gone much differently. I've lived for this business, I have put my last dollars into keeping it floating. I want so much better for my customers and finally I am almost able to run it the way I would like to. I am extremely proud of the quality of the stud kits that we are shipping now (and have been for about 9 months or so), something I could never really say when I had parts produced for me under contract. I am in the driver's seat now. Stud kit wait times are almost down to zero. We found a new steel supplier who can supply us with more than we will ever need - steel produced in the USA. I learned how to program, run, diagnose and repair a CNC machine in a very short time. I found new help in the shop (good help) and have my old employee John back. I apologize AirMike and I am thankful to you. I didn't throw the towel in when things got rough. (nobody knows how rough). I'm here to stay. I have had better support from Bruce and this forum than the Cadillac Forums down the street. That forum and half of its members kicked me when I was down. Guess where my future advertising dollars are going once I'm prepared to put that back in the company budget? People don't forget - I remember who has stood by me. Coolness, deal with me direct please, As for the switch to Purolator, UPS has LOST stud kits like nobody knows. They owe ME money. A lot of it. Those ******** will never pay me what they owe me for lost kits. Everything seems to get lost in Eagan Minnesota at their depot. I could get verification on this from about 10-15 of my customers. I don't owe UPS a dime. It's the other way around. Thank you Bruce. Edit: We may be moving into a new office and new shop at our one location. This has yet to be confirmed but if we do, it will update on our site.
  11. Turtlecop, please email me with your contact # because at the current time I still cannot pinpoint which of my customers you are- I believe I know. I've been taking care of matters all day that ensure the success of the stud kit / Northstar Performance so I've been in and out of the office. Bruce - please PM me your direct email address as well if at all possible, I'd like to talk to you about advertising a bit- Thank you all!
  12. I haven't been on these forums in a while....later tonight I will come on here and try to give people some updates and make sure everyone is in the loop with our advancements and developments. We are here to help, the Northstar is a great engine and we have the parts needed to make them indestructible. I want to show you all the new studs that we produce! Thank you Turtlecop for the patience you've had with us, we want to assure everyone we are running a legitimate business and people will always get what they pay for or their money back, and as well, we know that in the auto repair business time is of the essence. We will soon be back to "stud kits shipped within 24 hours"....