sprucegoose

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  1. I bought a 07 CTS4 about a year ago, and I really enjoy it! I do miss the Northstar roar at full throttle like I had in my Eldos and SLS, but this handles so much nicer! It’s a real beast in the snow with winter tires on her also! I think it’s a great looking car, love the body lines. Always amazed at the great value you can have if you shop around for a used luxury vehicle like this!
  2. It seems I’m always looking for small ways to differentiate my ride from the mainstream. I don’t always have $, so that means you have to be more creative! Recently I began to think about the idea of blacking out my CTS grille, but decided against. Wanted something more subtle... Decided to outline the front air-ducts in red, to compliment the red calipers and lug nuts. I kind of like it, makes them stand out some. Also added LED parking lamps, much brighter than the old incandescent bulbs.
  3. That is pretty cool, a good feeling for sure! 👏🏻 Especially like you said, with that kind of mpg for a V8! My CTS with a V6 barely squeaks the 21mpg mark. I never let my oil life monitor get that far down though. 30% is my limit with timing chain wear concern. That’s incredible oil use for a Northstar, I’d say you got one that rolled off the line on a Tues. through Thursday! 😆
  4. I have a '09 CTS which has been missing the lower front plastic splash-pan since I bought it... Also the small plastic corner piece on the passenger side, with the duct that supplies air to the front brake area (mine does not have fog lights) Question is, does anyone know a good source for used parts like this? I cannot find anything local at salvage yards. All of them are missing or destroyed... 😞
  5. Thanks Rockfangd, I appreciate that! 😉
  6. That’s great news! I totally agree, I bet the were NEVER used and just needed to be exercised and fit to the arc of the inner drum. Good job on saving yourself all that cash! 👌🏻
  7. Thanks guys! I swear I get compliments and thumbs-up almost every day! 👍🏻
  8. One quick way I figured out to do it with the iPhone. I select the pictures from my album and email them to myself. It will ask you what size do you want to email and select either the small or perhaps the medium size picture. Then save those pictures back to your album and you will have a much smaller size which you should be able to post here. Try posting those just one of those at a time.
  9. Took a little time the other day and really cleaned under the hood on the CTS. Hadn’t done this since I bought it, but it was pretty clean. I was amazed at how nice and new this makes it look when you pop the hood! 😁 Added one more special affect. Had a couple of Cadillac script decals left from the caliper painting project so I added them to each side of the engine cover. I think it looks great, one of those details where kind of wonder why GM didn’t put them on in the first place! 👌🏻 Have another idea in mind, thinking about popping off the aluminum cross brace and putting a high polish on that aluminum! 😉
  10. That is great news! It’s always a good feeling when you accomplish a troubling repair like this yourself! 👍🏻 Yes, there are plenty of experienced GM guys here that can help diagnose, narrow down options and even just bounce ideas off of! I’ve had 4 Caddy’s now, and just love them! There is something about the nice balance of style, ride and power! 😎
  11. I suspect defective or incompatible alternator also. I once had a bad experience with a lifetime alternator I put on from AutoZone on one of my Eldorados. They just don’t do a good job building those anymore...That one seized up actually tearing up the belts! AC Delco is probably the way to go here and would be more reasonable through rockauto.com with the 5% discount if you can wait for shipping.
  12. I completed the wheels project today with the Cadillac center caps and they look great! For less than $2 ea. I couldn’t go wrong! The Versante caps were crazed and didn’t look like they fit the look. Very happy with these results and the traction of these tires. Took it for a rain-run today and was pleased there wasn’t any hint of loss of traction with these tires! 👍🏻
  13. Yes, they are heat resistant vinyl decals. I found them on EBay, just did a search for Cadillac Brake Caliper Decal and these came up. Seems like good quality product, seller was in France. It came with 12 decals total, 3 different sizes. You could choose color options also. 👌🏻
  14. Thanks Bruce, I’m really happy with the improvements! Would’ve liked to have gone with 285 width tire, but couldn’t justify another $60 per tire! 🥴 There appears to be plenty of wheel well space and it would’ve given me a little more rim lip protection. A couple of tips on the caliper painting part of the project... These aluminum calipers polish up nicely, so I used a disc sander and then hand sanded with 220 grit paper to get a nice smooth finish. Also helps to have a vice-grip clamped to the caliper to use as a handle while painting! 👌🏻
  15. Thanks Mike! From what I have seen so far I think I’m going to be very happy with the wet handling. I tromped on it one time at a stoplight when it turned green and it just launched with all-wheel-drive! Very little tire spin! 👌🏻 Stock room size was 17 inch. Here’s a Calculator that I use to compare tire sizes both dia and width.
  16. Oh, stock size was 17”. I went with the 20” tire size that would keep roughly same dia. to keep stance same and speedo accurate.
  17. Hi all! Well I finally completed my first major modifications to my ‘09 CTS. Upgraded to 20“ x 8.5 wheels and I went with Nitto 555 G2 tires. Size on the tires are 255/35/20... Found a great deal on these rims (used on craigslist) and despite them being fairly scuffed, you really can’t tell unless you get close. 😉 I also cleaned up the brake calipers all around and painted with G2 epoxy paint, finishing it off with Cadillac script decals. Can’t believe how dramatically different it looks! 😍 I also decided to go with red anodized tuner-style lugs to accent with the red further. Very happy with the results and I’ve gotten many positive comments already on the clean look! I haven’t been able to drive yet much yet, as I recently had rotator cuff surgery. It’s driving me crazy seeing it sit in the garage! Once I get myself back in the driver seat I will have to do some more testing and tuning and get back to you on my feel for the new ride! 👍🏻
  18. About to post pics in another post. Hang tight! 😉
  19. Just realized I never followed up on this repair. It ended up being the right front hub/sensor that was bad. We replaced that and all is well! Really happy with the way this vehicle rides and handles with the 20 inch wheels! Was a little concerned that it would be kind of rough, but it really is quite a nice ride! 😎
  20. Well, haven’t fixed it yet but almost certain is rear passenger hub now. When reinstalling that wheel after painting brake calipers it was obvious it had a crunching/grinding noise when turning wheel. Checking records other side was replaced at 96k mi and has 113k now. Its going in Tues. for mounting new tires so I’ll have the shop take care of it. Have no time myself unfortunately and need to have it every day for commute.
  21. Got it! I wasn’t aware of this! Thank you!
  22. Got it! I wasn’t aware of this! Thank you!
  23. Thanks Mike, I know, I need a more updated code reader, mines prob 15 years old! Can’t figure it how to do it onboard though... Yup, I had checked and the lugs are tightening up just fine and the wheels run true... the prob is they’re worn badly on inside edges of all tires, cupped as well... I ordered new tires today and will be road force balancing all of course.