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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from Orange County California!

Hey all,
My name is Zack. I've got 2 Cobalts and I'm currently working on both of them! I love these cars so much. I've cruised around on these forums for a bit and never posted, the community seems pretty great so I figured I'll join in now. I'm really new to the car community in general, I've always been a gamer and in that whole realm which i'm sure we all know is quite toxic haha. I'm looking forward to meeting and talking with some of you

I have a Silver 2006 SS 2.4L with the ZZPerformance SC Bolt on kit

Also a White 2010 SS 2.0 TC with Hahn intake, front mount, downpipe and trifecta tune running 15-25psi

The 2006 Currently needs to be taken to a shop to be worked on, I don't have a spot or a reliable mechanic any more :( I'm now going for either a full blown mad max type project car with this, or keeping the car where is after getting it fixed and try to sneak it around town

I just bought the 2010 on Monday and already have some awesome plans for it! I'm naming it the TurboTrooper after Stormtroopers because of the clean black and white look
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Welcome !! how hard was it to go SC on the 2.2L , i just recently got a 2.2 and i was thinking of going SC but i wanted input on it.
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Hey hey, thank you!
I have the 2.4L, it was my first time doing a big install like that. The most I've done previously is an Injen CAI haha. Looking back, if we had spent a bit more time looking things up, or perhaps if ZZP's instructions were more complete then I feel it would've been very simple, just a lot of things to do. I know the 2.4L can't be pushed as far or hard as the 2.0, I'd imagine the 2.2 could handle a bit more compression than my 2.4 but still slightly less than the 2.0. As for questions and such about specific parts, I've reached out to ZZP quite a bit for quick questions relating to something I'm considering ordering and they get back to me really quickly and are an awesome bunch.

One thing was that my friend and I didn't know the Laminova Cores needed to be clocked a certain way when being reinserted, they seemed to go in quite easily the way we have them but I believe that is now a problem in addition to something else that is causing it to vibrate a lot. I had another issue with the PCM I was using and had to get a new one and also I never quite figured out where to wire the intercooler pump, its currently tied to something that is keeping it drawing power all the time so the battery is dead. I can't work on anything at my Apartment and have already got a serious warning for it so I can't push my luck any more heh. I haven't even driven it since putting it all on. Finding someone in my area that is comfortable with a modded cobalt is kind of rare I'm noticing :/ I'll be stopping by a strip or track this weekend to try and meet some more local guys. If I meet any one I'll shed some light on them through these forums in case any one else is looking
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Welcome to the forums! Good to see another aftermarket boosted member

For your heat exchanger pump, you might wanna consider rewiring it to either the ABS fuse or the fuel pump. That way, it'll only draw power when the car's running. Mine is wired to the fuel pump.

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Welcome!! how hard was it to go SC on the 2.2L , i just recently got a 2.2 and i was thinking of going SC but i wanted input on it.
@MP81 , @rrob5382 , and I all supercharged our base models. It's really not too bad to do yourself, as long as you've got a 2nd reliable car to drive while you work on the Cobalt.

One suggestion - be patient and piece together your own SC kit. The one from ZZP is overpriced, and it's missing some stuff anyway.


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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-23-2017, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Pathros you nailed it! The kit really was missing quite a bit. I'll definitely try what you suggested for the fuel pump, that just makes sense lol
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-24-2017, 08:35 AM
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Thank you very much,
I was looking at the ZZP kit and it looked super expensive.
Any other suggestions?
Also did you go forged internals?
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Hey hey, thank you!
I have the 2.4L, it was my first time doing a big install like that. The most I've done previously is an Injen CAI haha. Looking back, if we had spent a bit more time looking things up, or perhaps if ZZP's instructions were more complete then I feel it would've been very simple, just a lot of things to do. I know the 2.4L can't be pushed as far or hard as the 2.0, I'd imagine the 2.2 could handle a bit more compression than my 2.4 but still slightly less than the 2.0. As for questions and such about specific parts, I've reached out to ZZP quite a bit for quick questions relating to something I'm considering ordering and they get back to me really quickly and are an awesome bunch.

One thing was that my friend and I didn't know the Laminova Cores needed to be clocked a certain way when being reinserted, they seemed to go in quite easily the way we have them but I believe that is now a problem in addition to something else that is causing it to vibrate a lot. I had another issue with the PCM I was using and had to get a new one and also I never quite figured out where to wire the intercooler pump, its currently tied to something that is keeping it drawing power all the time so the battery is dead. I can't work on anything at my Apartment and have already got a serious warning for it so I can't push my luck any more heh. I haven't even driven it since putting it all on. Finding someone in my area that is comfortable with a modded cobalt is kind of rare I'm noticing :/ I'll be stopping by a strip or track this weekend to try and meet some more local guys. If I meet any one I'll shed some light on them through these forums in case any one else is looking
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Thank you very much,
I was looking at the ZZP kit and it looked super expensive.
Any other suggestions?
Also did you go forged internals?
I haven't upgraded anything internally quite yet. I may end up getting rid of it, right now its getting involved in a bit of an interesting case with a dealership I took it to and they neglected, lied and possibly damaged the engine before I could even drive it with the SC kit. I was going to get the kit on, drive it for a bit and see what needed to be done in the following week when I could feel the car out and get some readings on it. Basically I told the dealership everything they needed to know and more and they chose to ignore things. I even gave them an extra pcm as well as the instructions that I was using but they ignored bits and pieces of what I told them and now its been a pretty sad situation for my original balt.

My plans for it were to get the kit on and drive it, then order new rotated trans and the motor mounts
I had already purchased ZZP's larger Stage 2 clutch kit and was going to take care of the trans mounts while I did that install.
I was also going to get ZZPs Long headers and 3" exhaust with their tune to let the full stage 3 sing as long as 91 octane works, if not then I'd just need to see what else would work with a 3" exhaust but still is a quality part. Probably their medium heads idk, I'd just need to look more into it at this point.

Because of the issues with the Dealership is why I bought the 2nd Cobalt so initially it was my daily driver and that's why the build was kind of spread out.
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Thank you very much,
I was looking at the ZZP kit and it looked super expensive.
Any other suggestions?
Also did you go forged internals?
I'd highly suggest just being patient and piecing together a kit. Much more affordable, and you'll actually have everything you need.

I did not opt for forged internals. I read that the LAP's internals should be good for the 3.1" pulley I'm running, but not much more than that. If you want to run a really small pulley, like 2.9" or smaller, it'll be safest to get some forged internals.


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I'd highly suggest just being patient and piecing together a kit. Much more affordable, and you'll actually have everything you need.

I did not opt for forged internals. I read that the LAP's internals should be good for the 3.1" pulley I'm running, but not much more than that. If you want to run a really small pulley, like 2.9" or smaller, it'll be safest to get some forged internals.
Yes - there's a list here on the site for all the parts you'll need. The first list is for a manual, and the second is mine, for an automatic. Gene and I did our swaps at the same time (many years ago now - nearly , so a lot of the information was shared between the two of us.

Parts List to Supercharge a 2.2/2.4

1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z - Wrecked/Sold
2007 Chevrolet Cobalt LT - M62 Supercharger, Ported Throttle Body, 42 lb/hr Injectors, Intense 2.9" Pulley, Cobra Heat Exchanger, SS/TC Exhaust, TTR Engine and Trans Mounts, Trifecta Tune, ZZP Header and Downpipe, '08+ FE5 Struts/Shocks, SSC Springs, FE5 Control Arms, SS/SC Front Swaybar, Powell Hardcore Rear Swaybar, 18" MSR 045s, Dunlop ZIIs, Nightshaded Tails/Side Markers, Shorty Antenna, Black Bowties, Black Grilles, Black Headlights, Dual JL 12" w1v2 Subs, A/D/S Front/Rear Speakers, G85 Recaros, Leather Rear Seats, 160 MPH Cluster.
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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel - 17" MSR 013s
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 07:34 AM
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Not sure how I missed this thread so far but welcome!
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Welcome to the forums! Good to see another aftermarket boosted member

For your heat exchanger pump, you might wanna consider rewiring it to either the ABS fuse or the fuel pump. That way, it'll only draw power when the car's running. Mine is wired to the fuel pump.



@MP81 , @rrob5382 , and I all supercharged our base models. It's really not too bad to do yourself, as long as you've got a 2nd reliable car to drive while you work on the Cobalt.

One suggestion - be patient and piece together your own SC kit. The one from ZZP is overpriced, and it's missing some stuff anyway.
I'm pretty sure I tapped into the abs fuse for mine, just need something that only has power with ignition on
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