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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2009, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Are Balts Very Sensitive to Potholes Damage ?

hi to all: this is probably a very stupid question but just wanted to get your experience on cobalt sturdiness of the front end (steering, suspension etc.) when one goes over a pothole, recessed manhole cover, etc. I haven't hit anything yet with my new 4 door LS, but am just curious, because, inevitably it'll happen one day to all of us.

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ive hit a few in my 2 years of ownership & my car's hammered... i have no issues...
i think some balts have problems w/ the steering or something-im sure some1 will talk about that tho...


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just don't lower it and you don't have to worry about it. lobalt look into steering rack spacers. Steering Rack Spacers - Over The Top Performance

there are 2 types, one for a mild drop one for a lower drop. I picked up the bigger ones it helps get rid of bump steer by raising the steering rack and leveling the tie rods back to normal angles.

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i hit a giant NY style pot hole a little while back.... nothin



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I was going a little faster than i should have one night probably 80km/h on this road and they were doing construction but they didn't put up signs around this manhole cover that was about 5 inches above the street level...hit it hard I mean hard and was soo scared I pulled over expecting to have exploded the whole front right end, but everything was fine..it held up good

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Yeah.. I've hit the biggest potholes you could think of at 60mph, and managed to hit a 3in tall curb doing 25- so I don't think you should worry

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My balt is lowered w/ koni setup and I have had to replace the control arm bushings twice now and will be doing it a 3rd time shortly. Dealership still covers it. I need to get the spacers to help it out a little. With the new body kit i am putting on next year ill be looking into a bag setup.

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I lived on a dirt road for 3years with this car and it's had no problems. This summer I launched it off of a bump on the 495 in mass and no issues either lol.


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My front swaybar endlinks went and I suspect it might have had something to do with bumps. If so, it would be disappointing, since I dodge potholes and frost heaves like it's my job.

That being said, you should be fine. The Cobalt isn't the sturdiest car I've ever driven, but it handles imperfections better than average. Keep in mind your 2.2 should handle bumps better than mine given the much softer suspension.

Now that I think about it, the Cobalt rental I once had took bumps REALLY well. I drove that thing like I stole it and it never really complained.


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