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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-02-2014, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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So i was out at the drag strip in my completely stock Cobalt LT. It was easily the slowest car there averaging about 17.50 on the 1/4 mile. part of that was probably because it was my first time there, but i figure part of it is also the pathetic little 4 cyl. it has.

I have a wrote off '03 impala with a 3.8L v6 and im curious if it would be worth the effort to put it into the cobalt. i know the SS has a v6 so it should fit alright, but I'm not very familiar with all the electronic controls on the cobalt and how they interact with the engine.

anyone know what would be required to make it work? or if it's even possible
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Well, I wouldn't go so far as to call our little four bangers pathetic. They may not be the strongest pony in the rodeo but they have the potential to be.

Many people have found that it's far easier to build our motors for boost rather than a complete swap. ZZP sells some bolt-on kits that are fairly straightforward just to get an idea. Supporting mods and a tune would be required for both SC and TC applications.

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I'm sure your 3800 would fit with enough shoehorning and dollars, but I can almost guarantee it'd be a waste of time. Even the Stage I SC kit would have no issue putting that Impala to bed, so you'd be better off going FI.

Also, no V6 was ever offered in a Cobalt.

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First of all the SS never came with a v6 only four cylinders but with forced induction.

Is it probably possible to swap in that v6, sure, but you saying right there you're not too familiar with the electronics is a red flag right there, anyways you're better off adding boost or building the engine for boost.

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Beat you to the punch Andrew lol

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Yes you did, we responded the same minute though.

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Wow. thanks for the quick responses.

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First of all the SS never came with a v6
i swear i read somewhere that the SS was a v6. but i guess not.

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I'm sure your 3800 would fit with enough shoehorning and dollars, but I can almost guarantee it'd be a waste of time
I kinda of figured getting it in there would be over my head, that's why i asked before trying anything.


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Many people have found that it's far easier to build our motors for boost rather than a complete swap.
Thanks for the links and the advice. I'll definitely look into this.
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Anything is possible with enough money, time and patience. Look at the guy that has a rwd gto powered balt. The hardest part of all of it is the wiring, all of it needs replaced.

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Anything is possible with enough money, time and patience. Look at the guy that has a rwd gto powered balt. The hardest part of all of it is the wiring, all of it needs replaced.
If this car can exist, I see no reason why anything else can't. Check it out.


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That's not just built by anyone though, I believe VW made it.

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