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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-18-2010, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Should I Mod or Not?

ahhhhhhhhh why did I sign up on this forum!!!

I bought the cobalt with the intention of it being my boring slow 4 door semi-reliable car.
But now I'm on this forum and the mod bug has got me.

I already just bought a factory spoiler to throw on when I repaint my rear bumper cover, and now I'm considering other mods as well.

ideas I'm considering,

ghost racing stripes (ie. dump a little silver in my graphite paint to do the stripes.)

350z taillights. just cause I don't think anyone has done that on a cobalt and done right it could be tasteful.

SS front end and foglights (problem here is high cost)

tint

wheels

rear disc brake conversion

color matched calipers

shaved emblems.


So should I do it or not? if so should I do all those ideas or throw out a few?

someone either needs to talk me out of dumping money into my car for no reason or talk me into it.

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-18-2010, 12:25 PM
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IMO

unless you have money to burn (which I'm not knocking if you do), ditch the plan for the rear disk. they look nice, but it's not really needed.

mod bug is fun, just take your time and weigh the positives with the negatives. all of the other options you list wont really in anyway affect the reliability of the car, so I say go for it.

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ahhhhhhhhh why did I sign up on this forum!!!

I bought the cobalt with the intention of it being my boring slow 4 door semi-reliable car.
But now I'm on this forum and the mod bug has got me.

I already just bought a factory spoiler to throw on when I repaint my rear bumper cover, and now I'm considering other mods as well.

ideas I'm considering,

ghost racing stripes (ie. dump a little silver in my graphite paint to do the stripes.)

350z taillights. just cause I don't think anyone has done that on a cobalt and done right it could be tasteful.

SS front end and foglights (problem here is high cost)

tint

wheels

rear disc brake conversion

color matched calipers

shaved emblems.


So should I do it or not? if so should I do all those ideas or throw out a few?

someone either needs to talk me out of dumping money into my car for no reason or talk me into it.
-I would do the tint, debadge. These are cheep and easy.
-The racing stripes will look pretty good I think.
-I don't think you need to waste the time and money on the rear dics brake conversion. Just paint the front calipers and rear drum.
- SS front and fog lights are always sexy.
-350 Z tails. Would prob look neat but I think it will run you more money in the long run than you think, with the lights and body work and paint involved.

Good luck man.
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Your situation is very similar to my own. I had no intention of modding my balt at all. I was perfectly content to drive it just the way GM built it for many years to come. I joined this forum mostly for information about the car I had bought. I also became seduced by the cars seen all over this forum.

I have not done much to my balt in the last year, except learn. I have done a few things like debadging, but not much. I will be doing much more in the future.

If you have fallen in love with your ride like I have mine, you need to make it your own. Put your own mark on it. Don't lower it if you don't want to. Don't get the rims that others tell you. Get what you want. Go your own way.

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As stickx911 said, all of those mods (except the brakes) are cosmetic and won't do anything to affect the performance or reliability of you car. So have at it man!

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Thanks for the fast replies, I was just about to sign off and check tomorrow.

DAB I happen to have a set of 350z taillights sitting in my parts storage area at my parents house and body work and paint would just be time consuming to me

however, I am trying to keep everything low key, ie so it could be factory, or close. The taillights if done expertly could look factory to someone who knows nothing about cars.

painted drums on the other hand, ABSOLUTELY never.

Think I'll debadge anyway even if I do nothing else.

I will not be lowering because it is my daily driver and I have yet to drive a lowered car that I would not swerve from the slightest bump in the road.

However, I would like to improve handling a little bit, how much would strut tower bars and beefier sway bars help me out in that regard?

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What's wrong with painted drums? As long as you just do black, it still looks pretty factory. much better than rust colored drums.

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Thanks for the fast replies, I was just about to sign off and check tomorrow.

DAB I happen to have a set of 350z taillights sitting in my parts storage area at my parents house and body work and paint would just be time consuming to me

however, I am trying to keep everything low key, ie so it could be factory, or close. The taillights if done expertly could look factory to someone who knows nothing about cars.

painted drums on the other hand, ABSOLUTELY never.

Think I'll debadge anyway even if I do nothing else.

I will not be lowering because it is my daily driver and I have yet to drive a lowered car that I would not swerve from the slightest bump in the road.

However, I would like to improve handling a little bit, how much would strut tower bars and beefier sway bars help me out in that regard?
better tires are the first thing...strut bars don't do much, sway bars do however.

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350z taillights. just cause I don't think anyone has done that on a cobalt and done right it could be tasteful.

Absolutely not.

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