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So, here is an interesting thought. a Rally Cobalt. I mean something that could be street driven, but off road capable. The reason behind this idea is that I have to do a lot of driving down a long dirt road (about 5 miles) and I am tired of putting my car through all the abuse (florida dirt roads SUCK!).

So, I thought, wouldn't it be great if the Balt had a little beefed up suspension, maybe like a 1 to 2 inch lift. Then i could fit maybe some A/T tires on it. Maybe even flare out the fenders a little and put on some spacers. Besides looking bad ass, I think it would make a bumpy trip a little more bearable (FUN!)

Anyone know if there are any components from other GMs that may fit our cars to make this not so expensive like some taller springs, struts and shocks? Also, what might need to be done to any other components?

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Interesting concept! You could play it up and add some off road lighting to the bumper and stuff! But yeah, the main thing would be a better suspension.


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Interesting concept! You could play it up and add some off road lighting to the bumper and stuff! But yeah, the main thing would be a better suspension.
I was considering this also. I don't think I want lights that are too big. Maybe some 3 - 4 inch lights that could be integrated into the grill area would be nice. put some HIDs in them and they would be great. I would have to fabricate some sort of skid plate setup for the car also.
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Damn, you don't even need to lift it, that stock 4x4 lift kit should be enough.

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Damn, you don't even need to lift it, that stock 4x4 lift kit should be enough.
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that is exactly what i am looking to do. i wonder what parts they are using. i need more than just looks. i need it to perform.
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Your best bet would be to buy some bigger tires. Lifting it would take some custom fabricating for sure. But possible if you have access to a good machine shop. The hardest part is you have limited clearance on the front struts. Skid plate is a must! Love the idea though!



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A few buddies and myself have been bench racing about rally clones for a while. I don't understand why there isn't more interest in them. They certainly look cool and are just as practical a daily driver as lowered cars, especially where I live, given the poor roads we have. I guess its more of a european thing, where rally racing (WRC) is way more popular. We usually start chatting about rally cars during the winter when it would be nice to unleash one on a stretch of icy road and in the spring when the roads are nothing but an endless sting of broken pavement and potholes. I'd like to see more rally-like cars around to tell the truth....

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