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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-10-2010, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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hey guys, lots of stuf on drag racing but anyone ever take their car on a road course or autocross? taking my 07 LS out this weekend to a NASA event. its an automatic and just wanted to know what to expect and if any one has any experience with their cobalt on the track. obviously its an automatic economy car so im not expecting a whole lot but should still be fun. im guessing the transmission and the stock tires are going to be the biggest weakness, any suggestions on tires pressures? also whats the difference with the gears, i usually just leave it on drive. which is the best gear setting for the track. any easy tricks to make the car more track ready?
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The SS Turbocharged was very good at Nordschliefe.

Of coure the FE1 LS isn't going to be great right off the lot... The FE1 is more for ride comfort rather than performance. The tires (If you're running Continentals) are going to be an issue on turns.

If you get serious about road courses, replace all the FE1 stuff with 2008+ FE5 parts (Springs, struts, Swaybars). Also get some good tires.


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I agree...I noticed a 100% difference going from my factory Continentals to 215 Falkens and SSI Lowering Springs...even then, its not ready for the track...swaybars, and full suspension then youll be golden...

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track day went pretty good, before the event i prepped the car by cleaning the throttle body, cleaning the mass air flow sensor, adjusted the rear drums and did and brake fluid flush. set the tire pressures to 30 psi. and most importantly took off my hubcaps! lol

the car is bone stock with goodyear tires. the fact that it leaned like a chollo around corners was no surprise, my wife was watching and thought i was gonna roll over. the tires gripped as well as i could expect, car doesnt have enough power to have much wheel spin.

the brakes did good tho which surprised me, im sure the adjust and fresh fluid helped out alot. but with no abs and drums in the rear i thought they were gonna suck. i was able to brake pretty deep which impressed me.

engine power was very weak, i think the automatic trans is to blame for that. i left it in " I " and it did shift better and downshift better but not good enough.

i like the reference to the ring, i can appreciate that. the whole reaon i even considered turning into a track car is cause a coworker of mine is also a car chief for trg porsche. and he told me a couple of years ago a team called georgian bay ( i think thats their name) won their class in the rolex series, driving a cobalt ss. pretty impressive
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with some suspension upgrades the car well be a good road course racer. Just takes some time and money

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Get some lowering springs and a set of better tires. It will be like night and day.
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yeah had already planned on suspension mods, easily the biggest and easiest problem to fix. before my next event it will have h&r springs and swaybars. i expect it to make a huge difference! ill miss going over going over speedbumps fast tho, thing sits like a freakin tank right now lol. anyone got any opinions on springs, h&r is always an easy choice
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I haven't really had any experience with springs other than my SSI's so I couldnt tell ya if the H&R's are the way to go, mine are fine, the main thing is just getting that lower center of gravity and wider tires, even if you still run the 15's they'd help out alot...as for power...Base model cobalt, automatic, naturally aspirated, and fast dont go in the same sentence...

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Trust me, I have no expectations of having a "fast" cobalt, doesn't mean it can't be fun though. Thx for the advice guys, points me in the right direction. Now my problem is if I want sport or race springs, if I buy race springs I need to replace the struts as well and probly add camber correction bolts. When I add all that up I might as well just buy coilovers. Coilover is the right way to go but don't really wanna spend a grand right now. Any one ever see used coilovers for sale?
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