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I'm new to the site and to car mods all together so I figured I'd post a thread to see what was up. I have an '06 Cobalt Coupe LS, laser metallic blue, but she's "dreadfully stock" as my boyfriend puts it, and he's convinced me its time to start taking care of her.

I've read through some of the threads and am slowly gathering information, but any suggestions on where to start looking would be great. The bf has already directed me to tirerack.com, and looked some things up for me himself but he wants me to learn as much as I can on my own (he's a dodge lover, and owns an '03 neon sxt, so he's not up to speed on chevy in general.)

Anywhere you could point me would be great. He also told me that I'm required to make it absolutely clear that I'm a complete and total noob. Thanks!
 

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first thing you wanna do is burn the neon or drop it in a lake... next look up rims, tires, cold air intake, header and exhaust for starters. one thing about rims to remember is WEIGHT!!! then tires you want GRIP... Good luck!!
 

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Welcome!

You can check out the vendors in the forums section for Cobalt parts.

Also, Go to crateenginedepot.com and click on "sport compact parts" -- nice website where you can view the factory accessories for your Cobalt too.
 

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Welcome to the site. i say start with what you can afford, usually some start with rims to give it some look. next cold air to gain some HP, after you can start with the other mods as kevin suggested. Depending on where and what type of headers and cold air intake you want depends on how your performance will be. lowering it will give you better turning, besides that you can search and look online....thats ya best friend as of now, google and a credit card lol good luck.
 

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I'd say tell your boyfriend to get his own damn car and leave yours alone ;)
shhhhhh... the more girls we can get into modding cars the better. It's a major sausage fest. lol any who... the most common start i see is rims or a cold air intake. even a drop on affordable springs. or come up with stuff, for example I created a cold air with some help form a member here, and painting things and debadging will help with the looks. This might get you started, http://www.yourcobalt.com/forums/engine-mods/7885-starters-bolt-performance-mod-list.html
and this, http://www.yourcobalt.com/forums/chevy-cobalt-owners-lounge/7683-websites-parts.html
and most of all WELCOME!!
 

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LMAO, thanks for the reply guys, the help is appreciated, and I made sure to relay all the messages to the bf, he wasn't amused (but I was!!!)

I did a little research on rims at tirerack and found a set that I like. Can anyone attest to the quality of 57Motorsports G07WT's? They're 17'' and I'll do some research on tires after I find out whether or not these are worth saving for.

On another note, my car doesn't get the luxury of a garage everynight, and has to be parked on the street. It was a victim of a baseball bat a while ago and I've lost the cover on the back of my left side view mirror. I have its service done at the dealership, but they want me to shell out $250+ to replace the part because they'd have to take the entire side section off to replace the mirror cover, or so they tell me. Is this my only option?

They aren't power mirrors, but the wires are exposed and while there hasn't been any problems with all the ice and snow here yet she needs to be fixed regaurdless for obvious reasons. Thanks again!
 

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LMAO, thanks for the reply guys, the help is appreciated, and I made sure to relay all the messages to the bf, he wasn't amused (but I was!!!)

I did a little research on rims at tirerack and found a set that I like. Can anyone attest to the quality of 57Motorsports G07WT's? They're 17'' and I'll do some research on tires after I find out whether or not these are worth saving for.

On another note, my car doesn't get the luxury of a garage everynight, and has to be parked on the street. It was a victim of a baseball bat a while ago and I've lost the cover on the back of my left side view mirror. I have its service done at the dealership, but they want me to shell out $250+ to replace the part because they'd have to take the entire side section off to replace the mirror cover, or so they tell me. Is this my only option?

They aren't power mirrors, but the wires are exposed and while there hasn't been any problems with all the ice and snow here yet she needs to be fixed regaurdless for obvious reasons. Thanks again!
if they arent power mirrors, then what wires are you talking about?

it's simple to remove a manual mirror, just pop off the little triangular shaped plastic cover on the inside of the door, then unbolt the three little nuts holding the mirror to the door(if they are powered, then you'll have to unclip a harness). Then take just the mirror into the dealership for replacement(with the car, to prove where it came from)
 

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shhhhhh... the more girls we can get into modding cars the better. It's a major sausage fest. lol any who... the most common start i see is rims or a cold air intake. even a drop on affordable springs. or come up with stuff, for example I created a cold air with some help form a member here, and painting things and debadging will help with the looks. This might get you started, http://www.yourcobalt.com/forums/engine-mods/7885-starters-bolt-performance-mod-list.html
and this, http://www.yourcobalt.com/forums/chevy-cobalt-owners-lounge/7683-websites-parts.html
and most of all WELCOME!!

I AGREE girls should be more motivated to get into the car world. It needs more DIVERSITY!!! and more creativeness!!!
 

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The wires that are exposed are just the adjustment wires (I don't actually know what they are called, so please forgive me for sounding stupid)

Here is a picture of the damage if you can see it...



I found chrome covers on the site red suggested so that leads me to believe the dealership is just trying to get more money out of me, but I will definitely do what you recommended.
-----Added 7 Jan 2009 at 01:02:11-----
And too add to the discussion on girls in the car world, I've always been into cars, I've just never trusted myself to actually do anything to mine. That will change though :)
 

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And too add to the discussion on girls in the car world, I've always been into cars, I've just never trusted myself to actually do anything to mine. That will change though :)
 

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The wires that are exposed are just the adjustment wires (I don't actually know what they are called, so please forgive me for sounding stupid)

Here is a picture of the damage if you can see it...



I found chrome covers on the site red suggested so that leads me to believe the dealership is just trying to get more money out of me, but I will definitely do what you recommended.
-----Added 7 Jan 2009 at 01:02:11-----
And too add to the discussion on girls in the car world, I've always been into cars, I've just never trusted myself to actually do anything to mine. That will change though :)
it's ok, you just kinda confused me a but there..... yeah, the new ones i think just pop in, kinda snap clips if i do recall
 

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If you cant find the right colour, do this:

Go to the dealership, and get the colour code for your car

go to a paint store that deals with Duplicolor paint, and have them look it up

if that doesnt work, you have the colour code, get the paint made

**Dealerships quite often sell colour matched paint for your GM vehicle, it doesnt hurt to check with them too
 
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