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I own a 2003 ls sport cavalier. I was thinking about upgrading to a cobalt ss/sc. I was wondering how the handling was compared to a cavalier also does the forced induction make the motor less reliable as in last less time? And last but not least what would i have to do to get my hp up to about 290
 

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first of all i upgraded from a 03 cavy, i know where your coming from.
its like night and day, on the handling doesnt lean as muh and has more control
dont know if it less reliable but gm offers a 100,000 powertrain warr.
im sure at that many miles youll want another car or a newer year one
theres a lot of ways to do it

stage kits or cobalt addiction, intense, and so on
i havent did any major modding , just a few things
other ppl could give you more info on that, but i know its pretty hard considering the balt doesnt take mods as well as other cars do
im sure it could be done
 

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first of all i upgraded from a 03 cavy, i know where your coming from.
its like night and day, on the handling doesnt lean as muh and has more control
dont know if it less reliable but gm offers a 100,000 powertrain warr.
im sure at that many miles youll want another car or a newer year one
theres a lot of ways to do it

stage kits or cobalt addiction, intense, and so on
i havent did any major modding , just a few things
other ppl could give you more info on that, but i know its pretty hard considering the balt doesnt take mods as well as other cars do
im sure it could be done
Yep what he said!. I had a 96 Z24 and this Cobalt SS is sooo much better belive us its worth it!!
 

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even from my ls balt to the ss was a huge difference. with the wider tires and lower stance, the ss seems a lot tighter in the corners. i notice it doesn't have as much body roll, and a lot more of that will be taken out when i do the lowering springs. as far as reliability, i have seen supercharged vehicles with 80-90k miles, so i don't see an issue with it. the balt is a new car ground up with the exception of using the 2.2l as a base motor. the upgrade will be well worth it.
 

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Completely woth its weight in gold! I went from a v6 camaro (1998) and 1992 v8 camaro, and needless to say, bone stock it would outrun my camaros. mods are in my sig, and Ilove all the power the stage 2 has given me, it has woke the car up tremendously!
 

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stage kits or cobalt addiction, intense, and so on
i havent did any major modding , just a few things
other ppl could give you more info on that, but i know its pretty hard considering the balt doesnt take mods as well as other cars do
im sure it could be done
what are you talking about? its not hard at all if you know what your doing, 290hp is verry easily attainable with nothing but bolt ons, and a tune. and for what its worth, the LSJ takes to moddifications ALOT better than any car i have ever modded(cept my camaro, which isnt comparable to 4cyl modding). Look at hodas and other cars that are comparable to the balt/rl, you cant even break 230whp on "most" without tearing into the motor.



but to answer the question, i would deff recommend upgrading to the ss/sc from a cavi. I actually like cavi's though, there are a few that come around the RL forums that are very nicly done, there is a kit w/ the same M62 blower we have, and some pretty good looking body kits out there for them as well. but ya, they are no ss/sc.
 

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what are you talking about? its not hard at all if you know what your doing, 290hp is verry easily attainable with nothing but bolt ons, and a tune. and for what its worth, the LSJ takes to moddifications ALOT better than any car i have ever modded(cept my camaro, which isnt comparable to 4cyl modding). Look at hodas and other cars that are comparable to the balt/rl, you cant even break 230whp on "most" without tearing into the motor.QUOTE]

from what i understand from this forum, it seems to be hard to gain high hp with simple mods

i understand the tearing into the block
the lsj is very strong

i have general clues to the performance upgrades to our cars, and others.
im learning a lot
wish that i could get more experience ( hands on) with this stuff
 

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what are you talking about? its not hard at all if you know what your doing, 290hp is verry easily attainable with nothing but bolt ons, and a tune. and for what its worth, the LSJ takes to moddifications ALOT better than any car i have ever modded(cept my camaro, which isnt comparable to 4cyl modding). Look at hodas and other cars that are comparable to the balt/rl, you cant even break 230whp on "most" without tearing into the motor.QUOTE]

from what i understand from this forum, it seems to be hard to gain high hp with simple mods

i understand the tearing into the block
the lsj is very strong

i have general clues to the performance upgrades to our cars, and others.
im learning a lot
wish that i could get more experience ( hands on) with this stuff

most guys running a majority of the bolt ons available... CAI, full exhaust, pully, injectors, FMIC, meth, mounts, and a tune are right in the 290-299 range. thats the most power i have seen without going turbo, or building the motor so far though.
 
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