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I'm saving up for my cobalt (and waiting for some of the bugs to get worked out) and i'm planning on modding it quite a bit. I was wondering if you guys had any input as to how far you could go with a car like this until it's no longer suitable for normal daily driving.

Thanks in advance for all the input :D

P.S. This will be my first car and i'm pretty new to the modding scene, so excuse me if this is a noobish question :eek:
 

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Right now it's too early to tell. But as with most cars, if you mod and mod and mod, eventually, something may go wrong. Or something will happen everytime you drive it hard. If you baby the car, it should last. But don't take my word for it. There are daily driven 700whp Civics, Mustangs, AWD Eclipses, Integras, Camaros, ETC ETC ETC ETC ETC ETC that are doing JUST THAT!!!... Trust me when I say that you CAR will tell you when to stop. Hopefully it will tell you to stop before it tells you it's dead.
 

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Thanks for the advice KSE. i was thinking that might be the case, but i wasn't sure. I'm hoping one day some us will be riding around in 500+whp Cobalts and not have to worry about it blowing up when we gun it on the way home from work :D
 

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Well, you just have to be realistic. Some cars can handle it, other can't.

I'd trust a 5.7 V8 putting 500hp to the wheels over a 1.X-2.X 4 banger doing the same.

I'm not being ignorant, I'm being realistic. I know it's possible, but you don't see NASCAR driving 500 miles in Civics now do you?

I know that's not STREET legal cars, but still, I'm sure some of you get my point of view.
 

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The only thing that actually dictates whether or not you have gone to far is if you have emmisions in your area, which we don't. :D
 

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i don't know.. i've get 3 modded cars 2 lightly and 1 more than light to a point what KSE says is true but now it really doesn't matter the size of the engine.. its all about how well the car is tuned more than how it is modded. the right parts with the right tuning is key to modding ANY car 4cyl or v8.
 

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Just as 87camaroPA said, until you are happy.

Keep in mind that you should be modifing it for yourself and not for anyone else.
 

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i don't know.. i've get 3 modded cars 2 lightly and 1 more than light to a point what KSE says is true but now it really doesn't matter the size of the engine.. its all about how well the car is tuned more than how it is modded. the right parts with the right tuning is key to modding ANY car 4cyl or v8.

Yea i have to agree with this. Nascar may not be running I4s, but then again, Super GT is. They're running small liter I4s with 390+hp for 500km or so and they don't have any problems...and they actually have to turn right and brake more than 2-4 times a lap for every race. :p
 

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Looks like everyone took my 8cyl vs 4 cyl statement a little wrong. Point is I wasn't referring to them in any "vs." way. My mistake.

BOT

With the right maintainence and tuning, I think it's safe to say, "Anything's possible."
 

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Before you mod, you should figure out what you want out of the car.
Do you want low 13's or mid 13's ect.....

If you don't know your goal you may end up duplicating work or mods by having to replace things you have already replaced.

For example, I want a mid 13 sec Regal. So I won't need headers, cam, 3" exhaust, ect......

So I won't run into overkill or duplicated work. Such as "oh crap I have ported exhaust manifolds that cost me 150 bucks, but now I need headers for 700. So I have to remove my PEM's and buy headers which means a new catback blah blah blah....."

Just figure out where you want to go, and if it will fit the purpose of the way you will need the car. Heavy modding is a bad idea if you drive a lot of miles for work, or it's your primary vehicle and you have no backup.

Things can go wrong :( But maybe you will never have a problem ;)
 

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12 seconds

I ain't stopping til I run a 12. Even if its 12.99999999 I'll be happy as hell. And yah back to the some cars can handle big power and others can't. Supras could be the best example for this. Just read an article in Sportcompact car mag and they were showing off a couple of daily driven 1000+ horsepower Supras. One of them had 166k miles on it and i believe 1,049 horsepower, on race gas and stuff tho. The guy said on pump gas (93 octane) he has about 740 horsepower. :eek:
 

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trust me what it cost to mod those 2jz motors you can probably buy 2-3 ss easy. redline... everyone one says the same thing im not gonna stop till i hit13's then next thing you know 12's,11's god knows i've said it a lot.
 

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What stopped me from modding any more is traction and $$$$$. :D If it's your daily driver that will stop most from going over the top. As far as drivability or longivity is concerned, the only way to make sick power on a durable package is with forced induction. Every badass street driven car is either turbo-super charged. You ain't feeding 500+cubic inches in todays times and driving in traffic. They don't put turbo on big trucks for no reason, it's the most durable, power producing, product that goes for at least 1,000,000 miles before the average rebuild. Remember with endless $$$$ anything is possible, just look at micheal jackson.
 
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