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2008 Cobalt SS Brembo brakes - Min. 17" Wheels

Old 08-25-2008, 11:40 AM
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GM is going to have to offer something here...do they intend to just not sell these models in the winter months?
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For those interested, I just contacted the service manager at my dealership. He's going to look into whether or not GM plans to produce winter wheels suitable for the car, and pass up the suggestion if not.
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Ahh looking at that photo that's a really close fit. What happens if debris on the road like rocks and junk gets lodged between the wheel and the brake?

I think I'll just put the Bembo stickers on my drum brakes haha!
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so i have my LS right....and now i def need some stopping power....can i just slip these onto my existing rotors or do i need to upgrade to your rotors in order for me to even think about using these brembo's

which i know my ls is a 4 lug and your rotors are 5

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Originally Posted by mrsilent13 View Post
so i have my LS right....and now i def need some stopping power....can i just slip these onto my existing rotors or do i need to upgrade to your rotors in order for me to even think about using these brembo's

which i know my ls is a 4 lug and your rotors are 5
Too much work man...just upgrade to another car.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by mrsilent13 View Post
so i have my LS right....and now i def need some stopping power....can i just slip these onto my existing rotors or do i need to upgrade to your rotors in order for me to even think about using these brembo's

which i know my ls is a 4 lug and your rotors are 5
yea, thats too much work

if you can lock up your wheels right now with your current brakes you don't need any more stopping power, unless perhaps you are road racing or a lot of subsequent high speed stops, neither of which you should be doing in a Cobalt LS
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Originally Posted by krispy View Post
yea, thats too much work

if you can lock up your wheels right now with your current brakes you don't need any more stopping power, unless perhaps you are road racing or a lot of subsequent high speed stops, neither of which you should be doing in a Cobalt LS
Bingo!
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by krispy View Post
yea, thats too much work

if you can lock up your wheels right now with your current brakes you don't need any more stopping power, unless perhaps you are road racing or a lot of subsequent high speed stops, neither of which you should be doing in a Cobalt LS
its not just a cobalt ls....its been heavily modded.....faster than any stock ss.....mayb even keeps up with a stage 2...im not sure yet....i have drilled and slotted rotors in the front.....and braided brake lines all around....its stops fairly quick.....but who doesnt want to stop quicker. just in case you really need to.....so your saying it possible but alot of work...i might just have to look into it
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yea i tried to install my 18" SC wheels and they werent even close. i had another 2threads that were showing between the rotor and the base of the rim. So needless to say a 25mm spacer is the littlest that we can get probably
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Originally Posted by mrsilent13 View Post
its not just a cobalt ls....its been heavily modded.....faster than any stock ss.....mayb even keeps up with a stage 2...im not sure yet....i have drilled and slotted rotors in the front.....and braided brake lines all around....its stops fairly quick.....but who doesnt want to stop quicker. just in case you really need to.....so your saying it possible but alot of work...i might just have to look into it
well the LNF has different:

lower control arm
knuckle asm
bearing asm
driveshaft
bushing

Basically you would have to change out all but maybe the strut and maybe the driveshaft will still work if the splines on the inside of the bearing assembly are the same. Or you make an adapter plate that goes on the rear of the knuckle assembly that has the caliper mounting bolt holes in the right place.
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Originally Posted by naturalhigh88 View Post
yea i tried to install my 18" SC wheels and they werent even close. i had another 2threads that were showing between the rotor and the base of the rim. So needless to say a 25mm spacer is the littlest that we can get probably
That doesnt make any sense, on pg. 2 (ecotecbreed?) said that he got 17" from a sport model to fit. How would 18s from an ss NOT fit when 17s do?
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Austyn_Balt View Post
That doesnt make any sense, on pg. 2 (ecotecbreed?) said that he got 17" from a sport model to fit. How would 18s from an ss NOT fit when 17s do?
There is more than just the rotor diameter you need to worry about. The brembo caliper is very wide...and the offset of the rim needs to be relatively high, +45mm, in order for it to clear.
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so what do us people in the north do about winter tire? I'm not using my stock rims in the winter and i dont even think they make 18 steelies?
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http://www.gravanatuning.com/1591/38...e_2.0_FWD.html

Im thining of getting the 15mm spacers. I have to check to see what the offset is on the SS/TC rims then subtract the SS/SC rims to find the best spacer. To big and it is dangerous, to small and well you loose ur caliper upon rim rotation. i think the TC rim is +45 and the SC rim is +35 but im not sure. Maybe someone can clarify that.
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Originally Posted by naturalhigh88 View Post
http://www.gravanatuning.com/1591/38...e_2.0_FWD.html

Im thining of getting the 15mm spacers. I have to check to see what the offset is on the SS/TC rims then subtract the SS/SC rims to find the best spacer. To big and it is dangerous, to small and well you loose ur caliper upon rim rotation. i think the TC rim is +45 and the SC rim is +35 but im not sure. Maybe someone can clarify that.
I think TC rims are 42....it is stamped on the rim...
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:03 AM
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I am going to run a spacer and 17" steel wheels. I won't run the spacer in the rear.
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I will use 17 SS/Sport wheel with 3mm spacer in front, no spacer in rear
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Originally Posted by ecotecbreed View Post
I will use 17 SS/Sport wheel with 3mm spacer in front, no spacer in rear
3mm, I don't even know if they make that!
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Brembos

You'd need the SS\TC wheels to fit. Hweel manus are frantically trying to come out with aftermarket wheels for the SS\TC but are having a hard time with it due to those HUGE brembos. Spacers range from 3mm to 20mm then custom. I tried a stock 18" wheel upgrade for my SS\TC and you can not use a deep-dish wheel, the spoke and such need to be on the oputside on the lip\rim and the spokes need to be super thin. I tried several wheels that Discount says fit, No go even with an excessive 20mm spacer, same no with Tire Rack. Patience is the key, as Discount and Tire Rack took full messurments of my frt wheels, brembos and clearances. Plus, the 17" whls from the older pre 2008 SS are 17x7' and the wheels on the new SS\TC are 18x7.5"

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this will fit on a G5 GT they come with 17inch rims. what would i have to do to put these brakes on my G5?
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I got the wheel installed!

3mm shim was installed also

Tires are Pirelli Sottozero!



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I just got a set of BSA Model 264s in 17", with Gizlaved Nordfrost 5 tires (225/45R17). With 3mm spacers on the front they fit fantastic, and they were pretty damn cheap. If anyone in Toronto is looking for a winter tire package, head to Steelcase Tire in Thornhill (Steeles/404 area).
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Originally Posted by Force View Post
I just got a set of BSA Model 264s in 17", with Gizlaved Nordfrost 5 tires (225/45R17). With 3mm spacers on the front they fit fantastic, and they were pretty damn cheap. If anyone in Toronto is looking for a winter tire package, head to Steelcase Tire in Thornhill (Steeles/404 area).
I go the exact same package from the exact same place Confirmed - it works great. The wheels are also hub-centric, so no centering rings are necessary (woo-hoo!)
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Originally Posted by malachii View Post
I go the exact same package from the exact same place Confirmed - it works great. The wheels are also hub-centric, so no centering rings are necessary (woo-hoo!)
You weren't on Steelcase road on Saturday, were you? I spotted a Black SS/TC driving into the place across the street.

And out of curiosity, what did you pay?
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You weren't on Steelcase road on Saturday, were you? I spotted a Black SS/TC driving into the place across the street.

And out of curiosity, what did you pay?
If you dont mind me asking what did you pay?
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If you dont mind me asking what did you pay?
I paid $1600 all in, but I heard another member paid a little bit less, but there's some family connection there, so good luck getting that price!
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