You may be asking, IS THERE MORE???
Well, I'm glad you asked!!! There IS A LOT more!!!
Here are a few pictures of the Brembo's going onto the car. If anyone is thinking of doing this mod there are 2 things to remember.
1). The brake calipers are NOT ambidextrious.
In orther words, the caliper is side specific and WILL NOT work on the other side. Many versions of the Brembo brakes are interchangable from side to side, by switching the cross over tube and the bleeders. On the Cobalt / HHR, they do not do this. You'll need to pay attention to the part numbers when when / if you go to get a set of these!!!
2). Make sure you use BLUE loctite on the bolts for the caliper into the wheel hub!
I read on a few forums (Your Cobalt, Cobalt SS and an HHR forum), where this was possible. One guy (after he did his conversion) heard a weird noise coming fromt he passenger side of his Cobalty. When he looked, he noticed the bolts were loose. If you are doing this, be sure to use the BLUE loctite. Red could strip the hub...but making sure your brakes don't fall off is probably the MOST important thing you can do when doing this conversion!!!
It's hard to see in the picture below, but on the TOP
caliper, on the left aspect of the parts, there is NO recess for the cross over tube. When you comapre that to the caliper on the BOTTOM
of the picture below, you can see the cross over tube, with a little provision, which allows for the cross over tube to pass. If you use the same caliper on both sides, you will not be able to bleed one of them. Some Brembo's are a 2 piece design. The Cobalt SS Brembo's are made from a sinle piece of aluminum.
The rotor is also different. I went with a set of drilled and slotted rotors. The Cobalt SS w/ Brembo brake package rotors (Right aspect of the picture) are much larger than the OEM G5 GT rotors (on the left).
Instead of powder coating The Brembo's I opted to paint them. I used Duplicolor Engine Enamel, in Pontiac Blue Metallic. This is the same color as the motor. It shifts color, depending on the lighting. At times, it's more blue looking, at others, it's more silver. In the picture above, the motor is peeking out from between the inner fender and the engine subframe (straight to the right of the Brembo Symbol). Though they are the exact same color, the difference in lighting makes the motor look bluer. I just LOVE this color!
In contrast, here is the rear brake when painted with the SAME can of paint. The only difference is the lighting and angle:
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I mentioned earlier about the sppoiler I'm working on. The first version was NOT even from side to side. It was too hard to try to even it out, so I scraped thetop portion of it and started over. I did recycle some bits and pieces, while also borrowing a spoiler from a totalled out GTO. This is the THIRD rendering of the my one piece design. I skipped the second, as it was too hard to bear looking at it. It (literally) warped, while the fiberglass was curing. Using another spoiler from a different model allowed me to not have to worry about getting everything to match from side to side.
One thing I really liked about the second rendering was this (sorta) shape. I liked hos it dropped down in the scenter and that lip that rolled along the top aspect of the rest of the spoiler. I'm going to wind up finishing it to have that right / left side thing and the recess in the middle. The Third brake light is going in just below tahtcenter section and be IN the spoiler. I'll be using a 3rd light from a 2006 Impala. It's smaller and will fit in there real nice. This project is on the side for now.
I'm currently spending ALL my "free" time on my project car (2006 GTO). It will be goingin for a mini-tub on March 18th and I need to get almost everything off / out of the car from the doors back. In the meantime, I put the OEM spoiler back on to help seal up the holes. This is something I will be working on, as well as integrating some Composite Envisions Carbon Fiber. I'm leaning towards their Copper Reflections 2X2 Twill, but I also like their Metalilized Copper Carbon Fiber (Looks like CF, but it has copper infused into the fibers only on one side. It has the color and sheen of fresh copper, but as if it was woven like carbon fiber. It's hard to explain, but is reflective, like polished microscopic metal cloth. Both look really cool, so I'm torn as to which I'll be using. Imagine this 👇 but in copper...