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Unread 01-12-2013, 01:30 AM   #1
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Default Time for new brakes for the Cobalt

So with 95,000 miles on the my 2005 Cobalt LS, its got to be time to replace the brakes(no squealers yet), but with tax refund upcoming in a month or so, I want to go ahead and get it done. Question is is it worth upgrading to better pads/rotors, or just do what I always do and head down to the local part shop and buy their crap?

I wish Chevy sold the exact same stuff as stock, I wouldn't mind another 100,000 miles before a brake job, but they are very badly warped from when my wife drove the car.

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I bought some brembo rotors online for 40 a piece for my crv.
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Take a look into picking up a set of brembo blanks and either stock GM pads or similar organic stuff.

Brembo "blanks" as they are commonly called, are high quality everyday-use rotors. These are not drilled or slotted, and they have an excellent reputation among the enthusiast crowds along with a great warranty. These are always my first choice if I am in need of new rotors.
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I can't find any brembo's for the cobalt, the SS's have tons of options, but the stock LS doesn't.

I do like these a lot...lol
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But these would be more prudent:
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Look into some EBC, DBA or Powerslot rotors if you cannot find some OEM Brembo blanks.

Also im a huge fan of the EBC green pads if you want a bit more bite when stopping.

http://www.autoanything.com/brakes/61A2722A0A0.aspx

http://www.autoanything.com/brakes/61A3070A0A0.aspx
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Is that autoanything a decent site to deal with?(never heard of them, used rockauto, summitracing, and jcwhitney).

Why green just curious?


Also lol http://www.autoanything.com/brakes/75A5498A0A0.aspx
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Yes i have bought many things from Autoanything. They are awesome! Very fast shipping and killer prices/customer service. Use em if you can!

The green pads are a bit more performance based. They a great street/lite track usable pad. Medium dust output with a good bit of bit and great heat tolerance. I have them on my supra and couldnt be happier.

As for the drum conversion, it will definitely make a huge difference in stopping power and control. I didnt think your car would still have drums in the rear... What is there for conversions to what the Cobalt SS has fro rear brakes? Surely they will just bolt right on?
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I dunno. Cobalt doesn't have the power that requires racing brakes. I'd just get some nice pads with minimal dust
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Oem on that car was a ceramic I would suggest a Posi Quiet pad and the brembo blanks would be nice. If the Brembos are not available Centric and Raybestos make great blanks. Get the high quality Raybestos not the cheap ones. Centric makes the Posi Quiets.
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Seconded what Larry said. Don't go anything less than semi-metallic. Organic pads are crap.
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