Mike Williams wrote:Unfortunately, no. The only bolt-on brake upgrade for our cars using OEM components requires changing your bolt pattern from 5x100 to 5x115. See the NFW sticky.
As far as brakes go, I was able to directly replace a single piston caliper on my Camry with a dual piston from an 1992 LS400. Is there anything like this I can do?
Mike Williams wrote:Off the top of my head, I'm not familiar with any simple swaps you can do, but my gut instinct is there are compatible swaps from other GM vehicles. You'll probably just have to modify the mounting of the whole unit.
I also have a few questions:
1. I have an automatic and the shifter is very awkward.. the button is on the top and it's just weird to push down on it. Is it possible to replace with something that has the release button on the side of the knob?
Mike Williams wrote:It never hurts to flush and replace all of your fluids, especially if you don't know the history of the vehicle.
2. Should I replace all the fluids, ie transmission, power steering, brake, and engine coolant? As far as I know, the Cavalier uses Dextron 3?
Mike Williams wrote:Get a front strut brace from a convertible. The only modification you'll have to do is to drill a hole or two (depends on the version you find) on the firewall for the bolt(s) there. The ends bolt right to your strut towers as you would expect them to. As for the rear, there are aftermarket ones, or you could try to find a rear axle from a Z24/LSS as they have a welded in stiffening bar.
3. Can I take a rear sway bar or a front strut brace from a different vehicle (j-body) that has it stock?
Mike Williams wrote:You have CAI, but if you're just looking for sound, search (removing bong) in the forums. There is a muffling device inside your drivers side fender behind the bumper. If you remove this, you will hear a difference.
4. Any cheap way to get a CAI? I'm just looking for something to sound a bit nicer. Coming from a V6, I miss the sound.
Mike Williams wrote:I'd get a Thrush or Dynomax turbo muffler, a tail pipe, and a new hanger, and you'll probably be happy with both the fixed exhaust and a slight increase in volume.
5. The stock muffler is falling off due to the bracket being broken. Any recommendations? Apparently the bracket is a common issue with Cavaliers?
Mike Williams wrote:There are plenty of little DIY projects for our cars, but most of them are cosmetic.
6. Any other preventative maintenance I can do or fun little DIY projects?