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04 ecotec Malibu
Saturday, August 03, 2013 9:01 PM
I picked up this 2004 Chevy Malibu with the 2.2 ecotec motor a few months ago and haven't really done much to it, My under standing is that the ecotec Is a tuner motor, i think it would be cool to build a "sleeper" so to speak, boost it and make ita lil more "fun"
Is the ecotec big enough to move that big old Malibu around with any quickness?
Will my stock auto trans hold up ?
Supercharged or turbo better ?
can this be tuned?

Looks wise i was thinking like stock but better, maybe cobalt interior?

I want my ducks in a row before i tare into this project, (know what i need and have everything)

Thank for reading, if this is a poor idea feel free to tell me before i get to far, thanks

Re: 04 ecotec Malibu
Sunday, August 04, 2013 6:23 AM
Per HPT site your car is supported.

Supercharger would make for a fun daily driver sleeper. Stock motor can handle everything the M62 could give it.



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Re: 04 ecotec Malibu
Sunday, August 04, 2013 3:47 PM
I had a 04 malibu classic with the ecotec and the best advice I can give you is just drive it. If you want a cheap 4 door to mod get a 3800sc gtp, regal gs, olds, impala, etc. Nice ones can be had for 2-3k and their is actually an aftermarket unlike the malibu.
Re: 04 ecotec Malibu
Sunday, August 04, 2013 5:04 PM
Make it a sleeper? Do a 5-speed swap and turbocharge it! Anything from a Grand Am, Alero is basically direct bolt-on, the 5-speed stuff from a Grand am will swap easily, the Ecotec of course has tons of aftermarket, and there are numerous swaps from the NWF swap to parts from a Grand Prix GTP rear suspension can be swapped with little to no fab work.




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Re: 04 ecotec Malibu
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 6:19 AM
Roofy wrote:

Make it a sleeper? Do a 5-speed swap and turbocharge it! Anything from a Grand Am, Alero is basically direct bolt-on, the 5-speed stuff from a Grand am will swap easily, the Ecotec of course has tons of aftermarket, and there are numerous swaps from the NWF swap to parts from a Grand Prix GTP rear suspension can be swapped with little to no fab work.
This.

Swap the 5 speed in, get the rear discs from a GA/Alero (same suspension--just need to change out the knuckles), Aluminum control arms from a 99 GA/Alero, the FE3 sway bars, F-body 12" front brakes, and turbo it.

You'd have quite a fun car with nothing but bolt-ons.

I'd also do drop springs and struts, but if you want a complete sleeper, you could skip it.





Re: 04 ecotec Malibu
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 10:12 PM
i guess for now ill start saving up for hpt, what better about turbo over sc? sorry for the noob questions ive just never messed with earthier one
Re: 04 ecotec Malibu
Thursday, August 08, 2013 7:30 PM
I bet I'm the only person here who knows where California, Kentucky is.



Re: 04 ecotec Malibu
Thursday, August 08, 2013 7:40 PM
haha probably
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Re: 04 ecotec Malibu
Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:36 AM
I have a 2012 Malibu 2LT. I was actually thinking of putting the LSJ supercharger kit on it, headers, exhaust, some fuel mod's, and lowering it.






Re: 04 ecotec Malibu
Thursday, August 29, 2013 7:38 AM
I'm guessing this car is a daily driver and it needs to be super reliable. For that fact my vote is for a supercharger. You already have the correct fuel rail to run cobalt injectors. It's literally a bolt on affair with the sc kit and they can be had/pieced together from cobaltss.net pretty cheap. You have to grind one TINY spot for the sc belt tensioner to fit but everything else just bolts right on. A decent header and a custom exhaust with a good resonator and muffler to keep the noise down would be perfect. Everything you need to know about it is here.



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