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SP Rides: Battles on Wheels

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BY MICHAEL KITCHENS

Name: Robert Myers
Age: 36
Occupation: Marine Machinery Mechanic
Hobbies: Working on Car
Year, Make, Model: 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt LT
Color: Cement Grey
Engine: Tsudo catback exhaust, BadMab Shorty Header, Custom DP, Magnaflo high flo Cat, Injen CAI, Oil catch can, 2.4 Intake Manifold, Trifecta Tuned, TTR Engine Mount
Exterior: OTTP front tow hook, 35% tint all around, Debadged, Black painted retrofit headlights, 5000k HID headlight, 5000k HID fog lights, Morimoto Profile Prism RGB halos, Tinted tail lights and 3rd tail (20% tint), Carbon fiber wrapped stubby antenna, SS Front and Rear bumpers, SS Side skirts, SS Front Lip, Custom Hide-a-way Front License plate mount, Retrofitted LED 3rd tail light
Interior: SS Recaro Seats, Schroth 3-point Harness, Carbon Fiber wrapped dash trim, reupholstered door panels, MLP shift boot, PLX Devices, Sticker-bombed, Black rear deck cover,
Suspension: TTR steering rack spacers, Top One Rear diffuser, FE5 Steering Rack, TIMKIN Wheel bearings, Powell Hardcore bar, BC racing coilovers , FE5 sway bar endlinks, Whiteline sway barr endlinks
Wheels, Tires: Enkei VR-5 wheels 18×8 +40, 7mm wheel spacers, ARP extended wheel studs, NRG lug nuts, R1 concepts slotted rotors

The Chevrolet Cobalt is a rare vehicle here in the land of the imports.  Although popular in the states, there are very few modified versions in Hawaii. Rob Myers is known for his Cobalt and has battled the scene for something a little different.

This 2008 model, once rode along in the rental scene, landed in his lap several years ago and has already been through a previous incarnation as a black and blue bomber.  With peeling paint, battered from use as a daily driver, it was finally time for a retrofit.  One of the great things about cars is the fact that you can make them look different whenever you want. 

Repainting it the same color wasn’t an option, so he decided to really mix it up with something different.  Enter the Cement Grey from Toyota, which Rob felt was a perfect fit for the muscular body of the Cobalt. Subtle metal flake shines through and really accents the curves. The bodywork has also been enhanced with sideskirts from the SS model and also includes the front lip and front and rear bumpers.  A custom hide-away license plate adds a little play to the front while the body has been debadged.

Of special note are the black painted and retrofitted head and taillights. These babies were custom modified by Rob to hold Morimoto Profile Prism RBH halos.  The rear tails have been tinted dark while a 3rd tail was added as well.

Daily driving can be difficult, so it was important to find a balance between the slammed look and comfortable driving. Rob believes that he’s been able to find the sweet spot with his current setup.  Just look at the parts list for the suspension…it’s obvious that he loves tuning the suspension. From sway bar links to coilovers, every performance part he could get his hands on has been fitted to up the handling potential of his car.

The interior is functional as his daily, but also features a healthy dose of modifications.  SS Recaro seats have been combined with a 3-point harness.  The dash has been treated with carbon fiber while the door panels have been reupholstered. Plus, the interior has been sticker-bombed for extra visuals.

Although Rob intends to swap out the 2.2L 4-cylinder for the Super Sport model in the near future, he hasn’t ignored its potential.  All of the regular bolt-ons such as an Injen CAI and Tsudo catback exhaust have been included while some special extras provide additional HP.

This battleship grey bruiser has been accented with black Enkei VR-5 Wheels staged in 18×8 +40 all around. Additional components include the 7mm wheel spacers, the ARP extended wheel studs, NRG lug nuts, and for extra stopping power…R1 Concepts slotted rotors. All of this needs some rubber so Nitto Neo Gen 225/40ZR18s fit the bill nicely.

To Myers…the car is an extension and an expression of its owner.  “It’s never really done until you’re able to complete that. I want this car to be different.” Says Rob.  This Cobalt isn’t your typical tuner.

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