Applicable to: '90 - '97 1.6 liter
Aluminum pedal covers for brake, clutch, accelerator, and foot rest. The brake and clutch covers have hundreds of small, protruding aluminum pyramids that grip just about any footware that you might want to wear.
Not too difficult to install. Just take off the stock rubber covers, then use the aluminum ones as a template to mark where the holes in the pedals need to be drilled. The radii of the curves of the aluminum covers are quite a bit different than the radii of the curves of the stock pedals that they're supposed to be attached to. However, I just bolted them together at the bottom and even with a 1/8" to 3/16" gap at the top, I just bolted them there also. After a month or two, everything's still solid. I didn't bother to attach the gas pedal or foot rest chunks, since it was really the grip on the clutch and brake that I was after (plus, they would have altered the height of the pedals, whereas the replacement of the clutch and brake pads gives about the same clearance as the old rubber units used to). It would therefore be nice if Cobalt sold them separately to us folks who couldn't give a darn about the aesthetic of hidden pedals.
In cold weather when I tracked snow into the car, or in cold wet weather when my shoes were wet, I sometimes found that my clutch foot especially had a tendency to slip around on the pedal. Even the brake pedal was sometimes a bit unnerving. Now, with the grid pedals, that's a thing of the past. And even in dry weather, I often notice the extra positive contact. I wish I did this years ago.
Under 30 minutes to remove completely
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12 August, 2012