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Must have Mods for Bolt EV

Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:49 am
by Ular
I am starting my Mods List for my Bolt. Here are my first, most important Items. I am open to suggestions if anyone thinks of anything I have missed.

I thought it would need headlight improvements, however it says it comes with HID headlights/projectors already, so maybe it will be significantly better than the Volt.

1. Homelink. This is available aftermarket, with the same three buttons, and should be fairly easy install, hopefully in overhead console.

2. Spare tire. (If not available from Chevrolet) Also small jack and tools.

3. Alternate High performance rims and tires. (In case I decide to Autocross it) Enkei makes a 15 pound wheel, 17" X 7" for the Scion FRS, which I believe is the same bolt pattern as the gen2 Volt, and which is what I would expect the Bolt to use also, since it is the same weight as the new Volt. I Would probably use Bridgestone Potenza RE-71A tires, which are the best thing currently available for that rim.

Re: Must have Mods for Bolt EV

Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:10 pm
by PackardV8
Ular wrote:I am starting my Mods List for my Bolt. Here are my first, most important Items. I am open to suggestions if anyone thinks of anything I have missed.

I thought it would need headlight improvements, however it says it comes with HID headlights/projectors already, so maybe it will be significantly better than the Volt.

1. Homelink. This is available aftermarket, with the same three buttons, and should be fairly easy install, hopefully in overhead console.

2. Spare tire. (If not available from Chevrolet) Also small jack and tools.

3. Alternate High performance rims and tires. (In case I decide to Autocross it) Enkei makes a 15 pound wheel, 17" X 7" for the Scion FRS, which I believe is the same bolt pattern as the gen2 Volt, and which is what I would expect the Bolt to use also, since it is the same weight as the new Volt. I Would probably use Bridgestone Potenza RE-71A tires, which are the best thing currently available for that rim.



Your opinions and results may vary. Mine certainly do; two years in, none of the above have been necessary.
Two lists might be interesting:

Modifications and additions an owner might reasonably do/have done theyself.
1. Window tinting (Not For Us.)
2. Blacking out the chrome trim (NFU)
3. Speaker upgrades (NFU)
4. Sound deadening (NFU - We don't do enough high speed highway travel with the Bolt.)
5. Performance tires (NFU - We might choose the Michelins without self sealing next time, but don't feel the need for more stiction at the reduction of efficiency/range.)
6. Cruze Eco forged wheels (Yes, would pay $250 for a set of used ones if we could find them.)
7. Winter tires (We're using Cruze 16" steel wheels and Nokian Hakkapilitta.)
8. Homelink (NFU - why is a mounted button worth the cost and installation hassle over an unmounted button?)
9. Spare tire (NFU - for our local use, the self sealing Michelins and tire pressure readouts suffice.)

Modifications and additions GM should have done for those who might pay additionally for them:.
1. Following cruise.
2. Homelink
3. Better seats
4. Narrower console. Space we seldom use is taken from the seat belt fastening area, which we use several times daily.
5. Optional spare and jack. Other GM cars had that choice in years past.
6. Lighted locking charge port.
7. 220-volt connection/adapter/plug for the OEM EVSE.
8. Dual motor AWD performance version
9. Roof rack cross bars.

jack vines

Re: Must have Mods for Bolt EV

Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:55 pm
by JoeS
Since the #1 question always asked is "how far will it go?", I'm dismayed that none of the above suggestions deal with enhancing the car's range; just the opposite, some are range-reducing. Just goes to show that, once you own an EV, range is simply not an issue, especially with a Bolt.

Re: Must have Mods for Bolt EV

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:31 am
by PackardV8
JoeS wrote:Since the #1 question always asked is "how far will it go?", I'm dismayed that none of the above suggestions deal with enhancing the car's range; just the opposite, some are range-reducing. Just goes to show that, once you own an EV, range is simply not an issue, especially with a Bolt.


Just wait a few. The vocal minority who want to cross-country road trip their BEVs will be along.

jack vines

Re: Must have Mods for Bolt EV

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:48 pm
by BoltEV
NFU?

Not for Us?

Is this not for United States, or not for you, Jack?

Re: Must have Mods for Bolt EV

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:18 am
by gpsman
What are the stickiest tires out there? I love the power and torque off the line but my tires spin all the time. I even upgraded the front from stock traction "A" tires to "AA" road rally tires and my wheels still squeal with a full pedal press.

Is my only option to add lead weight to the front?!