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A lot of us came from tuning backgrounds, i figured it would help if we had a thread dedicated to tuning the Volt,
whether it be for handling, performance or looks and "keeping it within the family" so to speak, free of untowards comments about why we do what we do.

Hope to update this thread as we go along, for now here are a few relevant links i've kept handy over the months. Feel free to post a link to similar threads and i'll update this first one with it:

Tunes
EFILive
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...upport-in-efilive-to-tune-your-car-yourselves.

Bad News Racing
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?40193-Anyone-interested-in-performance-tuning-for-the-Volt
http://store.badnewsracing.net/2013-Chevrolet-Volt-Performance-Tune_p_207.html


Wheels:
20" Lenso CQ4 Hyperblacks
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?130498-Volt-on-20-s-Lowered-and-Tinted

20" Crave #20
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?79097-My-20-quot-Rim-and-Tire-Combo

19" TSW Nurburgring
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...s-on-245-40-zr-19-xl-toyo-proxes-4-plus-tires

19" TSW Maxx
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...s-on-245-40-zr-19-xl-toyo-proxes-4-plus-tires

19" Niche
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...f-you-have-a-Silver-Volt!&p=221692#post221692

19" Five Axis
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?24857-19-quot-Wheels-on-finally

18" Sport Edition KV5
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...nce-decent-tires-make!-(New-wheels-and-tires)

18" Touren TR2
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?11773-New-Rims-Installed-Today!

18" TSW Nurburgring
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?58081-2013-Cyber-Grey-w-18-quot-TSW-Nurburgring-Wheels

18" Katana GTM
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?17324-New-Volt-Color-Key-Grille-18-Wheels-And-Ceramic-Tint

18" ASA GT5 Chrome
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...inches-wheels-on-the-Volt&p=176665#post176665

17" Von Max VM2
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...f-you-have-a-Silver-Volt!&p=221635#post221635

17" American Racing AR900
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...-replace-OE-Chevy-wheels-recommended-NEW-PICS

17" Verde Protocol
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?119433-Our-2014-volt-updated-look

Suspension:
"Can i slammed a Chevrolet Volt?"
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?88770-can-I-slammed-a-chevrolet-volt-is-it-dangerous

Jim in Tucson
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...et-volt-is-it-dangerous&p=1184538#post1184538

Springs:
http://www.tatechnix.de/tatechnix/g...4_ta-technix-federn-opel-ampera-20-20mm.html/ (Unconfirmed)

http://www.ricambituning.it/en/product1.asp?id=924&cat=24&mn=OPEL&sr=Ampera&md=1982 (Unconfirmed)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHEVROLET-V...CarParts_SM&hash=item4611268304#ht_6356wt_756 (Confirmed)

Wisconisn13volt's findings on Cruze vs. Volt suspension:
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?133466-Volt-and-Cruze-Common-Platform-Common-Suspension-Parts

Random photos and thoughts about OEM vs PI vs Cruze springs
http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread...oup-buy-for-the-springs&p=1490121#post1490121


Whiteline Suspension Bits (fitment not-confirmed, but they do list it for 2011+ Chevrolet Volt's)
http://www.whiteline.com.au/do_segu...odel=VOLT&model_final=VOLT+EV&vehicle=2011-ON

BHF93
Front Sway bar - 27mm heavy duty
This Whiteline 27mm fixed position sway bar = more grip = better handling = outright performance - it's the best dollar for dollar handling improvement you can make to your vehicle
Non adjustable

BHR93
Rear Sway bar - 22mm heavy duty
This Whiteline 22mm fixed position sway bar = more grip = better handling = outright performance - it's the best dollar for dollar handling improvement you can make to your vehicle
Non adjustable

KCA412
Front Camber adjusting bolt kit - 12mm
The biggest adjustment range up to +/- 1.75 deg. Unlike other “friction” lock designs we use a positive toothed lock washer which mean NO SLIP. Simple to adjust & lock time after time with out sli... <read more>
Adds +/- 1.5º camber

W53431
Front Control arm - lower inner front bushing
US $ 39.90

W53432
Front Control arm - lower inner rear bushing
Standard replacement

W53445
Front Control arm - lower inner rear bushing (caster correction)
Worn front control arm bushings have a huge influence on vehicle stability and braking efficiency. Replace these worn bushings with Whiteline control arm bushings for chassis control
Adds +0.5º caster

KLC175
Front Sway bar - link assembly
Performance sway bar links utilising a heavy duty steel ball joint ends that adjust & rotate to any angular combination. Eliminate sway bar preload via the light weight aluminium bodies provide 25... <read more>
Adjustable extra heavy duty

W23255
Front Sway bar - link assembly
Whiteline sway bar products improve sway bar effectiveness for more balanced and predictable cornering


White/tire calculators:
http://www.rimsntires.com/specspro.jsp

https://www.1010tires.com/Tools/Tire-Size-Calculator

https://www.1010tires.com/Tools/Wheel-Offset-Calculator

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html



Oil Analysis:

http://www.blackstone-labs.com/
 

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Subscribed...great thread.

If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations, I'm looking for a shop in the OC area (preferably in or near Irvine) to modify my Volt (everything from suspension to lights/electronics). TIA.
 

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I think the only area for improvement on the volt (for those of us so inclined) is to alter certain parameters for less gas use.

AKA an ECO mode for the gasser, I can think of many ways to do this in pseudo code but the reality of putting the engine in open loop for lean burn are a bit more complex these days. Also getting the volt to lock the gasser to the wheels appears to be more complex. Although making the motor noisier and also more efficient might be doable but a lot of testing would need to occur.

Eco mods would also include ERDTT enable disable or alter?

The EV side could be tweeked up a bit in power but other than that EV mode doesn't appear to need improving.

The EFI tune appears to be the closest.
 

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THIS thread needs to be stickied. Add any other pertinent thread links as well, delete other user posts, and lock the thread so no one else can post.
 

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I think the only area for improvement on the volt (for those of us so inclined) is to alter certain parameters for less gas use.

AKA an ECO mode for the gasser, I can think of many ways to do this in pseudo code but the reality of putting the engine in open loop for lean burn are a bit more complex these days. Also getting the volt to lock the gasser to the wheels appears to be more complex. Although making the motor noisier and also more efficient might be doable but a lot of testing would need to occur.

Eco mods would also include ERDTT enable disable or alter?

The EV side could be tweeked up a bit in power but other than that EV mode doesn't appear to need improving.

The EFI tune appears to be the closest.
I like this thread :)

Interesting, do you use the petrol engine a lot?
 

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THIS thread needs to be stickied. Add any other pertinent thread links as well, delete other user posts, and lock the thread so no one else can post.
Thread should be stickied but others should be able to post to "add" information when it comes in, someone (op maybe) would need to keep the top post organized.
 

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Thread should be stickied but others should be able to post to "add" information when it comes in, someone (op maybe) would need to keep the top post organized.
Steverino took care of it. Main thread is closed, stickied threads inside are still open for posting. Perfect!
 

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I'd love to switch out my wheels, but I can't find any wheels that are affordable that remotely compete with stock OEM weight. Anyone know of some AFFORDABLE lightweight options in terms of wheels?
 

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Great thread, Mike. I'm not sure how I managed to miss this until now.

You might consider adding a section for links to tire review threads. I've been reading everything on this forum related to wheels and tires since I bought the Volt 9 months ago, but there has not been a lot of info on tires as most Volt owners are unwilling to replace a brand new set of tires. However, as more and more early model Volts acquire mileage, we will see a lot more owners shopping for replacement tires over the next 12-24 months, me thinks.

I really wanted to upgrade to 18" wheels, but just couldn't bring myself to pay the high cost of lighter wheels or to put heavier wheels on my Volt. So, I'm sticking to the OEM wheels at least for now.

Today I ordered a set of Bridgestone Potenza S001 RFT in 225/50R-17. These are the latest 3rd generation run flat tires that come as OEM on some BMW models and are receiving very high praise on the BMW forums.

Here is a video review by some auto journalists from down under:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sawgmAhLog

I'll write a review once these tires are installed.
 

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THIS thread needs to be stickied. Add any other pertinent thread links as well, delete other user posts, and lock the thread so no one else can post.
There have been a lot of heated discussions on this board and I can't recall anyone even asking that opposing viewpoints be blocked.

Maybe you should cut your own deal with vBulletin Solutions and run a closed board with limited membership.
 

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Honestly I think any mention of tunes without disclosure that they can and will void the car warrenty is unwise. At camaro5 a lot of us get tunes, but we know the risks. I personaly would never tune a volt, as unlike a camaro the engine isnt a basic LS3 or L99 or whatnot. Too risky. But I can see others might want to.

I would think that with any performance upgrade, new tires would be in order. I think the ones we have can barley handle the torque - if they can at all, see all the blown tire threads....
 

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Nice! My thread was linked.

@AppState08: Those Verde wheels come in at 20 pounds each, which only adds 12 pounds total to the car. They come in full chrome too.
 

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AutoX in Street Class (SCCA Solo2)
Lightest wheels are the OEM 2011 wheels. 17lb each.
Max traction at an affordable price will probably be the BFG Rivals, 225/40-17's. Treadwear 200 for 2015 season, but feel stickier.
These are plenty of traction even at 40psi.
I tried 18x8 wheels with wider tires, and they did not do any better, nor were they Street Class wheels.
 

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Honestly I think any mention of tunes without disclosure that they can and will void the car warrenty is unwise. At camaro5 a lot of us get tunes, but we know the risks. I personaly would never tune a volt, as unlike a camaro the engine isnt a basic LS3 or L99 or whatnot. Too risky. But I can see others might want to.

I would think that with any performance upgrade, new tires would be in order. I think the ones we have can barley handle the torque - if they can at all, see all the blown tire threads....
The blown tire threads were related to a faulty batch of OEM tires where the sidewall delaminated.
 
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