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    New guy

    Just picked up an atom 3 and need some parts/mods already

    1. Better lighting
    2. To glue my fenders back to their posts
    3. Some kind of rubber floor mats
    4. Some way to get more space between my pedals
    5. Street brake pads that bite for wilwoods (the brakes feel numb and don't grab at all, normal?)
    6. Spoilers?
    7. Must haves? Let's hear em?

    TIA!

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    Forgot, a shield of some sort to keep the reflection of the guages off the windshield

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    Welcome! post up some pics of your car if you can

    for the fenders, if it is brand new and you are near TMI, they should be able to fix that for you.
    If not, then some 3M windshield adhesive is what I used when I upgraded to larger fenders.

    Wings that just bolt on would come from TMI. though expensive, they will fit on directly. Pretty much any other option is going to need someone to make custom attachment points.

    For the pedals, honestly, get some real driving shoes. They tend to be more narrow and work better with racing pedal setups. The pedals tend to be close for maneuvers like heal toe shifting. I'd recommend piloti shoes but I guess they went out of business.

    for floor mats, just pick what every you like at the auto parts store.
    the high profile toy thrower

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    Remarks in bold:

    1. Better lighting H4 HID light kits are readily available, wiring and fabrication skills are required, but the result is night and day.
    2. To glue my fenders back to their posts I used JB weld 2 part epoxy available at any auto parts store or walmart.
    3. Some kind of rubber floor mats No experience here, never used one or needed one.
    4. Some way to get more space between my pedals The pedals are made for heel-toe, if you want a normal car pedal feel you will have to replace the entire pedal assembly.
    5. Street brake pads that bite for wilwoods (the brakes feel numb and don't grab at all, normal?) If you have never driven a car with no power breaks at all then this is how it would feel to you at first, but just in case check your fluid levels first.
    6. Spoilers? $5975 for the CF front/back spoiler from TMI / Arial, 2hrs installation. Other generic spoiler options will require custom fabrication and mounting. Not all CF parts are created equal, I have seen many cheaper versions that are fiber glass covered with a layer of CF.
    7. Must haves? Let's hear em? Wider wheels, at least the rear. Huge difference in cornering and overall grip.

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    I posted last night after a 800 mile 20 hour atom buying adventure in which my tow rig left me stranded 80 miles from home and diving the atom the rest of the way, for the first time, at night, lost, with headlights aimed at the ground, no license plate, and a furious girlfriend that probably thought I wa ps with my other girlfriend. Man was it cold, but I did it, lying in the shower I felt like "encino man"


    The car was listed here by "spatialthreat". I'd seen it on 6speed some months ago and tried to buy it then bit the seller changed his mind I guess, came here a few days ago and saw his more recent ad and put the deal together. Super nice guy and he represented the car well. I put a set of tires on it because the stockers were glazed and hard feeling and changed the oil on the route home.


    Quote Originally Posted by atom ant View Post
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    1. Better lighting H4 HID light kits are readily available, wiring and fabrication skills are required, but the result is night and day.


    Something an audio shop could handle?


    2. To glue my fenders back to their posts I used JB weld 2 part epoxy available at any auto parts store or walmart.


    I stopped by tmi on the way home for a set if rubber and an oil change and to ask 7687543 questions, (thanks tmi for staying late) and they didn't want to glue them because I was leaving right after. When you epoxied them did you do it on or off the car and I sys better than the windshield glue mentioned above from anyone that's done both?


    3. Some kind of rubber floor mats No experience here, never used one or needed one.


    This was more of a request made by the ringing in my ears after the trip than an actual need probably.


    4. Some way to get more space between my pedals The pedals are made for heel-toe, if you want a normal car pedal feel you will have to replace the entire pedal assembly.


    size 15 feet, I can heel toe a school bus. I drove the car this am with my karting shoes and was better, I think if I could just get the gas pedal plate moved over a little I could still hit just the brake in a quick stop situation, otherwise I'm braking while gassing because of the width of my fat foot.


    5. Street brake pads that bite for wilwoods (the brakes feel numb and don't grab at all, normal?) If you have never driven a car with no power breaks at all then this is how it would feel to you at first, but just in case check your fluid levels first.


    Fluid looked good and the car had never been tracked, I'm still going to order some pads since these are original, what would you reccomend that grabs. The brakes grab like my gt3 brakes grabbed with fried pads rotors calipers and fluid, basically not much at all.


    6. Spoilers? $5975 for the CF front/back spoiler from TMI / Arial, 2hrs installation. Other generic spoiler options will require custom fabrication and mounting. Not all CF parts are created equal, I have seen many cheaper versions that are fiber glass covered with a layer of CF.


    I thought I'd read somewhere that someone was making some of quality that we're much less loot, if not I I'll order them from tmi if I end up digging the car enough to keep around a while


    7. Must haves? Let's hear em? Wider wheels, at least the rear. Huge difference in cornering and overall grip


    Tmi told me the 17" wheels out back diminished the handeling of the car? What am I missing

    One more thing, what can be done to keep the reflection of the gauges off of my windshield


    Thanks guys, going to the tag office shortly if I can find some insurance first.
    Last edited by Matt Lankford; November 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM.

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    Audio shop could probably install the hid kit.
    you can apply the epoxy with the fenders on the car but it could get messy.
    there are 16" wheels that are 1" wider than the ones sold by tmi, sector 111 has some.

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