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    Taking delivery tomorrow

    Hello all, I'm picking up a 2007 Atom 2.0 tomorrow in Pennsylania. I live just across the river in NJ, just wondering if anyone has experience registering/insuring in the Garden State.

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    I think a few people here have seen that atom. Congrats!


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    Quote Originally Posted by corvet3640 View Post
    I think a few people here have seen that atom. Congrats!


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    thanks, she's now in the garage. Intended to drive home in daylight, didn't work out that way. Fortunately no mishaps with Bambies on the 25 mile drive home.

    First impressions: 1) It really doesn't want to be on the interstate. Quite a bit of 'wandering' through the truck wheel ruts, quite disconcerting at times actually. Might be partly due to the worn Yoko advan ao48's. Had these same tires on a 2008 Lotus Elise with similar behavior on highway. Anyone recommend any other rubber? 2) it's stupid fast and corners like a rabbit with Velcro feet. 3) I liked the smoothness of the GM ecotec transmission. Very positive shift feel, nice short throw. 4) headlights are, well, marginal. 5) I lost a large 1/4 turn fastener from rear deck lid on the way home, and another was missing to begin with from the rear cowl cover. Anyone know where I can get these? Finally, and this is a bummer, but it looks like I snapped the upper right exhaust ring clamp, in two places actually - the right angle bracket that attaches to the frame snapped clean at the right angle, and the circular ring part snapped at the weld to the mounting point. I found it dangling loose around the exhaust pipe when I arrived home. I assume neither of these are expensive and obviously a simple DIY, but where is the best place to get parts?

    Thanks all for advice for the Atomic newbie.

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    Ion Jeffgtx's Avatar
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    There's a parts reference sub forum that has info like this.

    http://arielatomchat.com/forums/thread5.html

    Welcome to the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffgtx View Post
    There's a parts reference sub forum that has info like this.

    http://arielatomchat.com/forums/thread5.html

    Welcome to the forum.
    Thank you, just ordered 20 fasteners and washers from DB Roberts link, should have by Friday.

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    "Quite a bit of 'wandering' through the truck wheel ruts, quite disconcerting at times actually."

    Welcome to the Atom driving experience! A little nervousness is normal..you don't feel this movement in heavy cars as the mass absorbs most of it..but the Atom transfers it directly to the driver. You can check the alignment to make sure it is OK,but in all honesty,it is the nature of the beast. I run a bit of toe in both front and rear and it helps,but at anything over 60, (and especially over 100) you will feel everything the front wheels encounter. Not a bad thing…just something you will have to get use to.
    The power of an Atom is a terrible thing to waste! Atom owner/operator since 2007. The more you chase perfection,the faster it becomes. John Force for President! (I asked him once in person...he laughed)

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    H4 HID kits works wonders on the headlight thing. Toyo R888 are suitable sub for Advan A048 with slightly longer tread life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atom ant View Post
    H4 HID kits works wonders on the headlight thing. Toyo R888 are suitable sub for Advan A048 with slightly longer tread life.
    yeah I swapped out my headlight bulbs for HID hi-lo the best part is the car is so low it's out of the eyes of oncoming traffic,

    I made a youtube






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    Quote Originally Posted by atom ant View Post
    H4 HID kits works wonders on the headlight thing. Toyo R888 are suitable sub for Advan A048 with slightly longer tread life.
    Thanks - turns out I actually have the HID lights, just didn't have them turned on. Doh! They seem to be on one click short of turning the knob all the way; that last click only activates the small lights at the front, and turns the HID lights off. No wonder it was so dark.

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    My vette does that on highways. It hops from side to side. I just pick a slightly different line on the highway if I can.


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