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    New to me 3S

    Hello all,

    My name is Cris and I just purchased a lightly used 2015 3S with SB100 sticker in California. That's the left side of the USA, for internationals. If anyone has an SB100 car, the sticker seems a little chintzy, anyone come up with a good way to protect it? I don't have the vin on me to post it up right now.

    I'm coming mostly from AWD imports, though I've had a couple musclecars, and also a Spec E30 compliant car I built for trackdays. Plus various daily drivers, none of which were particularly interesting. I plan to transition to the Atom for the track, though with the much higher and sharper limits it will be a cautious transition. Also weekends playing around in the mountains, when the weather is nice. In the 100 miles I've put on it so far, it completely lives up to its reputation, though it is a lot more comfortable and docile around town than I expected. Everyone I know is jealous. I'm considering swapping the windscreen for something smaller, as between it and the side panels I barely get any wind in my hair. Can't think of anything else I'd change, off hand. Which is unusual for me, as I usually start fiddling immediately. Great car.

    Cris


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    Congratulations. Car looks amazing with that gold frame. Enjoy it! Funny you mention ridding yourself of the wind shield it is one on the few things I have thought of adding to my harrop sc aa2

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    Wow! Congrats on the Atom!

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    Thanks I had been considering one for a while, so when one in Smokey and the Bandit colors with SB100 already done came up, I couldn't pass it up.

    The chassis number is AA30216, for the registry.

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    Hey, I'm in LA, if you're in SoCal let me if/when you'd like to get together for some fun in the canyons or track. I was at Buttonwillow a couple of weeks ago, but I won't be going back till it cools down a bit. I put the sb100 sticker next to the Ariel chassis number plate.

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    I'm in the SF area, but I'll let you know if I end up down your way. I've never been to Buttonwillow, but I've heard good things about it. THill and Sears Point are my usual stomping ground, with the occasional Laguna Seca day. LS is actually a big reason why I took the plunge on the Atom, as my little spec e30 couldn't accelerate past 90 up the hill. It just sat at 90 and made a lot of noise while the 911s and Vettes blew by only to pass them again after the corkscrew...

    Dumb question time, but on a tow dolly the Atom 3's odometer won't go up, same as most cars, right? The low insurance mileage allowance blows, and I don't have room for a real trailer for the 400 mile round trip to THill. I usually do 3 or 4 track days a year and that is half my mileage allowance just getting there and back. Kendon doesn't seem to make their folding car trailer anymore.

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    "If anyone has an SB100 car, the sticker seems a little chintzy, anyone come up with a good way to protect it?" - Had similar concerns. I have the SB100 sticker and it was already placed on the metal behind the seats under the air intake. I ordered some 3M film - reversed a rectangle of it against another larger piece the correct way round and then placed it over the sticker. (Making sure that no sticky part of the film touched the sticker itself incase I need to remove and replace in the future). I was also worried about it fading in the sun so then covered the film in another slightly darker UV film. Worked pretty well.. CaliMR, let me know if you need any more details. Actually ran through a bunch of heavy mist just today - film of water all over the car but the sticker was nicely protected.

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    CaliMR, seems we are in the same area, so perhaps will cross paths soon.

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    Just take out the side panels and you'll get plenty of wind, while keeping the windscreen

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    Quote Originally Posted by j-b View Post
    "If anyone has an SB100 car, the sticker seems a little chintzy, anyone come up with a good way to protect it?" - Had similar concerns. I have the SB100 sticker and it was already placed on the metal behind the seats under the air intake. I ordered some 3M film - reversed a rectangle of it against another larger piece the correct way round and then placed it over the sticker. (Making sure that no sticky part of the film touched the sticker itself incase I need to remove and replace in the future). I was also worried about it fading in the sun so then covered the film in another slightly darker UV film. Worked pretty well.. CaliMR, let me know if you need any more details. Actually ran through a bunch of heavy mist just today - film of water all over the car but the sticker was nicely protected.
    I ended up cutting some plexiglass into a rectangle and some other little strips as walls, made an open bottom box, and used silicone glue to seal it around the sticker. Probably overkill, but better safe than sorry. The guy at the plastic store said it blocks most UV. I considered the film, reversed like you did, but I have seen other people use that to try to protect paper membership cards and it still can wear off the ink from rubbing.

    If you see me around, wave me down.
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