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    Looking into purchasing an ariel atom

    What are the differences between the atom 2 and atom 3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imapilot View Post
    What are the differences between the atom 2 and atom 3?
    Atom 2 = Ecotec and a VIN
    Atom 3 = Honda AND NO VIN

    ATOM 2 =

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    Not a whole lot. In the US, most Atom 2's will have a GM ecotec engine. There are a few ones out there with honda engines though you rarely see them for sale. There were several options available in the Atom 2 that are no longer available in the 3. Such has individual seats (recaro or sparco) rather than just the fiberglass seat. The ecotec based Atoms are 5 speed and the Honda's are 6 speed. The GM engine has more torque that a comparable Honda. The Honda has a higher RPM limit

    The Atom 3's all have Honda engines. The frame has a slightly different configuration that gives a little more elbow room but it is otherwise very similar in size and look. I think there were more variety of shocks for the 2 and less in the 3.

    The exhausts on the Ecotec based cars have had more problems.

    Overall though I think they are pretty comparable cars.

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    Some Atom2's were also built with the elbow friendly Atom3 side rails.

    Is that true,Atom3's do not have 17 digit VINS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMaxAtom View Post
    Is that true,Atom3's do not have 17 digit VINS?
    Yes, that is true which is why I bought an Atom 2. I have my car registered for the street and do not believe I could have as easily registered an Atom 3 without a proper number of digit VIN that my Atom 2 has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ub2slow View Post
    Yes, that is true which is why I bought an Atom 2. I have my car registered for the street and do not believe I could have as easily registered an Atom 3 without a proper number of digit VIN that my Atom 2 has.

    registration is state specific anyhow, so what may not work for you with a 3 might work for someone else.

    There are states that issue their own VIN plates regardless of what your car comes with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ub2slow View Post
    Yes, that is true which is why I bought an Atom 2. I have my car registered for the street and do not believe I could have as easily registered an Atom 3 without a proper number of digit VIN that my Atom 2 has.
    Only the first 20? or so Brammo cars had VINs. The rest were built with 17-digit serial numbers that do not conform to the VIN standard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ub2slow View Post
    Atom 2 = Ecotec and a VIN
    Atom 3 = Honda AND NO VIN

    ATOM 2 =
    Brammo built a few Honda cars, as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    Brammo built a few Honda cars, as well.
    One thing is certain with Atoms...nothing is certain and all cars are unique. I would simply find a car and see what it will take to register that particular car in your state before you buy it. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    Only the first 20? or so Brammo cars had VINs. The rest were built with 17-digit serial numbers that do not conform to the VIN standard.
    The early Brammo cars had VINs ...RAM217, ...RAM275-280, ...RAM282-290, and ...RAM326. Of those, all but ...RAM326 were technically 2005 cars, while 326 is a 2006. ...RAM281's frame was damaged and subsequently scrapped. That puts the total number of RAM cars at 17.

    Note that the ...RAMxxx VIN's don't validate, either - the check digit is incorrect and since the prefix is for a low-volume manufacturer, the WMI decodes incorrectly (comes back as South Africa) as well.

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