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      07-22-2019 10:50 PM #1
      I think it's time for a build thread.

      My wife and I picked up our Atlas a few months back. Its a 3.6 SE w/tech and 4motion, and we've been loving it since the drive home.



      I had a rough old set of LM rep's taking up space in my garage, so I cleaned them up a bit and gave them a few coats of bedliner. I didn't have high hopes, but was pretty happy with the results. I picked up a set of 265/65/18 Goodyear Wranglers for a steal locally, and the beefy black on white look was a wrap.



      Speaking of wraps, we also pulled the grill and wrapped the chrome bits in gloss black vinyl. Added some hashmarks to the fender and debaged along the way too.



      we covered the faux wood with faux dry CF as well.



      I haven't been thrilled with the factory light output, so some Aux lighting was in order. I wired up a wireless relay to avoid running wires into the cabin, and picked up a set of clamp on ditch light brackets. While these brackets work pretty well, they aren't the best so I might see how I can replace them in the future.



      all wired up, and I'm really happy with them.




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      07-22-2019 10:56 PM #2
      Things were pretty quiet for a while, minus the occasional gravel road in the woods.
















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      07-22-2019 11:06 PM #3
      Last week I picked up a Teramont spoiler and mounted it up. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and color match. My only gripe, it does leave a bit of a gap on either side, but maybe that was intentional. It does look pretty good, so I can look past it.




      and today... we got our new wheels on.

      These are Revolve Wheels 0119's, in 18x9.5, et 22, and I'm stoked on them.












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      07-23-2019 07:52 AM #4
      Looks great! What did you do for the fogs?

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      07-23-2019 08:11 AM #5
      really digging the mods. New wheels looks great.

      Did you have any close up of the old wheels with the bedliner spray? Trying to decide on what to do with my factory 18s that are being used as winter wheels.
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      07-23-2019 09:14 AM #6
      Thanks guys!

      Quote Originally Posted by Veedubin02 View Post
      Looks great! What did you do for the fogs?
      I had a set of yellow LED H11's sitting around, so I threw them in. I think they were an Amazon special.


      Quote Originally Posted by knedrgr View Post
      really digging the mods. New wheels looks great.

      Did you have any close up of the old wheels with the bedliner spray? Trying to decide on what to do with my factory 18s that are being used as winter wheels.
      I'll look, if not I can take some. I would not recommend using bedliner on your stock ones, even if using them for winters. I think plastidip is the way you'd want to go there. The bedliner is really really textured, which was great for covering up some imperfections on a kinda junky set of wheels, but probably not the finish most are after.

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      07-23-2019 09:35 AM #7
      Nice setup! Love all the little touches especially the aux lights. Do you have a write up on how you did them? I'm curious about what it would take to install a set.
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      07-23-2019 11:13 AM #8
      I don't, but I'll do a writeup. It was pretty easy all things considered.

    11. 07-23-2019 12:41 PM #9
      The spoiler looks great, I was considering it for a while, too bad my atlas is plantinum gray. They do sell unpainted spoiler so you can paint it yourself, but I’m worried about color match so I doubt I will buy it in the end

      Quote Originally Posted by SykoraA4 View Post
      Last week I picked up a Teramont spoiler and mounted it up. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and color match. My only gripe, it does leave a bit of a gap on either side, but maybe that was intentional. It does look pretty good, so I can look past it.




      and today... we got our new wheels on.

      These are Revolve Wheels 0119's, in 18x9.5, et 22, and I'm stoked on them.












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      07-23-2019 01:09 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by SykoraA4 View Post
      I'll look, if not I can take some. I would not recommend using bedliner on your stock ones, even if using them for winters. I think plastidip is the way you'd want to go there. The bedliner is really really textured, which was great for covering up some imperfections on a kinda junky set of wheels, but probably not the finish most are after.
      Thanks.

      I'm very curious on how they look. Saw someone with a Honda Element that had done their whole car in bedliner, and it ended up looking sort of Apocalyptic. But I would imagine that texture would be too rough and good surface for snow to grab on = unbalance wheels.

      And if you can also grab a close up of the grill too? Mine's currently dipped in matte black. But I'm thinking of stripping it and just just doing the chrome strips in gloss black vinyl.
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      07-23-2019 01:32 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by SykoraA4 View Post
      I don't, but I'll do a writeup. It was pretty easy all things considered.
      Awesome! Thank you
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    14. 07-24-2019 01:18 PM #12
      Did you remove the faux wood to cover it? or just cover it in place? Thanks!

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      07-24-2019 01:22 PM #13
      Above the picture..."we covered the faux wood with faux dry CF as well."

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      07-24-2019 02:06 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by blade004 View Post
      Did you remove the faux wood to cover it? or just cover it in place? Thanks!
      just covered it in place.

    17. 07-24-2019 03:00 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by SykoraA4 View Post
      just covered it in place.
      Thanks! Just picked up a black over black SEL Premium and thinking I'd like to do something similar.

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      07-25-2019 02:39 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by knedrgr View Post
      Thanks.

      I'm very curious on how they look. Saw someone with a Honda Element that had done their whole car in bedliner, and it ended up looking sort of Apocalyptic. But I would imagine that texture would be too rough and good surface for snow to grab on = unbalance wheels.

      And if you can also grab a close up of the grill too? Mine's currently dipped in matte black. But I'm thinking of stripping it and just just doing the chrome strips in gloss black vinyl.
      Still need to grab a shot of the grill, so I'll come back and edit this when I do. For now, here's a close up of the bedliner finish.

      Good(ish)...but not great.


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      07-29-2019 08:08 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by SykoraA4 View Post
      Still need to grab a shot of the grill, so I'll come back and edit this when I do. For now, here's a close up of the bedliner finish.

      Good(ish)...but not great.

      thanks!
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      07-30-2019 08:51 AM #18
      Still on stock suspension? Do the tires rub at all?
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      08-07-2019 08:59 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by ebTDI View Post
      Still on stock suspension? Do the tires rub at all?
      still on stock suspension. It actually rubbed more with the 18x9's than the 18x9.5s, largely due to the different offsets. With the new wheels, it barely ever rubs.

      Here's a more practical look at the stance with the 265/65's in a 9.5 width, et 22.





      and a few other shots



      in the works: a full-length extrusion/plate-based roof rack. Something like this, but using the factory rails:


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      08-07-2019 09:51 PM #20
      Did you just buy vinyl "faux carbon fiber" and cut to fit or did you order it from somewhere specifically for the Atlas?

      If you cut it, what was your installation technique?

      Either way, where did you get the vinyl?

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      08-07-2019 09:52 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by blade004 View Post
      Thanks! Just picked up a black over black SEL Premium and thinking I'd like to do something similar.
      I've got the same....was just thinking how I don't like the faux wood and was thinking maybe someone makes an overlay that could cover it up. Not sure what I would cover it with. I don't love CF. Maybe a piano gloss black? I dunno.

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      08-07-2019 10:28 PM #22
      The vinyl I had on hand for a few years. I think I picked it up on Amazon? Maybe ebay. It is just a sheet. I cut a rectangle just a bit bigger than the area I wanted to cover, pulled the back off, applied it, used a credit card to trace around the fake wood to get the edges nice and crisp, then used a razor blade to carefully trim it. Pulled off the extra, and was good to go.

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      08-08-2019 08:47 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by SykoraA4 View Post
      in the works: a full-length extrusion/plate-based roof rack. Something like this, but using the factory rails:

      Love those wheels/tire combo.

      On the rail project, aluminum or steel with power coating? Will it look similar to the Basecamp concept, where it replaces the factory rails?
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      08-09-2019 02:26 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by knedrgr View Post
      Love those wheels/tire combo.

      On the rail project, aluminum or steel with power coating? Will it look similar to the Basecamp concept, where it replaces the factory rails?
      The rack will be aluminum with powder coat. It won't replace the factory rails. Instead, the first iteration will use these Reese Explore crossbar mounts with custom length aluminum rod crossbars. The ends of these custom crossbars will mount to the side plates. If those mount's work - awesome. If not (either because it sits too high or they aren't heavy-duty enough), I have a few options that might work as a backup.


    27. 08-09-2019 04:14 PM #25
      Killing the game, Will! I've been looking at doing some mods that the wife won't hate lol. I've been meaning to put the VMR's from the avant onto the Atlas since they don't fit the Cornflower car, but I have no idea what tire size to go with. Plus, I'm broke bahahahahahaha

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