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Hi I am going through lifting my 2018 Atlas. The set up is 17x8 fifteen52 Traverse +35 w/10mm wheel spacers to get an offset of +24, 265/70/17 Falken Wildpeaks and BFI 1.5” lift kit. First question anyone with this set up have any tire rubbing issues? Second after the Atlas was lifted did you have to recalibrate the ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) sensors? I have a SE w/Technology, I just want to prepare if I need to do the recalibration. Thank you!
 

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Hi I am going through lifting my 2018 Atlas. The set up is 17x8 fifteen52 Traverse +35 w/10mm wheel spacers to get an offset of +24, 265/70/17 Falken Wildpeaks and BFI 1.5” lift kit. First question anyone with this set up have any tire rubbing issues? Second after the Atlas was lifted did you have to recalibrate the ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) sensors? I have a SE w/Technology, I just want to prepare if I need to do the recalibration. Thank you!
@Grr02 on your ACC recalibration...no. Everything works great. I did the same updates last year. Check out my post about all I did - Lifted Atlas Picture Thread

A couple notes: if you want that size tire, you will need to get the bft blocks to pull your front wheel-well liners away from the tire (those stock ones are massive and these are easy to install yourself). Even with the blocks, the 265/70r17’s (31.65” diameters) Wildpeaks will have rub until some tread wears down. Someone with a similar set up said to go with 255/70/r17’s (31.06” diameter). That half inch should eliminate rub.

Best of luck!
 

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@Grr02 on your ACC recalibration...no. Everything works great. I did the same updates last year. Check out my post about all I did - Lifted Atlas Picture Thread

A couple notes: if you want that size tire, you will need to get the bft blocks to pull your front wheel-well liners away from the tire (those stock ones are massive and these are easy to install yourself). Even with the blocks, the 265/70r17’s (31.65” diameters) Wildpeaks will have rub until some tread wears down. Someone with a similar set up said to go with 255/70/r17’s (31.06” diameter). That half inch should eliminate rub.

Best of luck!
@Grr02 on your ACC recalibration...no. Everything works great. I did the same updates last year. Check out my post about all I did - Lifted Atlas Picture Thread

A couple notes: if you want that size tire, you will need to get the bft blocks to pull your front wheel-well liners away from the tire (those stock ones are massive and these are easy to install yourself). Even with the blocks, the 265/70r17’s (31.65” diameters) Wildpeaks will have rub until some tread wears down. Someone with a similar set up said to go with 255/70/r17’s (31.06” diameter). That half inch should eliminate rub.

Best of luck!
@Grr02 on your ACC recalibration...no. Everything works great. I did the same updates last year. Check out my post about all I did - Lifted Atlas Picture Thread

A couple notes: if you want that size tire, you will need to get the bft blocks to pull your front wheel-well liners away from the tire (those stock ones are massive and these are easy to install yourself). Even with the blocks, the 265/70r17’s (31.65” diameters) Wildpeaks will have rub until some tread wears down. Someone with a similar set up said to go with 255/70/r17’s (31.06” diameter). That half inch should eliminate rub.

Best of luck!
thank you! I was sweating that I needed a ACC recalibration cause it will cause me $800-$1000 to redo e’m. I love in CA so services/parts are always doubled.
 

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Thank you Prattagain! So for all Atlas owners wanting to lift your Atlas. Here are my experiences and total cost for doing this project. Based on result I am so happy with my set up. What I purchased and the cost for the services. I live in Northern California and you know the prices here is outrages, but a little research and negotiating. So the total set up will run you at $2800ish...

BTW, with the lift it DID NOT affect the ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) Sensors... SO that is a good one, if it did it would have cost $800-$1200...

  • BFI (Black Forrest Industries) 1.5” lift kit @ $299.99, i picked this over Forge cause it’s Metal alloy vs. Forge it’s hard plastic/rubber.
  • Fifteen52 TraverseMX Wheels 17x8 +34 Orig from VW. I added 15mm spacers to be close to Base Camp Specs of ET+20. My set up is at ET+19 @ $1000 w/10% rebate from VW if purchased from a VW parts dealer.
  • Falcon Wildpeak A/T 3 @ 162.00 total with mount, certificates, etc...$900. I got the P-Metric or Standard vs. E1’s since it’s lighter and better on gas for a large tire. I am an occasional Off Roud guy and not a rock climber. No sense of buying a E1, heavy 10 ply tire...
  • CTM 15mm 5x112 HUB CENTRIC 57.1MM Bore spacers w/ball seat lugs 14x1.5, 45mm length. Recommended for 15mm spacers @ $100 through EBay. This is a 4pc spacer set with 20 lugs. Good PRICE!
  • Lift kit install w/Alignment @ $500 out the door.
  • 14x1.5, 45mm Wheel Locks @ $43ish through ECStuning

The ride is smooth and it’s like stock, that is the difference with lift vs. raised H&R springs. Springs has a little rougher ride since it’s firm. I say there is a little rubbing that you can barely hear it and only experience when I turn into my drive way pretty aggressive. NOT DOING THAT anymore... On the freeway the tires are not loud, the noise compares to my old stock 245/60/18. At lower speeds below 30 you can barely hear the tire noise. So here it is, thank you to this community for providing lots of info. Hope my info is useful.
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I wanted to post my newly lifted setup here because this post guided my purchase decision.

Setup
  • 2018 VW atlas SE 4-motion with tech and tow package.
  • fifteen52 traverse MX 17x8 20mm offset, frost graphite although I am sure these are the magnesium colored version.
  • Falken wildpeak AT/3 255/70/17.
  • H & R adventure lift springs.

Location Maryland

Installation
I purchased the springs first and had them installed by a local shop. The front increased 1” and the back 1 1/4”.

It was extremely difficult finding a shop to agree to the installation. A few that I called said they would not touch VWs, another said they wouldn’t agree to the installation unless I would pay for a post calibration of $600. Two shops had me drop it off for hours only to call me and tell me that they did not have the tools for front installation.

Finally, I found a shop that charged me $810, installation + awd alignment. I got desperate in the end after calling the only 2 nearby off road shops that claimed they wouldn’t be able to do the installation for several weeks.

Springs with shipping from tire rack = $269

The springs are stiff resulting in a slightly harsher ride which is what we wanted. We tow a 3,000 lb dry weight Taxa trailer, and the H &R made an improvement in the handling and reduced rear sag. The next goal was to not have to use a 1” rise hitch mount, but hopefully be able to use the gen-y glider torsion hitch with a 2” drop.

Next, placed a special order with discount tires in West Virginia, closes to me, for a wheel+tire package. Got them installed this week, and although the receipt says frost graphite the color does not seem right.
Installation, certificate, tires, wheels, bolts 2,090 with 10% veteran discount, Hence why I drove 3 hours round trip.

Driving Experience

There is a humming sound from the tires starting at around 40 mph. Tires at 35psi seemed like they added more suspension to the ride thus the Atlas does not feel as harsh anymore with just the spring upgrade. Steering feels softer, not good nor bad, but noticeable especially at speeds of 60-70mph. Acceleration feels sluggish but since when not towing we use eco mode, normal mode seemed to help.

I did experience minor rub when turning into our drive way.

MPG loss

I need more data but it seems like I slashed 1.5 average mpg.

This is subjective but I love the look and I am looking forward to towing with this new setup along with beach camping.

Total cost = $3,169, had to convince the wife but the other option was trading the Atlas for a Nissan Armada for the towing capacity and body on frame, I.e., weight distribution hitch.

This forum helped me gain a wealth of knowledge. I still wonder, what are people doing about the spare tire situation since the compact one is about 4-5” smaller in diameter compared to these all terrain tires.

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I wanted to post my newly lifted setup here because this post guided my purchase decision.

Setup
  • 2018 VW atlas SE 4-motion with tech and tow package.
  • fifteen52 traverse MX 17x8 20mm offset, frost graphite although I am sure these are the magnesium colored version.
  • Falken wildpeak AT/3 255/70/17.
  • H & R adventure lift springs.

Location Maryland

Installation
I purchased the springs first and had them installed by a local shop. The front increased 1” and the back 1 1/4”.

It was extremely difficult finding a shop to agree to the installation. A few that I called said they would not touch VWs, another said they wouldn’t agree to the installation unless I would pay for a post calibration of $600. Two shops had me drop it off for hours only to call me and tell me that they did not have the tools for front installation.

Finally, I found a shop that charged me $810, installation + awd alignment. I got desperate in the end after calling the only 2 nearby off road shops that claimed they wouldn’t be able to do the installation for several weeks.

Springs with shipping from tire rack = $269

The springs are stiff resulting in a slightly harsher ride which is what we wanted. We tow a 3,000 lb dry weight Taxa trailer, and the H &R made an improvement in the handling and reduced rear sag. The next goal was to not have to use a 1” rise hitch mount, but hopefully be able to use the gen-y glider torsion hitch with a 2” drop.

Next, placed a special order with discount tires in West Virginia, closes to me, for a wheel+tire package. Got them installed this week, and although the receipt says frost graphite the color does not seem right.
Installation, certificate, tires, wheels, bolts 2,090 with 10% veteran discount, Hence why I drove 3 hours round trip.

Driving Experience

There is a humming sound from the tires starting at around 40 mph. Tires at 35psi seemed like they added more suspension to the ride thus the Atlas does not feel as harsh anymore with just the spring upgrade. Steering feels softer, not good nor bad, but noticeable especially at speeds of 60-70mph. Acceleration feels sluggish but since when not towing we use eco mode, normal mode seemed to help.

I did experience minor rub when turning into our drive way.

MPG loss

I need more data but it seems like I slashed 1.5 average mpg.

This is subjective but I love the look and I am looking forward to towing with this new setup along with beach camping.

Total cost = $3,169, had to convince the wife but the other option was trading the Atlas for a Nissan Armada for the towing capacity and body on frame, I.e., weight distribution hitch.

This forum helped me gain a wealth of knowledge. I still wonder, what are people doing about the spare tire situation since the compact one is about 4-5” smaller in diameter compared to these all terrain tires.

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Nice. I wish the spare tire compartment was big enough for the new sized tire, but it is not. I took out the OEM spare and am using it for additional storage (organizer tbd). I purchased a fifth wheel/tire combo as well as a swing out tire carrier on the back. If I travel far, I make sure it is either on the back or I throw it up on my platform rack if the bike rack is on the back. I hope they think through all basecamp-ish mods people are doing and make some adjustments for future models. Best of luck.
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I just put on the 1.5” lift spacers In January and the acc immediately turned off. And I went and got it recalibrated and it worked fine. I’m Navy and moving cross country next week and the acc not available happened again. I took it back to the place where they “fixed” it and they said I need to take the lift off so acc will work again. How true is that?
I’m doing the cross country drive anyway cause all my tools are packed away and gonna get to it when I get to my destination but do you all have any insight to why my acc isn’t working after this spacer install?
 

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I just put on the 1.5” lift spacers In January and the acc immediately turned off. And I went and got it recalibrated and it worked fine. I’m Navy and moving cross country next week and the acc not available happened again. I took it back to the place where they “fixed” it and they said I need to take the lift off so acc will work again. How true is that?
I’m doing the cross country drive anyway cause all my tools are packed away and gonna get to it when I get to my destination but do you all have any insight to why my acc isn’t working after this spacer install?
@Cerpah mine has only shut off with the sensors getting covered in snow while driving. I am lifted to 3” (suspension and tires) and my acc works great. Never had to recalibrate it. Sucks to hear that is happening.
 

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@Cerpah mine has only shut off with the sensors getting covered in snow while driving. I am lifted to 3” (suspension and tires) and my acc works great. Never had to recalibrate it. Sucks to hear that is happening.
It’s more annoying then anything. Just makes me want to get a newer one. It’s a 2018 I adore this vehicle but it’s feeling more like my lemon of a CC I used to have.
 

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I just put on the 1.5” lift spacers In January and the acc immediately turned off. And I went and got it recalibrated and it worked fine. I’m Navy and moving cross country next week and the acc not available happened again. I took it back to the place where they “fixed” it and they said I need to take the lift off so acc will work again. How true is that?
I’m doing the cross country drive anyway cause all my tools are packed away and gonna get to it when I get to my destination but do you all have any insight to why my acc isn’t working after this spacer install?
I have only had the ACC turn off when covered in snow, before and after my lift. With my set up I am near a 3” so I am surprised that you are having this issue. The shop that I took it to install the springs had the Atlas for nearly 2 days because they wanted to research everything first as to not screw up any of the sensors.

Do you have time to take it back to the shop that did the work and have them confirm that they did not mess up somewhere such as installing the lift blocks upside down or switching the rear ones with the front?
 

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I have only had the ACC turn off when covered in snow, before and after my lift. With my set up I am near a 3” so I am surprised that you are having this issue. The shop that I took it to install the springs had the Atlas for nearly 2 days because they wanted to research everything first as to not screw up any of the sensors.

Do you have time to take it back to the shop that did the work and have them confirm that they did not mess up somewhere such as installing the lift blocks upside down or switching the rear ones with the front?
So I installed them my self cause it’s a quick add on ( I did them as I was changing my brakes so 2 birds 1 stone) I never even thought about ACC cause my other car is a Mk4 R32 and I raise and lower that thing with ease. And after it was calibrated the first time it worked so I said easy day. But then it stop working again so I’m stumped. I got a friend who owns a VW mod shop in Jacksonville (Southsude Euro plug) where I’m going and I’ll ask him about this, and monitor this forum for knowledge while I drive over. Thank you for all your help guys
 

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Update. Our windshield was replaced in august 2021 and the windshield was not centered (2mm drivers side and 6mm passenger side) and the adhesive failed causing the sensor to be unstable and the windshield leaked. We just got a new windshield in and the **** acc works again. So keep the windshield sensor in mind if you guys have an acc issue, it was never the lift.
 

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Update. Our windshield was replaced in august 2021 and the windshield was not centered (2mm drivers side and 6mm passenger side) and the adhesive failed causing the sensor to be unstable and the windshield leaked. We just got a new windshield in and the **** acc works again. So keep the windshield sensor in mind if you guys have an acc issue, it was never the lift.
@Cerpah yes good call. Sucks the previous replacement was done incorrectly. I replaced our windshield two months ago and had to get the windshield sensors re-calibrated. Was about $300 at a dealership. I was also quoted $600 from another dealership so everyone get quotes from other dealerships. Glad to hear it is working!
 

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@Grr02 on your ACC recalibration...no. Everything works great. I did the same updates last year. Check out my post about all I did - Lifted Atlas Picture Thread

A couple notes: if you want that size tire, you will need to get the bft blocks to pull your front wheel-well liners away from the tire (those stock ones are massive and these are easy to install yourself). Even with the blocks, the 265/70r17’s (31.65” diameters) Wildpeaks will have rub until some tread wears down. Someone with a similar set up said to go with 255/70/r17’s (31.06” diameter). That half inch should eliminate rub.

Best of luck!
I have the b2b Camber Correcting lift kit (1.5”), bft fitment blocks, and 265/70/17 Wildpeaks. I installed them in October and now have to take them in for an alignment and sew set of fronts due to uneven wear. Even with the blocks, as some people have mentioned; there is slight rubbing at full turn. So I’d like to either take out the 1.5” lift spacers and replace them with a 3” lift kit, or add something to my current setup to achieve the total 3” lift. Any ideas from people who have done this would be helpful.
Thank you very much!
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I have the b2b Camber Correcting lift kit (1.5”), bft fitment blocks, and 265/70/17 Wildpeaks. I installed them in October and now have to take them in for an alignment and sew set of fronts due to uneven wear. Even with the blocks, as some people have mentioned; there is slight rubbing at full turn. So I’d like to either take out the 1.5” lift spacers and replace them with a 3” lift kit, or add something to my current setup to achieve the total 3” lift. Any ideas from people who have done this would be helpful.
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@Wamasan you can add the H&R Lift Springs H&R Adventure Raising Springs for Volkswagen Atlas | H&R Special Springs, LP. for another 1” or replace the springs and shocks with the Flatout Suspension upgrade Volkswagen Atlas [GR Plus]. I’m not sure if you can use the Flatout Suspension with the B2B camber pucks, but your shop should be able to let you know. The thing I will be doing next and I was cautioned about is replacing the OEM arms and bushings that are getting maxed out with all I have done. I may replace the shocks with H&R ones since my shop is dealer for them. Good luck.
 

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1.5" B2B Fab camber correcting lift

B2 B - Bft fender liner correction kit

B2B - 15mm spacers front

B2B - 20mm spacers rear

Fisteen52 - 17*8 wheels graphite

Falken Wildpeak - 245/75-17 AT3

Happy with the result. Rubbed for sure at full cranked wheel forward and reverse.

Trimmed the fender well material and now it clears.

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How is the B2B Fab lift working for you?
I have the lift kit and 20/25mm spacers sitting in my garage. Im waiting for wheels to come back from powder coating and new tires before the install.
I bought some more of their stuff too. Blocks, bolts, light bar.
 

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How is the B2B Fab lift working for you?
I have the lift kit and 20/25mm spacers sitting in my garage. Im waiting for wheels to come back from powder coating and new tires before the install.
I bought some more of their stuff too. Blocks, bolts, light bar.
It's working well for me. My advice is to be thoughtful about tire size. I had the equivalent of 31.9*10.9*20 at first and they were too large.

I downsized and trimmed the inner fenders and now it's fine. Now running 31.5*9.8*17.

Once I got the little tweaks sorted out, it's great.

The Fifteen52 wheels have a wider offset than stock and combined with the spacers, it has a way better stance IMO. Looking forward to testing it in deep snow etc.

Curious how yours pans out. Good luck.
 
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