I've been Prius v Accessory Junkie :)

Discussion in 'Prius v Accessories and Modifications' started by Cactus Hybrid, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Cactus Hybrid

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    CIMG0257.jpg I've been a Prius v Accessory Junkie :)

    I have gotten a lot of accessories lately and I thought I would start a thread just in case someone needs a tip or two..Just ask.

    Here are my accessories since purchase (11/28/11)

    Nav Override! (Prestigious Society » Navigation and Video Enhancement Module » Prestigious Society) $309 (ouch)

    Shark Antenna (PriusChat Shop : Toyota Prius v Shark Fin Antenna [Shark_Fin_v] - $82.00$78.00)
    Tinted windows (Dealer Installed)
    Arm rest cover (PriusChat Shop : 2012 Toyota Prius v Center Armrest Console Cover [PCv4] - $49.95$41.86)
    Sun Shade (PriusChat Shop : 2012 Toyota Prius v HeatShield Sunshade - Front [1215] - $32.00)
    Dash Cover (Dash Covers of AZ)
    3m Clear Bra (Vader Tint in Phoenix area 602-348-6661)
    All Weather Mats (TOYOTA , PRIUS V, 2012 , ALL WEATHER, RUBBER FLOOR MATS | eBay)
    Splash Guards - ebay(Toyota Prius v Hybrid 2012 Splash Mud Guard Set - OEM NEW! | eBay)
    Body Side Moldings - ebay (TOYOTA PRIUS V Painted Body Side Moulding Molding 3M Tape Install Trim 2012-2013 | eBay)
    Cargo Net - ebay(2012 GENUINE TOYOTA PRIUS V REAR CARGO NET, GENUINE FACTORY TOYOTA PART! | eBay)
    Car Cover - (Toyota Prius 2010-2011 Car Cover Hybrid II III IV V | eBay)
    Mr. Brightside USB Light (Great little flexible usb light that I use to light up the dark center console area)
    Ipad/DVD Holder For only $6.53 each when QTY 50+ purchased - DVD, Portrait iPad, and Tablet Mount for Car - Black | DVD | STB Mount Brackets
    and my favorite...mirror decals stating: "Objects in mirror are losing" from amazon :)(Mr. Brightside USB Light, Black)(Amazon.com: toyota objects in mirror are losing)
    Upgraded PIAA European Horn(s) - Amazon PIAA 85112 115db 500HZ + 600HZ Sports Horn Mods | PriusChat
    Super Bright LED interior Light set - Super Bright LED Car Interior Lights | Toyota Prius SMD LED Car Lights
    I'm thinking about Powder Coating my rims. Anyone done that in the past?
     

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  2. The Critic

    The Critic Resident Critic

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    I would add the rear sway bar and front strut tower bars.
     
  3. Cactus Hybrid

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    I already checked and they are not available for the v yet. :)
     
  4. elcano

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    I got a quote this week for:

    Tinted windows, all of them (including windshield), 50%:
    + Midas: $155
    + 3M Ceramic Series, or the Crystaline Series: $350
    The price difference is huge!

    3M bra:
    + Front Bumper end-to-end; plus about 18-20 inches of the hood: $475 :-(
    + Frame below the side doors, from tire to tire (that gets a lot of tar), up to the door inside frame that gets scratched by the shoes; plus the top of the rear bumper (horizontal surface that gets scratched by the trunk loading/unloading): $225

    I was considering mudguards, but I changed my mind after thinking about the air drag impact on the mpg. May be not much, but an offense to this awesome aerodinamics anyway.

    I also want the cargo net, but I wonder if I can save a few bucks by buying a generic net or from another car model. Have anybody done that?
     
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    i wouldn't go w/o mud guards, your tires will throw sand, ect on the bottom side rocker panels, and act like a sand blaster on the paint!
     
  6. bronwyn

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    @elcano

    I got a factory cargo net, which came pre installed in the car. I have to say, it's pretty sweet, I'd recommend the factory one!

    I'm getting my prius V tinted today, to 35% everywhere per Oregon law.

    I've also considered power coating my wheels, but I may wait until next year when I get my winter tires put on.

    I'm also getting a clear bra set up.

    Love my prius!
     
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  8. Cactus Hybrid

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    The Shark Antenna was VERY easy to install. It comes with good instructions. The hardest part was getting to it with a ladder.

    VG Shark Fin Antenna - Installation

    I also found this on another thread:

    When I mounted my sharkfin, in addition to taping off all the way
    'round the fin, I marked center lines on the tape fore and aft of the fin,
    and also on the front and back of the fin so that alignment was easy.

    Use "low tack," reduced stickiness, masking tape to make removal easy.
    It is either white, blue, or light green.
    DO NOT USE THE TAN MASKING TAPE.

    You can use any wax dissolving solution. I used Goof Off -- it comes in
    very small containers, some places even 7-11 carries it -- but mineral
    spirits, etc, will do fine.
    DO NOT USE ACETONE, BENZENE, etc.

    I would suggest :
    * Work in coolish temps, not in direct sunlight.
    * First, wash the mounting area with mild soap and water to remove
    dirt and grit.
    * Rinsing the area liberally with clear water.
    * Dry with a soft cloth.
    * Dampen a clean soft cloth with the chosen wax remover. (The idea
    here is not to have so much cleaner in the cloth that it drips somewhere
    else.)
    * Gently clean the mounting area.
    * Dry with clean, soft cloth.
    * Repeat the last three steps.
    * Mount the fin.
    * Carefully remove the tape. (There is a best way to do this. Do not
    pull the tape straight up, it can pull off paint. Gently, slowly pull the
    tape back on itself so it peels off. Even better is to pull the tape at a
    diagonal.)
    * With low tack tape it is highly unlikely to have any tape adhesive
    reside. But if there is any, clean it off with a rag dampened in the
    cleaner.
    * Wash and wax the whole car, with an extra coat of wax on and
    around the fin.
     

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  10. Cactus Hybrid

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    Ok, Just ordered one also..thanks for the recommendation. I wasn't sure if I really needed the net.
     

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    I think it looks awesome with the fin. I don't' have the adv. tech package, but otherwise our Prius are near twins! I love the Blue Ribbon. I got my car tinted, and I LOVE IT!
     

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    Hey nice car! I really like the color you chose :D

    Here is a couple pictures of my car with the accessories.
     

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    Where did you get the splash guards? We tried to order them with the car in early December, but they said they were not yet available.

    --Russ
     
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    Just look on the top of this page and click on "Shop".
    They cost $119 bucks and arrived promptly. Fronts can be installed without removing the wheels. You just turn the wheels out of your way. To instal the rear flaps you have to remove the wheel to drill one hole. All 4 took less than an hour.
     

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    What is the advantage of the shark fin antenna? Does it improve reception of the radio?
     
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    I just put on the mud guards. Do you think that drilling the hole and putting in the extra screw is really necessary? I thought it was pretty secure without it.
     
  18. Cactus Hybrid

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    The Shark Fin antenna does not improve the reception of the radio., I just like the way it looks. It also fits under my car cover a lot better now. I will not have to worry about it a the car wash...

    I think it should have been standard equipment...
     

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    I thought the same thing at first until I notice another post here on Prius chat regarding loose thumbscrews...So I took off the rear wheels to check the thumbscrews and drill the extra hole for the mud flaps..

    PS..the thumb screws were loose on my car also..seems like it comes from the factory like that..not sure why. To answer your question...YES.

    http://priuschat.com/forums/prius-v-technical-discussion/100313-should-these-thumbscrews-loose.html
     
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    Looks great. Same model but with bisque. Where do u plug in the USB light? Color? Also, where did u get the dash cover? Great job!