Removed wheel covers

Discussion in 'Prius v Accessories and Modifications' started by dz302, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. dz302

    dz302 Prius Rookie

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    I removed my wheel covers today and did the cheap electrical box knock out cover trick as center caps. Others have done this on the regular Prius.

    However, the v takes 2" caps, not 1 1/2 like the others. I wanted to mention this to save someone else a second trip to the big box home improvement store.

    I painted them and cleared them. The paint is not an exact match but it looks much better than the pictures. I still may get some Toyota or Prius stickers to put on them, just not sure.


    Cheers.

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    Thanks for posting, interesting pics.
     
  3. dz302

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    Sure thing.
     
  4. Mike James

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    This is the first time I have seen the 16 inch wheels, they look good. Now, why do we change the center caps?
     
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    I think it's cool how Toyota hides all those different—and good looking—wheels behind a number of odd wheel cover designs.

    Those look great! And now that these cars have four wheel discs, there's something to see behind them.
     
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    I agree. It looks much better. :)
     
  7. dz302

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    I didn't change them. The cars come with wheel covers over the aluminum ones so there are no center caps from the factory. I wanted to remove the covers because the aluminum wheels look much better, therefore I needed center caps. This cheap fix fit the bill.
     
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    The regular wheels look fine to my eye. Why does Toyota hide them behind the plastic covers in the first place?
     
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    Maybe it helps in reselling - many scratch wheels on curbs. Dealer just pops on a new cover or two to resell car.

    I must be getting old. Plastic wheel covers are fine by me, except for pulling them off to wash the wheels, ah kind of a pain.
     
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    I will take off the cover on mine if I could find the center caps.
     
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    Maybe to help with airflow and reduce drag? Better mpg's?
     
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    Or as punishment?
     
  13. DianneWhitmire

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    My son (the US Marine Corporal) sells the center caps on eBay as a hobby to suppplement his income... it pays for his car insurance and also adds to gas money between our home and the base! He has a 2012 Prius II in gray.

    eBay auction # 290445034453

    they are the center caps from a Prius with 17" wheels, will fit any II or III wagon too. They look fantastic on a regular Prius II, III, or IV as well.

    Would look very good on wagons... check the three pics there on eBay.

    Dianne
     
  14. dz302

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    Dianne,
    Thank you for your post. Do you know if these will fit the Prius v as opposed to the standard Prius?
    Thanks.
     
  15. DianneWhitmire

    DianneWhitmire High PRIUStess

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    I am 99.9% certain but I gotta say, I am a little busy this morning (LOL, PHEV orders start in 23 minutes!) so I will make 100% certain later today. My parts guys said YES to the Prius V package and all the regular Prii .. and the wagons have the same size hole when the wheel covers are popped off.

    :)
     
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    Thank you.
     
  17. DianneWhitmire

    DianneWhitmire High PRIUStess

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    Darn that 1% LOL.
    NO FIT! hole too big by a little. I'll figure out what we make that does fit and get back to ya'll!

     
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    wheel insert caps for the Prius v wagon

    OK, we nailed it.

    try this ebay auction # 290636825476

    My son (a US Marine for three years) has been selling the center caps for the regular Gen 3 hatchbacks on eBay as a hobby to supplement his income... it helps to pay for his car and also adds to gas money between our home and the base! He has a 2010 Prius II in gray.

    We determined what would suit the Prius v wagons and have a photo there of a wagon's alloy wheel with the plastic wheel cover removed, and the cap inserted instead. .. check the three pics there on eBay.

    Dianne
     
  19. alfa737

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    i took mine off and added some plastic wheel caps for a corolla from ebay..
    the guy at the dealer said Toyota invested more than a million into reserch for the wheel covers and found that over the long term it gave them 2-3% more MPG..

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  20. dz302

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    The wife says "leave it alone, I like it just the way it is".
    So that's what I'm going to do.