A List of Prius Mods for the Website

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Accessories & Modifications' started by TonyPSchaefer, May 7, 2007.

  1. TonyPSchaefer

    TonyPSchaefer Your Friendly Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2004
    14,810
    2,467
    65
    Location:
    Far-North Chicagoland
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    I started working on the "Prius Modifications" page of the ChicagoPriusGroup website and then just worked on other pages that, well, interested me more. I'm not a modifications person so it's not really my area of expertise.

    Wayne's been telling me that I need to add more things and I think it was Nerfer who was telling me to put more stuff on there. So I decided to do just that. The problem is that since I'm not a modifications guy, I don't really know what to put. So I've once again decided to turn to the populous.

    Here's what I would like to do: create three categories for mods: Free or Almost Free, Less than $100, More than $100.

    I figure I'm going to let you all do the typing and explaining. Please keep in mind that I intentionally try to keep the explanations simple. When people want more explanations, they can go to a meeting or come here. I don't want people being scared away from the CPG site by extremely technical explanations. Or maybe you can give all the details here in PriusChat but don't get offended if I thin it down for the CPG site.

    Here are a few examples:
    Free or Almost Free
    Blocking your Grill
    [list of benefits and a how-to]

    Less than $100
    EV Button
    [list of benefits and where/how to order]

    More than $100
    BT Stiffening Plate
    [list of benefits and where/how to order]

    I think you get it. If you can provide pictures, that would be great too.
     
    TheUPSman, Nickel17 and 2008PRI like this.
  2. priussoris

    priussoris New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    1,005
    3
    0
    [attachmentid=7911][attachmentid=7912][attachmentid=7913]Curt new designed trailer hitch for the 2004-2007 prius 129.99 plus 10.00 approx. shipping cost easy bolt on
    very sturdy and powder coated paint job very nice unit

    http://www.trailerhitches.com/trailer-hitc...&key=CTM963
    Larger View Curt 11468 - Class 1 Hitch
    Item CTM963
    List Price: $169.99
    Our Price: $129.99
     

    Attached Files:

    David Rutten likes this.
  3. FireEngineer

    FireEngineer Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    1,247
    121
    0
    Location:
    SW-Side of Chicago, IL
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    IV
    Let's see...what mod could cost around $50...experienced installers can do in less than 30 minutes...helps with the cheapie and greenie sides of Prius ownership...great idea for those short commutes...must be fun to do since some wacky Prius owner has been traveling up and down the Atlantic seaboard doing these mods for people...what's that called :blink: .

    Wayne
     
    penquin230 and Lloyd9 like this.
  4. Bill Merchant

    Bill Merchant absit invidia

    Joined:
    May 3, 2005
    4,096
    74
    13
    Location:
    USA | Oregon | Portland area | 97004 |
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Cheap:
    Remove plastic wheel trim rings (just pull)
    Turn off various beeps (instructions on PC)
    Increase tire pressure=Increase MPG (many threads on PC)

    A few bucks:
    Zaino (zainostore.com)
    Replace interior lights with LEDs (eBay.com)
    Safety Improvement (retroreflective tape, emergency supplies, etc. - lists on PC, sources are various)
    Sun shield (PC Accessory store)
    New radio antenna (Sigma Automotive, eBay)
    Wheelskin steering wheel cover (PC Accessory store)
    Decals (PC Accessory store)
    Mud flaps (MetroTPN.com)
    Side mouldings (MetroTPN.com, local dealer)
    Sharkfin antenna (Sigma Automotive, eBay)

    Many bucks:
    New tire upgrade (suggestions on PC, sources are numerous)
    BT Tech plate (PC Accessory store)
    DICE iPod adapter (PC Accessory store)
    Window Tinting (local source)
    Clear paint protection (local source, eBay)
    Vinyl front mask (Sigma Automotive, eBay, local source)

    I'm sure there are a ton more, in addition to the EBH.
     
  5. h2photo

    h2photo Turning greener day byday

    Joined:
    May 5, 2007
    429
    1
    0
    Location:
    Chandler, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2011 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Bill Merchant @ May 7 2007, 09:38 PM) [snapback]437330[/snapback]</div>
    Just searched this because I had no idea what you were talking about & they look so much better w/o those!!
     
    Adriel likes this.
  6. Bill Merchant

    Bill Merchant absit invidia

    Joined:
    May 3, 2005
    4,096
    74
    13
    Location:
    USA | Oregon | Portland area | 97004 |
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(h2photo @ May 8 2007, 03:44 PM) [snapback]437835[/snapback]</div>
    And the price is right! :)
     
    Spaysship24 likes this.
  7. Tideland Prius

    Tideland Prius Moderator of the North
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    40,720
    12,286
    41
    Location:
    Canada
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Technology
    Tony, you can grab some mods off Darell's site since he has the price list too.

    Free or almost free:
    - Speed switch to allow RDS (or CD-TEXT on 06+ models) to display momentarily. (Radioshack for switch. Cut the purple speed wire. Instructions on PC)
    - Shave rear wiper holder if you wish to allow full lift of the rear wiper (Instructions on PC)
    - Prius decals (PC shop)

    Less than $100:
    - HYBRID emblems for 04/05 models (Sigma Automotive)
    - chrome grille for 04/05 models (Sigma Automotive)
    - JDM footwell lighting (or ebay aftermarket kits)
    - OEM EV button (Sigma)
    - Alternate EV mod (Coastal E. Technologies, radioshack)
    - Alternate centre console tray with coin holder (Sigma)
    - All-Weather Mats (Toyota or ExactMats/Costco?)
    - Leather cover for centre console box lid (ebay)
    - MFD Hood (ebay)
    - Cargo Net (Toyota... others have tried other nets from other cars like the Hyundai Santa Fe)
    - Rubber Bumper Protector (Toyota.. can also use Corolla/Matrix version)

    More than $100:
    - TRD Sportivo springs/shocks (can't remember where)
    - TOM'S front strut tower brace (Sigma)
    - TOM'S floor strengthening brace (Sigma)
    - JDM Signal Mirrors (Sigma)
    - VIP lights (Carson Toyota)
    - Four (4) Prius aluminium scuff plates (Sigma)
    - Leather interior with heated/ventilated seats (Katzkin authorised dealer)
     
  8. Skwyre7

    Skwyre7 What's the catch?

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2006
    2,332
    5
    0
    Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
    Vehicle:
    Other Non-Hybrid
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(FireEngineer @ May 7 2007, 10:34 PM) [snapback]437265[/snapback]</div>
    EBH! EBH!
     
  9. Bob64

    Bob64 Sapphire of the Blue Sky

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2007
    1,540
    84
    0
    Location:
    Virginia
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(FireEngineer @ May 7 2007, 10:34 PM) [snapback]437265[/snapback]</div>
    Na, I think thats called the awesome-ness of Wayne, the FireEngineer of engine block heating.
     
    Wheelin1 likes this.
  10. craigk

    craigk Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2006
    139
    6
    0
    Location:
    Golden Valley, MN
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Sunroof--more than $100! More than $1000! Installed for $1,100. Worth every penny to me.

    [​IMG]
     
    Mean Kitty, 2008PRI and Dino33ca like this.
  11. JaviNOS

    JaviNOS Mod Freak

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2006
    150
    0
    0
    Location:
    Puerto Rico
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    ouch!!! :eek:


    your sunroof rocks! nice! ;)
     
  12. craigk

    craigk Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2006
    139
    6
    0
    Location:
    Golden Valley, MN
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(JaviNOS @ May 28 2007, 03:00 AM) [snapback]450941[/snapback]</div>
    I updated my post, didn't want to scare anyone else with the "more than $1,000, less than $10,000" price. Installed for $1,100. Worth every penny to me.
     
  13. christob

    christob Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2007
    180
    0
    0
    Location:
    Arlington, VA
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(craigk @ May 28 2007, 10:37 AM) [snapback]450956[/snapback]</div>
    I always swore my "next car" would have a sunroof... and that was 2 cars ago.
    Where'd you have yours done? Any warranty violation concerns, changes in car insurance rates, etc? Any problems with weather sealing yet? (I remember my cousin's add-on sunroof, 10 years ago... leaked within 2 years.)
     
  14. Tom6850

    Tom6850 Retired

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2007
    894
    2
    0
    Location:
    Macungie, Pa
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Under $100.00

    Seat Covers from Exact Seat Covers $69.00

    Trunk handle from Ultimate Cupholders $16.50
     
  15. zenMachine

    zenMachine Just another Onionhead

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2007
    3,354
    298
    0
    Location:
    Texas
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Tom 6850 @ Jun 20 2007, 02:48 PM) [snapback]465375[/snapback]</div>
    I just checked out the handle. Not a bad solution. However, it needs to be attached to the two bolts on the bottom of the license plate, which the Prius doesn't have. Do you have to drill new holes in your hatch door?
     
  16. Godiva

    Godiva AmeriKan Citizen

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2005
    10,339
    12
    0
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    Less than $100, the plastic bug guard. Available in Canada (like the mudguards) but can be had in the U.S. if you know where to shop.

    More than $100. Did anyone mention those glue on faux wood paneling pieces you can put on the inside?
     
  17. Doc Willie

    Doc Willie Shuttlecraft Commander

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    1,714
    137
    0
    Location:
    Out there, somewhere
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Custom graphic decals.

    $380

    The ZhangHeng

    Car color not boring anymore.
     
    anotherOne likes this.
  18. darelldd

    darelldd Prius is our Gas Guzzler

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2006
    6,057
    382
    0
    Location:
    Northern CA
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Tideland Prius @ May 8 2007, 07:20 PM) [snapback]437972[/snapback]</div>
    That's my vote too! Plus I started a thread a while back about cheap/easy mods. Not much came of it - but a few items of note.
     
    1 person likes this.
  19. nerfer

    nerfer A young senior member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2006
    2,472
    201
    28
    Location:
    Chicagoland, IL USA, Earth
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    Free: Turn the rear-view mirror upside down, so it doesn't block so much of your forward-right view (for tallish drivers). But it means your night-dimmer thing isn't automatically aimed right, not that I use it, especially in summer.

    All-weather cargo mats already mentioned. That's about it for me. I saw FireEngineer had a neat Prius-styled plastic shield on the back bumper.

    I didn't know about the rear-wiper shaving, I'll need to check that out for sure.
    Edit: Ah, it's near the bottom of Darell's list: http://www.evnut.com/prius_mods.htm, complete with pictures - thanks, I'll have to try that out!
     
    Shaunius likes this.
  20. 1fixitman

    1fixitman Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    179
    4
    0
    Location:
    Augusta, GA
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(nerfer @ Jun 27 2007, 04:18 PM) [snapback]469023[/snapback]</div>
    I didn't hear anyone mention the SCAN GUAGE II and a Blend Mount or mount in a place other than above/below the rear view mirror. Scan gauge II in the Priuschat shop. Blend mount on Ebay.
    SG II $149
    Blend mount ~$30

    D Rock
     
Loading...