Chrome Pillars and Chrome Door Handles

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Accessories & Modifications' started by usbseawolf2000, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. M. Oiseau

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    I say keep going! I did the full chrome kit. Here's a pic,



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    LOL. If it will fly, I'll keep going!
     
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    Keep the chrome. It makes the rather bland Asian styling of the Pree look more American. Plus you can easily tell which Pree is yours in the Whole Foods parking lot. ;)
     
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    This is how it looks now today.

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    Looks great with just the chrome door handles and your beautiful 17" black chrome lipped Kyowas.
     
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    Lol. A client of my old law firm had something similar ... a silver plated Audi:

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    Like the chrome handles. Think body side mouldings in chrome might work. But then I like a bit of chrome. Not like in the 59 Buick of course. Just a bit to provide sparkle. Not sure the pillars weren't too much.
    Older American, what else?
     
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    That's better IMO. The door handles and The Rims accent each other very well. Gives it a individualized look. With the columns and the door edge plus the handles and everything, it looked like an over decorated christmas tree.

    Of course, I'm very conservative. I'm for keeping something looking nice but not for a lot of extra adornment. However, I do LOVE the lighted doorsills. Those Look Great.
     
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    In your original pics you went OC bro.... Over Chrome!

    I like the way it looks now. I'm more of a minimalist now so I don't like adding chrome or do-dads onto the car like 80's style or the Fast & Furious kids.

    Looks good like this. :)
     
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    I really like the look of the chrome wheelskins with the door handles, and have been thinking of doing the same. I already have the chrome wheelskins.

    I was wondering if there is a difference in the quality of the various chrome door handles (after market covers) out there. I see some are around $75, and then others on eBay for around $10 plus shipping.
    Does anybody know, are these different brands all about the same, or is there really a difference in quality with the higher priced items? Will the cheaper ones last and fit just as well as the more expensive ones?
     
  11. Boo

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    I got the ones that cost $10 plus $15 shipping. I got mine from here:

    Toyota 04-08 Prius NHW20 Chrome Door Handle Smart Key:eBay Motors (item 250504093017 end time Oct-24-09 22:26:31 PDT)

    Make sure you get the right ones -- they come with or without Smart Key.

    In terms of quality, they're not great. I had to add another layer of foam tape to the little end pieces (not the handle covers) because there wasn't enough profile to the original foam tape on these pieces to touch/stick to the car. Also, the finish on the edges could better. (I think the finish on the Chrome Wheelskins is much better.) But they look fine, and overall I'm very pleased with the purchase. My guess is I might get bored with them before they wear out. For me, at $10 versus $75 there was no contest.

    Here's another photo of my Prius with both the Chrome Wheelskins and the chrome door handles:

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    I agree the Rims give it a finished look.:cool:
     
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    You bugger Boo, now I have spent more money on my car.

    Ordered.
     
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    Someone could make a stick on window surround for the back windows. Seeing this I think just the door handles. I have ordered door handles overlays.
     
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    Non Smartkey cost only $5.00 plus $15 shipping.
     
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    That stuff you add on is merely cheap plastic that looks like chrome at those prices. I installed chrome (really plastic) rails on roof of the Prius and that was the extent of my mods. When you start adding too much bling it says GHETTO.
     
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    Agree, it's easy to overdo chrome. If you look at Lexus cars they usually just have chrome on the door handles and a small amount on the window trim.
     
  19. Boo

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    No, I had no problem mounting the covers flush. Even though I added the extra layer of auto foam tape to the little end pieces, they mounted flush with the longer door handle pieces. Also, no problems so far with everything holding together solidly.
     
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    Thanks again for answering my question. I'm willing now to take the $25 risk! Because I installed a slightly different shade of silver for the side molding, I think the door handles would look better if they matched the body side molding color, or matched the chrome of the wheelskins. Right now, because they don't match either, it looks slightly off to me. I will soon be able to see if my theory is correct! Here is a picture of my car as it is right now.
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