JustDidIt - Modding My 2007....The 2008 Touring died.

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Accessories & Modifications' started by Justdidit, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. Justdidit

    Justdidit LVNPZEV

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    Obviously these aren't the best choices for MPG - but these are more for fun... I'll still keep my OEM touring 16x6 wheels around for extracurricular non-good-mpg activites! :)
     
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    Can't wait to hear how this goes...love the lights would love to do it if not to hard...
     
  4. Justdidit

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    Nothing falling off my car... :) Maybe I should have said "PFT" ;)

    I did however pick up a Torque wrench from HF for all the new installs coming up so I don't have to guess with my PFT :)
     
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    Just got my CNC'd MAF housing as well as my 2" Aluminum Mandrel Bent Polished 2.0mm thick tubing - Now just got this welded all together. :)
     
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    My Rear Progress Bar Install:
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    Upgraded 2002-2006 Corolla/Matrix Bolts and Nuts
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    Comparing a Corolla 20mm Rear Bar I had cleaned up and painted to a 24mm Progress Rear Bar..
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    Old Bar
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    20mm hollow 2008 Touring vs 24mm Progress
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    Upgraded Corolla Nuts vs 2008 Touring Prius Nuts
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    2008 Touring Prius Bolts vs Upgraded Corolla Bolts
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    2008 Prius Touring Bolt
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    Some added "flair" since the Progress bar wasn't tagged...worth at least +5hp :) This sticker was added then a clear coated was applied.
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    Figured with all these instructions, I should be able to figure it out and I did. (y) Thanks to those who have posted info about this before me!

    2006 Matrix 24mm front sway bar - direct from UWrench junk yard. Dirty/Cleaned/Primed and read for RED paint! :)

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    2008 Touring sway bar
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    Bolts that need to be removed so front member can be dropped 2" for sway bar removal and install.
    (4)19mm for cross member (2)14mm engine mount in middle
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    Supported by jack for safety
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    Passenger side. By far the easiest side to get most of the bolts loose. Far right blue oval circling 19mm bolt support cross member. Only loosened enough to let the member hang down 2" - remove steering rack bolts (4) 17mm - (4)12mm bolts holding sway bar bushings - ignore the far left blue circle. But there was a bolt/nut combo there.
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    Driver side cross member support bolt 19mm loosened just enough to let the support hang 2" lower. Can't do much on this side.
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    Why i NORMALLY use Craftsman - TAIWAN [email protected] broke..
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    Compare 22mm Touring Front Sway Bar vs 24mm Painted Red 2006 Matrix Front Sway bar ... u can see on the red bar, I taped off the area where the bushings go.
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    More added "flair" - this one is prob worth +10hp (y) - This sticker was added then a clear coated was applied.
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    Poly Bushing installed and greased
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    Installed!
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    SWEET!!! nicer job than i did; no paint for me. let me know if the bar does or doesn't hit anything when turning or over bumps-- i don't want to make spacers if i don't need em. the poly bushings look so thin compared to stock i haven't installed mine yet. the stock bushings are in good shape, so i'm ok for now. tell all the stick-in-the-mud folks how good it handles!
     
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    Thanks!! The red paint was my way of doing a little extra, or finishing touches. The TRD sticker was my manly way of "be-dazzling" the bar.

    The bar does not hit going over driveways or speed bumps. I tightened down the polyurethane bushings PFT. I could not get my torque wrench into where I could use it. As of now I did not need any spacers and the bar does not touch the cross member support at all. My only complaint that I have or ever had even when I did poly bushings upgrades on my 4runner is that they are a little noisy/creaky going over bumps... Even when they are greased.

    As far as handling, I did both the front and rear sway bars the same weekend. Rear sway bar on Friday and front sway bar on Saturday. It's a night and day difference with each added. The rear sway bar definitely improved the tightness of the rear end going around corners. Whereas the front sway bar help the front of the car take corners more flat. From where it was before even with the coilovers this was a huge performance suspension upgrade. It's like a completely different car, way more fun to drive. I highly recommend this inexpensive upgrade to anyone with a 2004-2009 Prius. (y)
     
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    look what arrived :)
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    ain't that purdy!!! i'm gonna have to go ahead and slap those poly bushings on there, since you haven't heard any suspension knocking or thumping from the bar hitting the subframe. it looked awful tight in there, and i never like to be the first lemming to take the plunge...
     
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    Hold that thought, there may not have been any thumping or knocking but only after less than a week..the creaking has really bugged me. Gonna put the car up this wknd and take another look. May have to switch to the OEM rubber bushings if I cant get the creaking to go away...
     
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    You might try dry silicone lube instead of a liquid grease... that's what I've got on my poly bushings and they're quiet... well, quietish.
     
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    OMG... these OEM fog lights... die cast housings are a PITA..to cut open.. this may take a new direction shortly.
     
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    Finding out that my Tanabe Front support bar is REALLY close to the ground. Keep catching it on speed bumps. :(

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    Definitely gonna try this as well - 6'2" - all legs....
    Did my own Front Seat tilt mod. So much more comfortable than before!!

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    Current pics of the car...
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    Nite shot.
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    didja get the poly bushings to stop squeaking?
     
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    :( not yet. But, DAaayuuum the car handles good. :) Still haven't decided on swapping them out for OEM rubber or grease-able Polys.
     
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