Modifying the New Car

Discussion in 'Gen 4 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by krmcg, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. krmcg

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    I am interested in what people are adding/changing in their brand new 2016 Prius - beyond the factory available options. The car is exceptional upon delivery, but some of us want to "personalize" it to suit us.
    I'll start...
    1. 35% window tint on 10 of the 12 windows - not on windshield or moonroof
    2. Raised the rear storage area 2 1/2 inches to allow for additional storage and totally flat floor when rear seats are folded.
    3. Hard-wired my Garmin Dash Cam from the front dome light to eliminate having to plug it into the 12 volt plug.
    4. Ordered four center caps to complete the no-hubcap look. on my 15" wheels
     
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    Just noticed: there's real prices now, in the 2016 Prius Shop section. Those cool looking 15" rims are now $899.
     
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    Is the 35% tint on the 2 front windows light enough so that it won't be notice by the cops in California? When I was living there, I got 50% tint on the front windows and 25% (25% light going through) in the rear, I didn't get hassle by the cops.
     
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    I really prefer the same tint on all of the side windows. The mix of light and dark, just seems wrong. Any after-market tinting is illegal in California, but I have never had an issue with any of the cars I owned (knock on wood).
     
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    I've had a warning before. On my new car, I went something like 15 in the back and lighter in the front. The idea of going darker in the back was to make the front appear lighter. :whistle:
     
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    Same here. In PA the tint law is <70% which is basically nothing but I think it's a secondary offense and the cops just don't care. I'm used to having 35% all around but thinking about getting 20% this time. But I won't mix!
     
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    I do wish people would hold off modifying the Gen 4 until I have actually SEEN one here in Ohio. I feel like I'm missing the party.
     
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    I am planning on making the following modifications:

    1. Replacing tire repair kit with actual donut if possible?
    2. Replacing Head unit with Pioneer Android auto/Apple car play if possible
    3. Weathertech floor mats (when available)
    4. Proclip phone mount (when available)
     
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    1 and 2 are 100% possible, although you might loose some storage in 1. and in 2. you will probably have to wait for some time for adapters to appears.
     
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    You should be fine. I have 32% on all my windows and its never been a problem.
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    How did you raise the rear storage area ?
     
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    See this thread - Step in storage area - Solutions? | PriusChat



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    I have a small but growing interest in wrapping the roof of my new 2016 Prius Four in carbon fiber. Thoughts?
     
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    Yup, cool idea - especially on your colors. All black or near black from the belt line up. I like it

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    For reference...

    Here is my old Persona (since traded for a Ram p/u) with the roof wrapped in high gloss 3m vinyl. I though about carbon fiber but was very happy with the high gloss and lots of people swore I had a sunroof!! Lol.
     
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    Where did you order center caps? Ebay? Need to buy some.thanks
     
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    Yes, Ebay. I'll let you know the details when I get them and I know that they fit.




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    One more mod. I added a scanGauge to the suite of instrumentation. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1453576960.770256.jpg
     
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    If you constantly find yourself looking over you steering wheel to check your scan gauge then you can try something like this
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    Works well for me:D
     
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    thanks krmcg, plan to tint rear windows only (california law), remove wheel covers, plastic dips rims with gray color, add center caps.
     
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    I was able to install directly on the plastic behind the wheel with stick-on Velcro strips. Clean and easy.
     
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    I did that install originally but dos not work out for me because I constantly had to look up and over to see the gauge. So I mounted it up higher.
     
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