My Drop Star 2012 Prius III journey and build

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    1983 Volkswagen Rabbit
    1984 Volkswagen Rabbit
    1986 Audi GT coupe
    1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet
    1991 Volkswagen Jetta
    1991 Volkswagen Cabriolet
    2005 Prius
    2012 Prius III

    I always worked on them but realized I didn’t have any photos of any of my cars before the Cabriolet’s. So I thought I would post some photos of my build journey, more for myself, just as a reminder of how far I’ve come.
     
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    396E8815-951E-4C30-9779-1D91BC561141.jpeg I bought a used 2005 seaside blue pearl Prius with the BC package. I fell in love with all the tech that came with it. I google searched “custom Prius” and found justdidit’s 2007 prius and inadvertently found PriusChat. I bought a set of Scion tC rims and started with that
     
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    Trying to decide if I’m gonna run my 17” Scion tC rims or my 19” TSW’s for the long drive to Bloomington, Minneapolis, Minnesota. July 25, 2016 F6E3B290-9280-4690-8030-110AF13AE506.jpeg 42E5C719-77F6-41A9-80A8-C1C81362798B.jpeg
     
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    FF5ABBF4-1BF7-4A51-AEAA-4D1CFB5ACA1C.jpeg Made it out to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Checked out the outlet mall in Albertville, Minnesota and found a stock Prius for a great before and after shot. Suffice it to say, but yes I opted to use the 19” rims. September 12, 2016
     
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    148F848F-2FDF-4C82-86ED-A0DAE21E633E.jpeg Don’t really have anything better to do with my time. Lol June, 2017
     
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    And so it begins...I had to roll my fenders to get the car lower. I searched YouTube for fender rolling and I found a great video on how to roll your fenders using a baseball bat. Worked out great and I saved myself $150 for a fender roller on eBay. Like how it looks. Gonna have to grind the inside of the rear quarter panel because I couldnt roll the fender out right without flaring the lip out. June 19, 2017 1A60C3E2-A92F-4DF2-AB95-038EF9400019.jpeg 47CC12C5-4974-4468-8DEF-B66A6A699FB8.jpeg 07DC1183-E532-48E5-B2D8-E789B6787330.jpeg
     
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    88C90C57-A724-4F83-8735-32C7791315C5.jpeg Installed the 3M lip all around the car. I like how it looks. Came out really good. Installed my SportRack roof rack bars and a new Powerfist roof basket. Getting ready to drive the 17 hours to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. July 1, 2017
     
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    27D81769-2133-4B66-88A6-7BFC8E15FA6B.jpeg I read a lot of posts about the front hood deflector. Figured I would bite the bullet and try it. Hopefully it keeps the stones away from the car. July 15, 2017
     
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    A8129238-5406-4709-A4D8-14E0662CFB50.jpeg Made it to Chestermere, Alberta, Canada (around 15 mins outside of Calgary) and I ended up blowing out the front drivers side tire and the front passenger side tire down to the steel belts. . Tow truck driver was very professional and tried not to damage anything. Lucky I raised the car up an 1”. Going into the tow truck was easier to watch than offloading. Thought the front bumper was gonna get ripped off. $800 later (the guy at Fountain Tire hooked me up with 50% off the sticker price ) goodbye Falken tires and Hello Dunlop’s. Like these ones better. Quieter and more comfortable ride than the Falkens. Kind of a bad start to my summer holidays. Always get an alignment done after swapping out your struts, kids. Don’t be like me. If you look close enough, if you can see the black behind the front wheels on the side skirts. Yes, those are my Falken tires worn to dust. July 24, 2017
     
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    Thanks for the compliment, egn83b!
     
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