My Prime wheel + sound upgrade

Discussion in 'Prime Accessories and Modifications' started by digitaljustin, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. digitaljustin

    digitaljustin New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2018
    5
    17
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Premium
    Toyota would likely sell a lot more Primes if they just changed the wheel+tire package. The originals are beyond a disservice to such an interesting design.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Font end good enough for the next gen Evo.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    a UFO

    [​IMG]
    I like their new design language. Taking a beating from Hyundai and Kia seems to have finally woken up Toyota and Honda to stay better aligned to the original concepts.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Toyota, why did you completely remove the last four side marker LEDs? Leave them on as driving lights or better yet have them serve dual purpose, driving and signal lights!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    White accents on the steering wheel and shifter pod? What were you thinking? Where else in the car do you see this color?

    The 11.6" screen looks great aesthetically. It functions like a 1980's Speak and Spell. No album cover artwork, laggy, the most unintuitive interface I have seen in a car, NO Volume knob!, wasted space at the top of the screen showing a Cartoon Network version of the car and just try touching the map while moving and re-center yourself again, nice touch placing the interior temp behind the hand you are adjusting it with. The voice recognition is pretty much useless without the ability to accept complex sentences - the system in a 12 year old Honda is better. The app on the iPhone is a sad joke. I could go on and on - I might resort to creating a video of this disaster. Did Toyota look at an iPad or an Android tablet when designing this absurd oddity? Can you in the very least add Apple CarPlay as an upgrade to the 2017 and 18s system?

    Added bonus - no RCA out and a head unit tuned to operate only the six paper cups they call speakers.

    [​IMG]
    Upgraded the cardboard originals

    [​IMG]

    Bonus Model 3 and Prime

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Ptloof, TGrracie, GTprii and 5 others like this.
  2. mhye01

    mhye01 Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2017
    56
    49
    0
    Location:
    Woodland Hills
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    Nice wheels, if you dont mind me asking how much did the set run you?
     
  3. digitaljustin

    digitaljustin New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2018
    5
    17
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Premium
    Forged TSW rims and Toyo rubber ~$1800
     
  4. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    85,517
    37,700
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    do people really buy cars based on the wheels?
     
    GTprii and burnout8488 like this.
  5. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk 'Orrible Oracle

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    37,743
    26,519
    80
    Location:
    Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Touring
    That was definitely a factor that tipped us to get the Canadian Touring in 2010. Much prefered the look of the bare 17" rims over the 15" with plastic wheel covers. I also covet those 15" PIP rims, as you well know.

    The handling on the Touring also felt better, at the time I believe there was a difference in the steering setup?
     
  6. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    85,517
    37,700
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    i could see getting a package with the wheels you want, all other things being equal or better. i can't see shopping different cars though, too many other important variables.
     
    Mendel Leisk likes this.
  7. digitaljustin

    digitaljustin New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2018
    5
    17
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Premium
    I think they make a huge difference which is why I upgraded. Am I the only one?


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    GTprii, kevin.c, JBG and 3 others like this.
  8. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    85,517
    37,700
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    idk, i'm 63, all i care about is ev range, mpg's and reliability.:p i did buy new wheels for my miata back in the day.:whistle:
     
  9. m3pare

    m3pare Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2013
    623
    1,785
    0
    Location:
    SoCal (626)
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Three
    Are you selling the OEM wheel setup?
     
  10. digitaljustin

    digitaljustin New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2018
    5
    17
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Premium
    No reason you cannot have the EV range, MPGs, reliability and good design. My point is if you want to attract a broader audience offering a more aesthetically pleasing wheel set complementing it's futuristic, border line aggressive design language will only improve the Prime's appeal. While it seems trivial to some, it is impactful particularly on first impressions. The stock wheel set looks like it is disproportionally small for the car - almost a carricature. No excuse for Toyota to not offer a pleasing 17" or 18" wheel set from the factory particularly when they have done it on previous generation Prii.

    I modified the Ferrari and BMW photos to make a point. Would someone compromise on an enthusiast vehicle? Why should they have to on a vehicle designed for efficiency and much more frequent use?

    [​IMG]
     
    GTprii, Tideland Prius and Rob43 like this.
  11. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    85,517
    37,700
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    no reason, except for mpg's. the design is so polarizing, i'm not sure anyone is looking at the wheels.
    if it were teslaesque, i would agree.

    toyota however, doesn't appear to want to sell more primes. and why should they? it's not a profit center, just a buffer for carb credits, so they can sell more sequoia's.
     
  12. digitaljustin

    digitaljustin New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2018
    5
    17
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Premium
    You can design a nice rim that delivers high MPGs. Case in point the i3.

    [​IMG]

    The Prime design is polarizing up to the point where you stare incredulously at the 15" plastic hubcaps they decided to adorn on their highest tech hybrid. If they want to sell low volumes, why spend the $ on R&D and retooling when they can just buy carbon credits. The future is high efficiency hybrids until we solve this archaic battery technology we are still feeding off of.

    The Tesla S is a run of the mill European luxury sedan form factor with some great bells and whistles. Nothing about the exterior design screams FUTURE. Purposely so. Nice, safe, soft lines slightly reminiscent of the large Mercedes or BMW you are trading in. You run to the edge and you risk losing a good portion of the target demographic willing to plunk down $100k+ per serving.
     
  13. PHV PLS

    PHV PLS Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2018
    149
    68
    0
    Location:
    California
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius PHV
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    Looks good! Keep it up
     
  14. 2015BlizzardPriusFour

    2015BlizzardPriusFour Active Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2015
    171
    141
    0
    Location:
    Central Valley CA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    Some do. I bought my other car based on the wheels and package options it had.

    I went in to carmax to order in a convertible version I saw on their site but ended up buying the hard top they had on their lot instead because of the wheels and ambient lighting. They were similarly priced and optioned except those 2 things.


    iPad ?
     
  15. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    85,517
    37,700
    0
    Location:
    boston
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    wow, you could get new wheels, and likely ambient lighting, but it isn't cheap to make a hardtop into a convertible.:cool:
     
  16. 2015BlizzardPriusFour

    2015BlizzardPriusFour Active Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2015
    171
    141
    0
    Location:
    Central Valley CA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    True, but not so easy when it’s a 3-lug wheel and it has 8 different integrated led bulbs hidden throughout a tiny cabin. Thought I’d miss the convertible part but it has a clear panoramic roof so I still see all around.

    I’ve owned this car for almost 3 years and have yet to see another with the same wheels. Replacements run in the $2k range and overseas shipping.


    iPad ?
     
  17. toyopri808

    toyopri808 Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2013
    226
    115
    0
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    looks good, can't wait to mod mine! are the wheels in your first pic different? any MPG loss?

    thanks!
     
  18. jw242

    jw242 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2018
    4
    0
    0
    Location:
    USA
    Vehicle:
    2018 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Premium
    I was just wondering what size are those Forged Wheels?
     
  19. JJ76126

    JJ76126 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2019
    1
    0
    0
    Location:
    Vancouver
    Vehicle:
    2019 Prius Prime
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    Hi Justin, Do you mind sharing the size of your wheels/offset and tire size please? I am planning to get the same size because I think 15inch with 195 tire is too ridiculous. Thanks!
     
  20. Rob43

    Rob43 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2014
    1,116
    775
    0
    Location:
    VA, BMW Race Car, BMW R1200R, BMW 330Ci, Ford F350
    Vehicle:
    2013 Prius v wagon
    Model:
    Prime Advanced
    Try hard to keep things lightweight-ish....

    Great looks, performance, & MPG's call all be had if you do.



    Rob43
     
Loading...