My quickie/cheap Sun Visor Extention

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  1. stevepea

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    Boy, does the Prime need a longer sun visor! Those who have to drive with the seat further back, when the sun is low and constantly coming through the driver's window, will know what I mean. One need only do a thread search here for the many, many threads on this topic.

    Well, I posted my quickie/cheap solution for screen glare (at least on the 7" version) here:
    Screen glare quick fix idea for 7" Screen (not sure about 11.6) | PriusChat

    So thought I'd post my quickie/cheap solution for the sun visor (lack of) extension problem. Note that if I had my own airgun, I'd spend $6 on ebay to get some ABS and do what this thoughtful poster did: My fix for the sun visors | PriusChat But I don't, so I have to settle for the "quickie/homemade" look.

    I saw some posters here on PC give various ideas on what to use (ie, cardboard sleeves, back of legal pads, etc). But I wanted thick cardboard, and something hopefully white (as I have Moonstone interior).

    Then I realized... I had two $1-store 3-ring binders that were old and smudgy and I was going to throw away. Not anymore! And my mailman always ties my mail daily in a bundle using a large rubber band, so I have about 100+ of these large rubber bands.

    So I just cut up one of the binders (see pics). Voila! I didn't have to tape the top with the black electrical tape, but did anyway just to make sure the white plastic stays on.

    (1) I put one of the rubber bands onto the driver's side sun visor and just keep it there all the time.
    (2) I took one of my Dollar-store 3-ring binders and cut them up, making two types: (a) pure rectangular (same height as the visor), and (b) the one you see in the picture, where most of it is actually higher/lower than the visor, just one corner isn't.
    (3) I don't keep it on the visor at all times, but if the sun is low and I need the extra "extended" sun visor, I just grab it and slip it on.

    For the pure rectangular version, you can put the rubber band anywhere on the visor. But for the taller version shown in the picture, it works best to put the rubber band near where the locking pin is, because of its shape.

    This is nothing original, but if people are trying to figure out what to use, instead of manila folders or legal pads.... if you have a dollar store, see if they stock any 3-ring binders (usually the dollar stores ones are only 1" ring binders, rather than 1 1/2" or 2" ones -- but that doesn't matter, because you're just cutting the sides).

    They're cheap, the cardboard is very sturdy, and they have a white plastic coating.
     

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    Lacking such creativity, I just folded a construction paper in half and put it over the visor as needed. Not as elegant, but works.

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
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    Post pictures. After the Toyota engineers see them they will be embarrassed and -finally- fix this issue. Hopefully in all their vehicles!
     
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    i used thin cardboard and elastics, you can't embarrass toyota.
     
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    1st attempt.jpg 2nd attempt.jpg 2nd attempt B.jpg 2nd attempt C.jpg stevepea inspired me to try something like those. Those are made of construction paper and a few pieces of scotch tape.
     
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    I decided to give it another shot. Went to the 99c store, bought a "flexible" plastic 3-ring binder (they only had blue, figured it'd be good enough), used just a common hair dryer for a couple minutes, and kind of made a better one. Because it's flexible and not as sturdy as ABS it doesn't quite curl all the way, but does it most of the way -- enough to have it stay in place -- and maybe if I spend more time with a hair dryer it'll curl more. Only took about 15 mins...
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    Interesting! I've been thinking about doing something pretty similar. I was going to make more of a full-wrap-around design, cutting a hole for the vanity mirror.

    However, I've also been thinking about just a simple white card stored in the door pocket, and slid between the driver's window glass and its rubber seal when needed.


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    The first version I made (the first post in the thread) is extra low to give you more protection (nice), but because of that it was a bit too big for a map pocket filled with maps, so I have to keep it on the floor. The latest version (above) is just the height of the visor, but it stays on the visor at all times, is featherweight, and when you consider I can make two visors from each 99c binder (since I only need to cut up half the binder for each visor), the cost for each is just 50c. The ABS I was going to try is 1/16th thickness -- much thicker than the flimsy blue I used above, so if I did go with ABS I'd absolutely need a heat gun, proper mold, etc., something I have no experience with. The above can pretty easily be done on the fly. While it'd be really nice to have professional-feel one, the latest one above may be good enough for me... :)
     
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    They sell static cling reflective window film. I wonder how easy that would be to put on and take off?
     
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    What if you wanted to roll down the window, though? Either for air, or just to push the button to enter a parking garage? Wouldn't there be a danger of it getting stuck? I do use A/C from time to time, but vastly prefer just rolling down the window on most days if it's not too hot. Also, just personally, I really hate tinted windows. The sun problem only occurs at a particular time of day, other times I like looking at the world as is, don't like tint. But if you don't want to go the sun visor route, instead of clinging tint sheets, maybe see about finding (or making) some sort of roll-down/roll-up, window-width shade if you can find a place to mount it above the window. Maybe at the grip...
     
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    I admire your enthusiasm and energy you put into this ... I've got these from Amazon ... had them in my Gen3 and been using them for 5+ years now
     
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    Your pictures or links didn't make it to the message. What did you get from Amazon?
     
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    not sure what's going on, the link is still there for me and appears to work ... but there was another thread on this topic, take a look at that:
    Sun visor extension needed | PriusChat
     
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    i can see the link, them are great. sure beats my paperboard and elastics.

    i got a suction cup sunscreen for the window, but you do have to remove it if you want to roll the window down. it fits between the seat and console when not in use.
     
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    Those pretty much look like just slightly thicker versions of the flexible binder I cut out to use. Seriously folks, try going to the 99c/dollar store and see if the one by you sells binders (either plastic-covered cardboard, or the flimsy/flexible plastic), which you can then cut up to easily use (either by bending with a hair dryer [flexible] or just by getting a bag of large rubber bands). Or if anyone has other ideas, certainly post it!
     
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    I bought this after reading the post some time ago. The product does the job but I do it find sticking against the visor given it's not used daily and it gets pretty warm here in SoCal. Not that big of a deal. I'm still very surprised Toyota hasn't accounted for this in our Primes.
     
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    As just kind of a PS, thought I should put up a picture of the type of binder I used for the 2nd style (blue color) of visor extension I made, in case anyone wants to try to make their own. Here's a picture of them for sale at my local 99c Store (sorry it's a bit blurry). These are flexible 3-ring binders, so it's easier to curl/bend a bit with a hair dryer. I just cut one side of them, measured it against the visor, marked it temporarily with a pencil where I need to bend (cutting out one corner to leave clearance for the locking pin area of the visor), cut it, then heated up the area around where I needed to bend with a hair dryer, bending right afterwards. This is what I used for my "2nd style" version a few posts above. If anyone wants to try this, hopefully your 99c/Dollar stores sells them too)...

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    I purchased those and they work pretty well. They still have ugly elastic straps that wraps around that visor, though.
     
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    I have permanent sun blockers. :) No add-ons necessary.

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