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Discussion in 'Gen 5 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Hammersmith, May 31, 2023.
Yes, I'll update once I receive all parts.
My feeling as well.
Can't see how a spare would fit under the LE's panel.
Has anyone tried to fit a spare into the LE?
Sigh. LE owners could try actually reading the thread. The problems and solutions are described more than once.
The height of the cargo deck is determined almost completely by the white foam boxes. If you replace the foam boxes with the ones for the spare tire, it will raise the floor up and allow space for the spare.
To do an absolutely perfect conversion, you also need a different trim piece and a new deck board, but I would hold off buying those until you see if the LE versions are good enough for the real world. The cargo mat or liner will also need to be replaced as the low floor versions have "wings" that won't work with the high floor.
All of this has been described at least three times in this thread so far, and another couple of times in other threads.
To be fair, searched this thread and the other thread on this topic.
Found much discussion, but not a single report of someone having actually installed it into an LE.
i have been looking at other spare tire alternatives and there is this ez spare which offers aluminum spare wheels as opposed to steel.
Preferred: 165/70R17 (30065)
Secondary: 125/80R18 (40075)
EFS Adapter: G - 5x114.3 (G001S57)
Hub Ring: 72.6 / 60.1 (Z17D)
Nut: M12x1.50 (DST20A)
there is a yt video explaining why the recommended spare is different than the regular oem tire.
i like the idea of aluminum vs steel hence i think the ez spare could be a great alternative for the prius le. i would think perhaps carrying an aluminum spare (32.8 pounds) on long trips would be lighter than with a steel spare.
Do you think the XLE can install the lower version foam boxes from the LE?
I don't see why not. The lower version is factory standard in Japan on all non-plugin trims. The high one is a dealer-fit accessory there. Exact parts list would need to be determined though.