Removed wheel covers

Discussion in 'Prius v Accessories and Modifications' started by dz302, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. xs650

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    Were his lips moving when he said it?
     
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    Must be there for a reason.....just can't figure it out. Maybe there is something to the aerodynamics. Heck, 2% is real over the life of a vehicle.
     
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    I found this MY12 Toyota Prius v in my research. Scroll down to the "Efficiency" video, a lot of thought went into the aerodynamics. The answer might be 15 seconds into the video?
     
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    Sounds plausible.
    My dad always said "the devil is in the details".....
     
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    Why didn't Toyota just design the wheels to be aerodynamic instead of adding the after-thought wheelcovers? They have been so thorugh in everything else.
     
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    My "guess" would be that it was cheaper to manufacture the add on rings than to design the details into the wheels.....but that's just a guess.
     
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    Maybe -

    * in consumer research, base model owners showed preference for wheel covers because they get upset when scraping a wheel, but not so much when scraping a plastic cover

    * it is easier / cheaper to make a lighter wheel, then fill in gaps with a cover

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    Plastic wheelcovers are very common in lower trim cars - Corolla, Camry, Prius, Civic, Accord, and so on, they all have plastic covers in lower trims.

    >> at least we get nice alloys underneath as most conventionals get the rather ugly black steel wheels underneath plastic wheelcovers.

    I'm keeping mine on the '11. I think they are nice looking wheel covers :)
     
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    Seems in NL we'll get the same wheels, yet black... Not sure if that's better or worse...
     
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    Cheaper as dz202 suggested as well as weight savings. Plastic is lighter than aluminium alloy.

    Besides, what other vehicle has two wheel designs built-in? It's like having two sets of rims and you can change the design as you feel like it =)
     
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    I lost one of my wheel covers the other day. A couple of other had chips or cracks from parking.

    So I removed them, and cleaned up the wheels (2010 Prius).

    Does anyone have the link to the center hub covers? I would like to get a set as soon as possible.

    Happy Holidays!
     
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    Thanks for the link - please ignore my other post! Please thank your son for his service and Happy Holidays!
     
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    Took my hubcaps off and used the 1-1/2 knockout cover from a hardware store then ordered these stickers.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wheel-Cente...es&vxp=mtr&hash=item20bf096049#ht_2267wt_1344

    Here's a pic of the finished center cap. Total cost for the four wheels, about $10.00
     

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    That's Thomas' auction # for the wheel caps that look best and are OEM parts. I have them on my own car ... and agree - they look great! :)
     
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    Nice, We have the same two cars. 2006 XB and 2012 V. Word!
     
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    I mentioned this in another thread but I recommend leaving the ugly wheel covers on during the winter as the uncovered wheels are a bear to clean. The next time I wash my Prius this winter, the wheel covers are going back on.
     
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    I do not know, those bare alloys, to me, look like a wheel that's supposed to have a cover on it given the groove along the outer edge. I prefer the plastic covered wheels on looks and less stress about scraping a curb.

    But, mine will get pulled off every couple months to clean, and they'll get pulled off just before going in for service. I'll get to see the wheels right before and after the service and have easy access to check the wheel nuts.
     
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    Maybe it's the "Old Timer" in me , but I miss the old days of distinctive full wheel covers. I find the open spoke with full view of calipers and rotors style very unappealing. Is there a reason why this has become the virtual standard on all cars?? Has anyone tried any aftermarket full covers?
    Thanks ...

    Ed
     
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    Yea, if I could find a set of 15in baby moons:cheer2:
     
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    Or those fake wire wheel covers I had on my '80 Cadillac Seville. Now that's style.
     
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    That's exactly what I had in mind!!!

    Ed
     
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