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Update: 2012+ 3rd gen Prius power folding mirror connector

In the quest for organization and to make mods appear as OEM as possible, I revisited the illuminated mirror switch project and ordered a male 16-pin mirror switch coupler and 15 corresponding male terminal pins from hi-1000.com. I’ve recently discovered that they opened up a Global Rakuten shop and ships to the U.S. Toyota consider most male connectors as “standard…

Upcoming JDM ZVW30 Prius projects

Just gave my colleague a shopping list of JDM Prius parts to pick up for me while he is on his short-noticed business trip to Japan. They include: Prius rear step guard Part #: 08475-47030 Interior console lid (black) Part #: 08471-47060-C0 Chrome plated door mirror covers Part #: 08409-47040 Interior door pocket illumination kit Part #: 08527-47050 or 08867-00230 Interior illumination kit…

DIY: How to add daytime running lights (DRL) to a 2010-2011 Prius

Here’s another mod I’ve performed on the Prius, specifically useful for 2010-2011 3rd gen Prius owners, that’s a spin-off from a past project done on the Acura RSX. I started this mod some time in early May, but got side tracked with the JDM Prius power folding side mirror project and then became inundated with projects at work, causing me to further delay…

Next gen 2015 Toyota Prius spy shots

Motor Authority has posted some spy shots of the next gen 2015 Toyota Prius. While the prototype next gen Prius under its camouflage cover doesn’t reveal much, it appears to retain its trademark Prius wedge shape – albeit some minor differences. Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a test mule using the current generation Prius body with new next gen hybrid…

A well needed break!

After smashing through a record number of Prius projects this month, working long hours and finalizing all oversea trade show arrangements at my work (we’re exhibiting in Canada, Mexico and Brazil in addition to domestic shows), it’s finally time to slow down and take a well deserved break with the lady! Between designing a multitude of product cut sheets and…

Received my Toyota Hybrid Nation badge

Not much of an update, but you can get your very own Toyota Hybrid Nation badge mailed to you by filling out the form on this page: http://www.toyota.com/letsgoplaces/toyota-hybrid-nation/ I saw the badge on a Prius V and looked up “Toyota Hybrid Nation decal” on my iPhone and found a FAQ page which leads to the request submission page. It’s pretty…