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Tag: 2010

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…

DIY: How to install an HID kit on your 3rd gen Toyota Prius

No rocket science is involved when it comes to installing modern aftermarket high intensity discharge (HID) xenon kits since most contemporary kits are manufactured with updated technology, standardized and almost 100% plug-n-play. Most kits these days can be purchased for as low as $30 whereas you couldn’t find a kit cheaper than  $250 seven years ago. The HID kits of…

Generic Toyota OEM-style aftermarket fog light kit (i.e. eBay kits) wiring and switch connection diagram

In writing my do-it-yourself guide for adding OEM-style aftermarket fog lights onto a 2012 3rd gen Toyota Prius Two, Three or Four (non-Five models), I prepared a diagram in Adobe Illustrator to help weekend do-it-yourselfers understand the wiring component of their fog light kit. The diagram is included below but a comprehensive DIY installation guide to add fog lights to…