30k’s Here, Let’s Put Some Parts In Already


Last Thursday we rolled over the 30k mark while crossing the Benicia Bridge.  Guess its time to get some more of these parts that just showed up installed.



I started with the easy stuff.  New engine air filter and people air filter aka cabin filter.  Yes they were both ready to be changed.  Now it’s time to move on to the fun stuff.

If you’ve never done shocks or springs on the Prius C, the first steps are removing the cowl assembly.  I don’t generally do step by steps, so this is all you get.  That’s okay though, it’s pretty self explanatory. Nothing really hidden, just undo some clips and a lot of 6mm bolts.  The rest is the same as pretty much any other car.



I wasn’t sure what to expect switching over to the TRD shocks intended for the Yaris.  Nobody really tells you anything about shock specs to really let you compare.  I’m not sure if it’s the TRD or Yaris side of things but the Sportivo shocks are slightly shorter than the Prius counterparts. Which of course is perfect for running a slightly lower spring like the RS*R ones I am using.




The rest of the install was straight forward.  Everything bolts in place just like the factory strut.  Which it should, they are both made by KYB after all.




The TRD rear are also slightly shorter than the Prius C shocks, but not by much.





The rear install couldn’t be much easier.  Just do one at a time unless you need to swap the springs as well.


I haven’t put a ton of miles on it yet, but I had to take it out for a test drive.  When I first got the car I was legitimately scared to drive much over 65 MPH in most freeway situations here.  It was soft and kind of wallowed around over bumps.  Not at all what I am used to from the rest of the vehicles I own.  When I did the RS*S springs and wheel upgrade the car was so much better.  But.  The springs have always been a little under dampened.  This finally fixed all of that. Now I just need to start working on the under braces that I wanted to do before I did any of this suspension stuff.



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