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Installation can be done by the average mechanically inclined individual with basic hand tools and takes roughly 2-3 hours. This number stays the same regardless of if you choose to replace the shocks/strut assemblies at the same time since you will be removing them either way. If you choose to replace just the strut instead of going with a full assembly plan on adding an hour to the front end installation and a spring compressor for the removal of the top strut mount. A spring compressor can often be rented from your local auto parts store free of charge. If you have over 100k miles on your factory shocks/struts we suggest you take this opportunity to replace them at this time. If your steering and suspension components are worn out, their negative characteristics will only be exaggerated by a lift and oversized tires. Though our kit does correct camber and caster as best as humanly possible, it is HIGHLY recommended that an alignment be performed by a professional after the installation. This is due to the fact that every car has slight variations, the possibility of human error, and the fact that things like toe will change with any height adjustment and cannot be corrected through lift alone.
It's safe to say that very few of us own a Prius for its sex appeal or sheer power. Fuel economy will always be a primary characteristic that none of us want to sacrifice. Any time you make an exterior modification to a vehicle you alter the aerodynamic coefficient and add drag. Even though our lift is designed to maintain the factory "rake" of the vehicle the amount of air flowing beneath the vehicle is increasing. Fortunately with a lift alone we have seen minimal, if any, reduction in fuel efficiency (ie. 1-2mpg or less). Where you will see a more significant influence is in your tire size and tread selection. Opting for a 2" larger AT tire rated for severe snow will result in a much harder hit on fuel economy (10-20%) than a 2" larger low rolling resistance AS tire (10-15%), or a 1" larger low rolling resistance touring tire (5-10%). It all depends on what you want to accomplish with your Prius and what matters most to you.
Regardless of having the same measuring parameters, all tire manufacturers vary just a little bit in overall tire dimensions. For example: a 215/70R15 BF Goodrich tire might be 1/4" taller than a 215/70R15 Michelin tire. On average, our lifts provide the ability to run up to a 2" larger overall diameter tire without rubbing or the need to trim or modify any existing factory plastic or hardware. Our kits are entirely bolt on and able to be removed and the vehicle returned to stock form if ever desired, but who in their right mind would ever want to?
"What's it like driving a lifted Prius?" We get asked this question A LOT, and our answer is "IT'S AWESOME!". The smooth factory ride is retained while eliminating the nuances of having to worry about parking blocks, scraping your bumper on driveway approaches, high centering on speed bumps, or dragging your hitch mounted bike rack through intersections. Combine our lift with slightly oversized all season tires and the ride becomes even better! Road noise is reduced, freeway joints disappear, getting in and out becomes less of a struggle, overnight snowfall is no longer an issue, and the world of off road camp spots finally becomes a possibility. It's essentially like driving a small SUV, with 40+ mpg!
After spending over a decade building prerunners and off-road vehicles we found ourselves logging 60K+ highway miles a year in trucks with the fuel economy of a fully loaded 1984 box van going uphill in a head wind. The need for a fuel conscious counterpart was inevitable and we reluctantly swallowed our pride for the possibility of 40+ mpg. It wasn't long before we fell in love with all the Prius had to offer and our once beloved trucks sat collecting dust. Soon after, we found ourselves behind the fuel sipping wheel on weekend off road adventures, even when the environment was better suited for a vehicle with more ground clearance. Determined to breathe new life into an otherwise incredibly well rounded vehicle we began to modify the Prius to better suit our needs. A little lift here, larger tires there, a 2" trailer hitch for the bike rack, a cargo platform, etc. It didn't take long until people were stopping us on the street, leaving notes under our wipers, or eagerly inquiring at our favorite BLM/National forest camp spots, where they could buy our products; and thus Prius Offroad was born!
We offer lift kits for the GEN 2, 3, & 4 Toyota Prius, Prius V, and Prius Prime. Our lift kits consist of CAD drawn, laser cut, hand welded, American steel, front and rear strut/coil spacers made right here in the USA. All hardware is class 10.9 ensuring it meets or exceeds any and all factory specifications, and FAR surpasses any other kit on the market. Don’t settle for polyurethane spacers that dry out, crack, and fall apart. Don’t put your life in the hands of grade 5 hardware. We offer the only metal Prius lift on the market that also provides camber and caster correction, and does NOT require the removal and replacement of your pressed in factory hardware.
"Why not!?" We whole heartedly believe in the untapped and unsuspecting potential of the Prius. Our goal is to improve upon an already incredible vehicle by making it better suited for the active and outdoor lifestyle many of us Prius owners thrive in. Our focus is on gaining "just enough" ground clearance to avoid scraping your bumper on driveway approaches and parking blocks, high centering on speed bumps, or adventuring down your favorite dirt road. All without sacrificing fuel economy, drivability, or positive handling characteristics. Our kit also provides enough clearance to run up to a 2" larger diameter tire for even more off-road prowess.