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Old 05-20-2020, 07:20 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Fat Charlie View Post
When you take into account that the Compass/Patriot is really just an AWD Caliber with a lift, a Prius with a lift makes a lot of sense unless you're really planning on needing the AWD.

It'd be screaming for a Trail Rated badge on the fender.
Apparently the biggest issue with the Prius is the overzealous traction control halting forward momentum, but ive got a few ideas for that later on down the track.


Next on the list was a towing hitch, but since I live on the wrong side of the world buying one from Amazon wasn't an option, instead I decided to adapt the one from my old Subaru, it has a 40mm reciever and was rated at 1200kg, quite a bit more than im ever likely tow with the Prius.

I ended up using the same tow hook bolts that the Curt ones use, and also braced it with the factory bumper reinforcing bar mounts, this puts it a good 6" above the normal ones and means it's completely hidden by the bumper and flat under floor panels for optimal aerodynamics and ground clearance.

Compared to a Curt Hitch:

The finished product:

Those with keen eyes will notice the wheels have also changed in that last pic

(Posted in 2020) 2009 Prius Off Road project:

(Posted in 2012) 1977 F100 Project:
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