It’s winter in California. While it isn’t the terrible weather much of the country can get, it does start raining here once and a while. I know a little water never hurt anyone, but the debris it can wash onto the road can hurt things a bit.
The other factor is that while this car is sold in the US as the Prius C for “city”. Well this one spends a bit of time in the country as well, and gravel is less than kind to the paint.
So that’s the why, now lets talk about the how. I obviously started by calling Toyota, well Lithia Toyota, who told me nothing was available for the C. Another modern Toyota disappointment. With that avenue exhausted I started searching forums, and the internet in general. Not much luck there either. Time to waste money on some trial and error.
I settled on two pairs of the “Road Sport” first. Fitment wasn’t spectacular, so I then ordered up a pair of Yaris OEM Style. Fitment wasn’t terrible on the front, but the back was nowhere near right. After putting things on hold for a while I wasn’t able to find anything really better. I ended up using the Yaris front and a trimed pair of the road sports on the rear. Mounting wise the Yaris will bolt on through the factory plastic inserts. I want to say 2 of the 3 holes actually lined up. The rear are universal fit so I drilled holes that lined up with the vent holes in the factory fender liners. If I’m honest they sit a bit twisted, but I think I can fix that with a small bracket. Until I get some time to make them however this is how they sit.
So bring on the rain!