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sdprius858
Nov 11th, 2008, 04:43 PM
The Prius comes with plastic rings around the wheel(dont ask me why). I have been running without them from Day 3 and havent had any problems until I started going to downtown just about every day. Now the front right tire and right rear have some curb rash:furious1 Rings on or off?
OFF
http://photos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v369/108/91/502395134/n502395134_1601698_5579.jpg
http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v369/108/91/502395134/n502395134_1601699_5814.jpg
ON
http://photos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v369/108/91/502395134/n502395134_1601700_6043.jpg
http://photos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v369/108/91/502395134/n502395134_1601701_6277.jpg

gb387
Nov 11th, 2008, 04:57 PM
A little more 'spotry' looking with them off - i would guess they help fuel mileage/reduce drag or something like that who knows!!

VonLego
Nov 11th, 2008, 04:59 PM
Reduce plastic as much as possible imo... just be careful while parking! If you have to get out of the car, check, then move again it will be worth it.

J. A. Michaels
Nov 11th, 2008, 05:05 PM
Car looks much better with them off.

Carfire
Nov 11th, 2008, 06:20 PM
I like it better without the plastic

yalerd
Nov 12th, 2008, 04:23 AM
Off :)

Mike Phillips
Nov 12th, 2008, 08:23 AM
Moved to Member's Polls

p.s.

Maybe get some wicked old school Cragers for it or some slotted mags?

:)

Hemin8r
Nov 12th, 2008, 08:47 AM
Would imagine they do serve a purpose as gb387 mentioned possibly in higher speeds. For me on a car like this it wouldn't really make a difference so I would leave them on. These cars are made for efficiency and if it helps with them on then I would say leave them on. Reminds me of the formula 1 cars how they have a wheel cover which for them it really does make a difference with reducing drag.

sdprius858
Nov 12th, 2008, 10:11 AM
Been thining about getting some moon discs and riveting them to the plastic rings to get this look if i feel like getting a futuristic lookhttp://priuschat.com/forums/attachments/prius-modifications/5270d1187442888-racing-hubcaps-aerodynamic-hubcaps-zh_side_view_1393.jpg

Nappers
Dec 23rd, 2008, 10:56 PM
Didn't know they came off! Looks way better with them off.

ClearlyCoated
Apr 11th, 2009, 09:59 PM
A small stick-on, blind-spot convex mirror placed on your passenger side mirror might help reduce or eliminate the curb rash

http://images.campingworld.com/is/image/cwi/19000/19725B.jpg

wyseilmykkar
Apr 12th, 2009, 06:18 AM
If you're going for looks, off.

If you're having trouble with curb rash, on. A small mirror as suggested and some practice might also help.

john m.
May 28th, 2009, 04:32 PM
I really prefer them off, not really sure that they make a difference, and if you dont notice a difference then definitely off. Just be more careful when parking :)

Alex C.
May 28th, 2009, 06:04 PM
Voted "off". Looks mucho better.:xyxthumbs

starchland
May 28th, 2009, 07:12 PM
Im assuming you bought the car not for its looks, but for its fuel efficiency. So On. :chuckle1

Eddie6th
Jun 3rd, 2009, 05:23 PM
No vote here for me. I've never even seen them before.Learn something every day. They definitely looks better without. What are they for? Is it something to do with aerodynamics?

JLMex
Oct 30th, 2009, 01:52 PM
They might as well be only for protection, but it does look better without them. I don't think they affect air drag that much