Home » Toyota Prius » Toyota Prius Spring Variations between different models? Part: 1

I might be on to something here… the rear springs in my plug-in definitely has less flex than the springs on a non plug-in.

It’s funny, the below was written after my articles about springs on a Prius were written… hahaha those offroad jokers love to take credit for my work!

Update: "Plug-in springs are slightly stiffer and will result in approximately .25” more ride height when used on a non plug-in Prius as well as slightly more carrying capacity with reduced sag from the weight. Springs are interchangeable without any other modifications. If carrying capacity is your goal you would still be much better off going with an air bag in the rear, and for less money than the plug in springs would cost." -PriusOffRoad

After installing spring spacers on two different Toyota Prius’s, my arm muscles can testify that there is a significant difference in the rear springs and how must flex… or traveling area because my plug-in springs took longer to install the spring spacers than a non plug-in because the non plug-in springs were tremendously more flexible than the springs in a plug-in.

Toyota Prius Plug-in with Spring Spacer Installed.

In fact, they have separate part numbers and associated pricing points. Interesting right?

I’m working with a dealership local to me, goal is to compare the springs side by side for any noticeable visible differences. From there, I’ll find out what makes the springs different from each other.

Part Numbers:
48231-47140 Toyota Prius non-Plug-In Coil Spring
48231-47180 Toyota Prius Plug-In Coil Spring

Stay tuned…

I even tried to find them on Amazon since they have good return and the Plug-in Springs are out of stock!

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