November 15th, 2013
I was given the opportunity along time ago on here to get my hands on an electronic based manual for the 1st gen xB and took the liberty of turning them into pics so i could post them here....mainly for the techy people who dont need actual progress pics to follow.
Fluid and Level:
September 5th, 2013
I've read a few post on here about doing this mod but didn't find one with too many pics. So I figured I should post my Saturday afternoon 1hour mod.
What you'll need:
Philips head screwdriver
Clean micro-fiber cloths
1 can of VHT
1 can of plastidip
First you need to pop the mirror out, I found that adjusting both all the way IN and UP makes this step easiest, mainly because you can take your time and pry slowly with a screwdriver
If you start from the bottom and pry then the mirror wil slide DOWN after its released from the plastic base
Next pop out the plastic tabs of the mirror shell, a flathead screw driver works best in all these steps...
Next, remove the molex plug and the 3 Philips head screws holding the LED blinker assembly on...
After everything is removed prep all parts with alcohol and a clean cloth, most say to wet-sand but if you want to return back to stock later in the future it's easier if you don't.
First I sprayed the mirror shells with plastidip. The beauty of this stuff is if you don't like it, just peel it off like a vinyl decal!!! Super simple!!
After a few light coats it should level out nicely, I did 4 total coats
Next I went on to the VHT
Went with full blackout which was about 6 coats
Next After everything was dry I ran a couple coats of some clear so it lasts after polishing
Gave em about 30 min in the sun to dry
Cruised with a refresher or two
Reversed the removal process
And then installed
I love it!!! The next mod will be the LED swap in the blinker tho, now that I switched it you can't really see it in the day...
But not bad for an hour mod!!
February 20th, 2013
Back in December, I was looking at a new, white (only color they could find in the state with a 5-speed) 2012 xB. No upgrades because I want to do them myself. But, that's the part that got me thinking: am I too old for an xb?
I'm 38, divorced, and have 3 kids. I've been divorced for two years and was forced to sell my pride and joy jeep to keep my house. Things have settled back down and after two years of driving a beat up '97 Camry, I decided it was time to treat myself to something else.
I was drawn to the xBs due to price, decent mileage, Toyota motor, customization possibilities, and did I mention price?
But again, am I too dang old to have an xB, trd/tien spring lowered, 18s, rear wing, system?
January 13th, 2013
Ok guys, it's been a while since I changed mine so I figured I'd do a DIY on how to replace your cabin air filter.
A cabin air filter is a filter placed on top of your blower motor to filter out any harmful or unwanted debris from getting to you when you turn on the heat or ac (fans in general). After reading you'll be able to save money and ensure your actually getting the work you pay for! It's a cheap and simple procedure.
Symptoms of a bad air filter or clogged filter could be :
-Low fan speeds
1. Find your glove box
2. Open the glovebox and remove its contents.
3. There are two retaining tabs on both sides, you'll need to push in the sides of the glovebox where I point to. When you push in the sides of glovebox in, the tabs will release the glovebox from the dash.
4. The glovebox can now be removed.
5. Locate the cabin air filter door. Shown where I'm pointing.
6. Pull the door out towards you, the drawer that holds the filter will slide out.
September 23rd, 2012
Do at your own risk!
I saw a post about dipping your wheels, and it got me searching around the internet. I found many sites where other people have done it so I thought why not.
What you need:
4 trash bags
wheel cleaner ( I used windex)
and at least 2 cans of plasti dip (I bought mine at Lowe's, since I work there. Should be around $5 - $6 ea.)
First thing to do is clean your wheels. I just sprayed mine down with some windex and let it set for a few minutes. Then wiped them clean.
Second thing that I did was took some 120grit sand paper and sanded down all the road rash that the previous owner put on the rim. I also had some areas in the center where the paint was chipping off. Basically I wanted to smooth out a lot of the scratches and chips on the wheels.
September 3rd, 2012
I drove a 1st gen xB today, first time I even sat in one. Even though I've been researching them, I was pleasantly surprised by how big the interior was. It's small on the outside but so big on the inside. The gigantic windshield and the short hood add to the impression of openness.
The space looks very usable. There aren't things like the wheel wells jutting into it, and the rear opening is very large and square. You could probably fit some good sized pieces of furniture in there, like a kitchen table, or a love seat, or an easy chair, probably even the dining room toilet. I don't think sunroofs are available, but you don't need one because there's so much head room the sky sneaks inside.
June 14th, 2012
I want to establish this thread to create the member's rides gallery. Most of us have posted many pictures in various threads of this forum: builds, shows, photoshoots against beautiful backgrounds, etc. Here is your chance to post just one picture of Your Scion for everyone to see.
April 7th, 2012
With slightly over 80K miles on the odometer, it was definitely the time to replace the fluid in the automatic transmission. Since a quick drain and fill only changes half of all fluids, a more involved procedure is recommended: the transmission flush.
February 28th, 2012
I get this question asked all the time: How did You bend it? Many interesting things are possible to be created out of aluminum rod that can be bent at much sharper angles than tubing, since rod does not collapse. Of course it requires significant effort, especially when working with larger diameter stock. But the tools are simple: thick wall steel pipe does the job.
February 20th, 2012
In this write up I am showing another option on fixing the broken end studs of the rear hatch handle. After hearing some feedback from people who installed the repair brace covered in this thread: http://www.clubxb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41979 , I thought of an alternative to the epoxy and grommet repair shown in the DIY http://www.clubxb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37142