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Abstract Ninja
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And after that horribly alliterated title, my build thread begins!

I apologize if it’s a bit wordy, but I like explaining things. :D

My name is Rob from NJ and I have a bit of a problem. I bought this car to be my daily driver/beater and didn't want to put any money into it. Alas, I was trying to fool myself and I really have taken found a serious love for my xB, quickly getting over my initial ambivalence to its styling and lack of power/luxury compared to my previous cars. (list of previous cars in my intro thread here). Now I can't seem to stop putting time, money, and effort toward it :eek::rolleyes:

After perusing these forums and meeting some other members, I’ve found this community to be very accepting and FULL of ideas (some absolutely amazing, and some that I would call questionable lol), so I look forward to questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, and brilliant statements concerning the progress of my vehicle.




I bought the box in March of 2012 (picture from the dealership above), 27k on the speedo and every intention of keeping it stock. Clearly that ship sailed as soon as I signed up to these forums ;). BUT because it is my daily driver, I had to not get too extreme with my ideas and desires (-5 camber would be sweet, but…). So not only are aesthetics important, but amenities/performance characteristics as well (cruise control, mods for function as well as form).

In addition, my time in the Lexus community taught me the value of CLEAN modification; simple, subtle, well done, and oft-times overlooked modifications are some of the very best.

SO! Time to come up with a theme. I’ve found if you don’t have a theme, you start throwing parts based on availability and pricing versus flow and compatibility.

My theme/inspirations/ideas are: Old school JDM (80’s), VIP inspired styling, Stealth installations, and color choices are black/white/b&w plaid/orange accents. Patterns like plaid, argyl, houndstooth, prints, all add depth and personality beyond alternating colors. But patterns can also be overdone easily, so striking the correct balance is very difficult IMO. I found a plaid that I liked as a fabric, bought a bunch of said fabric and had a vinyl made of the same pattern.

Today marks 2.5 months of ownership and these are the mods I’ve accomplished/installed thus far:

Exterior/Engine:
- Custom Grill – SST grill with FJ Cruiser grill insert modified to fit
- Nissan Altima clear rear reflectors
- Cleared OEM taillights
- OEM PW Taillight garnishes
- Cleared OEM headlights
- Retrosolutions H4 projector retrofit into OEM heads (CCFL halos, 7 color LED backlighting, 5K)
- LED conversion, HID guy; Switchbacks DRLs, license plate, f&r sidemarkers, dome light, brake lights, all turn signals
- 2sixzero Factory License Plate Bracket
- DC Sports Strut Bar (partially wrapped in plaid)
- VMS fender washers (Orange metallic)

Interior/Audio
- JL Class D Amplifier - 700/5
- Scosche 4 channel LOC (using OEM headunit)
- Pioneer Shallow Mount Sub - TSSW251
- Elemental Designs Underseat Enclosure
- Black Suede Headliner and Door Cards
- Painted Satin Black interior pieces; Rear View mirror, grab handles, visors, dome light
- Plaid vinyl wrapped different pieces; headliner pins, grab handles, steering wheel
- Rostra Cruise Control
- Viper 5900 system

Suspension
- TRD rear sway bar

These are the mods I’ve finished, but I have a large pile of other goodies to go in once I have a little more time on my hands (I work full time, back in school for my master’s degree, and am married, so finding “me” time to wrench is challenging :D) To follow are some cell phone teaser pics of progress thus far, but I’ll take some nicer ones once May is finished and a lot more of these products/projects are installed.





Don’t want to post any interior pics until finish the interior to my liking.

To do list to/of install/projects for this coming month of May are the:
- Fujita SRI
- D2BD Coilovers
- Energy Suspension Bushings Mod
- Speedo Dome Mod
- Paint interior trim and dash pieces
- Clazzios
- Custom shift boot
- Levoc shift knob and Wheelskinz wheel cover
- Custom hard cargo cover
- Paint engine cover
- Puddle Lights

It’s gonna be another busy month! After May, I’ll be ready for this season and will post more professional pictures and attend more gatherings because right now I don’t feel legit enough lol. I do have a list of parts I’m looking for/in the market to buy. I know where to source a lot of them, but if anyone has any they would like to part with for less than new retail price, I’d be interested. Those parts are:
- Chrome bB bezel for Speedometer
- Scion xB Door Sills
- Metallic Orange Tuner Lugs
- Enkei Apache II, 15x8 +25, 195/55/15 tires
- Randode engine overlay (black)
- Randode cold cathode interior kit (white)
- TRD axleback
- Junction Produce – tissue box cover, 4 neck pads (black w/white lettering)

This forum has been fantastic! The advice and thorough write ups for many projects shows me how informative and educated this group is. I look forward to meeting many of you, wrenching with others, drinking with some, and generously donating more to the pool of knowledge that is CxB.

So anyway, this is just the beginning! Stay tuned if it so interests you.
 

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Ohhhh I want to see those retrofits ON the car. It's going to be my next project after the suspension and interior is "done."

Did you happen to snap any progress pics along the way?
 

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Abstract Ninja
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I'm gonna stay tuned to see more of it:cool: Congrats on getting such low mileage xB!
I agree -- Nicely done.
Thanks guys. The previous owner was a radio station in PA that used it for a company car. I plan to keep it until it falls apart :D

Wow, talk about jumping in. Sounds good so
far
I like to work fast, which actually used to be my downfall in this scene. I would rush something that shouldn't be rushed and mess up a project that just needed a little patience. Now I'm a little older and take my time while working so I don't make mistakes!

Anyway, a lot of the money I got back from selling my WRX went into furnishing the B, hence all the fun stuff I bought for this thing

Looking good! I'm diggin' the front grille.


Ohhhh I want to see those retrofits ON the car. It's going to be my next project after the suspension and interior is "done."

Did you happen to snap any progress pics along the way?
Here's a pic I took yesterday from my phone with the lights on the car. I would've taken some lit up, but my phone just washes out the light.



As to progress pics, I took some, but the instructions (with many pictures) you get with the kit are pretty self explanatory. My only hangup was the wiring, first what went where, and then how to hide it all :cool::D The greatest thing about it is there is ZERO cutting of the housing involved and the light output is fantastic!
 

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Thanks for that. Cutting of the house doesn't scare me (I have a spare set) but I'm looking for the easiest route for my first retrofit. Seems this may be the way to go.
 

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Thanks for that. Cutting of the house doesn't scare me (I have a spare set) but I'm looking for the easiest route for my first retrofit. Seems this may be the way to go.
Yeah I had only my OEM set, so ease of installation was key for me. And these are super easy!

Today during my lunch break I took care of some easy little mods around the car that have needed doing for a while:

Zeta Armrest



Wheelskins Cover



Broadway Mirror

 

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Wheelskins cover, hm? *goes to research said product*

It looks nice. I wonder how well it would match my Clazzios.
That's exactly why I got it. My Clazzios are coming in soon so I'm starting the other interior mods that go with it.

So far so good, love that grill
Thanks man! And the headliner and door cards are holding up great! Thanks for the help with that.
 

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Superrrrr cleannnnn
 

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Diggin' the retrofits. I'd love to do up my OEM's and put them back on.
Thanks! I think they look sharp and are well worth the very affordable expense. And just so you know, I have a serious man crush on your B. That thing is amazing...

I like everything you did so far. The front grill looks awesome in white. The projectors look pretty slick too
Superrrrr cleannnnn
Thanks guys, clean is the name of the game for me. Its what I'm trying to aspire to.

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Got some stuff done this morning that I've wanted to do for some time (to get all the boxes out of my hatch area :D)

Fujita SRI installed



Fujita Oil Cap



Keytechniques Keyhole Covers



Ordered all the Junction Produce stuff I wanted yesterday, so I'm pretty excited about that! Cliff tells me the Clazzio order is on time, so this month is going to be pretty sweet!

I do have a question for anyone that happens to read this. I've seen countless interiors redone on these boards but EVERYONE that I've seen has not painted the seat belt pulleys on the b and c pillars. They bother the hell out of me, and I plan on taking care of them this weekend or next. I plan to paint everything except the portion the seat belt rubs on, using the plaid vinyl there as an accent and protection. Is there a better way than this? It was the only thing I could think of to keep it functional and the color I want. Suggestions and speculation are all welcome

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And to finish out the day; the Speedo Dome mod!
Couldn't have done it without that wonderful DIY writeup :D



I'm pretty happy how it turned out. Lord knows this fabric I chose is so thin it makes everything more difficult.

Quick pic



And look at the altitude on this guy! Wheel gap breaks my heart... Otherwise though, I'd say we're still in clean and classy territory.
 

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Today is all about working on the details...

My set of booboos was chrome pink when I got them. Why? Because I searched high and low and could not find the clear or chrome I had initially wanted. Soooo...improv time! And this was the result:





Painted white and added a different element of my plaid pattern to each one. Will clear them later today for lasting freshness.

AND! this fun package came in the mail today.



Once those clazzios get here, it'll be a game changer!
 

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I do have a question for anyone that happens to read this. I've seen countless interiors redone on these boards but EVERYONE that I've seen has not painted the seat belt pulleys on the b and c pillars. They bother the hell out of me, and I plan on taking care of them this weekend or next. I plan to paint everything except the portion the seat belt rubs on, using the plaid vinyl there as an accent and protection. Is there a better way than this? It was the only thing I could think of to keep it functional and the color I want. Suggestions and speculation are all welcome
That's exactly what I planned to do. Get a black paint that matches the dash as closely as possible, vinyl any spot that gets rubbed on. It just hasn't been my priority lately.
 

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Nice! How are you liking that retro solutions kit? I had that on my civic. Let me know if you ever need a hand troubleshooting it/ weatherproofing it. I did a fair bit of it with mine. Good times... Good times.

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