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xBsears
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I keep trying to get a good picture but I get so much glare from reflections lol

I'll get a good one eventually!

Update: tank bar modification and air tank wrap

So i received the tank bar and tank from another squad member, but I wanted to change up how and where the bar and tank were mounted. Required cutting off a few inches off each side so I could mount the bar facing the rear.




This allowed me to cut the strut tower caps from the rear to keep it clean.




Next, I drilled holes to mount the tank with the legs in the rear, effectively running the tank on its side. I think it's a cleaner look for a floating tank.

Next up, got a vinyl wrap embroidered with our squad logo and went to town on it!






Very happy how this is panning out!

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Rob where did you hide the compressor and management?


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Rob where did you hide the compressor and management?


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Hey Gene! Glad to see you on the boards. Not many left on here ;)

My compressors are mounted behind the crash bar and bumper. My management is in the pocket in the dash. Paddle valve manual analog management.

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Such a sweet ass build. You sir are my hero...although I do really miss the look of that front ducklip spoiler.
Hah! Thanks a bunch man. I miss it too sometimes, but overall I'm very happy with the direction the build has gone. Anytime I do want to see it again though, I'll just watch the Youtube vid with it on lol

Update: Reinstalled rear deck cover (temporary)





Got some new shower rod tension bars in chrome and reinstalled the deck. It isn't a permanent fixture, and I have plans to replace it and the bars with a whole different deck system that will go with the rest of the show interior. For now though, it still does the job!

Next up, pic coverage of the Square Squad Cruise through Hawks Nest Highway in NY over the past weekend! Got some great shots and video. Always a blast hanging with some other box owners.



























Good times! Next one is planned for Late July if anyone on the boards here is in the Northeast area!

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Love the shots in da mountains and like the covers over the ... SIDE markers !!! Never seen them before !!

Nice that there is a group around you still around for a cruise now and then !!!
 

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Hah! Thanks a bunch man. I miss it too sometimes, but overall I'm very happy with the direction the build has gone. Anytime I do want to see it again though, I'll just watch the Youtube vid with it on lol



Update: Reinstalled rear deck cover (temporary)











Got some new shower rod tension bars in chrome and reinstalled the deck. It isn't a permanent fixture, and I have plans to replace it and the bars with a whole different deck system that will go with the rest of the show interior. For now though, it still does the job!



Next up, pic coverage of the Square Squad Cruise through Hawks Nest Highway in NY over the past weekend! Got some great shots and video. Always a blast hanging with some other box owners.























































Good times! Next one is planned for Late July if anyone on the boards here is in the Northeast area!



That is all.






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WOW! Looks good!

I’m kinda in the same boat. I never realized what a modding community there was for Xbs until now. Not sure where to start on mine.
Good luck with your project!

Long stretches between posts seem the norm on the forums nowadays. Should probably move all this stuff somewhere else... ah well!

Update: Underhood mirror panel (and accompanying DIY for you all)

Abridged DIY: Mirror-like Underhood Panel

So it has been many years since Scionpro/D2BD sold the stainless steel underhood mirror panel (like the ones available for corvettes). I always loved the look, but now that they almost never come up used or people dont want to ship or it costs lots of money, I decided to try my hand at making my own version. Shoutout to Richard Hocott for initial inspiration on a diy version and hardware knowledge.

Materials:
M8x1.25 bolts (x8)
48"x16" lexan/polycarb sheet
Mirror window film
Oem fiberglass panel

Tools:
Soap/water spray bottle
Squeegee/credit card
Screwdriver
Jigsaw
Drill & 5/16 or 3/8 bit
Sandpaper
Sharpie
Utility knife/exacto knife
Scissors

Time ~2.5 hours



I initially bought OPTIX acrylic for this project. Dont waste your money on that! Get polycarbonate/lexan. Won't shatter when you cut the curves with your jigsaw. Lesson learned lol

Remove original panel (screwdriver or pry tool. I ripped mine out by hand since I wasn't keeping it)



Took original panel and traced the outline. Marked for holes as well (center 4). Cut out the outline with a jigsaw and sanded the edges smooth with 220 grit paper.



Drilled for the center bolts and test fit the panel on the hood. Bolts thread into the existing holes in hood. Marked the rest of the holes (8 total) and drilled them out.



Removed protective layer on back of lexan. Applied window film to the the lexan with soap/water spray sprayed on the meeting surfaces of lexan and film. Squeegee out air bubbles as best you can. Dry edges as you go. Flip over and trim excess film with exacto/utility knife. Keep clearing bubbles. I took the optional step and applied a second layer of window film to increase the reflection since my film was not meant to be opaque.



Ta da! Mirror-like underhood panel for about $50-60

Same basic process if you want to make it out of another material or wrap a template in fabric or whatever.

Caveats: this is not a perfect mirror. Also, any bubbles, creases, debris under your film will be obvious so be careful and clean as thoroughly as you can. Lastly, I have heard that polycarb "out gasses' when it gets hot which may cause the film to bubble. I'll let you all know if mine does after this weekend.




Hope this helps someone out there if they were interested and never pulled the trigger. Happy modding!

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Change comes slowly nowadays, but still happens nonetheless! A few little updates:

Update: Mirror Panel Fix

So the DIY mirror panel has been great but some of the film was coming up from the edges a bit. I figured this would happen when I made it, so a quick fix was some door edge moulding/trim from Autozone. All fixed and ready to fly.




Update: Floating Tank Bar Fix

When I modified the bar Phil gave me, I cut off too much to make it fit and the steel wasn't thick enough or strong enough at the mount point to hold the tank's weight. After even a couple minutes of driving, the bar would start to torque and looked as if it would snap off the shock tops. Went to the welding magician, Haggard Fab here in NJ and he whipped up a quick and bulletproof fix. These new bottom brackets on the bar are thick and rock solid. Now I can truly integrate the new tank without worrying that it would fall and rip out the airlines with it.




Last update: Car Jewelry/ARC Magic-International

Cause it matches the NRG stuff and why not?




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Love the way you still find ways to improve your box !!!
Thanks man! A little at a time :)

Big updates!

First: Hatch handle release button fix

My hatch release has gotten more sticky and disgusting for quite awhile now. When it get really cold, I can't open the hatch and when it gets really hot I can't get my hand out of the gunk that is left of my hatch release. So time to follow that Front Page article on here from PCH I read almost 7 years ago and make my own!

I used some of the black plastic I still had laying around in my workshop from when I made my quilted door pillars years ago, ordered a waterproof momentary switch on amazon, and added some door edge molding I used for the underhood panel. For the cost of the switch (~$5), it works like a charm! Perfect fit and opens every time.

Second: RED GENIE LIP KIT!!

I got the very rare opportunity to pick up a Red Genie lip kit! Discontinued since 06/07, I have wanted one of these for so long and a big thanks to Eric @Rcdrift for letting me know that it was available. So incredibly happy to pick up this unicorn of a kit and it'll really push me to get the paint and bodywork done on the B to really take it to the next level. Test fit pics attached!

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And a few more of the test fit pics! Can't fricken wait!
 

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I had seen a picture of that before but to see it fit on a box did not show it like you did !!! Awesome job and should look great when you get her painted !!! Great job on the rear hatch release to as so far I have NOT had any issues with mine opening when closed or hot (lucky I guess) as our winters here in Northern Ind get nasty !!!
 
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