A Man and his Box

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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:42 pm

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Thus begins the journey of my new car.... The trip home can be found Here.

The Goal:
Create a clean, low, and practical 'tuner'. This car will be slow as balls, but have utility. Any audio equipment installed will be pure stealth and look stock. The interior will be VIP inspired but be useful, and the exterior shall only be as flashy as the name-brand 'Scion' itself.

The Starting point:
2006 Scion xB
•23,xxx Miles
•Polar White
•5 Speed
•Factory Spoiler
•Full Scion alarm system
•TYC Factory Tail lights
•Dealer-installed Rostra Cruise
•Dealer-installed Green Neon Accent Lighting
•Dealer-installed Carbon Fiber Accent Kit
•Dealer-installed Carbon Fiber and Blue Shift Knob
•$10,700 purchase price. $8,300 financed through my bank at 3.99% APR for 3 years.

The Initial Plan (Stage 1):
•Fully debadge USDM badges ✔
•Factory 'Candied' OEM Tails ✔
•Remove all fake carbon fiber
•Color match some interior parts
•OEM fogs ✔
•Get the car to body shop for insurance repairs ✔
•In-dash Nav, Bluetooth, iPod, DVD Headunit ✔
•Clean up engine ✔
•Paint engine cover.... cover

All cheap and easy things to do. Thus far, the following has been ordered/is already here:
•OEM Tails (Will arrive second week of April) INSTALLED 4/11
•OEM fogs (Will arrive April 2nd) INSTALLED 4/02
•'Special' Shift knob (Ordered) INSTALLED 4/03
•Pioneer AVIC-X910BT & all installation accessories (All arrived by March 31st) INSTALLED 4/10
•bB front Badge (Ordered) INSTALLED 4/02

I'm in contact with someone at a body shop to HOPEFULLY get my car in soon. Insurance is covering the damages no problem, I just have to find the time to take the car up to get fixed.

Today (April 1st) was debadge day:
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There's still a TON of dirt around where the badges sat. I plan to either claybar those areas, or have the body shop take car of it when I take the car in. Now I just gotta decide what to do with the badges... hm.

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^Headunit is ready to go in. I plan to do this AFTER the car comes back with the bodyshop. I want ample time to ensure i've fully secured and hidden what i can.

Future plans!
Exterior:
•D2 or Ksport Coilovers (same exact thing, just different colors)
•Roof rack with basketcase and bike mount accessories
•Repainted steelies w/white beauty ring and cap
•BSP grill (black for non-scion folks)
•Possibly tinted windows
•Chrome or black trim accents
•Stickers. Lots, and lots, and lots of them

Interior:
•Clazzio White & Black leather seat covers
•Elemental Design 10" Under the seat subwoofers
•Elemental Design amp
•Elemental Design speakers
•D.A.D Rear view mirror
•D.A.D Neck pillows
•Other D.A.D Interior Accents
•White LED accents
•Argyle Door Inserts
•Black headliner/pillars

Engine:
•CAI (for improved gas mileage)
•Cat-back exhaust (Sound only)


No idea when or if my future plans will happen, but that's my goal thus far. Another big issue is getting the car paid off ASAP. If I work my ass off and focus, it can be modded and paid off within a year and a half. Plans can sometimes change however!
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Post by neonslg09 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:45 pm

Sick. Tuned in, can't wait for the progress to flow.

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Post by 2001rt32 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:51 pm

looking good and you have some good plans going, hopefully this build goes better than the last one!!

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Post by TheRandom1 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:27 am

Nice!

WTF is that ugly thing behind Cassie, though? :rofl:
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Post by dank(r/t) » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:16 pm

convert it to an open deck for super jdm points.

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Post by FAC3L3SS » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:24 pm

I swear those open-decked Scions are tits.

I can't wait to see mad progress on this Josh. Hopefully you don't order a new header or something awesome that starts a snowball effect of failure for this car :rofl:
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:27 pm

I never even know those existed. :shock:

that shits pimp


and there will be NO performance parts for this car. Fuck that. I'm done. CAI and cat-back are even fucking questionable at this point. Stereo parts are being as hidden as possible to prevent break ins, and there's already a nice alarm installed on the thing.

I will not let this become another horrible headache :lol:
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Post by dank(r/t) » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:33 pm

Mr Josh Zombie wrote:I never even know those existed. :shock:

that shits pimp


and there will be NO performance parts for this car. Fuck that. I'm done. CAI and cat-back are even fucking questionable at this point. Stereo parts are being as hidden as possible to prevent break ins, and there's already a nice alarm installed on the thing.

I will not let this become another horrible headache :lol:
doooo iiittt, i'm not that far from toledo, we'll just saws-all at the c pillar. no big.
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:34 pm

you stay the hell away from my toaster
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Post by TheRandom1 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:34 pm

BTW, how does the gf feel about you calling her "the box"? :rofl:
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Post by dank(r/t) » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:40 pm

Mr Josh Zombie wrote:you stay the hell away from my toaster
you better watch it closely... :lol:

but on the real, i like them in white.

i'm a closet xb lover

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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:41 pm

TheRandom1 wrote:BTW, how does the gf feel about you calling her "the box"? :rofl:
I've called her worse :rofl:


and that pic is the exact stanc I want. Hell, minus the lip kit and wheels, that's about how I expect the box to look this summer.
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Post by OB » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:56 pm

You're not even planning on buying wheels for it? :(


If you're worried about break ins, why do so much to the exterior? (i.e. "lots of stickers")

I think some spoked wheels and a good 2" drop would look legit.
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Post by NeonOn19s » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:17 pm

very nice!!!!! I"ll be watching this llike a hawk..

the open box is pretty sweet man...
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:58 pm

OB wrote:You're not even planning on buying wheels for it? :(


If you're worried about break ins, why do so much to the exterior? (i.e. "lots of stickers")

I think some spoked wheels and a good 2" drop would look legit.
Not until next year, no. I plan to rock the 'fancy' steelies this year as a money saver.

I'm not so much worried about breaks ins, as in, worried about them actually getting anything out of it. A broken window is easy to fix, however, it's fucking annoying to have the wires ripped out from your speakers and laid about. Evern my headunit will have a false face on it
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Post by neonslg09 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:49 pm

I think a 3rd Gen. xB got a turbo and made like 240hp. I was very impressed, even though you aren't going that way, I thought I'd share what I heard lol.

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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:52 pm

You're thinking of 2nd gen. There is no 3rd -yet-. They've only released the concept photos of it recently.

The 2.4 sounds to be a pretty nice motor actually, and a small part of me wanted a 2nd gen for the motor alone. However, practicality wins over all
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Post by neonslg09 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:54 pm

Ah, must of been the 2nd Gen. I couldn't remember what generation it was, so I just guess'd third... :rofl:

You are rockin' stock steelies, are you leaving the hub caps? Plans on getting aftermarket lugs at all? To perhaps "set off" the steelie look...

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Post by TheRandom1 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:55 pm

I was not aware they had a 3rd gen xB already...
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:57 pm

Hubcaps will be sanded down and painted white just for shits and giggles. Maybe do something stupid to them.

For the 'photoshoots' I plan to be rocking a body color beauty ring, center cap, and grab some colored lugs. Maybe gold, maybe chrome. I wont decide until the car gets slammed.
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Post by Paul56 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:50 pm

I feel a strange attraction to that box.

Perhaps due to my past association with boxes. :lol:
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:57 pm

w00t! bB badge and factory fogs came in. Only about an hour and a half to install everything, thanks to my dumbass not completely following instructions. It would of been a 45 minute job MAX. Ah well.

Pics!

I'm really tempted to go badge-less because of how AWESOME these holes are:
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Fogs popped in:
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Factory harness already there!
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OEM switch:
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We have light!
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Oh, and I need to detail the FUCK out of the interior of the car. Crawling around under the dash showed me all sort of shit:
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Depending on when I go to a cookout tomorrow, I may just clean the shit out of it then. Really, it's fucking disgusting how parts of the interior are. Damn people and their inability to detail. I wont bother with the body until it comes back from paint though. Who knows, the shop might be nice and clean it for me :lol:

Also, good news! Car is getting dropped off at the body shop Sunday night. They have the insurance estimate, and will be looking at the sideskirt and giving me an estimate on fixing that damage as well. Hopefully I'll have the car back by next Friday. :rockon:

Still waiting on my title though so I can register the damn thing. 1-2 more weeks of waiting. :(
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Post by Paul56 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:41 pm

Very cool.

That fog on the driver side... looks like part of it does not light up.
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:53 pm

They still need aimed badly
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Post by INVUJerry » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:30 pm

I love boxes. My buddy has a japanland header, and a custom exhaust setup he made. I'm not sure about the total gains, but it does look mighty impressive. I love the sound of these little motors. If I bought one, it'd be the same. Lowered, with wheels, and a badass stereo.
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:05 pm

Can you get me the info of his piping, maybe a sound clip someday? Eventually I want the car to be loud, but not for a little bit.

New shift knob came in! wewt!

Chrome Plated Aluminum Billet Knob, w/Glow in the Dark Spider Topper!

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I'm rather sad that it doesn't sit 100% straight when fully tightened, but I'll live. I just need to adjust the shift boot now to hide more of the rod.

Also, ordered a fuck ton-o stickers from ihatestickers.com today. Man modding cars is more fun when you do it in a ridiculous fashion.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:07 pm

Wow, that sucker came in quick! You ordered, what? Thursday?
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:09 pm

March 30th, so Tuesday. Not to shabby of turn around and the knob is goddamn high quality.

I think I'm going to buy a few more knobs over time from them. Nice people to deal with.
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Post by TheRandom1 » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:09 pm

Swap the knob out depending on your mood?
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Post by Mr Josh Zombie » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:11 pm

Yup pretty much considering it just screws on and off in seconds. I'm thinking get a snake skull one next haha.
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