Scion Owner Spotlight> xBdirty's Clean Ride
BY Scion CM
We first saw Kyler's 2006 xB in our Optomize Your Road Trip contest earlier this year. He's been continuing his work on it and recently snagged some awesome photos thanks to Nikolas Preusser Photography – so we figured it was about time to feature Kyler's xB in our Scion Owner Spotlight. Here's what Kyler had to say:
What made you choose your Scion?
I chose my Scion because I knew it could provide me with reliability while still being very customizable. I don't like fitting in or blending in with the crowd at all, and I knew I could really stand out and be unique with my xB.
How did you decide which modifications to make?
I would explain the style of my xB as "less is more". I didn't want to clutter the vehicle with an annoying paint job, graphics, or an off-the-wall body kit. So I chose to keep the beautiful Shadow Mica paint job it was born with and added some small touches that didn't jump out at you immediately, but definitely added detail. Such as the NY lip kit, Chargespeed front face finisher, and Gason DAD lx spoiler.
I've always liked the low and aggressively "fitted" look, So I chose air suspension to add comfort while driving, yet turn heads when it is parked and the fenders are sitting on the lips of my wheels. When it came to my wheels, I didn't want something a lot of people had on this platform, So I chose the Rotiform BLQ's with the machined finish to contrast and really "pop" well against the dark color. And as for my interior, I went with a classy and comfortable suede/leather combination on the seats and a Grip Royal wood grain steering wheel as well. As I type this, the vehicle is going through more transformations with a Toyota bB front bumper and a Cal racer grille (I can't wait!!)
Does your car have a name?
It actually does not at the moment!
Who did the work on your car's modifications?
Along with the help of friends, I have done all of the work on this vehicle. I enjoy working on it and adding to it. The only things I cannot take credit for is the paint work, and the fender rolling to fit those wheels just right.
Are you part of any clubs?
I am. But I wouldn't call them clubs. I call them families. I belong to "Hela Fass Dooo" and "Tailored" Both of which I have a great group of friends that share the same passion I do.
What's your favorite Scion-community event?
Being from a small area where there isn't a lot going on car-wise, I usually have to drive long distances for events, and there aren't many Scion-specific events where I am readily able to go. But I would love to attend Toyota Fest (TORC) in the near future.
Any other build or interesting car stories?
I'm always playing with cars and biting off more than I can chew with projects. I recently purchased a Honda ruckus that I ride back and forth to work and have been having a lot of fun modding. I am also building a full blown Toyota prerunner with a small block 350, long travel suspension, full roll cage, and fiberglass. It's going to take me a while to finish. And lastly, I bought an '81 BMW 320i last year as a daily driver/winter car.... and of course I couldn't leave it alone. It quickly got slammed to the ground and got some aggressive tires and wheels that barely clear the fenders. Not much of a practical winter car anymore. I hope it makes it this winter. I may just open up a snow plow business with it!
- Garson DAD LX spoiler
- NY front lip (soon to be replaced by full Toyota bB front bumper)
- Chargespeed front face finisher (soon to be paired with JDM Cal-Racer grille)
- Custom polished and stained hood
- Toyota bB headlights
- Sonar smoked LED taillights
- Smoked LED sidemarkers
- HID headlights
- LED rear license plate lights
- Toyota bB emblems
- bB chrome rear bumper garnish
- Deleted rear wiper hole
- Tinted windows
- Clazzio triple black seat covers with suede inserts
- Grip Royal "hills" smoked woodie steering wheel with NRG hub and quick release
- Pioneer Double-din stereo deck
- 10" Rockford Fosgate subwoofer to give me a little bump when I want it
- Universal Air suspension Aerosport air bags on KYB Toyota Echo struts in the front and Toyota Sienna shocks in the rear
- 4 gallon pill air tank filled by a Viair 400c compressor
- Air controlled by 4 separate manual-paddle valves mounted in center console and two dual-needle gauges to keep my pressure in check
- Hotchkis front sway bar
- DC sports cold air intake
- Weapon-R Polished intake manifold
- No-name header
- TRD axle-back exhaust system
- 17" Cast Rotiform BLQ's
- Falken 512 Tires
- -5 RealCamber shims
- I don't hand out my tire and wheel specs though... sorry :)
- Custom painted engine cover and front strut bar
- Matching custom painted air tank
Get my new front end painted in about a week, save up and get the Toyota bB rear bumper and rear hatch door, as well as wrap my headliner and pillars in my interior. I am not a very good planner as for what will come next. But it usually ends up working out however I do it.
I almost forgot to add a "Thank you" to a few people: All of the Scion Community for being so supportive, Jeff Brannon for his paint work, Nikolas Preusser for his Photography and Videography, And Shawn Hamilton from Killerwaxx for helping me keep my car clean and super reflective all the time!
*Modifying your vehicle with non-Genuine Scion parts can negatively affect your warranty, safety performance and street legality. Other trademarks and trade names appearing on the vehicles are those of their respective owners. Vehicle shown is with some accessories not available from Scion.