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I love my '09 xB - so much in fact that I have considered keeping it instead of getting a taller vehicle that will take me more places.

So I have been having thoughts of putting taller tires, even all terrain/offroad tires on a set of stock steelies in order to give me a bit more ground clearance and cushiness so that I can navigate some of the rougher graded roads around here that are off limits with low profile tires and pretty wheels.

Can you say xB SUV? :eek:

So, rather than debate the merits of my idea, has anyone seen this done before, looked into it themselves or have any idea what the best wheel/tire setup would be to accomplish my goal, should I decide to move forward?

I have this vision floating through my head of a slightly lifted xB with some fat BFG A/Ts, a push bar with offroad lights and beefy roof rack. :clown:
 

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What you're thinking about doing has been talked about a lot. One guy took the idea far enough that it involved a Toyota Rav4 suspension, but I think he dropped the project before actually installing it. Another option would be to get an air suspension and keep the bags inflated for the look you want, then you could lower it for more driving comfort whenever you want.
 

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The rear isn't too bad, as long as you don't over stretch the pivoting joints on the front part of the beam frame. On the fronts, it changes the 3-point alignment geometry completely.
I wonder what the info on the brown/tan one above is. It should be on-line somewhere. Oh, and it was a bunch of Marines who did that for a build-off (that the Navy team won).
 

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Here another picture of it:


More info here:
http://battleofthebuilds.com/?cat=13


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US Marine Kai Hei tai xB

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Exterior/Interior:


  • Body and paint by Team Kai Hei Tai
  • Widened and extended fenders
  • Halo projected headlights from Spec D
  • Matte black Scion badges with diamond plate backing
  • One-off Scion 16-inch x 22-inch emblem on hood by Bratton's Kustom Werkz
  • Custom front and rear bumper guards and rock rails "Up-armored" with Duplicolor Bed Armor with Kevlar
  • Custom light bars
  • Pilot Automotive 3.5-inch diameter 55 Watt performance driving lights with halos and strobe
  • .50cal vehicle decal wrap
  • Custom leather seats by Katzkin
  • Auto Metere boost gauge and pod
  • Custom MARPAT pattern headliner
Powertrain:

  • DESCENDANT Racing 2008-2010 Scion xB Tuner Friendly Turbocharger kit
  • AEM performance fuel/ignition controller
  • Boomsland F/I controller custom wiring harness
  • RC Engineering 750cc fuel injector with Scion wiring adapters
  • Valve cover finished with Duplicolor Bed Armor with Kevlar finish
  • 2008 RAV4 automatic transmission and transfer case
  • 1999 RAV4 rear drive axle
Wheels, Tires, Brakes and Suspension:

  • 17x9 Moto Metal 909 "The Skull" wheels front and rear
  • Goodyear MTR tires with Kevlar, 245/70/17 front and rear plus roof-mounted spare
  • EBC 14-inch cross drilled and slooted rotors, and Red Stuff brake pads
  • Front K-member modified and lowered 1-inch
  • Custom rear engine/transmission mount
  • Custom built rear sub-frame to mount rear differential
  • Rear torsion axle was sectioned, extended, and modified with custom drive shaft loop
  • Rear CV axles entended
  • Custom built 2-piece driveshaft by Allstate Driveline
  • 2-inch Icon Vehicle Dynamics FJ Cruiser lift kit adapted to vehicle
  • 1-inch wheels spacers from Adapt-it USA
Electronics:

  • Optima Blue Top Marine battery
  • Scion/Pioneer head unit
  • Audiofonics 1200 Watt amp
  • 4 Audiofonics 5-inch 3-way speakers with Blue LEDs
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I like the concept, but I like mine low. :)

I may do that one day, when I have the money to own 2 cars.
 

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Thanks guys.

I am not looking to go that extreme. Looks like the smallest tires size that BFG offers for the AT for example, is 215/70-16. The diameter of those tires is right at 3 inches greater than stock size.

Any idea if they'd fit and work with the stock suspension?
 

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Thanks guys.

I am not looking to go that extreme. Looks like the smallest tires size that BFG offers for the AT for example, is 215/70-16. The diameter of those tires is right at 3 inches greater than stock size.

Any idea if they'd fit and work with the stock suspension?
There's a chart in the tires and wheels section. You wan to stick to the green if you can. I put 225 50 16s on mine.
 
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