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I am looking to buy a Scion xb in a few month. I love the look and have been wanting one since they came out, I have a motorcycle that I customized into a bobber and am looking forward to turning my scion xb my own personal ride. I run a small DJ business in VA and this car will be the key for carring my gear. I use to have to tow a trailer which is why I have had to wait to buy the xb. If anyone is selling one please e-mail, and can't wait to start some mod on mine once I make the purchase. I have a few question before I buy please see below.

Should I get a 1st or 2nd gear?
Getting the xb lowered from the dealer Good or Bad?
Sub are a no, due to DJ gear hauling, any idea on good door systems?
Any pointer on buying please let me know.

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Dj - Jason
 

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DJ-Jason said:
I am looking to buy a Scion xb in a few month. I love the look and have been wanting one since they came out, I have a motorcycle that I customized into a bobber and am looking forward to turning my scion xb my own personal ride.
GREAT to hear! Welcome to the site and I'm expecting MANY picts of the B . . .
I look forward to seeing it and how you personalize it. The great thing about Scions is that SO many are unique and people do many, many styles w/ them from modern high-tech, retro, hot-rod, and many I can't define.

I run a small DJ business in VA and this car will be the key for carring my gear.
No problem. The xB2 is shockingly roomy. The rear area folds down to make a flat bed 5 feet long. There are 38" FLAT between the wheel wells. Most of the side-to-side area is actually 4 feet wide (much a bit wider than that!) and the hatch door is 30" high. That holds A LOT of stuff!
I've carried a 5x3 foot office table/desk w/ fixed legs. The hatch closed over it. I've also carried a PILE of large plastic totes.

I use to have to tow a trailer which is why I have had to wait to buy the xb. If anyone is selling one please e-mail, and can't wait to start some mod on mine once I make the purchase.
Trailers aren't a problem, as long as they aren't too heavy. Officially, Toyota says "No trailers," but many members have them and have no problems. I'd just recommend keeping to lightweights . . .

I have a few question before I buy please see below.
Let's go . . .

Should I get a 1st or 2nd gear?
Huh?
Do you mean transmission?
Or 1st or 2nd gen?

Assuming second . . .
Gen 1 (04-06)-> shorter F-R, taller interior, more distinct look, better economy (and MUCH less power)
Gen 2 (08-on)-> full foot longer (bed -seats laid down- is full 5 feet long), MUCH more power (significant if hauling heavy stuff up hills)

As we are on a Gen 2 forum . . . I'd say most of is would say Gen 2 . . . we all did.

Getting the xb lowered from the dealer Good or Bad?
Depends on the dealer and if you have the ability to do it yourself or have a friend (or club) that can help you out. Some, no problem. Others, NO WAY!
I did the springs myself a couple weeks ago, in my driveway (in the open). They aren't too bad.

Sub are a no, due to DJ gear hauling, any idea on good door systems?
Not necessarily, there are sub systems that fit into:
-The well where the spare is, UNDER the cargo floor, and still have a full floor use. Flip over the spare and there is a pretty deep hole under the foam. The foam holds up the thin surface. Creative construction will allow the spare to remain AND keep a pretty big sub under there. 16" should fit (size needed to clear the stock brakes, so spare rim is that size under there).
-The c-pillar cubbies are good places for smaller speakers and the area can be modded to hold more.
- Underseat subs and amps

I'll let the audiophiles take up the second part . . .

Any pointer on buying please let me know.
Decide what you want BEFORE you go in, as some dealers try HARD to upsell accessories.
Relax. The pure pricing takes much of the stress out.

thank you,
Dj - Jason
WELCOME!!!!!
 

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Welcome to the site. I second what Jack said. :D
 

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Bought me a 2008 Scion xb Last Friday, the dealer thru in the stock alloy wheels and I am getting it lowered with the JRD springs as well. My buddy own his own shop in Ashland VA and he is a certified mechanic so we can do anything we want to the Scion without vaiding the warrenty (sneaking I know but it helps) I was going to paint my alloy wheel black since the scion is black but now I am thinking of leaving them stock and just gettings some nice wheel when these tires where out. I called a powerder coating place and they wanted 160 a wheel. i can get some nice rim for 160 a rim. But anyways this is a sweet forum and I can't wait to start some mod. i had a eclipse I tricked out and a honda civic but nothing with this kind of style. Looked into some bags but the wife shock that down before I could finish the sentence. Anyways can't wait to start some mod's and thanks for the welcome this site is great for some DIY guys like me.
 

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CONGRATS!!!!

A whole lot can be done. I'd also recommend to spend some time thinking before forking out the big cash to decide exactly what you want. Eventually, she may get the bug too and have ideas of her own . . .

I'm very happy for ya!
 

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hey DJ I hope you get one that you like. The dealer can add a LOT of options but they can easily run into thousands of $'s.From Trd racing stuff (quick shifters,HD clutch,etc.,even monitors in the head rests.If you're going to haul a lot of equip't,I would think twice about lowering springs.Don't forget if you're going to stack stuff above the height of your front seatbacks to strap it down just in case you have to slam on the brakes.You don't want that cargo hitting you in the head!
 
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