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I got bored today and started taking apart my Scion. To your benefit I have written a tutorial on how to remove the front bumper of the 2008 xB, as well as the upper grille, lower grille, and side vents. This task can definitely be accomplished solo, although a second hand may be helpful. As with my other tutorials, I'm always looking for positive/negative feedback so if I make up names for parts, or if you can help me make this easier to understand, please comment!

Tools Needed:
  • Standard Flat Head Screwdriver
  • 10mm Socket Wrench

Step 01: Remove Radiator Cover
Use a flat head screwdriver to remove the five pop-top fasteners indicated in the picture. The plastic radiator cover should then slip out easily.



Step 02 Part a: Remove Upper Grille
Remove the two indicated 10mm bolts and three additional pop-top fasteners that were previously hidden underneath the radiator cover.



Step 02 Part b: Remove Upper Grille (rear)
Several clips are located on the rear of the grille at the bottom, securing it to the bumper. Simply lift the clips and press, and the grille should pop out with ease.



Step 03: Remove Bolts from Top Side of Bumper
Another pop-top fastener and 10mm bolt are located on the top of the bumper adjacent to each headlight. Remove these.



Step 04: Remove bolts from Bottom of Bumper
Eight 10mm bolts are located underneath the front lip of the xB. The picture is with the bumper off to make the bolt locations easier to see. These bolts can be accessed with the bumper still on without the need of the vehicle being lifted off the ground.



Step 05: Unfasten Wheel Well
The bumper is secured to each wheel well by another 10mm bolt and a rotate & pop fastener. After removing each of these, it should be possible to pop the bumper out from the fender well slightly.



Step 06: Remove Bumper
The only thing securing the bumper now are three clips on each side between the bumper and the fender. It will take a slightly-more-than-comfortable amount of force to pop the bumper out of these clips. Note that it pops outward, it does not slide forward.



Step 07: Bumper Removed
This is what the 2008 Scion xB looks like with the front bumper removed.



Step 08: Remove Lower Grille
The lower grille pops out of the bumper in the same manner that the upper grille did in step 2b. Use of a flat head screwdriver will make popping these out easier than trying to do all sixteen by hand.



Step 09: Remove Side Vents
Each side vent is secured by six clips similar to those found on the stock upper and lower grilles.



Step 10: Finished!
Congratulations! The bumper is now finally naked and ready for a repair, a paint job, a new grille, and more!

 

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Excellent pictorial! Beats TRDSPARKS by a mile :)

One thing I found helpful is a partner on reinstall to hold up one side of the fascia while you snap in the other side, so the side you're not holding doesn't scrape on the ground.
 

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very well done!! :clapping:

i was thinkin of poppin off the side vents for more ventilation to the intake but then stuff might get in there (like mice and trash)
 

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Yeah, I'd love to see the pics too! I'm about to take the top grill out, and want to change the bottom grill in a few weeks.
 

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I got bored today and started taking apart my Scion. To your benefit I have written a tutorial on how to remove the front bumper of the 2008 xB, as well as the upper grille, lower grille, and side vents. This task can definitely be accomplished solo, although a second hand may be helpful. As with my other tutorials, I'm always looking for positive/negative feedback so if I make up names for parts, or if you can help me make this easier to understand, please comment!

Tools Needed:
  • Standard Flat Head Screwdriver
  • 10mm Socket Wrench

Step 01: Remove Radiator Cover
Use a flat head screwdriver to remove the five pop-top fasteners indicated in the picture. The plastic radiator cover should then slip out easily.



Step 02 Part a: Remove Upper Grille
Remove the two indicated 10mm bolts and three additional pop-top fasteners that were previously hidden underneath the radiator cover.



Step 02 Part b: Remove Upper Grille (rear)
Several clips are located on the rear of the grille at the bottom, securing it to the bumper. Simply lift the clips and press, and the grille should pop out with ease.



Step 03: Remove Bolts from Top Side of Bumper
Another pop-top fastener and 10mm bolt are located on the top of the bumper adjacent to each headlight. Remove these.



Step 04: Remove bolts from Bottom of Bumper
Eight 10mm bolts are located underneath the front lip of the xB. The picture is with the bumper off to make the bolt locations easier to see. These bolts can be accessed with the bumper still on without the need of the vehicle being lifted off the ground.



Step 05: Unfasten Wheel Well
The bumper is secured to each wheel well by another 10mm bolt and a rotate & pop fastener. After removing each of these, it should be possible to pop the bumper out from the fender well slightly.



Step 06: Remove Bumper
The only thing securing the bumper now are three clips on each side between the bumper and the fender. It will take a slightly-more-than-comfortable amount of force to pop the bumper out of these clips. Note that it pops outward, it does not slide forward.



Step 07: Bumper Removed
This is what the 2008 Scion xB looks like with the front bumper removed.



Step 08: Remove Lower Grille
The lower grille pops out of the bumper in the same manner that the upper grille did in step 2b. Use of a flat head screwdriver will make popping these out easier than trying to do all sixteen by hand.



Step 09: Remove Side Vents
Each side vent is secured by six clips similar to those found on the stock upper and lower grilles.



Step 10: Finished!
Congratulations! The bumper is now finally naked and ready for a repair, a paint job, a new grille, and more!

 

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Thanks BrickPig, should have look at your web page before I did it. I was under the impression that the 2011 has different bumper than my 2008, but it seems the removal part is pretty much the same.
 

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The 11 is different than 08.
08-10 is the same and 11-13/14 is the same.

I didn't look far enough back in the thread.
 

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has anyone gone further and removed the fenders over the wheels, or have any idea how hard this might be?
 

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has anyone gone further and removed the fenders over the wheels, or have any idea how hard this might be?
I did it on my 1972 Corolla but not on my 2011 xB. I'm guessing there will be bolts near the top and bottom of the front door post and also at the front tip of the front fender. You'll have to undo the bolts that hold on the plastic mudguard (inner fender over the wheels). I'm also guessing you'll have to remove the headlight and the rocker panel prior to removing the fender.

On my 1972 Corolla the hardest part was breaking the seal between the top edge of the fender and the top edge of the engine bay. That won't be as much of a problem on the xB since the attachment areas between the fender and the subframe are less.

Good luck and post pics!
 

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Yeah I figured the plastic inner fender would need to go for sure, never even thought about the rocker panel but now that i think about it my sideskirts come up over the lower portion of the fender too.. :/
anywho, thanks for the info, ill make sure to take pictures when i get into it
 

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BrickPig, thanks for your fantastic instructions there on the first steps. I used those to get at the honeycomb top grill so I could put in my grill badge. It may not seem like much but when I saw I couldn't get back there and the push-pins I was a little worried. However, those push-pins are actually pretty easy, I was surprised.
 

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To hikingmike: Happy to help! Thanks for the feedback.

Similar to what you did for your grill badge, when I upgraded my horns, I only removed the upper grill and not the whole front fascia.
 
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