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Scion Accessories & Modifications
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Please reply me of what you guys think about it, later i will post some pictures of the gauges installed in my XB
Second: If you want more from your radio. They have a amp + speaker upgrade. Having said that, I think the stock is fine.
Third: Get a cargo mat so things won't slide around. I know if you get a bazooka, you just lost what little cargo room you have. However, its not much.
Fourth: Fog lights
I own a xB, but the xA is still relative.
You might also think about the lowering springs along with the sway bars.
As for performance, I think the only addition that will make any real difference is the Blitz turbo kit.
As for the muffler, my stock xA muffler sounds like a can of gnats. I definitely would pick and choose the aftermarket muffler carefully. You can even listen to the various choice at scionlife.com before you buy. Some scion owners have thoughtfully recorded the various resonances of different mufflers!
I haven't look very closely at the turbo installations. 185 HP sounds like way too much stress on that Scion engine. Geez, what kind of boost are they running? Can you say KABOOM? I was thinking 130-135HP tops is all I'd need, with very modest boost.
I downloaded and saved all those clips. They all start up and rev in neutral, and the sound quality is poor. From that I can't tell what the sound is like under acceleration load and cruising at 65. My stock muffler is plenty loud - I would be afraid to travel with anything louder.
Over the years, I have put tasteful low restriction exhausts on two BMW 2002s, a VW Rabbit, and a couple of motorcycles. Although the sound was nice short term, after awhile it was too much and I reverted to stock.
The DC sport muffler? I'm undecided about whether I like it or not. Up to 65 mph it's quite pleasant but it does seem to drone a bit at 70 mph....nothing bad but perhaps over 8 hours it might get to some people.
I was thinking of buying or making a little silencer to insert in the barrel of the muffler if I take a long trip.
If it is possible to avoid using the supercharger, there is no change in mpg.
Occasional or light use of the supercharger will cause a 10% reduction in mpg.
Frequent or hard use of the supercharger will drop the mpg well below 20.
It is likely that there is not enough clearance around either the header or the CAI that you installed, and the movement of the motor is causing one to contact the the body.
If the motor rocks forward on deceleration, the CAI could be contacting the battery or grille etc. If the motor moves rearward on deceleration, then the header could be contacting the firewall ect. The first case is more likely. When you push in the clutch, you disconnect the engine from the transmission, so there is no torque to rock the engine over, which is why the rattle stops.
The problem is re-positioning the brackets that connect to the welded supports in the floor. Once you shift the track back, nothing lines up with the floor anymore, and the track and the mounts are one piece thingies.
I think this would require removing carpets, welding supports into the floor (after all, it is your LIFE we are talking about here) and re-fabricating the seat brackets.
Certainly do-able but it doesn't look easy, at least not on the xA and xB. I had the same idea as you but I am now discouraged unless I come up with a brilliant idea.
This is done with 8 fender washers on each bolt, and a bolt that is 1/2 inch longer. Remove one of the front bolts from the passenger seat. Take it to a hardware store that has a wall of bolt and nut drawers. Find a nut that fits the bolt, for reference (it will be metric fine thread). Use that nut to find two new bolts that are 1/2 inch longer. Find 8 fender washers with 1/4 inch hole for each bolt. Go back to the car, replace the borrowed bolt. Remove the front bolts on the driver seat. Loosen the rear bolts on the drivers seat. Center up 8 fender washers under the outside of the drivers seat, and insert the long bolt down through them and get it started in the threads. Do the same for the inside bolt. It may take wiggling of the seat to get the bolt aligned to start the threads. Tighten everything up.
Apparently just raisng the front of the seat 1/2 inch adds that distance to the floor and pedals, and helps alot in long distance driving. I am 6'-2" and just did it to my xB. I have not taken a trip, but just around town it feels better.
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Raising the rear of the seat would require raising the right floor mount and relocating the two holes in the left tunnel mount. No one has re-fabricated the seat mounts to this extent yet.
Raising the front of the seat only requires inserting washers, but this rotates the seat slightly and the rear bolt in the left rear mount won't go in if the front is raised more than 1/2 inch.
Also, it is hard to get a 1/2 inch stack of washers aligned, and even harder to get longer bolts started in the front holes as the new bolts don't have factory-tapered tips to find the holes, and also won't start unless they are perfectly vertical which is hard to judge at the angles and clearances involved.
I just bought these CoolMax high tech seat covers (black and yellow, very spiff) and really like them. They are breathable, and washable, and fit really snug. Great in hot weather and they protect the left side seat bolster, which I think on the Scions are subject to premature wear from entry/exit.
The good racks put their weight on the strong sides of the roof, are not rated for more than about 150 lbs, which is only 35 lbs per attachment point.
Check out the Yakima racks and accessories for the xB at http://www.yakima.com/ and order what you want from http://www.rackwarehouse.com/.
– Wake up Scion! – I’ve already sold my Scion if you didn’t guess.
However, as a good will gesture I think the other dealer should have fixed it, since it was a factory accessory and not (I presume) an aftermarket product like a Viper system, etc.
The fixing dealer could probably have wrangled a good-will adjustment from Scion.
But if Scion intended to stiff the fixing dealer, or if you couldn't get back to the original dealer, then there's not much to be done but eat it and pay the other dealer to repair it.
Now if the PART were defective and not the installation, that might be a different story---then you'd get the part replaced for free but the 2nd dealer would probably still charge you for the labor.
Maybe you can work out some kind of 50-50 split and just get past this problem by compromise? Hope so. Good luck with it.
The idea is that BEFORE you order you see how much trouble it is to install the item. Maybe that dealer installed price is not so high after all?
AllScion has some good prices and some instructions, but they do not sell OEM stuff.